external-combustion engine

(redirected from External combustion engine)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

ex·ter·nal-com·bus·tion engine

An engine, such as a steam engine, in which the fuel is burned outside the engine cylinder.

external-combustion engine

(Mechanical Engineering) a heat engine in which the working fluid is heated in an external boiler or heat exchanger and is thus isolated from the process of fuel combustion

exter′nal-combus′tion en`gine

an engine, as a steam engine, in which fuel ignition takes place outside the cylinder or turbine.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.external-combustion engine - a heat engine in which ignition occurs outside the chamber (cylinder or turbine) in which heat is converted to mechanical energy
heat engine - any engine that makes use of heat to do work
steam engine - external-combustion engine in which heat is used to raise steam which either turns a turbine or forces a piston to move up and down in a cylinder
References in periodicals archive ?
Operating or using any internal or external combustion engine without a spark arresting device properly installed, maintained and in effective working order as determined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) recommended practices J335 and J350 (refer to Title 43CFR 8343.
is the developer of the Cyclone engine, an eco-friendly external combustion engine.
The diesel engine has the highest thermal efficiency of any regular internal or external combustion engine due to its very high compression ratio.
The Stirling is an external combustion engine, so it can run on any fuel or heat source).
The project includes studying the metallurgical effects of high temperature thermal cycling on the heat exchangers of Cyclone's external combustion engine.
The Phoenix waste energy recovery system will be powered by Cyclone's heat-regenerative, external combustion engine.
The 4D/RCS controls the optical, ladar, infrared and acoustic sensors for identifying and locating suitable biomass, movement and operation of the robotic arm and end effector, and the hybrid external combustion engine.

Full browser ?