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Thermodynamics and Gas Dynamics of the Stirling Cycle Machine

by Allan J. Organ

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"This book provides the first coherent and comprehensive treatment of the thermodynamics and gas dynamics of the practical Stirling cycle. Invented in 1816, the Stirling engine is the subject of worldwide research and development on account of unique qualities - silence, indifference to heat source, low level of emissions when burning conventional fuels, and an ability to function in reverse as heat pump or refrigerator." "The working cycle embraces all aspects of engineering thermodynamics, heat transfer (conduction and convection) and unsteady, compressible fluid flow. A wide-ranging problem in thermodynamic design is reduced to manageable proportions through application of the key principle of dynamic similarity. This draws together and unifies a vast literature on the central issue of the thermal regenerator, permits a unified approach to computer simulation of the gas processes and allows reduction of a substantial problem in gas circuit design to the use of simple charts. Performance optimization is also treated. Comprehensive appendices include conversion factors and tables of the properties of gases and metals required for the design of practical gas circuits." "The student of engineering will discover an instructive and illuminating case study revealing the interactions of basic disciplines. The researcher will find the groundwork prepared for any type of computer simulation that is contemplated. Those involved in the use and teaching of solution methods for unsteady gas dynamics problems will find a comprehensive treatment of nonlinear (Method of Characteristics) and linear wave approaches, for the Stirling machine provides an elegant example of the application of each. The book will be indispensable for all those involved in researching, designing or manufacturing Stirling prime movers, coolers and related regenerative thermal machines."--Jacket.… (more)
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"This book provides the first coherent and comprehensive treatment of the thermodynamics and gas dynamics of the practical Stirling cycle. Invented in 1816, the Stirling engine is the subject of worldwide research and development on account of unique qualities - silence, indifference to heat source, low level of emissions when burning conventional fuels, and an ability to function in reverse as heat pump or refrigerator." "The working cycle embraces all aspects of engineering thermodynamics, heat transfer (conduction and convection) and unsteady, compressible fluid flow. A wide-ranging problem in thermodynamic design is reduced to manageable proportions through application of the key principle of dynamic similarity. This draws together and unifies a vast literature on the central issue of the thermal regenerator, permits a unified approach to computer simulation of the gas processes and allows reduction of a substantial problem in gas circuit design to the use of simple charts. Performance optimization is also treated. Comprehensive appendices include conversion factors and tables of the properties of gases and metals required for the design of practical gas circuits." "The student of engineering will discover an instructive and illuminating case study revealing the interactions of basic disciplines. The researcher will find the groundwork prepared for any type of computer simulation that is contemplated. Those involved in the use and teaching of solution methods for unsteady gas dynamics problems will find a comprehensive treatment of nonlinear (Method of Characteristics) and linear wave approaches, for the Stirling machine provides an elegant example of the application of each. The book will be indispensable for all those involved in researching, designing or manufacturing Stirling prime movers, coolers and related regenerative thermal machines."--Jacket.

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