Technical issues or questions that frequently arise with using MecaStack

How does MecaStack handle Helical Strakes
Helical strakes can be added in MECASTACK.  Go to the “Design” “Damping” menu, and then there is a helical strake option.  The button at the right “Damping ...
Tue, 26 Feb, 2019 at 12:54 PM
Will MecaStack design the Tuned Mass Damper?
MecaStack does not design the damper itself.  The software only allows you to consider the effects of the damper (Weight, wind area and estimated damping) i...
Thu, 8 Aug, 2019 at 7:34 AM
Does MecaStack perform Vortex Shedding Analysis of a Guy Wire Supported Stack?
MecaStack does perform a Vortex Shedding analysis on a guy wire supported stack; however, it is important to note that very few codes go into much depth wit...
Thu, 4 Oct, 2018 at 6:00 AM
My stack is failing due to vortex shedding, what should I do?
If your stack has a vortex shedding problem, there are a few options that you can consider:   Helical Strakes – These can be added (Usually to the top 1...
Thu, 8 Aug, 2019 at 7:32 AM
What is the basis for the MecaStack baseplate analysis?
The reference used for baseplate analysis within MecaStack is Brownell and Young's "Process Equipment Design".  It is an excellent resource, ...
Thu, 4 Oct, 2018 at 6:05 AM
How does MecaStack handle Ladders and Platforms?
MecaStack considers the stack as a series of beam elements.  The loads are applied to each element, therefore it is most convenient to simulate the wind loa...
Tue, 2 Jul, 2019 at 9:41 AM
Does MecaStack include the European standard EN-13084?
From time to time we get the question from clients regarding whether our stack design software, MecaStack, includes the standard EN-13084.  This article is ...
Thu, 28 Nov, 2019 at 4:02 PM
Should I buy MecaStack Standard or MecaStack Pro?
We have developed a wizard to provide a recommendation on which version of MecaStack will meet your needs: MecaStack Wizard MecaStack Pro - If you n...
Sat, 13 Oct, 2018 at 1:14 PM
Is there a training available for MecaStack?
There is an online training program which is available for MecaStack. MecaStack Online Course
Sat, 13 Oct, 2018 at 1:17 PM
How to send a MecaStack Input File
In order to send us an input file, please follow these steps: 1) After data has been entered into the software, please click "File" ...
Mon, 15 Oct, 2018 at 7:24 AM