Fastest-Mile Wind Speed

Fastest-Mile Wind Speed

Fastest-Mile Wind Speed Many times we have the difficult task of analyzing a structure that was designed long ago.  In such cases, you may find that the wind speed  used may appear significantly lower than the wind speed you would expect for that location using...
Wind Wizard

Wind Wizard

Wind Wizard MecaWind has many features and options within the software, which can be both a blessing and a curse.  It gives the user greater control over the results they obtain, but for the novice user it can be overwhelming to understand what is being requested with...
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...
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...
ASCE 7 Flexible Gust Factor

ASCE 7 Flexible Gust Factor

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 disturbing image)...
One Click Components & Cladding

One Click Components & Cladding

One Click Components & Cladding Would you like to be able to calculate all of your Components & Cladding (C&C) values with one Click?  In this article that’s what we are going to show you.   Component and Cladding Summary: The normal way of...