what makes Stirling engine not working?

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what makes Stirling engine not working?

Postby schiz0preni » Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:12 pm

besides the pressure(air) leakage and friction what are the problem
that contribute to the engine's failure?
let us do some list here:-

1)heavy flywheel
2)less heat input
3).........
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what makes Stirling engine not working?

Postby stan.hornbaker » Wed Dec 03, 2008 7:51 pm

1. Flywheel must be just heavy enough to carry the engine through its complete cycle but not so heavy as to drag and slow the movement.

2. Heat input from a small alcohol flame no bigger than the flame of a small candle should be adequate.

3. Engine should run freely by hand when closed volume is open to atmosphere and turn over with a slight resistance by hand when closed.
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