Design and testing of a travelling-wave looped-tube engine for low-cost electricity generators in remote and rural areas

Zhibin Yu, Scott Backhaus, Artur J. Jaworski

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Abstract

This paper describes the construction and preliminary testing of a low-cost thermoacoustic electricity generator. A travelling-wave thermoacoustic engine with a configuration of a looped-tube resonator is designed and constructed to convert heat to acoustic power. A commercially available, low-cost loudspeaker is adopted to convert the engine's acoustic power to electricity. Preliminary experimental results are presented and discussed in detail. The results show that it is feasible to use commercially available, low-cost loudspeakers as alternators to develop low-cost thermoacoustic generators.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication7th International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event7th International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference - Denver, United States
Duration: 2 Aug 20095 Aug 2009
Conference number: 7

Conference

Conference7th International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference
CountryUnited States
CityDenver
Period2/08/095/08/09

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Yu, Z., Backhaus, S., & Jaworski, A. J. (2009). Design and testing of a travelling-wave looped-tube engine for low-cost electricity generators in remote and rural areas. In 7th International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference [2009-4540]