1D modelling of an alpha type Stirling engine

N. Martaj, P. Rochelle
2014 International Journal for Simulation and Multidisciplinary Design Optimization  
In this paper, a 1-D model of an half alpha type "double-acting" Stirling engine (made up of two doubleacting pistons, two hot heat-exchangers, two cold heat-exchangers and a common recuperator-regenerator for the two separate gas circuits, all that giving two cycles with 180°phasing) is presented. In this architecture, two cylinders, containing, each one, a double-acting piston, are combined in order to operate like two parallel Stirling systems in opposition of phase. This model, derived from
more » ... Andersen's model, is used to describe the compressible flows in the half-engine, under energy transfers. A finite-volume numerical method is applied for the equations of energy, mass and momentum assessment. This modelling was carried out using the Matlab/Simulink software. The results of this dynamic modelling relate to one half engine. We obtain the evolution of the physical parameters (density, pressure and temperature), and the (p, V) cycle. The influence of the various assumptions was studied. A parametric study was carried out in order to obtain the optimal values of the geometry of the engine and its ideal speed of operation.
doi:10.1051/smdo/2013019 fatcat:u74xtlvkmzbofa5kwwmv6mqrve