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This book is about the Stirling engine and its development from the heavy cast-iron machine of the nineteenth century into the efficient high-speed engine of today. It is not a handbook: it does not tell the reader how to build a Stirling engine. It is rather the history of a research effort spanning nearly fifty years, together with an outline of principles, some technical details and descriptions of the more important engines. No one will dispute the position of Philips as the pioneer of the modern Stirling engine. Hence the title of the book, hence also the contents, which are confined largely to the Philips work on the subject. Valuable work has been done elsewhere but this is discussed only marginally in order to keep the book within a reasonable size. The book is addressed to a wide audience on an academic level. The first two chapters can be read by the technically interested layman but after that some engineering background and elementary mathematics are generally necessary. Heat engines are traditionally the engineer's route to thermodynamics: in this context, the Stirling engine, which is the simplest of all heat engines, is more suited as a practical example than either the steam engine or the internal-combustion engine. The book is also addressed to historians of technology, from the viewpoint of the twentieth century revival of the Stirling engine as well as its nineteenth century origins.
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Buchbeschreibung Elsevier Science Pub Co. Hardcover. Zustand: Good. 0444884637 Good in a Good dust jacket; Hardcover; Dust jacket is heavily edgeworn with fading, but is present and intact, and has not been price-clipped, (Now fitted with a new, Brodart jacket protector); Light overall wear to the boards except for a small half-circle watermark to the right and left sides at the foot of the spine; Faint foxing to the top textblock edge; Right and bottom textblock edges are unblemished; First endpaper is clipped at the top right corner; The other endpapers and all text pages are clean and unmarked; Good binding; This book will be stored and delivered in a sturdy cardboard box with foam padding; Medium Format (8.5" - 9.75" tall); Green jacket with two engine illustrations & title in orange lettering; 1991, Elsevier Publishing; 458 pages; "The Philips Stirling Engine," by Clifford M. Hargreaves. Bestandsnummer des Verkäufers SKU-U44DJ06410087