About

Richard B King

I was a Cofounder of Rasna Corporation and co-invented Mechanica, a pioneering easy to use and adaptive finite element product.

I received my Ph.D. in Applied Mechanics from Stanford University in 1980 and have decades of experience in stress analysis.

  • 1980-83 Research at National Bureau of Standards on mechanical reliability of pipelines and naval vessels
  • 1980-87 IBM research. Research on mechanical reliability of disk drives. Research on computer methods for analysis of disk drives. State of the art of finite element analysis was found to be clearly inadequate for design purposes.
  • 1987 I Co Founded Rasna Corporation and co-invented Mechanica, a pioneering easy to use and adaptive finite element product
  • 1995 Rasna Acquired by PTC; I stayed for 2 years integrating and enhancing Mechanica.
  • 1997-2008 freelance consulting and teaching. The prototype of stressRefine was developed in this period.
  • 2008-2013 Advanced development of Mechanica, later renamed Creo Simulate. I was responsible for developing and/or supporting many of the nonlinear features of Mechanica, including snapthrough, nonlinear thermal, large strain plasticity, large displacement and frictional contact.
  • 2013 PTC closed its San Jose division and moved any remaining support for Mechanica to Pune.
  • 2013-present: Continued development of stressRefine, an accessory for adaptive FEA. I investigated various commercial programs including Autodesk Inventor, SOLIDWORKS Simulation, and Siemens NX/Nastran as potential partner products.