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Computational Tool for the Intelligent Design of Gearboxes of Cylindrical Gears and Welded Housing

  • Rosendo FrancoEmail author
  • Michael A. Blas
  • Luis H. Inafuku
  • Angel A. C. Peinado
  • Jean C. Soto
  • Alberto E. Solano
  • Daniel H. Fernández
  • Alexander R. López
  • José F. Montalván
  • Herbert Yépez
  • Quino Valverde
Conference paper
Part of the Mechanisms and Machine Science book series (Mechan. Machine Science, volume 71)

Abstract

The present work reports the development of intelligent software that permits to design gearboxes of cylindrical gears and welded housing with a high degree of automation. At the time there is a large amount of CAD software with options to design machine elements, but there is not any that focuses on the complete design of gearboxes. This is because a gearbox is a product of high complexity, in which many variables are involved and, at the same time, there are innumerable solutions for the same need. To overcome these difficulties, the authors have used the Artificial Intelligence technique known as Case Based Reasoning (CBR). The developed software has the characteristic modules of a case-based system: a base of resolved cases, a retrieve module and an adaptation module. The main advantage of this type of systems is that they manage to acquire the experience (knowledge) of the specialists and store it through the resolved cases. This experience is reused in the solution of new problems. During the research process it was necessary to define the main characteristics that describe a gearbox, i.e., its similarity attributes, as well as to establish the similarity function and implement a parametric adaptation technique. Additionally, the software has modules for calculating and selecting the components of a gearbox, to tune the design to meet the requirements established by technical standards or by a user. The implementation was done in Visual Basic language in the form of an add-in, which is automatically loaded into the Autodesk Inventor® environment. From the input data, the developed program, called aiGearboxDesigner, is capable of generating a complete design, 3D models and the corresponding assembly planes and manufacturing drawings.

Keywords

Mechanical design Gearbox Case based reasoning 

Notes

Acknowledgements

To the “Dirección de Gestión de la Investigación” (DGI) of Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, who has financed the investigation through the project DGI-2015-197 “Development of an intelligent system of mechanical design to improve the competitiveness of the metalworking company applied to gearboxes of cylindrical gears with welded housing for use in the mining industry”. It is also appreciated the collaboration of other members of “Investigación Asistida por Computadora” Group (INACOM), who contributed to the development of this work.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rosendo Franco
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michael A. Blas
    • 1
  • Luis H. Inafuku
    • 1
  • Angel A. C. Peinado
    • 1
  • Jean C. Soto
    • 1
  • Alberto E. Solano
    • 1
  • Daniel H. Fernández
    • 1
  • Alexander R. López
    • 1
  • José F. Montalván
    • 1
  • Herbert Yépez
    • 1
  • Quino Valverde
    • 1
  1. 1.INACOM Group/Aula PUCP-CIMNE, Mechanical Engineering Section Engineering DepartmentPontificia Universidad Catolica del PeruLima 32Peru

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