Title: Computer Programs Speed Smoke Stack Design
Author(s): Mark Killion
Publication: Concrete International
Appears on pages(s): 27-29
Keywords: chimneys; computer programs; concretes; finite element method; structural design; Design
Design of smoke stacks for electrical utilities presents a wide range of challenging design issues. Traditionally, these issues are addressed by looking up appropriate eduations in a handbook such as Roark's and generating a manual solution. Geometries which are too complex to fit a formula are normally addressed with general purpose finite element packages. In the last several years, two software packages which provide dramatic improvements over these methods have been used. These programs save time, produce more accurate designs, and minimize the need for testing.