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High Performance Stirling Engines Using Metal 3D Printed Heat Exchangers

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  • Full or part time
    Dr D Clucas
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    Applications accepted all year round

Project Description

Stirling cycle engine efficiency is strongly related to the geometry of the heat exchanger stack but optimal heat exchanger designs are generally impossible to manufacture by conventional subtractive or casting techniques. A commonly used term with additive manufacture (3D Printing) is “complexity for free.” Optimum geometries, previously thought impossible, may now be possible.

The project will entail researching Stirling Engine technologies, conceptualisation of possible heat exchanger stack designs, simulating the engine performance, designing and developing a test engine, prototyping laser sintered metal heat exchangers, and experimental analysis. Candidates must be able to demonstrate self motivation, practical workshop ability and competence with designing and prototyping mechanical equipment. Although not essential, experience with engine development would help acceptance.

Funding Notes

If you wish to apply send your CV and cover letter to [email protected] Top candidates will be encouraged to apply for a University of Canterbury Doctoral Scholarship -http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/ScholarshipSearch/ScholarshipDetails.aspx?ScholarshipID=6935.127

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