Wireless Electricity - The Mysterious Tesla Effect
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Tesla believed the electrical disturbance would extend to a great distance from the transmitter, possibly across the globe. The question arises as to the cause of the failure reported the letter to J. Curtis, J. An electric generator is connected with wires to ground points miles apart. Although not a true Tesla wireless apparatus, the design does suggest a type-two transmitter. In journalist J. I also asked him if he is still at work on the project which he inaugurated in the '90's of transmitting power wirelessly anywhere on earth. He is at work on it, he said, and it could be put into operation.
He at that time announced two principles which could be used in this project. In one the ionizing of the upper air would make it as good a conductor of electricity as a metal [using a type-one transmitter]. In the other the power would be transmitted by creating "standing waves" in the earth by charging the earth with a giant electrical oscillator [of the type-two design] that would make the earth vibrate electrically in the same way a bell vibrates mechanically when it is struck with a hammer.
In the following drawing of a large type-two transmitter appeared in an article on wireless power transmission. This suggests that the problem was, in fact, the single-tower implementation, and at some point prior to Tesla validated the type-two launching structure configuration using two properly spaced top-loaded helical resonators. One additional observation needs to be made before leaving the subject of the initial Wardenclyffe circuit configuration.
Some descriptions of the Wardenclyffe tower include a vertical conductor extending from the bottom of the shaft below the tower up to the under side of the cupola.
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One account by Anderson on states:. Excitation currents pulsed through a section telescoping shaft that rose under air pressure feet from the bottom of the well to contact the spherical terminal. Radio station on Long Island consisted of a large building and a special antenna tower suspended on a wooden pyramid of several meters in diameter with a changeable height position by means of a metal tube which was telescopically vertically moveable, was emerging from a cylindrical 30 m deep hole in the ground beneath the pyramid.
A direct electrical connection between the elevated isotropic capacitance and the subterranean ground connection would be consistent with the type-two transmitter design. Note that the as-built tower legs were made of wood—not metal—necessitating the conducting shaft. Also, placement of the ground connection at the bottom of the foot excavation might have been a way to partially compensate for height lost in the initial design changes.
Coastlines and islands such as Hawaii, the British Isles and similar places would have been ideal locations. Other suitable locations rich in conducting minerals would undoubtedly have been found.
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Sites of old abandoned copper; silver, gold and mercury mines could have been converted into tower sites. In some cases, steel rails for the ore carts to roll on would have been left in place. They could have been used for additional grounding. Tesla believed that the upper portions of the atmosphere were very conductive for high voltage electricity. It is speculated that Tesla planned to use a high voltage ionizing beam, aided by ultra violet light, to serve as an electrical conduit to the upper regions of the stratosphere. Airplanes and other airships could then draw the necessary current to power their motors.
This would have been ideal for zeppelins and blimps.
They would have less weight because they would carry little or no fuel. In addition, they would use dependable and light weight electrical motors instead of the heavier and more complicated fuel powered engines. The illustrations show his prototype devices for "directed ionized beam transmissions," a "deathray—searchlight" device.
But according to Tesla, the results of tests did not justify the hope of important practical applications in large distance. I found that there was some virtue in the principal but the results did not justify the hope of important practical applications although, some years later, several inventors claimed to have produced a "death ray" in this manner.
While the published reports to this effect were entirely unfounded, I believe that with the new transmitter to be built, many wonders will be achieved". This is feet deep and is used in these experiments. The people about there, had they been awake instead of asleep, at other times would have seen even stranger things. Some day, but not at this time, I shall make an announcement of something that I never once dreamed of. Write a comment. Oakden Wednesday, 18 April Great site.
I appreciate the accuracy, brevity, clarity, and details of all the pages. Keep up the good work man. Greg Poole Saturday, 11 August My paper on Cosmic Wireless Transmission has been published and I thought it might be of interest to your readers. A link to the paper is provided.
Many thanks, Greg. Michele Savoie Tuesday, 04 September This was a real eye opener!
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Tesla relocated to Colorado Springs for two years, returning to New York in He secured backing from financier J. Morgan and began building a global communications network centered on a giant tower at Wardenclyffe, on Long Island. Tesla lived his last decades in a New York hotel, working on new inventions even as his energy and mental health faded. His obsession with the number three and fastidious washing were dismissed as the eccentricities of genius. Tesla died in his room on January 7, Later that year the U. The AC system he championed and improved remains the global standard for power transmission.
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In his 84 years, Thomas Edison acquired a record number of 1, patents singly or jointly and was the driving force behind such innovations as the phonograph, the incandescent light bulb and one of the earliest motion picture cameras. Italian inventor and engineer Guglielmo Marconi developed, demonstrated and marketed the first successful long-distance wireless telegraph and in broadcast the first transatlantic radio signal.
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Alexander Graham Bell is best known for his invention of the telephone, for which he received his first patent in Despite the hundreds of lawsuits that would challenge his claim to the invention, none would prove successful. Born in Scotland and later becoming a U. Developed in the s and s by Samuel Morse and other inventors, the telegraph revolutionized long-distance communication.
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It worked by transmitting electrical signals over a wire laid between stations. The Tesla Coil. Free, wireless electrical power, the holy grail of electricity transmission. The near-tangible dream of an engineering visionary. Ah, Tesla. How your inventions have inspired us. Your work ethic, your passion for your craft; how we all wish we'd lived near you as kids, so we could sneak a glimpse of you at work, creating a future you'd never see Or maybe that's just me. Nevertheless, the man was a genius, by any definition of the word.
Famous champion of alternating current, his most well-known invention is the spectacular Tesla Coil. But how does it work? OK, so, full disclosure: I'm a mechanical engineer. I'm much more comfortable with heat transfer and fluid dynamics than I've ever been with the somewhat mysterious world of electricity.