# Can high speed moving hydrogen atoms drive turbines?

We know that hydrogen is a part of air so if we accelerate hydrogen atoms in a circular vacuum tube as done in a particle accelerator, can the high speed moving atoms of hydrogen drive a turbine if we insert a turbine in the vacuum tube? If hydrogen atoms cannot do this job can some other atom do this? Thanks in advance.

Regards, Bhavesh

(Maybe this question is a silly one, but i am not able to figure it out if this would happen or not)

• @Bhavesh: yes. Force is just rate of change of momentum, so if the momentum of the protons is $p$ and $N$ protons per second hit the turbine and stop then the force is simply $Np$. – John Rennie Aug 1 '15 at 7:44