power piston material

Moderator: stan.hornbaker

Forum rules
Be nice!

power piston material

Postby patryk » Wed Dec 23, 2009 8:07 am

Hello,
I read that PTFE has a lower friction than graphit, why everyone use
a graphit instead of PTFE for power piston?

Patrick, Poland
patryk
 
Posts: 1
Joined: Wed Dec 23, 2009 7:59 am
First Name: Patrick
Last Name: H.

power piston material

Postby stan.hornbaker » Wed Dec 23, 2009 12:28 pm

PTFE vs. graphite:

PTFE is difficult (almost impossible) to machine to the fit in a given cylinder compared to graphite and will not withstand the higher temperatures that graphite will.

The fit of the piston in the power cylinder should be such at to slide freely through the open cylinder and take 10 to 15 seconds to slide through a clyinder closed at one end.

Graphite & Pyrex cylinder pairs can be bought from
Look for the link n the "Luffin" description, "graphite piston & Pyrex cylinder".
stan.hornbaker
 
Posts: 532
Joined: Thu Jun 20, 2002 6:01 pm
First Name: William S.
Last Name: Hornbaker


Return to Model Stirling Engines

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests