About Barry Christenson

Director of Product Management for ANSYS Inc. The product management team is responsible for planning the product capabilities of new releases as well as marketing the capabilities of current products. Prior to joining ANSYS Inc. in May 2000, Barry worked at Delphi Automotive Systems since 1987 in various engineering and project management roles related to automotive emission control systems for Latin American markets. Barry holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Kettering University, Flint, Michigan.

Superbowl DeflateGate Scandal Debunked Using Engineering Simulation

You can’t turn on the news without hearing about the latest scandal to hit the sports industry. The New England Patriots — the National Football League (NFL) team that faces the defending champ Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX this Sunday — are under pressure (pun intended) for using under-inflated footballs when they routed the Indianapolis Colts in the recent AFC championship that decided who would go on to the Super Bowl. One of the theories around DeflateGate is that a softer, less inflated ball will deform more when grasped, making it easier to hold. This could make for a more consistent pass, or a softer catch.

So, as simulation experts, what can we add to the national dialogue? Good question! Continue reading

Convergence is Back – and We’re Inviting You to Join Us!

conference-imageANSYS Convergence Conferences bring together engineering simulation experts from across the globe to learn how to leverage ANSYS solutions to their fullest potential. This year, we’re hosting regional conferences that begin in late April in Silicon Valley and end seven months later in Romania, stopping in nearly 30 countries along the way. Continue reading

Nanotechnology – A View Into the Future

Here’s some exciting technology with a view into the future. Imagine that when your cell phone battery gets low you can charge it just by walking around. Nanotechnology has the ability to deliver that promise as described in a recent article on theENGINEER.

We’ve heard a lot about alternative energies in recent years like wind, solar, tidal, etc. This represents a new form based on harvesting mechanical energy from vibrations. The Journal of Nanomaterials features a research article that shows how ANSYS Mechanical is used to develop this new energy source by simulating the piezoelectric behavior of the nanogenerators. Continue reading

2014 ANSYS Convergence Conferences – Call for Presentations

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Lane Lewis presenting at the 2013 Convergence Conference Plenary Session

Our world-wide Convergence Conferences are back and better than ever. With even more locations in 2014, consisting of excellent presenters that use ANSYS software, you just may find a tip a two to solve a complicated problem that you’ve encountered.

The conference also offers you the opportunity to meet and network with ANSYS engineers and managers, hardware/software partners, simulation industry thought leaders and other ANSYS users to learn how to leverage our suite’s capabilities in solving complex product development challenges. Regional conferences begin in April and are hosted in over 25 countries throughout the year. Continue reading

ANSYS 14.5 Engineering Simulation Software Released

Earlier this morning, we announced that the latest version of our engineering simulation software, ANSYS 14.5, is available for download on the ANSYS Customer Portal.

As products become increasingly complex, it is now more challenging than ever for engineers to fully understand the performance implications of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of design variations.

That’s why ANSYS 14.5 is such an advancement in engineering simulation – it is designed to support an integrated and streamlined approach to design exploration and the creation of a complete virtual prototype. New technology enhancements are seamlessly brought together with our open ANSYS Workbench™ platform to deliver unmatched engineering productivity and innovation through comprehensive multiphysics analyses and HPC capabilities.

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Composites pressure vessel with titanium caps

The ANSYS Workbench platform streamlines workflow among simulation applications. An innovative project schematic view ties together the entire simulation process, guiding the user through even the most complex multiphysics analyses with drag-and-drop simplicity. Continue reading