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Gustavo Oliveira Coutinho, 4º ano Class: 4BTEL

Innovate Tesla: the resurgence of Nikola Tesla from oblivion to spotlight

Introduction

Nikola Tesla is one of the most controversial figures on science. While many judged him simply as a mad scientist, few were able to see how he was ahead of his own time, providing the theoretical and practical foundation to several modern equipments. We, as a society, not only owe Tesla for the AC (alternating current) electric system of supply, but also for the radio, the x-ray, the remote control and controlled rocket missiles. However, Tesla is unknown for the majority of the worldwide population. How can a man who built the basis of great part of modern science remain in darkness when the light
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The resurgence of Tesla and his concepts has become a major interest within the scientific community, due to how many unexplored and untested hypothesis the scientist proposed. Reinterpreting many of his researches is also an interesting matter, since the modern science allows more possibilities on the look for evidences.
In this context, I developed, alongside Professor Paulo Lúcio Aquino, a research in order to analyze and try to fully understand Nikola Tesla, building several of his experiments, including the Tesla Coil, radio and the wireless transportation. “Innovate Tesla” is an ongoing project financially supported by the Shelter Foundation of Rio de Janeiro (FAPERJ) that has been awarded in state-level expositions of technology and science
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After developing the mathematics and physics background for one Tesla Coil, it was possible to begin the calculation for a high power harmonic oscillator, which is an advanced type of the Coil, usually described as a magnifying transmitter. This is an important step on a Nikola Tesla research, as the inventor himself believe that this invent “will prove most important and valuable to future generations”. Nikola’s objective with the harmonic oscillator was to develop the wireless transmission of electrical energy.

The difference between this type of Tesla Coil and a regular one is that it uses a more tightly coupled air-core resonance master transformer and it also consists of a third coil, separated within a certain distance. As the third coil is not magnetically coupled to the master, radiofrequency energy is coupled from the output of the master directly into the third coil, enabling the circuits to achieve extremely high voltages. This “extra coil” operates as a base-driven quarter-wavehelical

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