Model Stirling Engine


The Stirling Engine
The Stirling Engine

A model Stirling engine is used to demonstrate energy transformations and heat engines.



Principles Illustrated

Engines and energy conversion.

NCEA & Science Curriculum

PHYS 1.2


StrilingEngineTopViewPlace a fuel pellet under the engine and light. Takes a couple of minutes to heat up, spin with finger to get it going.


Watch the flames. The engine needs to be mounted otherwise it jumps around too much and can fall off a table top.

Individual teachers are responsible for safety in their own classes. Even familiar demonstrations should be practised and safety-checked by individual teachers before they are used in a classroom.

Related Resources

Thermal generator

Teaching Resources

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  • PIRA 4F30.10


This teaching resource was developed with support from

The MacDiarmid Institute
Faculty of Science, Victoria University of Wellington
School of Chemical and Physical Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington


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