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What health and safety laws/legislations would I need to cover if i was making a sterling engine? Answered

I need to consider such things as hot surfaces,small parts, moving parts etc
any help is much appreciated...thanks


If you're making it for yourself, all you need to consider is your personal safety, no actual laws.

Where do you intend to run the engine?

Oh, I don't know about that. I mean if this engine runs on a fuel other than those that are already taxed, then governments and oil companies could lose money.

Then they'd have to make a special tax, or fees, or licenses, just for this new kind of engine.

But that's really only a danger if the engine actually works, especially if it  works so well that it could be competitive with what's already out there.

Stirling engines have been around since the 1800's - They would be commonplace of the IC engine had not turned up.

There disadvantage in larger sizes is they take a little while to develop power (a bit like a steam engine does.) many auto companies have tried to get them to work effectively in cars.

Multi fuel is the best advantage and the ability to make from none metallic materials such as high temp plastics and ceramics.

The thing with sterlings is that they will run off any fuel at all - being a external combustion engine, you can potentially run the same engine on gasoline, butane, old vegetable oil or wood. As long as the heat hits the "hot" end of the engine, it will run.

Much depends where in the world you are

What your going to do

How big the Stirling is going to be.

Stirling engines get hot but don't generate a high internal pressure. other than that moving parts are always a danger to questing fingers.

Heat - naked flame
Moving parts

REAL Sterling engines operate in a chamber filled with pressurised helium ! That's fun.

Laws and legislations vary immensely from country to country and often even within countries. Like mpilchfamily said, get a lawyer to figure it out.

If you are just making a small item without commercial aims you might not even need to follow any specific norms.

Have a look at some of the commercial kits already available and see what heat sources they run off of and what warnings they provide based on those heat sources. More importantly if your going to make a commercial product you will want to talk with a lawyer to get the warnings drawn up. A small part of it all is meeting the laws requirements for safety warnings but the biggest part of it is protecting yourself from a liability lawsuit.