Stirling engine
noun Etymology: Robert Stirling died 1878 Scottish engineer Date: 1896 an external combustion engine having an enclosed working fluid (as helium) that is alternately compressed and expanded to operate a piston

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  • Stirling engine — an external combustion engine in which heat from outside the cylinders causes air confined in the cylinders to expand and drive the pistons. [1895 1900; after Robert Stirling (d. 1878), Scottish engineer] * * * …   Universalium

  • Stirling engine — An external combustion engine that uses air or an inert gas as the working fluid operating on a highly efficient thermodynamic cycle. The heat released from the burning fuel is transferred to the confined gas (such as hydrogen) which activates… …   Dictionary of automotive terms

  • stirling engine — noun Usage: usually capitalized S : an air engine using the Stirling cycle …   Useful english dictionary

  • Stirling engine — noun A heat engine of the external combustion piston engine type …   Wiktionary

  • Stirling Engine —   A heat engine of the reciprocating (piston) where the working gas and a heat source are independent. The working gas is compressed in one region of the engine and transferred to another region where it is expanded. The expanded gas is then… …   Energy terms

  • Stirling engine — noun a machine used to provide power or refrigeration which operates on a closed cycle in which a working fluid is cyclically compressed and expanded at different temperatures. Origin named after the 19th cent. Scottish engineer Robert Stirling …   English new terms dictionary

  • Stirling engine —   An external combustion engine that converts heat into useable mechanical energy (shaftwork) by the heating (expanding) and cooling (contracting) of a captive gas such as helium or hydrogen.   California Energy Comission. Dictionary of Energy… …   Energy terms

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