J. Phys. IV France 09 (1999) Pr3-475-Pr3-480
External combustion Wankel engine for solar applicationsN. Kovarsky1, D. Kaftori1, E. Gamzon1 and E. Dgani2
1 Silver Arrow, 10 Roujansky St., Rishon Lezion 75706, Israel
2 Florence Medical Ltd., Sharona Center, 12 Derech Hasharon Kfar Saba, Israel.
An External Combustion Wankel Engine (ECWE), intended for use in a dish-engine solar power plant is discussed. The engine operates in a Brayton cycle using a gaseous working fluid, which is heated outside of the engine by concentrated solar radiation or fossil fuel. A computer simulation code that models the ECWE's operation and performance has been developed. The program takes into account all of the engine's characteristics, subsystems and operating conditions. In the present work, the advantages and features of ECWE are considered in detail, together with simulation results of its performance.
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