Stirling 4 Stirling Engine
This Stirling engine will run indefinitely on the heat from your warm hand.
This Stirling engine is a beautiful conversation piece for your home or office, or a great physics or chemistry demo for your classroom or lab. It will run indefinitely on your warm hands in a 72°F (23°C) room, or on a computer monitor, TV, DVD player, VCR, stereo amplifier/receiver or fax machine. It will even run on bright sunlight shining through your window.
While the Stirling 4 operates based on well understood physics, it may be the closest thing to magic and a perpetual motion machine you can buy anywhere at any price. It only requires that the base plate be 7.2°F (4°C) warmer or cooler than the top plate for it to run continuously. Amaze your friends, your family, your co-workers, or just yourself!
The Stirling 4 is a great unique present for that special friend, relative, business associate, or client who already has all the usual worldly possessions. You can be confident that he or she will not have a Stirling 4.
Height: 8" (20.3 cm.)
Diameter: 6.5" (16.5 cm.)
Weight: 1 lb. 2 oz. (500 g.)
Temperature differential required: 7.2 degrees F (4 degrees C).
Precision Ball Bearings: 4.
Piston Material: Graphite.
Power Cylinder Material: Borosilicate Glass.
Flywheel Material: Powder Coated Steel.
Metal Parts: Anodized Aluminum and Steel.
Below are 2 videos of this amazing Stirling engine design, showing a slightly different model (MM-7) of identical quality.
Rotational Speed: Approximately 90 rpm (speed depends on temperature differential, barometric pressure, and other factors) When running on your warm hand, the engine will run faster in cold rooms, slower in warm room, and not at all in very hot rooms.
None. Internal components are sealed for countless hours of maintenance-free operation. You can safely place this engine on a low temperature heat source and let it run for weeks, months or perhaps even years. Make sure to protect the engine from continious exposure to sunshine or the anodizing will fade.
Warranty: One year parts and labor.
This is such an elegant engine that you may want to display it on your desk. One of our customers recommended buying an 8"x12" glass dome. This site sells glass a 7 & 3/4" glass dome which may be close enough. This site sells both glass and acrylic domes.