Stirling Engine

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Stirling Engine

The Stirling engine was invented in 1816 by Scot, Robert Stirling. It is an external combustion engine that makes use of the expansion and contraction of air. We have made a kit that allows everyone to have fun with it easily, using an alcohol lamp and test tubes.

  • Try three experiments with the engine: as an electricity generator, a fan and a car.

  • The kit takes about three hours to assemble. It requires no special tools and can be assembled by anyone.

  • Learn about the basics of thermodynamics by assembling and running it.


Series: Otona no Kagaku product version
Product: Stirling Engine
Materials: Body, stand and other main unit parts: Aluminum, Displacer: Iron, Pipes, etc.: Brass, Flywheel plate: Copper, Screws, etc.: Iron (nickel plated), Various plastics (Gears (black): POM, Piston cover, bearings, etc. (black): ABS, Battery box (black): Polypropylene, Screwdriver handle (black): Polyethylene, Small bags: Polyethylene, Blister pack: PET)
Package contents: Assembly kit (parts, Phillips screwdriver)
Targeted ages: Age 12 to adult
Package dimensions: 340 (D) × 290 (W) × 70 (H) mm, 1,300 g
Assembled size: 280 (D) × 125 (W) × 130 (H) mm, 700 g
Assembly time: Approx. three hours
Batteries: Two AA batteries (sold separately)
Country of origin: China
Instruction manual: Japanese only. No English instruction
* Also requires alcohol fuel (can be purchase at a drug store or the like).
* This experiment uses fire. Be extremely careful about potential burns and fires. Do not allow children 15 years of age or younger to conduct the experiment without adult supervision.

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