Loaded tooth contact analysis (LTCA), deformation, and stress calculations of three types of thin-rimmed spur gears with inclined webs at the left side, the center, and the right side of the tooth are conducted in this paper with finite element methods (FEM) combined with a mathematical programming method when these gears are engaged with a solid mating gear. The contact stresses on the tooth surfaces, the bending stresses at the tooth roots, and the joint stresses of the rim and the web are analyzed as the web position and the web angle are changed. It was found that the web position and the web angle of the thin-rimmed gears have a significant effect on the tooth contact stresses, the root bending stresses, and the joint stresses. The maximum contact stress of the right web gear becomes very small when the web is inclined from 0 to 30 deg, and it increases again when the web angles are changed from 45 to 60 deg. This interesting relationship between the web angle and the tooth contact stresses of thin-rimmed right inclined web gears is used to absorb the misalignment errors in the gears and improve the partial tooth contact pattern resulting from the misalignment errors. A calculation example is provided to illustrate how to improve the partial tooth contact patterns in gears with misalignment errors.

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