The Literature Of Stirling Engines

The following bibliography of Stirling engines includes books, papers, patents, and other material generally available from a good technical library. The material is arranged in alphabetical order of the prime author. The list is by no means complete. Additions arc being entered constantly as new papers are written, and as others, previously unknown, are found. Many of these contribute further new references. All the material has been through the author's hand at one time or another and most is. euphemistically speaking, on file at the University of Calgary.

The literature of Stirling engines is surprisingly extensive. Some measure of the interest in a subject can be gained by the number of papers written about it. Fig. 22.1 shows the annual number of publications about Stirling engines in the forty-year period. 1940-80. These numbers were gleaned from Martini (1978a) who gives an extensive bibliography arranged chronologically, by subject and by author.

The present situation is perhaps akin to that celebrated by the Dutch legend of the little boy whose linger in the dyke stopped the flood and saved the town. In the case of Stirling engine literature, it would appear his finger is already out of the dyke and the llood is upon us.

In 1971, the author felt competent to review Stirling engines for both power and cooling applications in the same volume. Since that time an equally extensive bibliography for cooling engines has been assembled and separate volumes for the two distinct applications are clearly warranted. Plans are already in train for further separate volumes on free-piston machinery.

Newcomers to ihe field will find the volume of literature both daunting and challenging. The following guide to the essential literature is a good place to start:

1. Overall survey. Ross < 1977a) has provided in a small pocket book a most readable, entertaining, and non-technical survey of the whole field including an interesting history, principles of operation, and recent developments.

2. Historical, l-inkelstein (1959) has given an extensive historical account of air engines. The long article by Babcock (1885) is also recommended for those interested in the history of heat engines.

3. Philips engines. The paper by van Beukering and Fokker (1973) is the most recent survey of the Philips program.

4. United Stirling engines. Rosenqvist, Gummesson, and Lundholm (1977) gave a status report on the development of the automotive Stirling engine in Sweden.

Solar Stirling Engine Basics Explained

Solar Stirling Engine Basics Explained

The solar Stirling engine is progressively becoming a viable alternative to solar panels for its higher efficiency. Stirling engines might be the best way to harvest the power provided by the sun. This is an easy-to-understand explanation of how Stirling engines work, the different types, and why they are more efficient than steam engines.

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