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Peter Barrett M.S.C.E., P.E. - VP

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As Vice-President of CAE Associates, Peter manages consulting and engineering services, as well as ANSYS training. With over 30 years experience in thermal-structural nonlinear and dynamic analysis applications using the finite element method, Peter's structural engineering applications include: Nuclear, Aerospace, Biomedical, and Offshore structures. He served as a technical consultant and helped develop finite element models used to characterize the thermal-structural response of the World Trade Center towers subjected to fire and impact damage. He has taught over 200 ANSYS training classes over the last 20 years for companies of all sizes. In addition, Peter provides ANSYS and CivilFEM hotline technical support to customers. Peter is a registered Civil Engineer in the state of California since 1984.

When not at the office, Peter enjoys platform tennis, tennis, golf, cycling, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, backpacking and photography.


Master of Science, Structural Engineering and Structural Mechanics, University of California at Berkeley

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, University of California at Davis

Recent Posts:

February 14, 2017

As the sharing and transfer of FEA and CFD analysis data becomes more prevalent, the danger of errors caused by inconsistent units grows.  The most famous engineering units error occurred in 1999 when NASA lost a $125 million Mars orbiter because a Lockheed Martin engineering team used English units of measurement while the agency's team used the metric system for a key spacecraft operation.  While many FEA and CFD software automation tools include automated units conversions, it is still ultimately the engineer that is responsible for deploying a consistent set

January 31, 2017

While computers keep getting faster, and finite element software more efficient, there is still a lot of value in being able to simplify complex models. Finite element-based stress analyses of axisymmetric structures range in size and materials from concrete containment buildings, to spinning steel engine parts, to elastomeric replacement blood vessels.  My previous blogs 2D or not 2D?