This paper proposes a new type of double-crowned helical gear that can be continuously cut on a modern Cartesian-type hypoid generator with two face-hobbing head cutters and circular-arc cutter blades. The gear tooth flank is double crowned with a cycloidal curve in the longitudinal direction and a circular arc in the profile direction. To gauge the sensitivity of the transmission errors and contact patterns resulting from various assembly errors, this paper applies a tooth contact analysis technique and presents several numerical examples that show the benefit of the proposed double-crowned helical gear set. In contrast to a conventional helical involute gear, the tooth bearing and transmission error of the proposed gear set are both controllable and insensitive to gear-set assembly error.

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