The performance of a Stirling engine regenerator subjected to sinusoidal mass flow rate and pressure variation is analyzed. It is shown that cyclic variations in the temperature of the matrix due to its finite mass lead to an increase in the apparent regenerator effectiveness, but a decrease in engine power. Approximate closed-form expressions for both of these effects are deduced. The results of this analysis are compared with the predictions of a finite-element system model, and good agreement is found.

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