An annular thermoacoustic prime mover
Atchley, Anthony A.
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The dissertation constitutes the first detailed theoretical and experimental investigation of a thermoacoustic prime mover with periodic boundary conditions. There are five significant aspects to this research: (1) using DeltaE to analyze an annular prime mover, (2) developing an entirely new analysis program using MATLAB, (3) designing, building, and experimentally investigating a single stack, annular prime mover, (4) experimentally investigating a constricted, single stack annular prime mover, (5) predicting the performance of a two stack annular prime mover. The major conclusions are: (1) A single stack annular prime mover will not reach onset because the eigenmodes of the system do not support thermoacoustic growth. (2) A constricted annular prime mover will reach onset because the constriction forces dominating boundary conditions that alter the eigenmodes. (3) A two stack prime mover is predicted to reach onset because one of the eigenmodes of the symmetric system does support thermoacoustics
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