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Why study Stirling engines? What is a Stirling engine? Heat and Temperature. Work and PV-diagrams. Heat engines. Thermal efficiency. For this project, our team designed and built a Stirling engine intended Stirling Engine MQPs, a flywheel and power testing apparatus, to fully. PDF | Stirling engines work using the heat energy as the energy input and are based on the Stirling cycle. It is proposed to develop a Stirling.

Skip to main content. Log In Sign Up. Papers People. Design and Simulation a hybrid generation system through wind turbine and solar energy with a heat engine. Understanding the full aspects of hybrid grid operation that includes electrical and mechanical aspects are very critical to completely study this perspective operation. Therefore, this paper presents a hybrid generation system that is Therefore, this paper presents a hybrid generation system that is supplied with a Stirling engine SE and a wind turbine. The entire system is linked to a grid over a common dc bus. After combining wind turbine with the Stirling, an effi cient hybrid system is created due to the fact the Stirling considered to have effi ciency more than photo voltaic array. Moreover, voltage source converter is used to develop fi eld-oriented control method.

The volume of the system increases by expansion of the hot cylinder. The complete alpha type Stirling cycle. Note that if the application of heat and cold is reversed, the engine runs in the opposite direction without any other changes. Beta configuration operation[ edit ] A beta Stirling has a single power piston arranged within the same cylinder on the same shaft as a displacer piston.

The displacer piston is a loose fit and does not extract any power from the expanding gas but only serves to shuttle the working gas between the hot and cold heat exchangers.

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When the working gas is pushed to the hot end of the cylinder it expands and pushes the power piston. When it is pushed to the cold end of the cylinder it contracts and the momentum of the machine, usually enhanced by a flywheel , pushes the power piston the other way to compress the gas.

Unlike the alpha type, the beta type avoids the technical problems of hot moving seals, as the power piston is not in contact with the hot gas. If a regenerator is used in a beta engine, it is usually in the position of the displacer and moving, often as a volume of wire mesh. Power piston dark grey has compressed the gas, the displacer piston light grey has moved so that most of the gas is adjacent to the hot heat exchanger.

The heated gas increases in pressure and pushes the power piston to the farthest limit of the power stroke.

The displacer piston now moves, shunting the gas to the cold end of the cylinder. The cooled gas is now compressed by the flywheel momentum. This takes less energy, since its pressure drops when it is cooled.

The complete beta type Stirling cycle Gamma configuration operation[ edit ] A gamma Stirling is simply a beta Stirling with the power piston mounted in a separate cylinder alongside the displacer piston cylinder, but still connected to the same flywheel. The gas in the two cylinders can flow freely between them and remains a single body.

This configuration produces a lower compression ratio because of the volume of the connection between the two but is mechanically simpler and often used in multi-cylinder Stirling engines.

Other types[ edit ] Other Stirling configurations continue to interest engineers and inventors. The rotary Stirling engine seeks to convert power from the Stirling cycle directly into torque, similar to the rotary combustion engine. No practical engine has yet been built but a number of concepts, models and patents have been produced, such as the Quasiturbine engine.

This design rotates the displacers on either side of the power piston. In addition to giving great design variability in the heat transfer area, this layout eliminates all but one external seal on the output shaft and one internal seal on the piston. Also, both sides can be highly pressurized as they balance against each other.

Top view of two rotating displacers powering the horizontal piston.

Regenerators and radiator removed for clarity Another alternative is the Fluidyne engine Fluidyne heat pump , which uses hydraulic pistons to implement the Stirling cycle. The work produced by a Fluidyne engine goes into pumping the liquid. In its simplest form, the engine contains a working gas, a liquid, and two non-return valves. The Ringbom engine concept published in has no rotary mechanism or linkage for the displacer. This is instead driven by a small auxiliary piston, usually a thick displacer rod, with the movement limited by stops.

In a double acting engine, the pressure of the working fluid acts on both sides of the piston. One of the simplest forms of a double acting machine, the Franchot engine consists of two pistons and two cylinders, and acts like two separate alpha machines.

In the Franchot engine, each piston acts in two gas phases, which makes more efficient use of the mechanical components than a single acting alpha machine. However, a disadvantage of this machine is that one connecting rod must have a sliding seal at the hot side of the engine, which is difficult when dealing with high pressures and temperatures.

Fluidyne, H. In a free-piston device, energy may be added or removed by an electrical linear alternator , pump or other coaxial device.

This avoids the need for a linkage, and reduces the number of moving parts.

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In some designs, friction and wear are nearly eliminated by the use of non-contact gas bearings or very precise suspension through planar springs. Four basic steps in the cycle of a free-piston Stirling engine are: The power piston is pushed outwards by the expanding gas thus doing work. Gravity plays no role in the cycle.

The gas volume in the engine increases and therefore the pressure reduces, which causes a pressure difference across the displacer rod to force the displacer towards the hot end. When the displacer moves, the piston is almost stationary and therefore the gas volume is almost constant. This step results in the constant volume cooling process, which reduces the pressure of the gas. The reduced pressure now arrests the outward motion of the piston and it begins to accelerate towards the hot end again and by its own inertia, compresses the now cold gas, which is mainly in the cold space.

As the pressure increases, a point is reached where the pressure differential across the displacer rod becomes large enough to begin to push the displacer rod and therefore also the displacer towards the piston and thereby collapsing the cold space and transferring the cold, compressed gas towards the hot side in an almost constant volume process.

As the gas arrives in the hot side the pressure increases and begins to move the piston outwards to initiate the expansion step as explained in 1.

In the early s, W. Beale invented a free piston version of the Stirling engine to overcome the difficulty of lubricating the crank mechanism. Cooke-Yarborough and C. Benson also made important early contributions and patented many novel free-piston configurations.

The first consumer product to utilize a free piston Stirling device was a portable refrigerator manufactured by Twinbird Corporation of Japan and offered in the US by Coleman in Flat Stirling engine[ edit ] Cutaway of the flat Stirling engine: 10 - Hot cylinder.

Design of the flat double-acting Stirling engine solves the drive of a displacer with the help of the fact that areas of the hot and cold pistons of the displacer are different. The drive does so without any mechanical transmission. Using diaphragms eliminates friction and need for lubricants.

Alpha configuration operation[ edit ] An alpha Stirling contains two power pistons in separate cylinders, one hot and one cold. The hot cylinder is situated inside the high temperature heat exchanger and the cold cylinder is situated inside the low temperature heat exchanger.

This type of engine has a high power-to-volume ratio but has technical problems because of the usually high temperature of the hot piston and the durability of its seals.

The crank angle has a major effect on efficiency and the best angle frequently must be found experimentally. The following diagrams do not show internal heat exchangers in the compression and expansion spaces, which are needed to produce power. A regenerator would be placed in the pipe connecting the two cylinders.

Most of the working gas is in the hot cylinder and has more contact with the hot cylinder's walls. This results in overall heating of the gas. Its pressure increases and the gas expands. Because the hot cylinder is at its maximum volume and the cold cylinder is at the top of its stroke minimum volume , the volume of the system is increased by expansion into the cold cylinder. The system is at its maximum volume and the gas has more contact with the cold cylinder.

This cools the gas, lowering its pressure. Because of flywheel momentum or other piston pairs on the same shaft, the hot cylinder begins an upstroke reducing the volume of the system. Almost all the gas is now in the cold cylinder and cooling continues. This continues to reduce the pressure of the gas and cause contraction. Because the hot cylinder is at minimum volume and the cold cylinder is at its maximum volume, the volume of the system is further reduced by compression of the cold cylinder inwards.

The system is at its minimum volume and the gas has greater contact with the hot cylinder. The volume of the system increases by expansion of the hot cylinder.

The complete alpha type Stirling cycle. Note that if the application of heat and cold is reversed, the engine runs in the opposite direction without any other changes. Beta configuration operation[ edit ] A beta Stirling has a single power piston arranged within the same cylinder on the same shaft as a displacer piston. The displacer piston is a loose fit and does not extract any power from the expanding gas but only serves to shuttle the working gas between the hot and cold heat exchangers.

When the working gas is pushed to the hot end of the cylinder it expands and pushes the power piston.

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When it is pushed to the cold end of the cylinder it contracts and the momentum of the machine, usually enhanced by a flywheel , pushes the power piston the other way to compress the gas.

Unlike the alpha type, the beta type avoids the technical problems of hot moving seals, as the power piston is not in contact with the hot gas. If a regenerator is used in a beta engine, it is usually in the position of the displacer and moving, often as a volume of wire mesh. Power piston dark grey has compressed the gas, the displacer piston light grey has moved so that most of the gas is adjacent to the hot heat exchanger.

The heated gas increases in pressure and pushes the power piston to the farthest limit of the power stroke. The displacer piston now moves, shunting the gas to the cold end of the cylinder.

The cooled gas is now compressed by the flywheel momentum. This takes less energy, since its pressure drops when it is cooled. The complete beta type Stirling cycle Gamma configuration operation[ edit ] A gamma Stirling is simply a beta Stirling with the power piston mounted in a separate cylinder alongside the displacer piston cylinder, but still connected to the same flywheel.

The gas in the two cylinders can flow freely between them and remains a single body. This configuration produces a lower compression ratio because of the volume of the connection between the two but is mechanically simpler and often used in multi-cylinder Stirling engines. Other types[ edit ] Other Stirling configurations continue to interest engineers and inventors. The rotary Stirling engine seeks to convert power from the Stirling cycle directly into torque, similar to the rotary combustion engine.

No practical engine has yet been built but a number of concepts, models and patents have been produced, such as the Quasiturbine engine. This design rotates the displacers on either side of the power piston. In addition to giving great design variability in the heat transfer area, this layout eliminates all but one external seal on the output shaft and one internal seal on the piston.

Also, both sides can be highly pressurized as they balance against each other. Top view of two rotating displacers powering the horizontal piston. Regenerators and radiator removed for clarity Another alternative is the Fluidyne engine Fluidyne heat pump , which uses hydraulic pistons to implement the Stirling cycle.

The work produced by a Fluidyne engine goes into pumping the liquid. In its simplest form, the engine contains a working gas, a liquid, and two non-return valves. The Ringbom engine concept published in has no rotary mechanism or linkage for the displacer.

This is instead driven by a small auxiliary piston, usually a thick displacer rod, with the movement limited by stops. In a double acting engine, the pressure of the working fluid acts on both sides of the piston. One of the simplest forms of a double acting machine, the Franchot engine consists of two pistons and two cylinders, and acts like two separate alpha machines.

In the Franchot engine, each piston acts in two gas phases, which makes more efficient use of the mechanical components than a single acting alpha machine. However, a disadvantage of this machine is that one connecting rod must have a sliding seal at the hot side of the engine, which is difficult when dealing with high pressures and temperatures.

Fluidyne, H. In a free-piston device, energy may be added or removed by an electrical linear alternator , pump or other coaxial device.

This avoids the need for a linkage, and reduces the number of moving parts. In some designs, friction and wear are nearly eliminated by the use of non-contact gas bearings or very precise suspension through planar springs.

Niranjan Bastakoti for giving us all support and guidance, which made us complete the project on time. We would like to express our gratitude towards Mr.

Gokarna Bista for his technical advice and Mr. Suman Karki for assisting us during the fabrication of this system. Last but not the least, we would also like to thank our seniors, classmates and teachers who directly or indirectly helped us while doing this project.

This project also give rise to renewable energy, converting solar energy to the mechanical energy. By the end of the project we were able to design Gamma type stirling engine operating with solar power that gives an output power of 5.

Pictorial view of solar powered stirling engine Schematic diagram of stirling engine operation Flowchart of project methodology Work schedule of project The resulting mechanical power is then used to run a generator or alternator to produce electricity. Initially, Stirling engine was invented by Robert Stirling in the year [1]. It was created for a safer alternative to the steam engines, whose boilers often exploded due to the high steam pressures used and limitations of the primitive materials available at that time.

This Stirling engine was used back in the days as a rather low power water pumping engine from nineteenth century to before a more reliable internal combustion engine and electric motor replaced it. While in Roelf J. Meijer invented the solar powered Stirling engine. It relates a heat engine with a solar dish collector in order to produce electricity. A second type of solar-powered Stirling engine was patented by NASA on August 3, which employed the use of solar energy in order to freely pump water from a river, lake, or stream.

This apparatus consists of a large dish aimed at the sun to reflect the rays into the focus point, which is located at the center of the dish as shown in figure 1 [3].

Solar energy is then collected in the form of heat to fuel a Stirling cycle engine, which operates by letting heat flow from a hot source to a cold sink in order to do work. Typical operation is between and rpm depending on the temperature ratio. The controller requires an external power source for monitoring temperatures, starting the engine, and logging and displaying run data.

Today as a result of public concern about noise, air pollution and energy conservation there has in the recent years been increasing interest in Stirling engines micro combined heat and power units. Pictorial view of solar powered stirling engine 1.

At that point, the heating part of the cylinder was placed. As the stirling engine is a closed cycle engine, cylinder is sealed with working fluids normally air, hydrogen or helium. It also consists of power piston which was tightly sealed and the displacer which is very loosely fitted so that air can move freely between the hot and cold sections of the engine.

Like most heat engines, stirling engine cycles through four main process: heating, expansion, cooling and compression [1].

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This is accomplished by moving the gas back and forth between hot and cold end of the cylinder. As the hot end is in thermal contact with thermal energy from solar radiation and cold is in thermal contact with external heat sink. So, when the gas is on the hot side, it is heated so it expands and vice versa. As a result, difference in temperature arises between two ends of cylinder or at the extremities space of displacer causing a corresponding change in gas pressure between them, which results in the motion of the displacer causing the gas to alternatively expand and compress.

When the displacer is near the top of the cylinder, most of the gas is in the lower section and will be heated by the heat source and it expands.

Also, when the displacer is near the bottom of the large cylinder; most of the gas is in the upper section and will cooled and contract causing the pressure to decrease. In both the cases, the displacer just moves the air back and forth from the hot side to the cold side but does not operate the crankshaft and the engine [4].

In other words, the connecting rod to the displacer could be a string in this engine and it would still work. Figure 2.

Schematic diagram of stirling engine operation While expanding the increase in the pressure forces the piston up, powering the flywheel.

The turning of the flywheel then moves the displacer down. Also, while contracting the pressure decreases, which in turn moves the piston down, imparting more energy to the flywheel.

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