Stirling engineStirling engine
an external-combustion engine in which the heat released from the burning fuel is transferred to a confined gas, as hydrogen, which activates the pistons
Origin of Stirling engineafter R. Stirling (1790-1878), Scottish engineer who developed the operating principle
A heat engine driven by a permanently enclosed gas that expands and contracts as it is alternately heated and cooled by an external source of heat and a heat exchanger.
Origin of Stirling engineAfter the Reverend Robert Stirling (1790-1878), Scottish clergyman and engineer who invented it
Named for inventors Rev. Robert Stirling and his brother James Stirling.