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Is here to help anyone who is interested in Stirling engines. The goal of this site is to provide you with the necessary basic information to help make your own diy Stirling engines.
Homemade Stirling engines can be made in so many different ways. There are several types and configurations all working off of the same principles. Once you understand how a heat engine works you will most likely have many designs of your own that you will want to make. That’s when the fun starts!
If your hooked and want to build more sophisticated diy Stirling engines there are many sets of plans and kits available to purchase online. You can also find free plans that are fairly good. My goal is to share those many books, web sites, model kits, and set of Stirling engine plans out there. I will most likely have a few of my own designs available to share too.
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Stirling engines are a great place to start when learning about the Thermodynamic Cycle. It can open the door to the science in very simple terms that most people can understand. However, the Stirling cycle topic can be very complicated. There are entire college level courses created just to teach about the topic of working fluids in these engines. Not to mention the mechanical parts, how heat is transferred and stored, types of materials used and the application of the engines for commercial use.
But don’t worry about all of the technical stuff. You can build your own Stirling in no time at all. I build first one in an evening with a soda can, a latex balloon, a CD, a PVC pipe fitting and a little bit of J.B. Weld. If you take your time and be accurate with your construction you should have success right away. Mine started spinning on the first try with no trouble shooting at all!
There a of things to know about heat engines. So I will continue to add new content.