The Free-Piston Stirling Engine (FPSE) has the potential to be a long-lived, highly reliable, power conversion device attractive for many product applications such as space, residential, or remote-site power. The purpose of endurance testing the FPSE is to demonstrate its potential for long life. The endurance program was directed at obtaining 1000 operational hours under various test conditions: low power, full stroke, duty cycle, and stop/start. Critical performance parameters were measured to note any change and/or trend. Inspections were conducted to measure and compare critical seal-bearing clearances. The engine performed well throughout the program, completing 1000 hours. Hardware inspection, including the critical clearances, showed no significant change in hardware or clearance dimensions. The performance parameters did not exhibit any increasing or decreasing trends. The test program confirms the potential for long-life FPSE applications. Additional testing is planned to increase the test hours to 10,000.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • From the Automotive Technology Development Contractor Coordination Meeting, Dearborn, Michigan, 13 November 1983.
  • Corporate Authors:

    McDonnell Douglas Corporation

    Long Beach, CA  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Dochat, G
    • RAUCH, J
    • Antonelli, G
  • Publication Date: 1984-3

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 83-92

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00451580
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CONF-831142
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2004 9:51PM