Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor, physicist, electrical engineer, and mechanical engineer. He was born in year 1856; that’s a long time ago. His legacy and inventions are a thing to talk of to date. He talked about free electricity, and conservation of electricity etc. He has near 300 patents to his name. Thomas Edison lived during his time as well, of course, Tesla didn’t gather as much as fame. He lived ahead of his time many say. Today we are listing down five amazing inventions by Nikola Tesla. The ranking does not matter, it’s only our opinion.
Hopefully the future will present us with more brilliant inventors like he was. His name lives on and even today, the company comes up with brilliant ideas and inventions. But we’ll leave the 21st century for a later time. For now, read on to find out more about the top 5 amazing inventions by Nikola Tesla.
The Tesla Coil
First on the list of amazing inventions by Nikola tesla, we have the Tesla Coil was the result of Tesla’s obsessions with powering cities, wirelessly. The device would use two coils, a primary and a secondary. Both coils would have their own capacitor. The coils are connected to a spark gap. The result is live electricity bolts, electron winds and electric currents. Of course, now this device is only used for entertainment because it looks cool.
The Tesla Turbine
Piston engines came into existence in the early 20th century. To compete with those pistons, Tesla decided to come up with an invention of his own, now known as the Tesla Turbine. It did not have blades. The turbine used smooth discs spinning inside a chamber in order to function. Fuel was combusted and injected into said chamber. The combustion would rotate the discs, and the engine would come alive. In 1909, when Tesla ran a few tests, the engine generated fuel efficiency of 60%. Not much, but today we only get around 40%. The piston engine would use more fuel, and since fuel controlled everything, piston engines got the edge.
It was in 1898 that Tesla showed one of his inventions that he named ‘teleautomation’. It was basically a remote-controlled boat. His invention was not patented because the patent office thought it was not feasible. But that was completely and utterly wrong. The invention was a piece of genius because firstly, it was the first that was controlled by a remote-control, through radio waves. Secondly, the invention could be classified as a robot because it was a mechanical object operated without a physical human contact. Finally, considering that today’s drone function on the same principle, teleautomation could be referred to as the great-great-grandfather of drones.
The Induction Motor
In the 1880s, two people were working tirelessly on an induction motor; Nikola Tesla and Galileo Ferrari. In 1888, both presented their findings although Ferrari was two months early with his. But, all the credit goes to Tesla because he was the one to file his patent first and hence, granted one before Ferrari. Both the inventors had similar technology and reached the same conclusion. Tesla won, and therefore is credited by the invention of the Induction Motor.
Finally, on our list of amazing inventions by Nikola Tesla, is the Alternating Current. This is perhaps the most important invention of all. Tesla worked for Thomas Edison at first, and it was Edison’s company that developed direct current (DC). The problem with that is that the current only flows out resulting in loss of power. This is where Tesla made advances in AC which would allow for power bring brought back to the source. Edison kicked Tesla out, hating AC. Tesla worked odd jobs to collect money for his own company, Tesla Electric Company. Tesla had George Westinghouse’s attention now. He was a businessman. In 1893, Chicago World’s Fair was to be powered. While Edison submitted his proposal quoting $554,000, Westinghouse quoted $399,000 using Tesla’s AC. Of course, Westinghouse won, and the rest is history. AC is the dominant power system we use even today.
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