Talk:Applications of the Stirling engine

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Many broken ref links[edit]

I've been focussed on copyedit cleanups, rewriting awkward or confusing sections, and overall organization of the article. I just realized that the many broken and sketchy ref links were probably caused by the recent splitting off of this article from the original Stirling engine article, while leaving the link referents behind. Can anyone else help reconstruct the broken links, perhaps by looking at the original article, before the split? Reify-tech (talk) 15:55, 1 June 2011 (UTC)

Thanks, User:Steven Zhang, for fixing a broken cite, but there are many other (e.g. 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 11, 14, 30, 31) that are still quite broken as of today. I am restoring the "broken citations" tag, for now. Reify-tech (talk) 14:31, 3 June 2011 (UTC)

I have fixed the citations above. Perhaps for the future, don't refer to them as "broken" in situations like these? I think it can be confusing, as generally that tends to refer to broken links. In this case it wasn't broken links, but rather that the sources were missing... period. Regardless, the issue should now be resolved. Please note that each reference contains a full reference. Also, please note that the reference in 8 refers to the source in reference 7. There might be a better way to do that, but I'm still learning how. Billydabutcha (talk) 21:08, 7 June 2011 (UTC)

Thank you, Billydabutcha, for chasing down and fixing the remaining broken links. I'm not sure what else to call them — I guess we're both still pretty new at this. There's more on doing citations at Wikipedia:Template messages/Sources of articles. If it looks like a lot to digest, it is; I try to look up bits and pieces and chew on them a little at a time. Cheers, 8^) Reify-tech (talk) 23:35, 7 June 2011 (UTC)

No problem, Reify-tech! Thanks for the helpful link for citation stuff! Billydabutcha (talk) 12:21, 8 June 2011 (UTC)


Are links being avoided because any information that might facilitate commerce is considered spam?[edit]

Citing a patent number without any name or link is ridiculous. Yes the sentence sounded spam like, but we are here to learn about Stirling engines, and that includes ones that work well enough to be commercially viable. A modification that has commercial implications is of interest here also. So put in the links to your favorite concept and let us have a look see. If it get out of hand, we can always scale back. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 99.65.38.99 (talk) 03:45, 19 June 2011 (UTC)

Better to place links here and discuss. Without an independent and reliable source, such links are likely to be removed. See WP:NOTADVERTISING, WP:PSTS, WP:COATRACK. --Ronz (talk) 21:16, 19 June 2011 (UTC)

Delete?[edit]

Looking over this article more closely, I think it needs a complete rewrite from sources yet to be found. Someone want to take a stab, or should we take it to WP:AFD? --Ronz (talk) 21:29, 19 June 2011 (UTC)

Applications: Cooling[edit]

The article does not mention one of the more interesting, eye catching, important, and technologically relevant applications of crycooling: cooling high Tc superconductors for use in backbone electronics infrastructure. Particularly in the wireless telecommunications and internet industry, Stirling cryocoolers are used to cool very small components that are composed of perovskite type high Tc superconductors in applications such high frequency digital signal filters and amplifiers. here is one of many hundreds/thousands of links that prove this claim http://www.physicstoday.org/daily_edition/singularities/ipf_2011_superconductivity_and_wideband_telecommunication68.6.76.31 (talk) 08:11, 9 November 2011 (UTC)

72.201.182.11 (talk) 04:22, 2 January 2017 (UTC) hope I'm not messing up too badly - BUT application list seems to completely ignore cryogenic pumping in vacuum systems! I have had some experience with these ( a few years ago) but don't at the moment recall either of the most common (in my experience) manufacturers names. Operation used helium and cooled to somewhere around 2 deg. K (2 stage system) Think it was CTI. Systems were used to produce very clean high vacuum in semiconductor manufacture... DM in AZ

Cell Phone Charging[edit]

One Puck appears to be a scam http://kickscammed.com/project/epiphany-one-puck-by-epiphany-labs/#.VB0RKRZZmBY — Preceding unsigned comment added by 173.76.165.231 (talk) 05:32, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

Thank you for pointing this out; the article has been updated. Reify-tech (talk) 17:29, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

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Not necessarily contradictory, but...[edit]

Section 3.1 (Sterling Cryocoolers) says: "At typical refrigeration temperatures, Stirling coolers are generally not economically competitive with the less expensive mainstream Rankine cooling systems, because they are less energy-efficient."

Section 3.2 (Heat Pumps) says:

"Compared to conventional heat pumps, Stirling heat pumps often have a higher coefficient of performance."

It's possible that both of those statements are correct, since the operating temperatures in the two cases are different, and some frictional losses might be recovered as usable heat in the latter, but I haven't found any source supporting the second.