Stirling Engine 

The Stirling Engine that I designed is quite a popular incarnation of the a displacer and power piston type. I find that this is one of the most simple yet most intriguing engines out there which does not rely directly on combustion, but instead uses a temperature difference between the upper plate and lower plate to operate. Since heat can be obtained from waste byproducts of other processes including the internal combustion engine that excess heat can directly be converted into mechanical work, and from there to either electricity or to directly drive something. I am making this engine for a project in Mechanical Engineering Design class,  but I also believe it would be a perfect opportunity to expand my experience with Heat Engines such as this.


This is the initial CAD drawing of what the intended finished drawing will look like. This is pre-calculations to determine if all of the designed components will work as intended. I intend to analyze the Stirling Engine initially use the ideal gas law, PV=nRT, as well as the Force=Pressure*Area equation.

Some known factors are that atmospheric pressure is 101.325kPa.

  The video of the operation and assembly of the Stirling Engine as it is in it's current design.