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Stirling Engine Dynamic System Modeling
Author and Affiliation:
Nakis, Christopher G.(Grove City Coll., Mechanical Engineering, PA, United States)
Abstract: The Thermo-Mechanical systems branch at the Glenn Research Center focuses a large amount time on Stirling engines. These engines will be used on missions where solar power is inefficient, especially in deep space. I work with Tim Regan and Ed Lewandowski who are currently developing and validating a mathematical model for the Stirling engines. This model incorporates all aspects of the system including, mechanical, electrical and thermodynamic components. Modeling is done through Simplorer, a program capable of running simulations of the model. Once created and then proven to be accurate, a model is used for developing new ideas for engine design. My largest specific project involves varying key parameters in the model and quantifying the results. This can all be done relatively trouble-free with the help of Simplorer. Once the model is complete, Simplorer will do all the necessary calculations. The more complicated part of this project is determining which parameters to vary. Finding key parameters depends on the potential for a value to be independently altered in the design. For example, a change in one dimension may lead to a proportional change to the rest of the model, and no real progress is made. Also, the ability for a changed value to have a substantial impact on the outputs of the system is important. Results will be condensed into graphs and tables with the purpose of better communication and understanding of the data. With the changing of these parameters, a more optimal design can be created without having to purchase or build any models. Also, hours and hours of results can be simulated in minutes. In the long run, using mathematical models can save time and money. Along with this project, I have many other smaller assignments throughout the summer. My main goal is to assist in the processes of model development, validation and testing.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 2004
Document ID:
(Acquired Jul 14, 2005)
Document Type: Conference Paper
Publication Information: Research Symposium I; (SEE 20050186794)
Meeting Sponsor: NASA Glenn Research Center; Cleveland, OH, United States
Financial Sponsor: Grove City Coll.; Mechanical Engineering; PA, United States
Organization Source: Grove City Coll.; Mechanical Engineering; PA, United States
Description: In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
Availability Notes: Abstract Only; Available from STI Support Services only as part of the entire parent document
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