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by MikeB
Wed Jan 10, 2018 6:13 am
Forum: Stirling and "Hot Air" Engine Forum
Topic: Tesla's "Ambient Heat Engine" Experiment
Replies: 23
Views: 6386

Re: Tesla's "Ambient Heat Engine" Experiment

So, if no heat ever goes into the ice, what effect does it have on the system???? I think what Tesla was really getting at, (probably incorrectly) was that if the engine was 100% efficient (no chance) then the _output_ of the engine could be used to cool the ice/cold end. Which sounds to me rather l...
by MikeB
Fri May 19, 2017 6:25 am
Forum: Stirling and "Hot Air" Engine Forum
Topic: Multi cylinder Stirling engine question.
Replies: 4
Views: 1640

Re: Multi cylinder Stirling engine question.

What info are you looking for? I'd have thought that the problems involved in building an eight cylinder engine are pretty much the same as for twelve cylinders, just with different angles. (And not necessarily then - sometimes multi-cylinder IC engine designs are merely two/three/four cylinder desi...
by MikeB
Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:59 am
Forum: Stirling and "Hot Air" Engine Forum
Topic: Volum alfa model
Replies: 26
Views: 5852

Re: Volum alfa model

That picture shows the cylinder being vented at the right hand side - is that a mistake in the drawing, or how you've built it??
by MikeB
Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:50 am
Forum: Stirling and "Hot Air" Engine Forum
Topic: Carnot and Stirling cycles
Replies: 3
Views: 1471

Re: Carnot and Stirling cycles

Even in an ideal Stirling Engine the piston has to move to draw power, which will result in a small change in volume.
by MikeB
Tue Mar 14, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: Stirling and "Hot Air" Engine Forum
Topic: Stirling Generators
Replies: 8
Views: 2830

Re: Stirling Generators

Do you want enough power to run a computer, or just enough to be able to charge a device - there's a massive difference between the two figures.
by MikeB
Fri Oct 14, 2016 4:10 am
Forum: Stirling and "Hot Air" Engine Forum
Topic: Tesla's Heat Engine
Replies: 20
Views: 6200

Re: Tesla's Heat Engine

Sounds to me like you are talking about a variation on what is currently known as an "Air Source Heat Pump"
I can't say I understand it well enough though, to do the maths to check whether it is theoretically possible or not.
by MikeB
Fri Sep 04, 2015 7:09 am
Forum: Stirling and "Hot Air" Engine Forum
Topic: varible phasing
Replies: 27
Views: 9721

Re: varible phasing

For the record, you can also get small ball bearings out of certain types of computer back-up tapes - I've grabbed a few from DLT tapes.
But am I reading you correctly - the 'proper' ball bearings have _more_ friction than your 'hand made' bearings?
by MikeB
Fri Sep 04, 2015 6:47 am
Forum: Stirling and "Hot Air" Engine Forum
Topic: 500kw/5MW
Replies: 3
Views: 2296

Re: 500kw/5MW

Of course it's _possible_ - though you might find it easiest to build a farm of smaller engines, or a single large engine with a large number of pistons. Whether it is in anyway financially viable is a different story, but it seems highly unlikely. Most people build Stirlings as a hobby, or to get a...
by MikeB
Fri Jun 26, 2015 7:52 am
Forum: Stirling and "Hot Air" Engine Forum
Topic: Gamma not working
Replies: 66
Views: 16833

Re: Gamma not working

That sealing looks to me like it is going to introduce an awful lot of friction.

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