The Stirling engine is a heat-driven prime mover that operates on a closed thermodynamic cycle, i.e. the engine receives its heat energy from a source external to the working cylinders and the same internal working fluid is used for each cycle of operation. It enjoyed some commercial success from the 1830s until 1900, but was overtaken by technical developments in internal combustion engines and steam power plants. Interest was rekindled during the energy crisis of the 1970s and there are now Stirling engine research programs underway in many parts of the world. The engine is particularly attractive for marine applications because many of its inherent properties can be used to greatest advantage in the maritime environment. After a general overview of major development work, the research in three main areas is described, covering large coal-burning engines; metal combustion torpedo engines; and commercial and naval submarine electrical power supplies,

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  • Authors:
    • Reader, G
  • Publication Date: 1988

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  • Accession Number: 00657785
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM