Lucent Technologies requested a team of Stanford students develop new technologies harnessing Stirling engines for waste heat energy recovery in server cabinets. I was part of a four person team to addess the challenge to innovate.
Extensive research began while discussions with Lucent were initiated to discuss the scope of the project, which was decidedly heavy given the 7 weeks available for the investigation.
Mathematical models of Stirling engine generation and operation were created, with focus on evaluating both thermodynamic and mechanical systems. However it became clear that the engineers at Lucent who conceived the project did not understand the science involved in the creation of a heat-driven generator.