The vibrating device was a mechanical oscillator. (Of which there is a
picture attached.) I have been trying to spark a discussion on this
particular device. There are several reasons this device would be more
efficient than a generator . It is my "guess" that the oscillating
generator was used to (partially) supply Tesla's magnifying transmitter.
The mechanical oscillator ran off liquid oxygen and moved four sets of
coils through a magnetic field of extremely high qauss. It repeated this
operation anywhere from "80 times per second" "to many hundreds of
times"(IRW of Nikola Tesla by Martin)
The interesting fact about this generator is the size coil it can move
with little effort. Tesla used an air spring to capture the mechanical
force of the piston and return it to its original position. No matter
what the upper limits of the coils weight, the air spring could be sized
to return it to very close to its origional position. (Similar to the
way a ball bounces to almost the same height when dropped. )
Tesla was not content just to drop the ball to the ground, he slammed
it down electromagnetically. This caused the ball (or in his case
piston) to bounce off the air spring and back past its original position
by some magnitude. Fortunately this tremendous energy was stopped by the
second air spring located on the other end. Similar to the Tesla coil
the energy increased with each bounce until the maximum level the
machine could tolerate was reached.
The magnetic field also increased as the movement of the coil
increased. Some of the output of the coils was diverted into the
stationary thin sheet iron core electromagnet. Thus as the coil moved
faster and faster the electromagnetic field became stronger, creating
more lines of gauss. Since the movement of the piston was
electromagnetically assisted its speed was ever increaseing. This
combined mechanical and electrical energy drove the coils at higher and
higer speed through an ever increaseing magnetic field.
Resistance in the wiring would be lowered by the liquid oxygen. The
iron core electromagnets would run cooler also.
> "Dooley, Jim" wrote:
> There is mention of some sort of vibrating device, which I assume to
> operate at fairly high frequency, mentioned as an anecdote in Margaret
> Cheney's biography of Tesla, Man Out of Time. It is in the first few
> pages of the text. There may be more in that book, but I can't
> remember; it's been a long time since I read it. The device had
> strange laxative properties to it. Perhaps a mechanical equivalent to
> Ex-Lax. A person would stand on the platform which would vibrate.
> Within a short time they would have to run for the bathroom. One of
> Tesla's friends who tried it out was none other than Mark Twain.
> Whether true or an embellishment, I don't know. Either way, it made
> for interesting reading.
> There are mentions in this book of other devices such as medical
> diathermy, a kind of prototype microwave heating device from what I
> can tell. Also mentioned are Tesla pads, a kind of heating pad and
> other high frequency coil-type devices which seem to have the been the
> forerunners of modern radiation treatments for cancers and such.
> Jim Dooley
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