Climbing the Ladder

Climbing the Ladder

Climbing the Ladder MecaStack allows the user to enter ladders and platforms on their stack. These are considered an appurtenance, and not adding any structural stiffness to the stack. MecaStack does consider the wind area and weight added by these ladders and...
Piggy-Back Stacks

Piggy-Back Stacks

Piggy-Back Stacks We often get the question of how to model a Tandem or Piggy back stack in MecaStack. One can be handled by the software and the other cannot. Piggy-Back Stacks: A Piggy-Back stack is one where one or more stack is supported by another stack. Usually...
How to Find Wind Pressure on Solar Panels

How to Find Wind Pressure on Solar Panels

How to Find Wind Pressure on Solar Panels In this article we will investigate the procedure for calculating the design wind pressure on rooftop solar panels per ASCE 7-16 design code. I feel like the best way to describe this procedure is by working through an...
Ultimate Guide to Material Properties

Ultimate Guide to Material Properties

Ultimate Guide to Material Properties MecaStack has a built in database for stack material properties, which are intended to help the designer. There are some common questions and problems that we see when it comes to the use of the stack material properties. ...
Base Reactions in MecaWind

Base Reactions in MecaWind

Base Reactions in MecaWind There can be confusion from users on how to read and interpret the MecaWind Base Reactions that are provided by the MecaWind software program.   There is a lot of data presented, and it can become overwhelming.  This article is intended to...
Life is a Breach

Life is a Breach

Life is a Breach Updated April 16, 2020: The method of breach analysis discussed in this article is referred to as the “Section Property” method in MecaStack.  As of v5506 there is now a method available called the “Troitsky” method, and an...