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# Schmidt Analysis of Solar Stirling Power Systems

David Willy MS Mechanical Engineering EGR 501 Topics in Sustainable Systems Project Advisor: Dr. Okey Onyejekwe

Presentation Outline

## Introduction to Solar Concentration Stirling Engine Types Scientific Principles

Optics Thermodynamics

Schmidt Results using Matlab Analytical vs. Numerical Future Steps to Take if this was a Thesis
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## Parabolic Trough Designs

2-dimensional Parabola Single Axis Tracking Typically Rankine Cycle Possibility of Stirling Cycle use

## Fresnel Lens Designs

Fresnel vs. Standard Convex Lens Currently used in Photovoltaics Double Axis Tracking Material Costs tradeoff? (Silicon \$\$ vs. Aluminum \$\$)

## Parabolic Bowl (Dish) Collector

3-dimensional Parabola Array of Reflectors Double Axis Tracking Stirling Cycle Air cooled
(No Water Required)

## Stirling Engine Types Alpha, Beta, & Gamma

Stirling Engines are External Combustion engines that can run on any fuel (heat source). Alpha Type Configuration Dual Piston Type

Example Engine
STM 4-120 engine by Stirling Thermal Motors

## Beta Type Configuration Piston/Displacer

http://www.keveney.com/Stirling.html

## Equation of Parabola 2 y 4 fx Rim Angle

r sin 2 ( a ) 2rr

2f r 1 cos

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Perfect Parabola

## D 2rr sin 0.267

a sin(0.267 ) sin r

Imperfect Parabola
Diameter of Receiver (w/ dispersion angle due to slope error)

D 2rr sin(0.267 / 2)

a sin(0.267 / 2) sin r
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## Perfect Concentration Ratios

Cm ax_trough
Cm ax_bowl

1 214 .6 sin(0.267 )

## 1 46049 .6 sin 2 (0.267 )

Trough Slope error

Cm ax_trough

Cm ax_bowl

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## Scientific Principles - Thermodynamics

1-2: Heat is transferred to the working fluid (isothermal Expansion). 2-3: Forces the fluid into the cold cylinder. 3-4: The right piston compressing the fluid (Isothermal Compression). 4-1: Forces the fluid back into the left cylinder.

**Regeneration: The heat stored in process 2-3 is ideally picked back up by process 4-1.

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## Ideal Case with Dead Volume

Schmidt Analysis: Ideal Case with Dead Volume and Sinusoidal Motion

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## Schmidt Results using Matlab

The Schmidt Cycle was named from Gustav Schmidt (1871)who first published the solution. It is defines as a Stirling Cycle in which Sinusoidal motion of the pistons. It is the most complicated case of a Stirling Engine that can be solved analytically. All other cases have had to be solved numerically.

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## Schmidt Results using Matlab

In order to get Power per Engine Cycle, a Schmidt analysis has to be performed. Before this happens, the following assumptions have to be made:

Sinusoidal motion of all parts. Known and constant gas temperatures in all parts of the engine. No gas leakage. Working fluid obeys perfect gas law. At each instant in the cycle, the gas pressure is the same throughout the working gas.
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pressure (MPa)

## PV Curve Evaluated at 30 degree Increments

90 PV 85

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Work PdV
P ( n) M R H (n) C (n) Rd Th Tc Tr

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Work=641.2497 Joules

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## Unit of Energy: Joule=Watt*Second

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Volume (cm3)

## V (n) H (n) C (n) Rd

C (n) Vk [1 sin( F Al )] Cd 2

H (n)

Vl [1 cos(F )] H d 2

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Nomenclature

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## Schmidt Results using Matlab

Plots of 30 and 1 degree Increments. As Degree Increments approaches zero, the true work per cycle can be found.
PV Curve Evaluated at 1 degree Increments
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PV

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pressure (MPa)

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## Plots of pressure and volume at 0.25 degree Increments.

Hot, Cold, & Total Gas Volumes
120 100 80 60 40 20 0 -20 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 Hot Volume Cold Volume Total Volume

volume (cm )

pressure (MPa)

## crank angle(degrees) Total Pressure

80 60 40 20 0 Pressure

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crank angle(degrees)

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## Mort Mayer Work Equation

V p Vk

Tr

(Th Tc ) 2
(Th Tc ) T log( h ) Tc

V p Vk

Tr

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## Numerical: Mort Mayer Work Equation=329.2018 J

Analytical: Schmidt
Percent Error
pressure (MPa)
PV Curve Evaluated at 0.25 degree Increments
60 PV 55

Degree Interval 30 20

-4.507% -2.019%

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## Work=329.1995 Joules per Cycle

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5 1 0.5 0.25

327.5317
328.7828 329.1838 329.1963 329.1995

-0.507%
-0.127% -0.005% -0.002% -0.0007%

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0.1

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-0.0005%

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## Future Steps to Take if this was a Thesis

Perform the Finkelstein Adiabatic (no heat transferred in fluid) Analysis of Stirling Engines. Similar to the Otto cycle gasoline engine. The next closest analysis to reality in Stirling Engines. Combine Optics into full analysis with some physical imperfections. Include Alternator and transmission efficiencies. Include 2-axis tracking errors.
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Questions??

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Citation
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