CONCEPTUAL DESIGN OF A VARIABLE DISPLACEMENT STIRLING ENGINE FOR AUTOMOTIVE PROPULSION
The first results of a fuel consumption study are given, in which the Stirling engine and automobile are treated as one system. Controlling the shaft power of the Stirling engine by varying the stroke of its pistons makes it possible to eliminate the torque converter and automatic transmission. The Philips computer program is used to optimize the engine for highest efficiency at a part load point. Constraints at low speeds and maximum power output are added. A layout of a transversely mounted engine is made, frontwheel driving a 3500 lb automobile, using only existing technology and experience. Using Ford Motor Company simulation programs, a diesel fuel economy of 40 MPG is predicted for the Metro-Highway cycle. /SAE/
- From: Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, 13th Proceedings, 1978 (pp 1834-1840).
Warrendale, PA United States 15096
- Meijer, R J
- Michels, APJ
- Publication Date: 1978
- Pagination: 7 p.
- TRT Terms: Automobiles; Computer programs; Diesel engines; Economic efficiency; Front wheel drive; Fuel consumption; Simulation; Stirling engines; Torque converters; Transmissions
- Uncontrolled Terms: Efficiency
- Subject Areas: Economics; Energy; Highways; Vehicles and Equipment;
- Accession Number: 00193513
- Record Type: Publication
- Report/Paper Numbers: SAE 789351 Conf Paper
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: May 26 1979 12:00AM