Srinivasan, Kalyan K.
Date of Degree
Dissertation - Open Access
Doctor of Philosophy
James Worth Bagley College of 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.
Harrod, James Clayton, "The Stirling Engine: Thermodynamics And Applications In Combined Cooling, Heating, And Power Systems" (2010). Theses and Dissertations MSU. 4665.