Design of a variable radius piston profile generating algorithm

Gregory A. Cole, James D. Van De Ven

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Abstract

One of the main sources of efficiency loss in heat engines is the inability of a sinusoidally displaced piston engines to approximate the ideal heat volumetric cycles the engines require. While attempts have been made to address this issue in the past, recent developments in Stirling engine technology utilizing rolling diaphragm seals on the cylinders has offered an opportunity to greatly increase the correlation between an engines volume-time profile to the ideal profile. By changing the radius of the piston used to drive the rolling diaphragm connection over its length, the piston can effectively be used as a " transfer function " translating the sinusoidal displacement of the crankshaft into a near ideal heat cycle volumetric displacement. This work presents a methodology for determining the ideal shape of such a piston, and a model used to most effectively match a desired input linear displacement profile with output volumetric displacement profile, without compromising the operating conditions required to maintain the diaphragm itself.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition 2009, IMECE 2009
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
Pages263-268
Number of pages6
EditionPART A
ISBN (Print)9780791843833
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010
EventASME 2009 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE2009 - Lake Buena Vista, FL, United States
Duration: Nov 13 2009Nov 19 2009

Publication series

NameASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, Proceedings
NumberPART A
Volume10

Other

OtherASME 2009 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE2009
CountryUnited States
CityLake Buena Vista, FL
Period11/13/0911/19/09

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