In Thermo and Heat Transfer we talked a lot about sterling engines and how they operate. I have to give Professor Knutsen a shout out as he is the one who was fascinated with these little machines and got me hooked on them. I always wanted to make one but never got around to it.
These “motors” operate off of a constant changing heat differential which transfers kinetic energy in heat to useful mechanical work (although not much). I hope to make a functional sterling engine that will operate off of a small flame. I have seen some awesome unique designs. Some people have made 4 cylinder sterling engines that are synced with a crank shaft like the linked video below. I am not sure what design exactly I want to make but i think a 4 cylinder mechanism would be super cool.
I want to give this mechanism some sort of “mechanical” or “industrial” aesthetic. Im not sure yet if I should try to machine some parts, or utilize empty cans and other household materials as others have. Any input would be awesome!