Table of Contents

Three LTD Stirling Engines You Can Build Without a Machine Shop

152 Pages

Chapter 1: My History with Stirling Engines 
    My First Pop Can Engine
    My Next Attempt: The Coffee Cup Engine
    The Reciprocating Engine
    Applying Lessons Learned
Chapter 2: A Brief History of Stirling Engines
    Stirling Engine History
    Almost Famous
        Competing with Early Steam
        Powering the Electric Radio
        Harvesting Waste Heat to Make Electricity
Chapter 3: The Stirling Cycle Explained
    A Basic Explanation of the Principle
    What Makes These Designs Unique?
Chapter 4: What Makes a Good Stirling Engine?
    Materials
    Low Friction
    Precision and Balance
    Simple to Build
Chapter 5: Working with Aluminum
    Cutting
    Flattening
    Finishing
Chapter 6: Working with Acrylic
    Joining Acrylic
    Finishing Acrylic
Chapter 7: Thermoforming Vinyl
    Equipment Needed for Thermoforming
    Thermoforming Process
Chapter 8: Tools Needed for These Projects
Chapter 9: Engine #1 - The Reciprocating Stirling Engine
    Parts List
    Finding the Parts
    Conceptual Drawings 
    Step by Step Instructions 
    Operation and Fine Tuning 
        Adding Helium 
        Running from the Heat of Your Hand 
Chapter 10: Engine #2 - Horizontal Flywheel Magnetic Drive Stirling Engine
    Engine Design Explained 
    Parts List 
    Conceptual Drawings 
    Step by Step Instructions 
    Operation and Fine Tuning 
        Adding Helium 
        Running from the Heat of Your Hand 
Chapter 11: Engine #3 - Vertical Flywheel Magnetic Drive Stirling Engine 
    Engine Design Explained 
    Parts List 
    Conceptual Drawings 
    Step by Step Instructions 
    Operation and Fine Tuning
        Running from the Heat of Your Hand 
        Adding Helium 
Appendices 
    A: Tips to Improve Engine Performance 
    B: Proper Running Technique 
    C: Saw Blades and Techniques for Cutting Acrylic – Additional Information 
    D: Drills and Drilling Techniques for Acrylic – Additional Information 
    E: Metric Conversions