Life is a Breach

Life is a Breach

Life is a Breach A breach is an opening in the cylindrical shell of the stack that compromises its structural integrity. This is usually either a rectangular ducting connection or a cylindrical pipe nozzle penetrating the stack shell. How does MecaStack handle Breach...
ASCE 7 Flexible Gust Factor

ASCE 7 Flexible Gust Factor

Private: ASCE 7 Flexible Gust Factor When I was a new Engineer my boss had his stack design questioned by a client.  My boss responded “Sir, I will serve you tea on the downwind side of that stack on the windiest day of the year.”   That line (and...
Add Some Guys

Add Some Guys

Add Some Guys When a stack has a vortex shedding problem there can be many factors that determine which solutions are the best.  It’s not always the most conventional solution, but you could consider adding guy wires.  How do Guy Wires Help? By adding guy wires...
I Feel the Need to Change Wind Speed

I Feel the Need to Change Wind Speed

All It was Tom Cruise in “Top Gun” who once said, “I feel the need, the need for speed”.  I sometimes wonder if Tom Cruise is on the ASCE 7 committee, because it feels like they have the need to change the wind speed basis with every new...
Slow Down

Slow Down

All I’ll bet “Slow Down” isn’t an expression you hear much in your business.  I dream of a day when a customer tells me, “Slow down, we really don’t care when you finish your design.”  I can’t get you more time on your...
Tornado Alley

Tornado Alley

I live in Oklahoma and during the Spring and Fall seasons we tend to have a lot of tornadoes, and that’s why this part of the country is part of the region dubbed “Tornado Alley.”  Since our company sells the MecaWind software, we sometimes get asked...