Dynamic simulation of a beta-type Stirling engine with cam-drive mechanism has been performed. A dynamic model associated with the cam-drive mechanism has been developed. Upon obtaining the gas pressure inside the chambers, the derived dynamic model is used to evaluate the transient rotational speed of the engine before the steady-state regime is reached. The torque of the engine can be calculated as long as the gas force, the inertia torque, the friction torque, and the load torque are evaluated. In this study, the mass moment of inertia of the flywheel is firstly calculated. The friction torque is assumed to be proportional to the time-varied rotational speed which is obtained by experiments. The weight of the individual parts of the engine has also been considered. An extensive parametric study of the engine under different geometrical and operating conditions has been performed and results are presented.

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