MSC.Software introduces Adams Gear Advanced Technology plug-in for MD Adams

The new plug-in allows engineers to use a single dynamic simulation tool for the complete design process of transmissions.

MSC.Software Corporation has released Adams Gear Advanced Technology (AGAT) a new plug-in toolkit for MD Adams. MSC says the customized gear simulation environment enables engineers to use a single and scalable dynamic simulation tool for the complete design of transmissions.

A transmission analysis from Adams Gear Advanced Technology.

High performance transmissions can be found in every technical industry segment such as machinery, automotive, aerospace, medical products, wind turbines, and consumer products. Traditional transmission design procedures often rely only on static design studies, which MSC says are not adequate in the era of modern virtual prototyping. The company says decoupling system dynamics from transmission dynamics carries potential design risks, which can lead to higher development costs and longer development times.

MSC says AGAT is a fully transient dynamic solution. The combination of MD Adams and transmission-specific methodologies built into its environment allows design teams to the same model for both static analysis and dynamic studies of the component transmission and/or full system modeling. Dynamic effects like gear rattle can be observed, and the designer can then design the best performing transmission system overall layout and simultaneously receive and consider the relevant information about displacements, deflections and stresses in gears and bearings. The software’s scalability means the engineer can easily simplify arbitrary components to speed up the calculation and to evaluate control systems.

Specific features of Adams Gear Advanced Technology include:

  • Straight, helical, internal and external gears
  • High-resolution gear contact algorithm that computes the distributed contact in function of the tooth shape (straight or helical), the applied micro corrections, the wheel distance and the misalignments within the highly flexible and interacting system components
  • Numerous output data in accordance to established standards
  • Animations to assist the engineer in evaluating the transmission design

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