In this study, the parametric design and contact analysis of composite spur gears are investigated numerically. Composite gear provides an adequate strength to weight ratio, more hardness, durability and low maintenance cost. It is emerging better alternatives for replacing metallic gears. The finite element model of spur gear is developed with the assistance of the Ansys software. In this study each design factor such has stress distributions, strain and deformation are considered to compare composite gear with steel and polymer gears. An APDL gear model has been developed for the design evaluation and comparison study. © 2017 Published under licence by IOP Publishing Ltd.