Dynamic Thermal Energy Conversion Laboratory

Research Projects

Investigating the potential use of Stirling enignes for the conversion of low grade heat into useful energy.


STIRLING ENGINE

Design and manufacturing of low temperature difference, low grade or geothermal heat source, Stirling engines.

RE-DESIGN OF THE ST05G-CNC

Redesign of the ST05G for use with a solid heat reservoir.

Sub-COMPONENT TEST RIGS

Design and construction of sub-component test rigs for evaluating concepts.

ENGINE LAYOUT

Exploring different engine layouts and concepts

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

The use of low hot side temperatures (<100degC) means plastics can be used in the design. Design of an in-line Gamma type Stirling engine for construction using additive manufacturing.

SIMULATION

Using advanced CFD simulation to model flow and heat transfer performance.

ADVANCED ENGINE MONITORING

Design and implementation of advanced DAQ and instrumentation from online monitoring and control of test engines.

2nd ORDER MODELING

Developing 2nd order models of different engine configurations to compare and predict experimental performance.

MECHANISM DESIGN

Exploring the possability of non-traditional mechanisms for improved motion.