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by flash3780
Wed Jun 07, 2017 5:03 am
Forum: Stirling and "Hot Air" Engine Forum
Topic: This is my first beta stirling engine !!
Replies: 16
Views: 2899

Re: This is my first beta stirling engine !!

That looks really good! How tight is the piston radial clearance? Commercial engines use low friction coatings on the piston, and maintaining tight clearance can be important for efficiency (and tricky).

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by flash3780
Sat Sep 06, 2014 5:12 am
Forum: Stirling and "Hot Air" Engine Forum
Topic: Made a flash light
Replies: 16
Views: 3806

Re: Made a flash light

Hi Lars,
Just checking in... did you finish building your water pump? I'd be interested to see how it turns out.

-Chris

PS That's a cool Mercedes!
by flash3780
Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:33 pm
Forum: Stirling and "Hot Air" Engine Forum
Topic: Acquired a Stirling Engine
Replies: 16
Views: 4454

Re: Acquired a Stirling Engine

Yepitsadam,
That's a very neat model engine! It looks like it's all there... would you mind posting a video if your brother gets it running?

Chris
Cincinnati, Ohio
by flash3780
Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:21 pm
Forum: Stirling and "Hot Air" Engine Forum
Topic: alpha type stirling engine question
Replies: 18
Views: 5907

Re: alpha type stirling engine question

That's a neat engine! I wonder if some steel wool in the tube between the hot end and cold end would improve your power output.

Chris
by flash3780
Mon Jul 21, 2014 5:08 am
Forum: Stirling and "Hot Air" Engine Forum
Topic: BETA Stirling Engine Design!
Replies: 15
Views: 4461

Re: BETA Stirling Engine Design!

Thanks kennethkye,
What software do you use for CAD? Did you end up making an interference engine?
If you'd feel comfortable posting your drawings, I'd be interested in seeing what you came up with.

-Chris
by flash3780
Sat Jul 19, 2014 7:10 pm
Forum: Stirling and "Hot Air" Engine Forum
Topic: Made a flash light
Replies: 16
Views: 3806

Re: Made a flash light

Okay, I understand now. The electric water pump is driven by your peltier elements, which use the exhaust heat from your Stirling engine. That's really neat! Regarding the batteries: How much heat does it take to run your engine? Maybe your burner produces 60 watts worth of heat? ...that may take a ...
by flash3780
Sat Jul 19, 2014 3:02 pm
Forum: Stirling and "Hot Air" Engine Forum
Topic: Made a flash light
Replies: 16
Views: 3806

Re: Made a flash light

Lars,
Two things:
1. The engine with the water pump is very neat. I wonder if you'd get more power out of it if you ran the water across the cold end.
2. The snowmobile movie is amazing and looks so fun. I can see why you can't wait for winter.

-Chris
by flash3780
Sat Jul 19, 2014 1:30 pm
Forum: Stirling and "Hot Air" Engine Forum
Topic: BETA Stirling Engine Design!
Replies: 15
Views: 4461

Re: BETA Stirling Engine Design!

Ian S C, It's interesting to mention a displacer as a regenerator. Technically, I don't think that anything prevents you from making a regenerator integral to the displacer. I think that it's generally not approached that way because materials which make good regenerators don't like to wobble about....
by flash3780
Sat Jul 19, 2014 1:22 pm
Forum: Stirling and "Hot Air" Engine Forum
Topic: Clever 3D Printed Free Piston Stirling Engine
Replies: 0
Views: 8609

Clever 3D Printed Free Piston Stirling Engine

I often browse Stirling engine videos on YouTube, and I recently came across this cleverly built free piston engine which is made with mostly 3D printed parts and I thought I'd share. I take no credit for the design or build of this engine, I just thought that it was neat. And it's a free-piston eng...
by flash3780
Sat Jul 19, 2014 9:54 am
Forum: Stirling and "Hot Air" Engine Forum
Topic: Made a flash light
Replies: 16
Views: 3806

Re: Made a flash light

Lars,
Neat stuff! If you attach a positive displacement water pump to your engine, you can roughly measure engine horsepower with the flow rate and pressure head.

I think the equation is: HP = QxH/3960

-Chris
by flash3780
Thu Jul 17, 2014 4:47 pm
Forum: Stirling and "Hot Air" Engine Forum
Topic: rotary stirling engine with interior heat
Replies: 4
Views: 1649

Re: rotary stirling engine with interior heat

I've been staring at this for a few minutes now, and I'm not sure that I understand how it works. It looks like you have two cylinders rotating eccentrically around a fixed cylinder. Maybe a free body diagram and/or several frames to show how everything moves would help?
by flash3780
Thu Jul 17, 2014 4:36 pm
Forum: Stirling and "Hot Air" Engine Forum
Topic: Made a flash light
Replies: 16
Views: 3806

Re: Made a flash light

Very cool! Is that a repurposed electric motor that's generating your electricity?

-Chris
by flash3780
Wed Jul 16, 2014 6:42 pm
Forum: Stirling and "Hot Air" Engine Forum
Topic: BETA Stirling Engine Design!
Replies: 15
Views: 4461

Re: BETA Stirling Engine Design!

Hi kennethkye, If you forgo a regenerator, I think it's possible to make an interference engine. As Ian S C said, you will need to lay out engine and make sure it all works. You'll want to slosh all of the working fluid into the expansion space somewhere near the point of maximum compression... so t...
by flash3780
Sat Jul 12, 2014 1:32 pm
Forum: Stirling and "Hot Air" Engine Forum
Topic: BETA Stirling Engine Design!
Replies: 15
Views: 4461

Re: BETA Stirling Engine Design!

Hi kennethkye, The geometry of the traditional beta Stirling engine will somewhat prevent the displacer and the power piston from sharing the same portion of the cylinder. Remember that there is usually an annulus where the regenerator resides in a beta stirling engine. Of course there are ports in ...
by flash3780
Sat Jun 07, 2014 9:25 am
Forum: Stirling and "Hot Air" Engine Forum
Topic: "Hi...We are new here!" First posts here (or anywhere is OK)
Replies: 412
Views: 64348

Re: "Hi" We are new here!

Hi Flash, why are you using plain bearings in the Ross Yoke, you would eliminate the oiling system, and reduce friction by using sealed ball races. If you want efficiency, why are you not pressurising it? If you have not done so all ready, it would be worth down loading Andy Ross's book "Makin...

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