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Problem 16: Thermoacoustic Engine

A piston placed in the open end of a horizontal test tube which has its other end partially filled with steel wool may oscillate when the closed end is heated up. Investigate the phe­no­menon and determine the efficiency of this engine.

I. Phenomenon Demonstration

II. Books, Encyclopedia, Discussion and Forum Posts

III. Research Paper

  • C. Olivier, G. Poignand, and G. Pénelet, European Journal of Physics 38, 015101 (2016).
  • J. R. Belcher, W. V. Slaton, R. Raspet, H. E. Bass, and J. Lightfoot, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 105, 2677 (1999).

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