external combustion engine


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external combustion engine

[ek′stərn·əl kəm′bəs·chən ‚en·jən]
(mechanical engineering)
An engine in which the generation of heat is effected in a furnace or reactor outside the engine cylinder.
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The business plan also failed to back up claims that a Stirling external combustion engine could be commercially viable, the state said.
Forming synergistic partnerships with companies that can provide heat or fuel solutions from waste and renewable resources is the essence of our business model, and is one of the best uses for our compact external combustion engine.
He will work directly with Cyclone's engineering team to assist in the commercialization of its external combustion engine technology.
Invented by company founder and CEO Harry Schoell, the patented Cyclone Engine is a eco-friendly external combustion engine, ingeniously designed to achieve high thermal efficiencies through a compact heat-regenerative process, and to run on virtually any fuel - including bio-diesels, syngas or solar - while emitting fewer greenhouse gases and irritating pollutants into the air.
For this reason, steam engines are considered to be external combustion engines.
As with other external combustion engines, Stirling engines can use heat sources other than from combustion of fuels.
McGill's research in the controlled combustion of energy dense solid fuels is one of the most advanced programs in the discipline, and can possibly lead to massive technological leaps in generating heat to run micro-scale external combustion engines.

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