Stirling Powered Van Program Overview 861303

The Stirling Powered Van Program (SPVP) is a multiyear, multiphase program to evaluate the automotive Stirling engine (ASE) in Air Force vans under realistic conditions. The objective of the SPVP is to have a manufacturer and end user(s) (i.e., on the path to commercialization) of the second-generation Mod II ASE upon completion of the Automotive Stirling Engine Program in 1987. In order to meet this objective, the SPVP must establish Stirling performance, integrity; reliability, durability, and maintainability. This paper reviews the ASE Program background leading to the Van Program and focuses on plans for evaluating the kinematic Stirling engine in Air Force vans. Also discussed are the NASA technology transfers to industry that have been accomplished and those which are currently being developed.


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