• MecaStack Standard Self-Supported

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Reg. Price: $1,799.00
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Description  more details

MecaStack is a 3D stack design software that is used to design steel stacks, steel chimneys, flares, exhaust stacks, etc. of a variety of dimensions and attachments. In addition, the software also performs a bending analysis of the stack to aid with the stack lifting design.  MecaStack can be used to analyze self supported stacks (free standing) and guyed stacks (guy wire supported).  Similarly, it can be used for design of steel chimneys or stacks that are braced on a building or other structures by lateral bracing.  Above all, the software is very easy to use and extremely versatile at handling a wide range of problems and designs.

Some of the components that MecaStack incorporates are:

  • Ladders and platforms
  • Stiffening rings
  • Structural flanges
  • Damping devices (software does not design the damper)
  • Flare tips
  • Insulation/Refractory/Jacket
  • Breeches/Nozzles (stack openings)
  • Piping

Software Features

  • 3D Graphics
  • Customizable Load Combinations
  • Adjustable Grade Elevation
  • P-Delta Analysis
  • Lifting Analysis of Stack
  • Toggle between Imperial and Metric Units
  • Baseplate Design
  • Calculate Frequence for Higher Modes
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Lifting Stack

Stack Design Codes

The user has complete control over the design codes that are used for Along Wind, Across Wind, Stress and Fatigue. The load combinations and factors can be customized as needed or auto-populated per the design code selected. There are several comprehensive steel chimney design codes available within MecaStack:

•    American Standard: ASME STS-1
•    Indian Standard
•    British Standard
•    Euro Standard
•    Canadian Standard
•    ISO 13705 (Formerly API-560)

Design Codes

Seismic Design Codes

There are several seismic design codes available:
  • Indian (IS1893)
  • UBC 97
  • Manual Entry
  • International Building Code (IBC 2012)
  • Response Spectrum Analysis
  • National Building Code of Canada (NBCC 2010)
  • EuroNorm (EN 1998-6)

Lifting Stack Design Analysis and Extraction

Another critical item with steel stack design, is the lifting analysis portion of the design. It’s great when the stack design comes together and shows it will work when the stack is erected, but if the stack can’t be lifted into position then it is all for not and it could create a dangerous situation for those around. Sometimes to ease the stress the stack incurs when being lifted, it is wise to lift the stack in multiple sections instead of one large section. Although MecaStack provides the user with the ability to analyze the stack lifting design as a whole, it also allows the user to extract certain sections of their stack lifting design to analyze how it will perform during the lifting process.

This only analyzes the stack itself and not the lifting attachments used to lift the stack. If you are interested in also analyzing the lifting lugs, please look into our MecaLug software.

Stack Analysis Output

Outputs are customizable in MecaStack. The user may select which output is displayed before anything is analyzed. Then once the analysis is ran, the user can select from a table of contents which items are going to be presented in the final report. Also, clicking on any of the table of contents will take the user directly to that section. Sections involving Pass or Fail criteria are displayed with the colors green for passing and red for failing. This allows the user to quickly determine if there are any problems.

NOTE: This software is leased on an annual basis. There are two main options available with the software:

License Types

There are two license types and the Single User license is the most popular. If you have more than one engineer that needs to use the software, we have a floating network license. Call for a quote.

Single User - This version is to be installed on a single users computer. It can be activated/deactivated up to six (6) times per year.

Float Network License - This can be installed on as many computers as you wish and one user per license can be using the software at a given time. If you are interested in a network license please contact us at (888) 204-7705 for a quotation.

Lease Period = One (1) Year from Date of Purchase 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I get a fully functioning demo to try out the software?

We offer a limited demo, but we do not offer a full functioning demo.

Does the program have a help manual?

A help manual is provided with the program in the form of a pdf file. You may print it or view it electronically.

Do I have to be connected to the internet to use to software?

It is possible to run the software without internet connection; however there are specific instances where a connection is required: initial activation of software, to transfer use of software to another computer, check for updates automatically, use the floating network option.

Can I share the software with my coworkers?

Yes, the software can be shared if a network license if purchased. A single user license can only be used on 1 computer.

Is technical support available for the software?

Yes, technical support is available. Technical support is by email at support@mecaenterprises.com. Meca requests that questions be limited to the use of the software. They cannot provide interpretations as to how to apply the code to various situations.

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