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Dynamic Modeling for Control of a Kinematic Stirling Engine

Kuindersma, M. (2009) Dynamic Modeling for Control of a Kinematic Stirling Engine. Master's Thesis / Essay, Industrial Engineering and Management.

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This study provides an analysis of a kinematic Stirling engine, which is the core part of a micro-CHP system. A micro-CHP system is a small scale system for concurrently generating heat and electricity on the level of one household. Micro-CHP can be based on several technologies, one of which is a Stirling engine. In case of a Stirling engine, the engine cooling water provides the heat required and the piston motions provide the energy to drive the generator, which generates electricity. Most Stirling engines found in literature consider free-piston Stirling engines, whereas in this work a kinematic engine is studied. Kinematic Stirling Engines have a crank arrangement to convert the reciprocal piston motion to a rotational output. Free piston Stirling Engines on the other hand do not have rotating parts. The Whispergen Stirling engine studied here uses a so-called wobble yoke to convert linear motion of the pistons to rotational motion. The presence of the wobble yoke strongly affects engine modeling. In this work two modeling approaches are discussed. The result is a useful model, which can be used as a starting point for control design.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Degree programme: Industrial Engineering and Management
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:28
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:28

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