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       Thank you for your response.

I am aware of MECA Enterprises. I have collaborated with Chris Rosencutter on several stack designs, mostly while he was with John Zink Company but on at least two since he formed MECA. I never did have the pleasure of meeting him face to face; but even then I considered him to be a good engineer. Now that he's even better and more successful I say "Good for him!" I like it when people that I know and respect are successful.

       Thanks again, Neil.


H. Daryl Richardson

----- Original Message ----- From: "nma" <nma(--nospam--at)>
To: <seaint-seaosc(--nospam--at)>
Sent: Friday, February 01, 2013 4:00 PM
Subject: Re: [SEAINT-SEAOSC] Stack Strakes

Review Steel Stacks per ASME STS-1-2011 for vortex shedding criteria. The MECA stack program will help you avoid vortex shedding. We're presently involved in a number of signature poles in the 400 foot plus freestanding heights. We've haven't had a problem with our poles in over 10 years of doing them. AASHTO LTS-4-13 also has criteria. (Standard Specs for Luminaries and Traffic Signals). We know of one high pole that has run into trouble and had to be retrofitted. but it is in the 500 foot plus range. MECA Enterprises in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma has good programs and can also assist you.

We're presently leasing their MEACStack program for our current work load. There are some other pole programs that may be helpful. There is some ASCE proceedings literature from the 1950's concerning some stacks that were exhibiting some behavior problems in a power plant near Watsonville. What you don't want is the Acuity flagpole response. That pole was not up very long.


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