Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Mago, Pedro

Committee Member

Srinivasan, Kalyan K.

Committee Member

Luck, Rogelio

Committee Member

Krishnan, Sundar

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Mechanical Engineering

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Mechanical Engineering


The goal of this study is to assess the potential of the Stirling engine in alternative energy applications including combined cooling, heating, and power (CCHP) and novel waste heat recovery (WHR) technologies. A first and second law model is developed to quantify Stirling engine performance and realize the crucial parameters in Stirling engine design. In addition, analysis of systems employing the Stirling engine as a prime mover can help justify particular design interests for the engine regarding certain applications. A model of a CCHP system is developed with a Stirling engine prime mover. Sensitivity analysis is performed on the CCHP system to gain a deeper understanding of how each component affects the overall performance of the CCHP system. The main objective of these analyses is to provide information on the feasibility of Stirling CCHP on the basis of primary energy consumption and cost. Finally, the potential of the Stirling engine as a waste heat recovery device is investigated. A thermodynamic model is developed to provide estimates of Stirling engine performance based on an available waste heat stream from any specific heat source, while suggesting practical design constraints on the engine based on bounds from the second law. These results are provided to strengthen the feasibility of the Stirling engine as a bottoming prime mover rather than the central power plant.