External combustion engine

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An engine in which the working medium serves the purpose of heat transfer only, and is enclosed within a sealed circuit. The heat is supplied by an external source using any convenient fuel. Steam engines and Stirling engines are external combustion engines.

Please note that this is the term as it stands in the original IALA Dictionary edition (1970-1989)

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