Some 200 years after the original invention, internal design of a Stirling engine has come to be considered a specialist task, calling for extensive experience and for access to sophisticated computer modelling. The low parts-count of the type is negated by the complexity of the gas processes by which heat is converted to work. Design is perceived as problematic largely because those interactions are neither intuitively evident, nor capable of being made visible by laboratory experiment. There can be little doubt that the situation stands in the way of wider application of this elegant conc
Stirling myth - and Stirling reality Réflexions sur le cicle de Carnot What Carnot efficiency? Equivalence conditions for volume variations The optimum vs optimization Design correlations - heat transfer A question of adiabaticity More adiabaticity Dynamic similarity Intrinsic similarity Getting started Fasttrack gas path design Flexiscale Rescale Less steam, more traction - Stirling engine design without the hot air Heat transfer correlations - from the horse's mouth Wire mesh regenerator - back-of-envelope sums Son of Schmidt H2 vs He vs air The hot-air engine Ultimate Lagrange formulation Appendix A-1: The reciprocating carnot cycle Appendix A-2: Determination of V2 and V4 - polytropic processes Appendix A-3: Design charts - nomograms Appendix A-4: Kinematics of lever-crank drive.
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