Power-On Energy Cook Off
21st Annual Engineering Design Competition
The goal of the ME 72 contest is for student teams to design a small Stirling engine, which will be powered from waste heat from a low-temperature source. This small engine (power production on the order of 1 W) can be used to power a device of the student's choosing (such as a fan, a light bulb,…).
There are restrictions on size, source of heat, and materials that can be used in the engine. By midterms, students will be asked to submit a proposal that outlines the device design as well as specifications for power, speed, size and cost. A "Power On" (a contest modeled on a cook-off) will be held at the end of the quarter (December 1, 2005). The winner will be determined based on a range of factors including creative use of output power, quality of design and manufacturing, engine power and speed, as well as a determination of how well student devices meet design specification.
A Stirling engine is an externally-heated engine that can run on virtually any fuel or heat source. For the contest, the input heat to the engines will be from waste heat from a large cooking griddle in Chandler Dining Hall. During the contest, however, the griddle will only be used for powering the engines and not for cooking pancakes.
|Engine 9 - The Little Engine That Could
|Engine 13 - The Klanking Kacophony of Kogs and Krankshafts
|Engine 17 - Powerhaus
|Engine 28 - Thomas the Stirling Engine
|Engine 72 - The Stirling Powered Christmas Tree
|Engine 11 - GrillMaster
|Engine 15 - Team Ramrod
|Engine 23 - Green Elephant
|Engine 42 - Clockwork Orange
|Engine 77 - STEVE