Imperial College London

Dr Andrew J Haslam

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Chemical Engineering

Research Fellow



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BibTex format

author = {Kirmse, CJW and Oyewunmi and Taleb, A and Haslam, A and Markides, C},
doi = {10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.05.140},
journal = {Applied Energy},
pages = {359--375},
title = {A two-phase single-reciprocating-piston heat conversion engine: Non-linear dynamic modelling},
url = {},
volume = {186},
year = {2016}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - A non-linear dynamic framework is presented for the modelling of a novel two-phase heat engine termed ‘Up-THERM’, which features a single solid moving-part (piston). When applied across the device, a constant temperature difference between an external (low- to medium-grade) heat source and an external heat sink is converted into sustained and persistent oscillations of pressure and volumetric fluid displacement. These oscillations are transformed in a load arrangement into a unidirectional flow from which power is extracted by a hydraulic motor. The Up-THERM engine is modelled using a system of first-order differential equations that describe the dominant thermal/fluid processes in each component of the device. For certain components where the deviations from a linear approximation are non-negligible (gas spring in the displacer cylinder, check valves and piston valve, and heat exchangers), a non-linear description is employed. A comparison between the linear and non-linear descriptions of the gas spring at the top of the displacer cylinder reveals that the non-linear description results in more realistic predictions of the oscillation frequency compared to experimental data from a similar device. Furthermore, the shape of the temperature profile over the heat-exchanger surfaces is modelled as following a hyperbolic tangent function, based on findings from an experimental investigation. Following the validation of these important device components, a parametric study is performed on the Up-THERM engine model with the aforementioned non-linear component descriptions, aimed at investigating the effects of important geometric parameters and of the heat-source temperature on key performance indicators, namely the oscillation frequency, power output and exergy efficiency of the engine. The results indicate that the geometric design of the displacer cylinder, including the height of the gas spring at the top of the cylinder, and the heat-source temperature hav
AU - Kirmse,CJW
AU - Oyewunmi
AU - Taleb,A
AU - Haslam,A
AU - Markides,C
DO - 10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.05.140
EP - 375
PY - 2016///
SN - 0306-2619
SP - 359
TI - A two-phase single-reciprocating-piston heat conversion engine: Non-linear dynamic modelling
T2 - Applied Energy
UR -
UR -
VL - 186
ER -