RESEARCH PAPERS: Advanced Energy Systems

A General Simulation Model for Stirling Cycles

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S. Schulz, F. Schwendig

Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Dortmund, Dortmund, Federal Republic of Germany

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 118(1), 1-7 (Jan 01, 1996) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2816540 History: Received February 14, 1992; Revised September 16, 1992; Online November 19, 2007


A mathematical model for the calculation of the Stirling cycle and of similar processes is presented. The model comprises a method to reproduce schematically any kind of process configuration, including free piston engines. The differential balance equations describing the process are solved by a stable integration algorithm. Heat transfer and pressure loss are calculated by using new correlations, which consider the special conditions of the periodic compression/expansion respectively of the oscillating flow. A comparison between experimental data achieved by means of a test apparatus and calculated data shows a good agreement.

Copyright © 1996 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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