Stirling engines are often discussed in the thermodynamics topic for GCSE Physics and can illustrate the concepts of heat engines, energy transfer, and efficiency. Students may learn about how Stirling engines work, their advantages and disadvantages, and how they can be applied in various practical applications.
What is a Stirling engine?
A Stirling engine is a heat engine that operates by cyclic compression and expansion of air or other gas (the working fluid) at different temperature levels, which converts thermal energy to mechanical work. Unlike traditional internal combustion engines, Stirling engines use an external heat source, such as fuel or solar energy, to operate. They are known for their high efficiency and low noise and can be used in a variety of applications, such as power generation, heating, and cooling.
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