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ERIC Number: EJ930410
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
Stirling Engine Gets Revisited
Thompson, Frank
Physics Education, v45 n3 p229-230 May 2010
One of the basic truths regarding energy conversion is that no thermodynamic cycle can be devised that is more efficient than a Carnot cycle operating between the same temperature limits. The efficiency of the Stirling cycle (patented by Rev. Robert Stirling in 1816) can approach that of the Carnot cycle and yet has not had the commercial success of the more familiar Otto and Diesel cycles used in the automotive industry. Recent developments by a company called Disenco may change all that. A Stirling engine is at the heart of their combined heat and power (CHP) domestic unit, which could change the way that people use energy in their home. In this article, the author updates an experiment reported more than two decades ago on a Stirling engine manufactured by Cussons Technology Ltd. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom