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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Animated Engines, Two Cylinder Stirling

Animated Engines, Two Cylinder Stirling: "Two Cylinder Stirling Engine

The Stirling engine is one of my favorites. It was invented in 1816 by Rev. Robert Stirling of Scotland. The Stirling is a very simple engine, and was often billed as a safe alternative to steam (since there's no boiler to explode). It enjoyed some success in industrial applications, and in small appliances like fans and water pumps, but was eclipsed by the advent of inexpensive electric motors.3 Since it can run on any source of heat, it now holds promise for alternative fuel engines, solar power, geothermal power, etc."

Helge: Take a look at the animation...
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