4F30.10 Stirling Engine (Hot Water, Ice)
The Stirling engine will run when it is placed on a dish of crushed ice or on a mug of hot water. The manufacturer points out that the engine will run if placed on an ice cream cone, but this is messy to clean up. The working volume may be filled with helium which makes the engine run faster.
-  Stirling engine
-  Mug or thermos
-  Kettle of water
-  Dish of crushed ice
- Handle with care. DO NOT USE dry ice or liquid nitrogen. DO NOT USE anything hotter than hot water.
- Place the Stirling engine on a mug of hot water. The Stirling engine will begin to run.
- Place the Stirling engine on a dish of crushed ice. The Stirling engine will begin to run.
- PIRA 4F30.10
- American Stirling Company
- Crane, H. Richard. "The Stirling Engine - 173 Years old and Running." TPT 28(4), 252-253 (1990)
- Ross, Andy. "Stirling Cycle Engines." Solar Engines 1981 (copy in demos)
- Stirling and Hot Air Engine Ring
- Don't attempt this at home!
- We use a demonstration Stirling engine model MM-4 manufactured by American Stirling Company.
If you have any questions about the demos or notes you would like to add to this page, contact Ricky Chu at ricky_chu AT sfu DOT ca.