• Graham Walker
  • J. R. Senft
Part of the Lecture Notes in Engineering book series (LNENG, volume 12)


A Stirling engine is a mechanical device which operates on a closed regenerative thermodynamic cycle with cyclic compression and expansion of the working fluid at different temperature levels. The flow of working fluid is controlled only by the internal volume changes, there are no valves and, overall, there is a net conversion of heat to work or vice-versa.


Heat Exchanger Heat Pump Prime Mover Expansion Space Carnot Cycle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Graham Walker
    • 1
  • J. R. Senft
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.Dept. of Mathematics Computer ScienceUniversity of WisconsinRiver FallsUSA

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