4F30.10 Stirling Engine (Hot Water, Ice)

Concepts

Heat cycles

Overview

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.

Details

Equipment

  • [1] Stirling engine
  • [1] Mug or thermos
  • [1] Kettle of water
  • [1] Dish of crushed ice

Important Notes

  • Handle with care. DO NOT USE dry ice or liquid nitrogen. DO NOT USE anything hotter than hot water.

Script

  1. Place the Stirling engine on a mug of hot water. The Stirling engine will begin to run.
  2. Place the Stirling engine on a dish of crushed ice. The Stirling engine will begin to run.

 

Additional Resources

References

Disclaimer

  • Don't attempt this at home!

Last revised

  • 2020

Technicals

  • We use a demonstration Stirling engine model MM-4 manufactured by American Stirling Company.

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