Surface fine grinding via a regenerative grinding methodology

Hsin Yi Lai, Chao Kuang Chen

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This paper presents a regenerative surface fine grinding methodology to remove grinding defects of traditional operations and to improve the quality of surface flatness. All possible surface defects produced by traditional and creep-feed grinding operations are carefully reviewed and circumvented. These defects include non -uniform traces, pitting spots, scratches, burnouts, and quenching breakage. To alleviate these traditional grinding defects, the paper presents a new approach by designing and constructing a regenerative surface fine grinding system that includes a mechanism that carries the submerged workpart in an oil-contained open box. The fine grinding tool held by the spindle-chuck unit of the CNC machine is moved in relative to the workpart surfaces by a combined trajectory of a cycloid path, a linear feed and a lateral travel. Some numerical simulations for selecting appropriate grinding trajectories are presented and simulated. The trajectory is selected based upon the resulting quality of contact uniformity and homogeneity as expressed in terms of contact frequency to each point on the workpart surface. The simulation model is then used to characterize appropriate working range of each grinding parameter. Different grinding paths are thus generated and superposed. A working machine is designed and built based upon the simulation results. Several experiments are carried out on the constructed grinding system with the grinding tool mounted to the spindle-chuck unit of the CNC machine. The surface quality of the ground workpart is measured. Tests on different system parameters demonstrate the importance of choosing the correct grinding wheel and grit size and an illustration of the proper selection of process and system parameters are presented. The experimental results are compared with those of analytical solutions. Good agreement between them is observed. In ninety minutes fine-grinding operations using the proposed method, the workpart surfaces generally possess no damage and surface roughness is reduced to the range of 0.02∼0.04μm in Ra. To verify the effectiveness of the proposed method, the results of fine grinding operations using various process parameters are measured and recorded. The effects of various combinations of process parameters including trajectory density, uniformity and grinding efficiency on the effect of surface flatness enhancement are carefully examined and concluded.

Original languageEnglish
Article number226
Pages (from-to)1210-1221
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Oct 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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