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Free Piston Stirling Engines

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

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Table of contents (10 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages I-XIV
  2. Introduction

    • Graham Walker, J. R. Senft
    Pages 1-22
  3. Free-Piston Stirling Engines

    • Graham Walker, J. R. Senft
    Pages 23-99
  4. Theoretical Analysis and Design

    • Graham Walker, J. R. Senft
    Pages 100-127
  5. The Sunpower Engines

    • Graham Walker, J. R. Senft
    Pages 128-144
  6. Hybrid or Ringbom-Stirling Engines

    • Graham Walker, J. R. Senft
    Pages 145-165
  7. Large Free-Piston Stirling Engines

    • Graham Walker, J. R. Senft
    Pages 216-221
  8. Free-Piston Stirling Cryocoolers

    • Graham Walker, J. R. Senft
    Pages 222-234
  9. Liquid Piston Stirling Engines

    • 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'.

Keywords

  • complexity
  • design
  • development
  • efficiency
  • flow
  • fluid
  • future
  • heat transfer
  • materials
  • mechanism
  • mechanisms
  • model
  • power systems
  • pressure
  • vibration

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada

    Graham Walker

  • Dept. of Mathematics Computer Science, University of Wisconsin, River Falls, USA

    J. R. Senft

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Free Piston Stirling Engines

  • Authors: Graham Walker, J. R. Senft

  • Series Title: Lecture Notes in Engineering

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-82526-2

  • Publisher: Springer Berlin, Heidelberg

  • eBook Packages: Springer Book Archive

  • Copyright Information: Springer-Verlag Berlin, Heidelberg 1985

  • 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

  • Topics: Machines, Tools, Processes, Automotive Engineering

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eBook USD 139.00
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  • ISBN: 978-3-642-82526-2
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 179.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)