Accession Number : ADA294306

Title :   Comparison of a Pin Stack to a Conventional Stack in a Thermoacoustic Prime Mover.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Nessler, F. S.

PDF Url : ADA294306

Report Date : DEC 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 63

Abstract : This thesis compares the pin stack with a conventional rolled stack for a thermoacoustic prime mover. A pin stack is a new geometry for stacks used in thermoacoustic engines consisting of a lattice of small wires which are spaced about a thermal penetration depth apart. Computer simulations were conducted on a variety of pin stack geometries and operating parameters. Results indicate that the modeling program, DeltaE, agrees with the experimental results for conventional stacks, that the pin stack decreases viscous energy losses, and greatly increases the efficiency of the thermoacoustic engine over a large range of mean pressures. The pin stack performance was found to be more sensitive than the conventional stack to changes in thermal and viscous penetration depths of the fluid. (AN)

Descriptors :   *ACOUSTIC ARRAYS, *SOUND PRESSURE, *REFRIGERATION SYSTEMS, *THERMAL PROPULSION SYSTEMS, THERMAL PROPERTIES, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, EXPERIMENTAL DATA, OPTIMIZATION, COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN, PARAMETERS, ACOUSTIC WAVES, COMPARISON, ENERGY, EFFICIENCY, THESES, HEAT EXCHANGERS, DEPTH, PENETRATION, TEMPERATURE GRADIENTS, THERMAL ANALYSIS, VISCOSITY, ACOUSTIC DATA, THERMAL CYCLING TESTS, STACKING.

Subject Categories : Thermodynamics
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      Acoustics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE