A Mathematical Model for the Stirling Engine Cycle

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E. W. Beans

College of Engineering, The University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 43606

J. Eng. Power 103(3), 505-510 (Jul 01, 1981) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3230749 History: Received January 18, 1980; Online September 28, 2009


A mathematical model for the Stirling engine cycle is presented. This model differs from the Schmidt Cycle in that an adiabatic dead space is assumed and that the enthalpy exchange between various volumes is accounted for. The model, in general, predicts performance which is lower than the Schmidt Cycle. The model results in a thermal efficiency which is a function of all design parameters rather than temperature only. A comparison between the p-ν diagram from the mathematical model and a measured diagram is in good agreement.

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