Recent and radically improved machining processes, from high wheel speeds to nanotechnology, have turned a spotlight on abrasive machining processes as a fertile area for further advancements. Written for researchers, students, engineers and technicians in manufacturing, this book presents a fundamental rethinking of important tribological elements of abrasive machining processes and their effects on process efficiency and product quality. Newer processes such as chemical mechanical polishing (CMP) and silicon wafer dicing can be better understood as tribological processes. Understanding the tribological principles of abrasive processes is crucial to discovering improvements in accuracy, production rate, and surface quality of products spanning all industries, from machine parts to ball bearings to contact lens to semiconductors.


Machining process engineers, technicians, researchers and students.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Abrasive Processes Tribosystems of Abrasive Machining Processes Kinematic Models of Abrasive Contacts Contact Mechanics Forces, Friction, and Energy Thermal Design of Processes Molecular Dynamics for Abrasive Process Simulation Fluid Delivery Electrolytic In-Process Dressing (ELID) Grinding and Polishing Grinding Wheel and Abrasive Topography Abrasives and Abrasive Tools Conditioning of Abrasive Wheels Loose Abrasive Processes Process Fluids for Abrasive Machining Tribology of Abrasive Machining Processed Materials


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William Andrew
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About the authors

Ioan D. Marinescu

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Toledo, OH, USA

W. Brian Rowe

W. Brian Rowe is a consulting engineer and recognized bearing expert with more than 30 years’ experience working on a wide range of machinery design problems across all industries. He has previously run courses on bearings at Coventry University in the UK and Stanford University in the USA, as well as sessions on the topic for industrial engineers in Chengdu, China. He has received awards in recognition of his work, including the Walter R. Evans Award for significant contributions to the field of rotor dynamics in 2004.

Affiliations and Expertise

Advanced Manufacturing Technology and Tribology Research Laboratory (AMTTREL) at Liverpool John Moores University, UK

Boris Dimitrov

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute for Applied Mechanics and the Institute for Precision Mechanics in Bucharest Romania