Excel-Lent contains three sections - design, analysis and gear dimensions. Any of
the sections can be used individually to run calculations. On a typical job,
according to Excel Gear, hundreds of hours typically spent doing the
calculations can be saved.
The three sections are detailed
†The design section calculates the size of
gears, based on minimal input by the user. The user needs to specify only the
input rotational speed, gear ratio, power to be transmitted and the material
and heat treatments selected from the material tables of all commonly used
materials in the industry.
Key values calculated are the
diameter and face width of the pinion required to achieve the surface fatigue
power rating and optimized DP or module (based on the calculated diameter)
required for the bending fatigue power rating. The data is automatically
exported to the analysis program for detailed analysis. The results are the power
ratings for 5,000 -100,000 hours of B1 life (reliability factor of 1).
If required, other values such as face
width or center distance may be entered but Excel Gear recommends leaving the face
width and center distance values blank for optimized gear design. Design and
analysis programs are used to design one gear stage in sequence on an external or
internal spur and helical gear mesh.
The analysis program calculates the
power rating of a gear set for 5,000, 10,000, 25,000, 50,000 and 100,000 hours
of B1 life (reliability factor of 1). Reliability factor of 1, 1.25, or 1.5 can
be selected, as required. The user needs to input mesh type (spur, helical,
internal and external), pressure angle, helix angle (if applicable), pinion
speed, number of teeth in pinion and gear, material (from
the list provided in the software), face width, DP or module and quality
required. Crown and/or profile shift, if used, can also be entered. The program
will calculate the power rating of the gear set and show HP or KW capability
along with torque, tangential force and static capacity. Static capacity is
based on yield strength and, if bending stress exceeds yield strength at any
time, permanent deformation or even tooth breakage may occur. If the results
are satisfactory, the user can print the single page results only or,
optionally, also print all the AGMA factors used in making the calculations.
The Excel-Lent software program lists commonly used gear material for the user to select.
If the results are not as required, the user can select another material or change
other design criteria as required to achieve the desired results. If a special material
is desired, its yield, bending and contact stress numbers can be easily entered.
If any of the required input data are missing, the program will prompt the user
to supply what is missing. Metric or inch units can also be selected with just
In the opinion of the manufacturer,
this Excel-Lent gear dimension software is the most versatile program available
in the market. The program will calculate the manufacturing dimensions for a new
pinion and gear or calculate the dimension of a pinion or gear to mate an
existing pinion or gear. This can be done for external gears, internal gears or
a gear rack. Users need only to enter the type of mesh (spur or helical, internal
of external), pressure angle, helix angle(if helical gears), number of teeth in
pinion and mating gear, DP or module and the quality of the gears.
The program will then calculate the
center distance, dimension over pins, span measurement, form diameter, roll
angles and all gear tolerances to match the quality required (AGMA, DIN, or
ISO). The program will calculate the helix angle required to match a specified
center distance if the user chooses that option.
The program displays plain English
error messages when input is questionable or in error. For example, if the
center distance is incorrect, the program will flash error messages such as, "Center
distance specified is too large/small."
The program calculates optimized
profile shifts for pinion and gear operating at a non-standard center distance,
if the operating center distance is specified. If the profile shift required to
operate is large and makes the top land narrow, the program will flash warning
messages and display the proper profile shift amount to avoid narrow top land. †
Excel-Lent software gives users the
option to balance beam strength or specific sliding of gear and pinion, if
desired. This is a key requirement for wind turbine gears. The program will
also calculate gear blank tolerances to achieve the desired quality level, if
shaft and bore diameters are entered. Users can switch between inch and metric
dimensions with one click.