Simulation of precision grinding process for predicting surface roughness

T. A. Nguyen, D. L. Butler

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A numerical approach is proposed for the simulation of a precision grinding process. The approach takes into consideration the non-Gaussian distribution of grain protrusion heights by simulating the grinding wheel topography as a random field. Furthermore, an algorithm is proposed to identify the active grains on the simulated grinding wheel topography. The cutting, ploughing or rubbing of the grains is determined by estimating the attack angle of the active grains. Then, the workpiece topography is generated by mapping the active grain topography into the workpiece surface, using the kinematics relationship between the grinding wheel and the workpiece. The workpiece surface roughness, predicted by the simulation is compared with the experimental result to justify the proposed approach.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 34th International MATADOR Conference
EditorsSrichand Hinduja
Place of PublicationHeidelberg
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781447106470
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sep 2004
Externally publishedYes
Event34th International MATADOR Conference - University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 7 Jul 20049 Jul 2004


Conference34th International MATADOR Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom


  • precision grinding process
  • non-Gaussian distribution
  • wheel topography
  • active grains

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