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Sterling Engine Vehicle


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Specifications for this item
Brand Name Dstar
Part Number Sterling Engine Vehicle
Number of Items 1
EAN 0609132521867
UPC 609132521867

The Stirling Engine is an External Combustion Engine (the heat source is outside the engine) and ... Read full product description



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Product Features

  • Stirling Engine runs on external heat (flame)
  • Durable, well made machined parts, sytlish, and adjustable
  • Dstar offer parts and FAQ's on this and all there Engines. DSTAR also offers a limited warranty.
  • Unit is 4" x 6" by about 3 inches tall

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0085I86FA
  • Item model number: Sterling Engine Vehicle
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,079 in Industrial & Scientific (See Top 100 in Industrial & Scientific)
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Sterling Engine Vehicle + Sunnytech® Low Temperature Stirling Engine Motor Steam Heat Education Model Toy Kits Lt001 + Radiometer
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Product Description

The Stirling Engine is an External Combustion Engine (the heat source is outside the engine) and can use any available source of adequate heat or cold. It is a classic illustration of converting heat energy into mechanical work using a thermodynamic cycle similar to the well-known Carnot cycle. In this case, however, the engine needs two pistons, a small power piston and a larger "displacement piston" that also stores heat energy. This Sterling engine is powered by a built-in alcohol lamp. This powers the steam engine which acts as the motor for the 'car'. A very good visual demonstration of the conversion of heat to mechanical energy. All Sterling engines are tested before shipping.

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Uses a flame so be carefull


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Works great and is well made.
Tim Carlson
The sterling engine vehicle works flawlessly and vigorously.
Michael Glaser
It's truly amazing to watch this little device function.
KAREN PADAVATTON

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Lane on January 12, 2013
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Inspired by a trip to a 19th century industrial museum, I got this as a gift for a nerdy friend who works as a mechanical engineer thinking that the unusual nature of a small external combustion engine, especially a Stirling engine, would be fascinating to him. The application of movement from the power produced by the engine is a cool bonus that adds a wow effect for anyone who sees this thing in operation. We first tried it with a small jack-o-lantern candle and indeed the engine churned along at a good rate, then when we let the wheels touch ground the car took off accelerating to roughly a walking speed but then it slowed down as the wind bent the flame and cooled the glass around the power piston. This actually made for a safety feature in the sense that an uncontrolled fire burning car driving across the house is slightly disconcerting at first. Next we tried the included lamp with 91% isopropyl alcohol and the engine after a brief warmup roared to life churning at a great speed, and when allowed to roll on the ground, accelerated and sped away with enough heat to continue going fast until it ran out of floor space rather than heat. It's stunning how much power can be derived from a single flame, especially when no effort has been taken to maximize efficiency with reflective heat shrouds or sinks. My friend said this was one of the coolest gifts he'd ever received and when he took it into work his co-workers were amazed and intrigued by the little Stirling car that could.

It's clear that the working parts are machined with great precision and quality although the non-powered wheels came with one issue: The axle is held to the wooden base by some bearing cases and brackets and the bearing cases had slid out of the brackets causing the axle to wobble.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Denkarl on July 17, 2013
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This is a fantastic way to introduce people to well ... hey, general cleverness. This is a wonderful way to expose the world to those things that makes your noggin hurt. The muscles between your ears. That sorta thing. Go.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paige Coulter-Kern on April 9, 2013
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I got this little car as a birthday present for my husband. He loves cars and mechanical things, and it was a huge hit with him and his dad. It does go MUCH faster than it looks when it gets warmed up. We have had no problems with it. It comes with everything you need except for rubbing alcohol. The seller even includes a little squirt bottle to make it easy to get the rubbing alcohol into the glass jar. Runs very smoothly, fun to watch!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By new user on January 10, 2013
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Bought this item for a mechanical geek. Has always had steam powered gadgets and this was his first Stirling engine. It was a blast watching this thing run across the floor at a fairly decent clip. Just make sure the play is well supervised because it does have an open flame.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan M Green on December 11, 2013
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Beautiful craftmanship, this car will be treasured by my son for years to come. He used a piece of velcro to secure the fuel tank. Will definetely buy more from this artisans collection. Thank you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alan Nasar on December 1, 2013
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This is an amazing little machine. Lubricate it a bit, but some alcohol in the fuel container, light it up, give it a spin and the engine starts to spin faster and faster. Put it on the floor and it chugs away from you. Be careful, this could burn your house down.
I wish there was a way to steer it remotely. Also the alcohol is a bit messy because it escapes from the container and the fire gets a little out of control. i hear sterno might be better.
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