how does a stirling engine work?

Asked on by jk3246

1 Answer | Add Yours

pramodpandey's profile pic

pramodpandey | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted on

Every Stirling engine has a sealed cylinder with one part hot and the other cold. The working gas inside the engine (which is often air, helium, or hydrogen) is moved by a mechanism from the hot side to the cold side. When the gas is on the hot side it expands and pushes up on a piston. When it moves back to the cold side it contracts. Properly designed Stirling engines have two power pulses per  revolution,    which can make them very smooth running.Two of the most  common types are two piston Stirling engines and displacer-type Stirling engines.

We’ve answered 319,832 questions. We can answer yours, too.

Ask a question