The stresses and deformations in the shrink-fitted hub-shaft joint for various fit forms have been analysed using finite element method. First, the results of finite element method (FEM) were compared with the results of Lame's equations along central radial line of one shrink fit type for accuracy of model and it was proved by these results. Then, the most appropriate fit type was investigated. It was observed that the most effective parameter to determine appropriate fit type is to be stepped or not for shaft and the geometries of hub of which edges were wasted have been found as more appropriate to reduce the stresses and deformations. Finally. it was also observed that the each point of the shaft or the hub at the moment of the first meeting to its partner during fit can enter the plastic region, and this situation must be taken into consideration as design parameter. (c) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.