HFAST - A Harmonic Analysis Program for Stirling Cycles 929028
HFAST is a general-purpose third-order harmonic analysis and design program for predicting the cyclic-steady state thermodynamic performance of Stirling cycles. It represents the state-of-the-art results of years of research efforts at Mechanical Technology Inc. (MTI) in the development of Stirling cycle machines. The code has been extensively used at MTI to support the development of both free-piston and kinematic Stirling cycle machines.
Lately, HFAST has undergone many major improvements, both in the analysis method and in the user's interface. This paper presents a brief description of the current analysis method used in HFAST.