7 stirling engines and 1 mendocino motor ! *UPDATED december 27th – 2013*

My first stirling engine is a fact 🙂
A stirling motor, is a motor that runs on hot air. (no water or steam needed).
Just by heating the glass capsule by a flame, the motor is able to run.
I measured the speed, and the motor is running at a whopping 1624 rpm !

*UPDATE 1*
My second stirling engine is also a fact 🙂
Mostly made out of wood, a soup tin can, an aquarium tube, a brass tube,
a delrin cylinder, and some “nuts and bolts” …
Not running as fast as the first engine (because of the lower heat)
One waxine light is not enough, two is perfect 🙂

*UPDATE 2*
My first mendocino motor is also a fact 🙂
Made out of the cover of a box of chocolates (Ferrero Rocher),
some magnets, some solar panels, and a few “nuts and bolts” …

*UPDATE 3*
A “freestyle” sterling engine ! (NO PLANS USED !)
Made out of parts of an old computer harddisc, some small copper pipes, some brass and copper eurocents,
aquarium tubing, nuts and bolts from the local hardware store, and one glass capsule.
(so, mostly scrap parts, just to see if I understand the theory of stirling engines well enough)

*UPDATE 4*
A “very small” (but nice) sterling engine !
bottom/stand made out of regular iron, rest of the parts mostly out of aluminium, and flywheel and pistons made out of brass.

*UPDATE 5*
Another “freestyle” engine, using the same technique as in update 3 …

*UPDATE 6*
A low-temperature stirling engine, mostly made out of aluminium, some ball bearings, some acrylic, and a foam piston !
I wrote in the first paragraph of this posting, that no water is needed, but you will see me using hot water in the movie
about this engine … Technically, I only use the hot air that is produced by the hot water 🙂

*UPDATE 7*
Based on the first stirling in this serie (you will recognize the same burner, flywheel, (glass) pistons), but with a more complex “movement”.
It also does run much faster then my first engine. I measured a whopping 1907 RPM !

Check out this wiki page for more info about stirling motors and how they work.
Check out this wiki page for more info about mendocino motors and how they work.

Click here to see a short movie of the first stirling engine.
Click here to see a short movie of the second stirling engine.
Click here to see a short movie of the first mendocino engine.
Click here to see a short movie of the third stirling engine.
Click here to see a short movie of the fourth stirling engine.
Click here to see a short movie of the fifth stirling engine.
Click here to see a short movie of the sixth stirling engine.
Click here to see a short movie of the seventh stirling engine.

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About Kris

I'm born on april 3th, 1974 in Leuven (Belgium). My love of my life is my lovely Christel Pauwels, with who I'm sharing love, my life, a nice house and lots of mutual hobbies and interests. (electronics / (model)trains / travelling / enjoying life / mechanics etc ...)
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