Add Some Guy Wires

Add Some Guy Wires

Add Some Guy Wires When and why should I use guy wires on a stack? When a stack has a vortex shedding problem there can be many factors that determine which solutions are the best.  Guy wires aren’t always the most conventional solution, but its always an option...
Slow Down

Slow Down

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

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...
Welcome to our Damping Pad

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...
How to Determine Damping

How to Determine Damping

How to Determine Damping We can all grasp the physical attributes of a stack such as the height, weight, diameters, etc.; however, what is the stack’s structural damping?  Does MecaStack estimate the damping of the stack?  Is there any harm in just arbitrarily...
Getting Twisted about Helical Strakes

Getting Twisted about Helical Strakes

Getting Twisted about Helical Strakes If you have a vortex shedding problem on a stack, then in some cases helical strakes are your best option; however, there are other cases where helical strakes are not the best option. When not to use Helical Strakes? If there is...