Monday, June 22, 2015

Nitinol Final Update

The Stirling engine group has been hard at work. We have finalized our design.
A brief overview of the flow of energy that makes our machine work: The waste
heat leaving the car's combustion engine causes the Stirling engine to run. This
then creates electrical energy that goes to the charge controller. The energy
flows from the charge controller to a battery, charging the battery. The energy
that leaves the battery goes to the power inverter where it is converted from
direct current to alternating current. Alternating current enables us to power
our heaters. We added new parts to the project, including the Stirling box. This
is an insulating box with openings that allow for the radiator fluid to flow
through it (we are capturing heat from radiator fluid to power the Stirling
engine). The hot side of the Stirling engine is also in this box. Inside of the
box, a copper tube carries the fluid from one side to the other while letting
some of the heat transfer to the engine. It also prevents the rest of the car's
interior from getting too hot. We have been preparing for the final
presentation. I have been in charge of making the PowerPoint. People from my
team have been contributing to the PowerPoint as well.  The Stirling engine team
has been building a prototype for our machine. We are giving our final
prevention today on June 22.