Sargent & Lundy Leads Publication of ASCE Flue Gas Design Guide

Matt Rosecrans chairs Air and Gas Duct Structural Design Committee

Flue gas duct design has evolved significantly in the past 20 years. In response, the American Society of Civil Engineers has released a second edition of its book, “Structural Design of Air and Gas Ducts for Power Stations and Industrial Boiler Applications.” Matt Rosecrans, Sargent & Lundy’s process owner for flue gas ductwork, chairs the committee that updated the text.

Engineers around the world used the book’s first edition as a bridge between general building codes and the specifics of flue gas duct design in coal and natural gas plants. The second edition contains insight into material behaviors, load resistance, stability requirements, and more. It addresses new technology, such as reciprocating internal combustion engines, SCRs, round ductwork, and major code changes, including the phasing out of allowable stress design.

Rosecrans started working on this publication in 2014 alongside Sargent & Lundy colleague Jason Fifarek. He recruited committee members from companies like Black & Veatch, Babcock and Wilcox, Burns & McDonnell, and American Electric Power. He feels the book’s content directly affects Sargent & Lundy’s projects and clients. By taking the lead on publishing this definitive guide, Sargent & Lundy has demonstrated its industry-defining expertise in flue gas duct design.

“Structural Design of Air and Gas Ducts for Power Stations and Industrial Boiler Applications, Second Edition” is available exclusively on ASCE's website.


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