Investigations on Laser Dressing of Grinding Wheels—Part I: Preliminary Study

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N. Ramesh Babu, V. Radhakrishnan

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, 600 036, India

Y. V. G. S. Murti

Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, 600 036, India

J. Eng. Ind 111(3), 244-252 (Aug 01, 1989) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3188756 History: Received January 01, 1987; Revised December 01, 1988; Online July 30, 2009


Investigations on the use of laser as a dressing tool for grinding wheels have been carried out and the results are reported in a two paper sequence. This paper reports the results of preliminary investigations on grinding wheel materials after laser irradiation. Studies were carried out on the surfaces of aluminum oxide (Al2 O3 ), and silicon carbide (SiC) grains, vitrified bond and also on a sample Al2 O3 grinding wheel after irradiating them with high intensity Nd:YAG laser pulses. The results obtained are discussed with reference to the optical, thermal, and mechanical properties of the materials. This paper also includes the studies on the wheel surface topography obtained after laser dressing the wheel with different dressing feed rates.

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