I am using Wildfire 4, and I am trying to calculate the volume of the "empty" space in a fully assembled gearbox to determine the proper amount of oil that should be used for lubrication.
I know that Pro-e is great at determining volumes of solids, but what is the best way to calculate the amount of free space in an enclosed housing that is assembled with the gear solids in place?
Is this the right software for this exercise or is there an "add-on" that I should be using?
Any tips on doing this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
it will work, maybe not the best one.
create a new part in the assembly using the outer surface of the gearbox housing to get the solid box. then eidt-component operation-cutoff, to cutout all parts in the original assmbly. the volume of the new create part is what you want. Further more, using a surface to cut the new part, you can know how much oil to use for different oil level.
how do you think.
Can you do a straightforward, brute force enumeration of volumes for the subcomponents and subtract the total from the interior volume of the casing?
Is this post related to yours? I am not an engineer, but it sounds to me like this is talking about the same task?
There are some tools which "automagically" do what we're talking about here, but the process is always the same. It's only a question of "does it require much user intervention to make it happen?"
When I need to know this, from within Pro/E (or any similar solid modeler) I do a solid volume and then perform boolean "cutout" operations. Sometimes additional manual "trimming" is required once all that is done. The resultant solid can then be analyzed.
If you're doing a fluid-fill-level you can create a parametrically-driven cut which "slices away" the "oil volume" to represent air. If you're smart, you can set this up so that your entered value is "volume of fluid" (or even mass of fluid if you prefer) rather than "fluid level" and the "fluid level" is then your output.
But there is no way, within a tool such as Pro/E, to calculate a volume unless the volume you're evaluating is modeled. All modeling withini Pro/E and similar programs is solids-based. So you have to have a solid volume to analyze, and this needs to be a separate component.
Using computational-fluid-dynamics, there are some pretty nice auto-volume-generation tools. These still work in very much the same fashion as above, however, but are much more automated. I believe all CFD packages have this functionality because you can't do a proper CFD analysis without knowing this. But the process, ultimately, is the same as what we're talking about here.
It's my hope that, eventually, PTC will write an additional module of code which will do an automatic "volume fill" feature in an assembly. You'd have to set a threshhold gap value, of course, or you'd have to create "boundary surfaces" along open gaps (vent holes, etc) before this would work, of course. It doesn't seem at all difficult, and it would save a lot of time for the end users.
But for now... you really have two choices - copy surfaces and solidify, or create a volume and do boolean subtraction of volumes. And no matter what, you're creating a new part to do it with.