Numerical investigation of a looped-tube traveling-wave thermoacoustic generator with a bypass pipe

Al-Kayiem, A. and Yu, Z. (2017) Numerical investigation of a looped-tube traveling-wave thermoacoustic generator with a bypass pipe. Energy Procedia, 142, pp. 1474-1481. (doi: 10.1016/j.egypro.2017.12.595)

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In this paper, based on the recent development of looped-tube thermoacoustic engine with a bypass pipe, we propose and numerically demonstrate a travelling wave thermoacoustic electric generator using this configuration. It essentially employs a one wave-length travelling-wave acoustic resonator which has low acoustic losses. The engine branch consists of a compliance, a inertance tube, an engine core, and an alternator. An ultra-compliant alternator (i.e., a sub-woofer) is installed in the acoustic compliance section where the local acoustic impedance is relatively low but the cross sectional area is big. The numerical simulations demonstrate its working principle, and show that it can potentially achieve comparable performance as other types of travelling wave thermoacoustic electric generators.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Ali Al-Kayiem would like to acknowledge the finance support from the Ministry of Higher of Education/Babylon University in Iraq (Reference: 553, Iraqi cultural attaché).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Al-kayiem, Ali Abbas Hameed and Yu, Professor Zhibin
Authors: Al-Kayiem, A., and Yu, Z.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Energy Procedia
Published Online:31 January 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Energy Procedia 142: 1474-1481
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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