Stirling engine model

Category Industrial facilities

Year of manufacture/creation 2018

Size Height: 14 cm
Width: 18 cm
Length: 30 cm
Weight: 1,74 kg

Material wood, brass

Museum/Storage location Gasworks Museum in Paczków

Date of admission to the museum 2018

Rights to the exhibit Gasworks Museum in Paczków

Rights to digital images Gasworks Museum in Paczków


Exhibit description

What if the history of motorization took a different turn and our streets were now full of cars powered by the heat generated through the combustion of wood or gas? We can aid our imagination with this engine model.

This mysterious design was patented in 1816, by the Scottish inventor Robert Stirling. The engine, named after its inventor, converts thermal energy into mechanical energy. Its cylinders contain a highly conductive working gas with specific heat (hydrogen, helium), which when heated, expands and moves the piston powering the engine.

This device has not yet found a practical application, but it continues to inspire new generations of inventors. Maybe the novel methods of using the Stirling engine are still waiting to be discovered?

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