As the bevel gear is the size-determining key element within the upper and lower gearboxes of an azimuth thruster, there is a significant trickle effect onto many downstream features of the overall system. As part of its research programme, SCHOTTEL has developed a unique and major improvement of this key element: a new type of bevel gear which comes with a unique gearing geometry never used before, and which has a significantly increased load capacity.

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