Design of a low-cost thermoacoustic electricity generator and its experimental verification

Zhibin Yu, Artur J. Jaworski, Scott Backhaus

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Abstract

This paper describes the design and testing of a low cost thermoacoustic 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 as the alternator to convert the engine's acoustic power to electricity. The whole system is designed using linear thermoacoustic theory. The optimization of different parts of the thermoacoustic generator, as well as the matching between the thermoacoustic engine and the alternator are discussed in detail. A detailed comparison between the preliminary test results and linear thermoacoustic predictions is provided.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASME 2010 10th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis, ESDA2010
Pages191-199
Number of pages9
Volume1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010
Externally publishedYes
EventAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers10th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis - Istanbul, Turkey
Duration: 12 Jul 201014 Jul 2010

Conference

ConferenceAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers10th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis
Abbreviated titleASME / ESDA
CountryTurkey
CityIstanbul
Period12/07/1014/07/10

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Yu, Z., Jaworski, A. J., & Backhaus, S. (2010). Design of a low-cost thermoacoustic electricity generator and its experimental verification. In ASME 2010 10th Biennial Conference on Engineering Systems Design and Analysis, ESDA2010 (Vol. 1, pp. 191-199) https://doi.org/10.1115/ESDA2010-24598