Why Not Wardenclyffe Tower?

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In summary, Tesla's planned tower at Wardenclyffe would have emitted powerful energy waves that would have been received by anyone within range, but there are Physics based reasons why it would not work as intended.
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Is There Any Reason Why Tesla's Wardenclyffe Tower Wouldn't Work?

All the sources I've seen on his work and inventions give the impression of him being a great inventor but his greatest works being denied because of politics and economics. Are there any Physics based reasons why his faciliate at Wardenclyffe Tower would not radiate energy, with minimal loss, over huge distances?
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It's the "minimal loss" part that's the problem. You can't radiate energy in all directions then expect to receive it with minimal loss.

Besides, we already have radio. This is basically just a large radio antenna.
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His designs were reported to be able to reach excellent efficiencies over large distances because of the fact the energy from these EM waves only transferred to something resonating at the same frequency. The energy is 'tunnelled' by flux linkage*. Its like a carrier wave that takes power across when connected to a receiving unit.

The fact it works so well omnidirectionally is why it was such a fantastic idea.

And radio is signal energy, Tesla's ultimate plan was to use Wardenclyffe Tower to transmit power; the kind of requirements that could meet industries and homes alike. His intended to have many of these towers dotted around America so that it could be powered wireless. Instead of the current, barbaric grid system.

*that isn't actually true. Its not flux linkage, but it is a method which has a similar effect.
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and how did he actually build a device to create this "flux linkage"? (or whatever your trying to call it)

if you look at the physics behind power transmisssion, you need a loop of wire to contain a changing flux and thus suck power off of the wave. However the sorce has already emitted the energy, and if something doesn't stand in the way of the ray then the power just gets wasted as it drifts out into space.
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Pinks, if you read Tesla's own words on the subject, you'll see it's just a big radio tower.


Radio towers do transmit power wirelessly - that's how a radio works. Yes, he was right about a lot of his ideas for improving transmission, but still, a radio station loses virtually all of its energy in the transmission. What is actually received by the listeners is miliwatts apiece (if that), while the transmitter is putting out kilowatts.

And if you read the description about devices that can receives power from this, you'll see that they are just crystal radios: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crystal_radio
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I'm thinking the most efficient "flux linkage" would be a copper cable. :smile:

1. Why was the Wardenclyffe Tower never completed?

The Wardenclyffe Tower, also known as the Tesla Tower, was never completed due to financial difficulties faced by its inventor, Nikola Tesla. After his initial investor, J.P. Morgan, withdrew his support, Tesla was unable to secure additional funding to complete the project.

2. What was the purpose of the Wardenclyffe Tower?

The Wardenclyffe Tower was designed by Nikola Tesla to be a wireless transmission station, capable of transmitting electricity and communication signals without the need for wires. Tesla believed this would revolutionize the way we communicate and access electricity.

3. Did the Wardenclyffe Tower ever function?

No, the Wardenclyffe Tower was never fully operational. While some tests were conducted, the tower was never completed and therefore never functioned as intended.

4. Why is the Wardenclyffe Tower often referred to as a "failure"?

The Wardenclyffe Tower is often considered a "failure" because it was never completed and did not achieve its intended purpose. Additionally, Tesla's financial struggles and the eventual foreclosure of the tower added to this perception of failure.

5. Could the Wardenclyffe Tower have been successful if it was completed?

It is difficult to say for certain, but many experts believe that the Wardenclyffe Tower could have been successful if it was completed and fully operational. Tesla's previous experiments and inventions were successful, and the concept of wireless transmission has since been proven possible. However, it is also possible that technological limitations and other factors may have hindered the tower's success even if it was completed.

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