Design of an External Combustion Engine and its Application in a Free Piston Compressor

  • Jonathan Hogan Webb School of Engineering

Abstract

The design of a free piston compressor and an analysis on integrating an external combustion engine into the compressor design are presented in this article. A free piston compressor is a device which converts chemical energy to work on a volume of air through the kinetic energy of an inertia driven piston, which is not rigidly attached to a ground. An external combustion engine serves as in intermediate chamber which transfers combustion gases to a device to perform some work. The following discusses the design and experiments on an external combustion engine, with a focus on eliminating an injection holding force on a free piston compressor’s elastomeric membranes. The efficiency of the external combustion engine to transfer energy without significant losses due to heat, dead volume, air/fuel mixtures, and actuated valve speed are also presented.
Published
09-11-2007
How to Cite
WEBB, Jonathan Hogan. Design of an External Combustion Engine and its Application in a Free Piston Compressor. Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Journal, [S.l.], v. 3, sep. 2007. ISSN 1555-788X. Available at: <http://ejournals.library.vanderbilt.edu/index.php/vurj/article/view/2769>. Date accessed: 22 nov. 2017. doi: https://doi.org/10.15695/vurj.v3i0.2769.
Section
Engineering and Natural Sciences

Keywords

Free Piston Compressor; External Combustion Engine; Robotics