Progress toward the evolution of a Stirling space engine
- Alger, Donald L.
- JAN 1, 1987.
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- Following the successful testing of the 25 kWe Space Power Demonstrator (SPD) engine in 1985, a Stirling Space Engine (SSE) technology advancement program was initiated. The program's objective was to advance free-piston Stirling engine/linear alternator technolgy sufficiently so that a Stirling engine system may become a viable candidate for space power applications. Evolution of the SSE technology is planned to occur at three different engine heater temperature levels: 650, 1050, and 1300 K. These temperatures define three phases of technology development with the first phase involving the 650 K SPD engine. Technology development of the 650 K engine and preliminary design of the 1050 K engine will be discussed.
- NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS) Collection.
- Document ID: 19880004664.
Accession ID: 88N14046.
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