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Thermoacoustic Innovative Technology for Waste Heat Recovery Applications
Thermoacoustics (TA) is a relatively new technology that is concerned with a direct conversion of internal heat into internal sound (or conversely using intense sound to transport heat). The intention is that TITAN will use this physical effect to develop a novel TA device which will generate useful electricity (as an output) indirectly from the exhaust heat. This generator will be based on a modified Stirling engine concept using the principle of a travelling-wave looped topology, as shown in the Figure below. The intention is that the first application of this device will be in marine vessels as their use of sea water supplies the ideal temperature difference.