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Design of a Mechanical Resonator to Be Coupled to a Thermoacoustic Stirling-Engine

[+] Author Affiliations
M. E. H. Tijani, Srinivas Vanapalli, Simon Spoelstra

Energy Research Center of the Netherlands, Petten, Netherlands

Paper No. FEDSM-ICNMM2010-31151, pp. 117-121; 5 pages
  • ASME 2010 3rd Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting collocated with 8th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels
  • ASME 2010 3rd Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting: Volume 2, Fora
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 1–5, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4949-1 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3880-8
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


This paper describes the design of a mechanical resonator for a thermoacoustic Stirling-engine. The engine was previously run with a quarter-wavelength acoustic resonator. The advantage of the mechanical resonator is that it is compact and would dissipate less acoustic power. The mechanical resonator consists of a twin piston-spring assembly moving in opposite phase to cancel vibrations. The system uses flexure springs to suspend the piston in a cylinder leaving a narrow gap between them. The narrow gap acts as a dynamic seal between the fronts and back sides of the piston. Simulation calculations show that the mechanical resonator dissipates 40% less acoustic power than the acoustic one. This will lead to more useful acoustic power output from the thermoacoustic Stirling-engine. In addition, the size of the system is reduced considerably.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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