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Title: Stirling engine control mechanism and method

Abstract

A reciprocating-to-rotating motion conversion and power control device for a Stirling engine includes a hub mounted on an offset portion of the output shaft for rotation relative to the shaft and for sliding motion therealong which causes the hub to tilt relative to the axis of rotation of the shaft. This changes the angle of inclination of the hub relative to the shaft axis and changes the axial stroke of a set of arms connected to the hub and nutating therewith. A hydraulic actuating mechanism is connected to the hub for moving its axial position along the shaft. A balancing wheel is linked to the hub and changes its angle of inclination as the angle of inclination of the hub changes to maintain the mechanism in perfect balance throughout its range of motion.

Inventors:
 [1]
  1. (Durham, NH)
Issue Date:
OSTI Identifier:
864484
Patent Number(s):
4372116
Assignee:
Mechanical Technology Incorporated (Latham, NY) OSTI
DOE Contract Number:  
DEN3-32
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
stirling; engine; control; mechanism; method; reciprocating-to-rotating; motion; conversion; power; device; hub; mounted; offset; portion; output; shaft; rotation; relative; sliding; therealong; causes; tilt; axis; changes; angle; inclination; axial; stroke; set; arms; connected; nutating; therewith; hydraulic; actuating; moving; position; balancing; wheel; linked; maintain; perfect; balance; throughout; range; power control; output shaft; control device; stirling engine; axial position; actuating mechanism; control mechanism; shaft axis; sliding motion; offset portion; motion conversion; rotating motion; /60/74/91/92/

Citation Formats

Dineen, John J. Stirling engine control mechanism and method. United States: N. p., 1983. Web.
Dineen, John J. Stirling engine control mechanism and method. United States.
Dineen, John J. Sat . "Stirling engine control mechanism and method". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/864484.
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title = {Stirling engine control mechanism and method},
author = {Dineen, John J.},
abstractNote = {A reciprocating-to-rotating motion conversion and power control device for a Stirling engine includes a hub mounted on an offset portion of the output shaft for rotation relative to the shaft and for sliding motion therealong which causes the hub to tilt relative to the axis of rotation of the shaft. This changes the angle of inclination of the hub relative to the shaft axis and changes the axial stroke of a set of arms connected to the hub and nutating therewith. A hydraulic actuating mechanism is connected to the hub for moving its axial position along the shaft. A balancing wheel is linked to the hub and changes its angle of inclination as the angle of inclination of the hub changes to maintain the mechanism in perfect balance throughout its range of motion.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {1983},
month = {1}
}

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