Abstract: Conventional turbines are mainly of two type’s reaction or impulse. Often a lot of technical challenges are faced by conventional turbines by sediment erosion. Financial feasibility of power plants is depended mainly on innovations to prevent wear and tear of mechanical equipment’s or some new alternatives which can handle these conditions in a better way. Tesla turbine is one among an unconventional turbine that uses mainly fluid properties like boundary layer and adhesion of fluid on f smooth discs which are serially keyed in to a shaft. It has been gaining interest. It provides a simple design which can be produced easily and maintained at low cost. It can be useful in plants for pumping of water and other viscous fluids. Tesla Turbine pump can been used as a blood pump. This paper is presented in context of project by final year mechanical engineering students of Viswajyothi College of Engineering and Technology, Vazhakulam, Kerala to understand working of Tesla Turbine. For this design and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis of a tesla turbine was carried out. The models thus created were used for computational analysis.
Keywords: Tesla Turbine, Boundary layer, Tesla pump, CFD