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COKE CAN STIRLING ENGINE Answered

I HAVE BUILT A COKE CAN ENGINE JUST LIKE THE ONE IN THE 2 PART VIDEO ON THIS WEBSITE. IT LOOKS GREAT, BUT I CAN'T GET IT TO RUN. THERE HAS GOT TO BE SOMETHING SUPER SIMPLE THAT I AM MISSING. PLEASE HELP. IM THINKING MAYBE SOMETHING WITH THE BALLOON, THE DISPLACER, OR HOW CLOSE THE HEAT IS TO THE PRESSURE VESSEL.

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Kiteman (author)2012-01-10

If you could post photos of the engine, that would be a great help. Even better would be a video of it, with you turning parts so we can see/hear if anything is wrong.

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bustedknuckles (author)Kiteman2012-01-13

I will post a video as soon as I can, I am an ASE Master Truck Technician, I've built more engines than i could probably remember, but I can't build a simple coke can engine!!!!!!! LOL This damn thing is driving me crazy. I know that it is something so damn simple. Thanks for your time

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rickharris (author)2012-01-10

Stirling engines are notoriously hard to get to run - a couple of hints:

a) turn off caps locked
b) as Steve says minimize friction
c) The seal must be perfect
d) Keep trying. It may need quite a lot of heat to get it to run.

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LOL on a.

Had the exact same thought.

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steveastrouk (author)rickharris2012-01-10

YEAH. NO CAPS LOCK. Please.

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The MadScientist (author)2012-01-10

It's probably a bit jammed up somewhere just fiddle with it until it does something or use a hotter heat source.

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steveastrouk (author)2012-01-10

These things MUSt have the absolute minimum friction. Check very, very carefully for rubbing parts or tight axles.

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