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...
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...
I Feel the Need, the Need for Speed

I Feel the Need, the Need for Speed

In my humble opinion, the Movie Top Gun is one of the best movies of all time.   One of the best parts is when Tom Cruise says “I feel the need, the need for speed”.  It’s not just a great line, it also applies to many stack designs.  More speed...
Welcome to our Damping Pad

Welcome to our Damping Pad

When a vortex shedding problem exists on a stack, sometimes the most economical option is a damping pad. What is a damping pad? A damping pad is a preformed laminated fabric pad of a manufactured material composed of layers of tightly twisted, closely woven...