The Little Stirling Engine

A low powered closed cycle engine

  • December 2015
  • SolidWorks Renderings
  • Laney College Machine Technologies

A SolidWorks exercise in preparation for a SolidWorks Certification. Parts, Assemblies & Animations.

The Stirling Cycle was developed and patented in 1816 by Reverend Dr. Robert Stirling. The Stirling Engine is a closed thermodynamic cycle that can be reversed if supplied with mechanical power, meaning it can also function as a heat pump for heating or cooling, and even for cryogenic cooling, unlike Otto and Diesel cycles.

This tiny version of the engine is intended to sit atop a cup of coffee, simply powered by heat radiating from our caffeinated brew. So much like us, the engine runs on hot coffee.