© 1985

Free Piston Stirling Engines


Part of the Lecture Notes in Engineering book series (LNENG, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Graham Walker, J. R. Senft
    Pages 1-22
  3. Graham Walker, J. R. Senft
    Pages 23-99
  4. Graham Walker, J. R. Senft
    Pages 100-127
  5. Graham Walker, J. R. Senft
    Pages 128-144
  6. Graham Walker, J. R. Senft
    Pages 145-165
  7. Graham Walker, J. R. Senft
    Pages 216-221
  8. Graham Walker, J. R. Senft
    Pages 222-234
  9. Graham Walker, J. R. Senft
    Pages 235-261
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 262-268

About this book


DEFINITION AND NOMENCLATURE A Stirling engine is a mechanical device which operates on a closed regenerative thermodynamic cycle with cyclic compression and expansion of the working fluid at different temperature levels. The flow of working fluid is controlled only by the internal volume changes, there are no valves and, overall, there is a net conversion of heat to work or vice-versa. This generalized definition embraces a large family of machines with different functions; characteristics and configurations. It includes both rotary and reciprocating systems utilizing mechanisms of varying complexity. It covers machines capable of operating as a prime mover or power system converting heat supplied at high tempera­ ture to output work and waste heat at a lower temperature. It also covers work-consuming machines used as refrigerating systems and heat pumps abstracting heat from a low temperature source and delivering this plus the heat equivalent of the work consumed to a higher tem­ perature. Finally it covers work-consuming devices used as pressure­ generators compressing a fluid from a low pressure to a higher pres­ sure. Very similar machines exist which operate on an open regen­ erative cycle where the flow of working fluid is controlled by valves. For convenience these may be called Ericsson engines but unfortunate­ ly the distinction is not widely established and regenerative machines of both types are frequently called 'Stirling engines'.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Dept. of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Dept. of Mathematics Computer ScienceUniversity of WisconsinRiver FallsUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Free Piston Stirling Engines
  • Authors Graham Walker
    J.R. Senft
  • Series Title Lecture Notes in Engineering
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1985
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-540-15495-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-82526-2
  • Series ISSN 0176-5035
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 270
  • Number of Illustrations 41 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Manufacturing, Machines, Tools, Processes
    Automotive Engineering
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