Precision Grinding with CBN Wheels

Xun Chen, W.B Rowe, Rui Cai

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The paper systematically reviews experimental research on the performance of cubic boron nitride (CBN) grinding wheels and discusses advantages and difficulties experienced in the application of CBN wheels particularly for internal grinding with fine-grain wheels.

The hardness of CBN grains potentially increases re-dress life and improves dimensional stability. The problem is that increased re-dress life increases the importance of avoiding wheel loading, particularly for small-grain wheels. This paper highlights the importance of touch dressing for improved dimensional stability and other operational techniques to maintain an open surface topography of the wheel. The paper also demonstrates the benefit of an open-structured small-grain CBN wheel for precision grinding. Effects on grinding temperature are also illustrated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)585-593
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture
Issue number5
Early online date28 Nov 2001
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Grinding
  • CBN
  • Precision
  • Dressing


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