A Free-Piston Stirling Engine/Linear Alternator Controls and Load Interaction Test Facility 929264
A test facility at NASA Lewis has been assembled for evaluating: free-piston Stirling engine/linear alternator control options, and interaction with various electrical loads. This facility is based on a “SPIKE” engine/alternator. The paper describes the engine/alternator, a multi-purpose load system, a digital computer based load and facility control, and a data acquisition system with both steady-periodic and transient capability.
Preliminary steady-periodic results are included for several operating modes of a digital AC parasitic load control. Preliminary results on the transient response to switching a resistive AC user load are discussed.
Citation: Rauch, J., Madi, F., Kankam, M., and Santiago, W., "A Free-Piston Stirling Engine/Linear Alternator Controls and Load Interaction Test Facility," SAE Technical Paper 929264, 1992, https://doi.org/10.4271/929264. Download Citation
Jeffrey S. Rauch, Frank J. Madi, M. David Kankam, Walter Santiago
Sverdrup Technologies, Inc., NASA Lewis Research Center
27th Intersociety Energy Conversion Engineering Conference (1992)