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Instructor Info:Robert Cann
Term: 2013J
Meeting Info: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Lemelson Center for Design SHOP
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Lemelson Center for Design SHOP
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Lemelson Center for Design SHOP
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Lemelson Center for Design SHOP
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Lemelson Center for Design SHOP
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM Lemelson Center for Design SHOP
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM Lemelson Center for Design SHOP
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM Lemelson Center for Design SHOP
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM Lemelson Center for Design SHOP
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM Lemelson Center for Design SHOP
Description: Students in this class will fabricate small Stirling engines in the LATDC machine shop that can be powered by class-built solar collectors. There are no prerequisites other than a desire to get your hands dirty and learn how to build mechanical prototypes using lathes, mills, measuring instruments and other LATDC shop tools. Stirling engines are a type of heat engine that use an external heat source (traditionally wood or fossil fuel) to convert heat energy to mechanical work by cyclically harnessing the expansion and contraction of a working fluid (usually air) as it is heated and cooled within a sealed enclosure. As energy cost rise the high potential operating efficiencies of Stirling engines may revive interest in their continued development, particularly if direct solar energy can be harnessed to convert heat into work. Hence the "solar engine" terminology in the course title.