The thermodynamic analysis of a V-type Stirling-cycle refrigerator is performed. The Stirling-cycle refrigerator consists of expansion and compression spaces, cooler, heater and regenerator, and divided into 14 fixed control volumes subjected to a periodic mass flow. The conservation of mass and energy equation are written for each control volume. A computer program is prepared in FORTRAN, and the basic equations are solved iteratively. The mass, temperature and density of working fluid in each control volume are calculated for a given charge pressure, engine speed, and fixed heater and cooler surface temperatures, and the results are obtained from a PC. The heat transfer coefficients are assumed constant. The work, instantaneous pressure and COP of the Stirling-cycle refrigerator are also calculated. The steady cyclic conditions are obtained for temperature after few cycles and the results are given by diagrams. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd and IIR. All rights reserved.