The Ford/DOE automotive Stirling engine development program is directed towards establishing the technological and developmental base that would enable a decision on whether an engineering program should be directed at Stirling engine production. The fuel economy assessment aims to achieve, with a high degree of confidence, the ERDA proposal estimate of 20.6 MPG (gasoline) for a 4500 lb 1WC Stirling engine passenger car. The current M-H fuel economy projection for the 170 HP Stirling engine is 15.7 MPG. The confidence level for this projection is 32%. A confidence level of 29% is projected for a 22.1 MPG estimate. If all of the planned analyses and test work is accomplished at the end of the one year effort, and the projected improvements are substantiated, the confidence levels would rise to 59% for the 20.6 MPG projection and 54% for the 22.1 MPG projection. Progress achieved thus far during the fuel economy assessment is discussed.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Subm-Sponsored in Part by NASA.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Ford Motor Company

    1 American Road
    Dearborn, MI  United States  48126-2798
  • Authors:
    • Kitzner, E W
  • Publication Date: 1978-1

Media Info

  • Pagination: 98 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00181054
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NASA-CR-135331
  • Contract Numbers: EC-77-C-02-4396
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 14 1978 12:00AM