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Bob Teal was
born in Morven, North Carolina in 1922. He attended Wofford College
in Spartanburg, South Carolina and the University of Hawaii, in Honolulu.
Upon graduation, he joined the Coast Guard, and enjoyed a 20 year
career that ended in 1962. Sometime after the end of WW2, he married
his wife Beatrice and they raised two children. After leaving the
Coast Guard, he worked as an electronics engineer for a number of
companies including Ling Temco Vought, RCA, and finally as a civilian
employee of the US Air Force. He retired at the age of 50 in 1972.
A few years
before retiring, he wrote a Science Fiction Novel that was never
published. It included an invention by the main character that was
an electro-magnetic engine that produced no noise or pollution. He
named it "Magnipulsion".
in 1972, Bob and Beatrice moved from Honolulu to Madison, Florida.
Like many creative people, "retirement" didn't agree with
him. With nothing else to do, he decided to build a model of the
sci-fi engine he had invented for his novel. It worked! The Magnipulsion
Engine produced large amounts of mechanical energy while running
on short pulses of DC current delivered to its electro-magnetic coils.
In addition, when the power coils were turned off, the circuitry
could also recapture most of this input electricity from the collapsing
magnetic fields to be used again. Many of the photographs of the
motors show light bulbs being lit with this recovered and recycled
electricity. This capability is also demonstrated in the Interview
Film link below. The remarkable thing was, the recovery and reuse
of this electric power did not diminish the mechanical energy produced
by the motor.
The motor produced
significant mechanical energy with no Back EMF, and the circuits
returned most of the input electricity for a second use. It was a
major advancement in electric motor design. Many of the photographs
show the Magnipulsion Engines turning little electric generators
that were used to keep the power supply batteries fully charged during
Bob Teal formed
Magneteal Industries, Inc. and tried to raise capital to develop
the invention. Unfortunately, only a handful of friends and small
investors ever bought in. Bob Teal matched most of these investments
with equal amounts of his own money. Most of these funds were used
to build the 6 working prototypes and file the two US Patents that
issued in 1977 and 1978. The last four cylinder prototype was reported
to be able to produce 1 horsepower and run a 20-ton conveyor belt
on the same automotive battery for months.
He tried to
interest officials in the State and Federal governments, but was
unsuccessful. Dozens of newspaper stories were written about Bob
Teal and his Magnipulsion Engine between 1976 and 1978. Most of this
publicity came from the little story in the LA Times on May 30, 1976
titled "Impossible" Engine Invented for Real. This
story was picked up by the wire services (UPI) and appeared in scores
of other newspapers across the country. While the publicity brought
hundreds of inquiries, nothing ever came of all the interest. The
motor's performance was just too "unbelievable" for most
engineers and scientists to understand at the time.
Bob Teal was
never able to interest a major investor. Every single person willing
to "invest" in the technology simply wanted to buy him
out. But Bob wanted to work on the technology himself, with a financial
partner involved. No deal ever developed that suited both parties.
eventually ran out of money and formal attempts to develop the Magnipulsion
Engine ended. Bob Teal continued to tinker with his miraculous invention
until his death. At one point, his grandson tried one last time to
get some of the old machines operating, but was not able to do so.
Believing that the secrets of Magnipulsion had gone to the grave
with Bob's passing, the family eventually disposed of all of the
models and working papers.
links lead to copies of what little information was published on
Bob Teal and the Magnipulsion Engine:
US Patent #4,093,880
Magneteal Newsletter #8
Bob Teal Interview 1977
Page: Electric Motor Secrets. This 2½
hour DVD explains what Back EMF is, why it robs electric motors of
their efficiency, how to build electric motors with No Back EMF,
like Bob Teal's Magnipulsion Engine, and finally, how to maximize
the recovery of electrical energy from the system while maintaining
mechanical energy production.