OVERVIEW OF A STIRLING ENGINE TEST PROJECT

The Lewis Research Center is conducting tests on three Stirling engines ranging in size from 1.33 to 53 horsepower (1 to 40 kW). The results of these tests are contributing to the development of a broad base of Stirling engine technology. In addition, the tests are directed toward developing alternative, backup component concepts to improve engine efficiency and performance or to reduce costs. Some of the activities include investigating attractive concepts and materials for cooler-regenerator units, installing a jet impingement device on a Stirling engine to determine its potential for improved engine performance, and presenting performance maps for initial characterization of Stirling engines. Some of the experimental results to date and predictions of results of tests that will be conducted on these Stirling engines are presented.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Department of the Navy

    The Pentagon
    Washington, DC  United States  20350

    Department of Energy

    1000 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20585
  • Authors:
    • Slaby, J G
  • Publication Date: 1980

Media Info

  • Pagination: 27 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00318271
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NASA-TM-81442
  • Contract Numbers: EC-77-A-31-1040
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1980 12:00AM