SIMULATION OF A FREE-PISTON ENGINE WITH A DIGITAL COMPUTER 580267
For the design of a given free-piston engine, each process must be analyzed with respect to the functioning of the engine. This thermodynamic analysis must then be augmented with a dynamic study of piston motion.
The purpose of the research described in this article was to formulate a general analysis of the free-piston engine process which would realistically simulate an operating engine.
The analysis was made in terms of variables which allowed the basic engine size and configuration to be selected and the operating conditions for the hypothesized engine to be arbitrarily fixed. For these conditions, a solution from the analysis gives a numerical description of the performance that may be expected of the engine.