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Posted by Morris Dovey on August 23, 2006, 8:28 pm
 
Well, I think it's a stirling engine. It has no moving parts other
than air and water - and I plan to power it with heat from a parabolic
trough. There're drawings at the web page linked in my sig.

Comments, suggestions, and explanations of why this thing works will
be most welcome!

--
Morris Dovey
DeSoto Solar
DeSoto, Iowa USA
http://www.iedu.com/DeSoto/StirlingProject.html



Posted by Duane C. Johnson on August 23, 2006, 9:48 pm
 
Hi Morris;


 > Well, I think it's a Stirling engine. It has no
 > moving parts other than air and water - and I plan
 > to power it with heat from a parabolic trough.
 > There're drawings at the web page linked in my sig.

 > Comments, suggestions, and explanations of why
 > this thing works will be most welcome!

You have got to read a book:
Liquid Piston Stirling Engines
Colin West
Pub 1983, Van Nostrand Reinhold
ISBN 0-442-29237-6

What you have described is exactly explained by
Colin West.

I made one of these maybe 20 years ago or so.
Mine was made from a drilled Lucite block just as
described in the book. It was electrically heated
with an electrical resistor. It ran on my desk for
several years. Neat huh!

 > Morris Dovey
 > DeSoto Solar
 > DeSoto, Iowa USA
 > http://www.iedu.com/DeSoto/StirlingProject.html

Duane

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Posted by Morris Dovey on August 23, 2006, 9:50 pm
 Duane C. Johnson (in 44ECCD37.3020508@redrok.com) said:

|
|  > Well, I think it's a Stirling engine. It has no
|  > moving parts other than air and water - and I plan
|  > to power it with heat from a parabolic trough.
|  > There're drawings at the web page linked in my sig.
|
|  > Comments, suggestions, and explanations of why
|  > this thing works will be most welcome!
|
| You have got to read a book:
| Liquid Piston Stirling Engines
| Colin West
| Pub 1983, Van Nostrand Reinhold
| ISBN 0-442-29237-6
|
| What you have described is exactly explained by
| Colin West.
|
| I made one of these maybe 20 years ago or so.
| Mine was made from a drilled Lucite block just as
| described in the book. It was electrically heated
| with an electrical resistor. It ran on my desk for
| several years. Neat huh!

Duane...

Fantastic! This thing has been driving me crazy %-]

I've scheduled a trip to the library.

Thanks (again!)

--
Morris Dovey
DeSoto Solar
DeSoto, Iowa USA
http://www.iedu.com/DeSoto



Posted by SJC on August 24, 2006, 12:37 am
 Let your fingers do the walking online:

Liquid piston Stirling engines (Industrial Engineering) (Hardcover)
by C. D West

(Amazon.com product link shortened)

Product Details

  a.. Hardcover: 152 pages
  b.. Publisher: Van Nostrand Reinhold (1983)
  c.. Language: English
  d.. ISBN: 0442292376
  e.. Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.6 x 9.3 inches
  f.. Shipping Weight: 1.00 pounds


Posted by Morris Dovey on August 24, 2006, 4:53 am
 SJC (in 4x6Hg.4389$J6.2660@trnddc02) said:

| Let your fingers do the walking online:
|
| Liquid piston Stirling engines (Industrial Engineering) (Hardcover)
| by C. D West
|
|
(Amazon.com product link shortened)
47961?ie=UTF8
|
| Product Details
|
|   a.. Hardcover: 152 pages
|   b.. Publisher: Van Nostrand Reinhold (1983)
|   c.. Language: English
|   d.. ISBN: 0442292376
|   e.. Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.6 x 9.3 inches
|   f.. Shipping Weight: 1.00 pounds

At a hundred bucks a copy, I think I'll go to the library instead -
and spend the difference on prototyping materials.

--
Morris Dovey
DeSoto Solar
DeSoto, Iowa USA
http://www.iedu.com/DeSoto



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