Jim McGovern’s
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Jim McGovern is a Professor and Senior Lecturer
at the Dublin Institute of Technology

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The Stirling Engine Cycle and its Applications

Research student: None at present (Barry Cullen completed PhD in 2010)
Others involved: I have collaborated with Prof. Michel Feidt of University ‘Henri Poincaré’ of Nancy and Prof. Stoian Petrescu of University Politehnica of Bucharest.

For any applied thermodynamicist, the Stirling cycle is a cycle that cannot be ignored. In principle it can approach the performance of a perfect heat engine, operating in the forward or reverse direction. In practice it is implementable; therefore, It has to be considered as a potential solution to many practical engineering problems that involve thermodynamics. The following are publications related to this area.

  1. Cullen, Barry, 'The Combined Otto and Stirling Cycle Prime-Mover-Based Power Plant', Doctoral Thesis. Dublin Institute of Technology, 2011. http://arrow.dit.ie/engdoc/30/
  2. Cullen, Barry and Jim McGovern, 'Development of a theoretical decoupled Stirling cycle engine', Simulation Modelling Practice and Theory, 2011, vol. 19, issue 4, pp.1227–1234.
  3. Cullen, Barry, Michel Feidt, Jim McGovern and Stoian Petrescu, ‘Thermodynamic Optimisation of the Otto / Stirling Combined Cycle’, Proceedings of ECOS 2010, 23rd International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems, Lausanne, Switzerland, June 14–17, 2010, Paper 387, 9 pp. http://arrow.dit.ie/dubencon2/6/
  4. McGovern, Jim, Barry Cullen, Michel Feidt and Stoian Petrescu, ‘Validation of a simulation model for a combined Otto and Stirling cycle power plant’, Proceedings of ASME 2010 4th International Conference on Energy Sustainability (ES2010), May 17–22, 2010, Phoenix, Arizona USA, Paper no. ES2010-90220, 9 pp. http://arrow.dit.ie/dubencon2/7/
  5. Cullen, Barry and Jim McGovern, ‘Energy system feasibility study of an Otto cycle/Stirling cycle hybrid automotive engine’, Energy, 2010, vol. 35, issue 2, Feb., pp. 1017–1023.
  6. Cullen, Barry, Jim McGovern, Stoian Petrescu and Michel Feidt, ‘Preliminary Modelling Results for an Otto Cycle / Stirling Cycle Hybrid-Engine-Based Power Generation System’, Proceedings of ECOS 2009, 22nd International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems, August 31 – September 3, 2009, Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná, Brazil, pp. 2091–2099. http://arrow.dit.ie/dubencon2/1/
  7. Cullen, Barry and Jim McGovern, 'The quest for more efficient industrial engines: a review of current industrial engine development and applications', Journal of Energy Resources Technology, 2009, vol. 131, issue 2 June, 9 pp.
  8. Cullen, Barry and Jim McGovern, ‘Development of a theoretical decoupled Stirling engine’, in Sustainable Energy Beyond 2020: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Sustainable Energy & Environmental Protection—Part 2, Ed. Abdul Ghani Olabi, Sumsun Naher and Michele Dassisti, 2009, Dublin, Ireland 12–15 August, pp. 244-250. http://arrow.dit.ie/dubencon2/2
  9. Cullen, Barry and Jim McGovern, ‘Proposed Otto Cycle / Stirling Cycle Hybrid Engine Based Power Generation System’, in Proceedings of the 2008 ASME Power Conference (POWER2008), Orlando, Florida, USA, July 22–24, 2008, Paper ref. POWER2008-60039, 6 pp.
  10. Cullen, Barry and Jim McGovern, ‘Energy System Feasibility Study of an Otto Cycle / Stirling Cycle Hybrid Automotive Engine’, in ECOS 2008, Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Efficiency, Cost, Optimization, Simulation and Environmental Impact of Energy Systems, Cracow-Gliwice, Poland, June 24–27, 2008, pp. 483-490, Ed. Andrzej Ziebik, Zygmunt Kolenda and Wojciech Stanek.
  11. Cullen, Barry and Jim McGovern, ‘The Stirling Engine as a Prime Mover’, in ESAT 2008, Proceedings of the 23rd European Symposium on Applied Thermodynamics, Cannes, France, May 29 – June 1, 2008, pp. 899-904, Ed. Jean-Noël Jaubert.
  12. Cullen, Barry and Jim McGovern, ‘The Quest for More Efficient Industrial Engines—a Review of Current Industrial Engine Development and Applications’, Proceedings of the 2007 ASME Power Conference (POWER2007), Paper no. POWER2007-22078, 17–19 July 2007, San Antonio, Texas.

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