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Nanotech 2003 Vol. 1
Nanotech 2003 Vol. 1
Technical Proceedings of the 2003 Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show, Volume 1
Chapter 11: MEMS Design and Application

Operation and Testing of a Micro Heat Engine

Authors:S. Whalen, R. Richards, D. Bahr and C. Richards
Affilation:Washington State University, US
Pages:404 - 407
Keywords:MEMS power, micro heat engine, piezoelectric power
Abstract:The development and testing of a micro heat engine is presented. For the first time the production of electrical power by a dynamic micro heat engine is demonstrated. The prototype micro heat engine is an external combustion engine, in which thermal power is converted to mechanical power through the use of a novel thermodynamic cycle. Mechanical power is converted into electrical power through the use of a thin-film piezoelectric membrane generator. This design is well suited to photolithography-based batch fabrication methods, and is unlike any conventionally manufactured macro-scale engine.
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