The Effect of Tesla Valves on the Flow Rate of Water

The purpose of this research was to determine whether Tesla valves had a significant effect on the water’s flow rate. Diagnosing the Tesla valve’s impact on the flow of a fluid would provide new information on its optimization. The researchers predicted that a one-segment Tesla valve would reduce its flow rate the least, and a three-segment valve would reduce its flow rate the greatest. To verify this, they wanted to acquire the flow rates before and after applying the valve and use those values to analyze the change in flow. For the flow rate, they measured the amount of water in the measured time interval. They accounted the bin’s length and width and multiplied them by the height. Descriptive statistics established the correlation between the number of valve segments and the flow rate. An ANOVA test determined the significance in the differences between the average flow rates. The three average flow rates resulted in lower values than the flow rates before connecting the valves. The flow rate on average expelled the least in a one-segment valve, and vice-versa in a three-segment valve. There was significant evidence of a negative correlation between the number of segments and the flow rate. Tesla valves could reduce costs while improving efficiency in many of a valve’s uses including pipelines for oil production, sewage systems, and engines and cylinders for motor vehicles.

Research Conducted By:

Red Encabo
Warren Mott High School

Mikolaj Pal
Cousino High School