CIRP Encyclopedia of Production Engineering

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Bonding Materials for Abrasive Tools

  • Garret O’DonnellEmail author
  • Fredy Kuster
Living reference work entry



The bonding material is the material that secures the abrasive grains relative to each other in order to form the shape and structural integrity of the abrasive tool such as a grinding wheel, bonded abrasive segment, or abrasive belt.

Theory and Application

The DIN 8589: 2003 classifies processes such as grinding, belt grinding, honing, lapping, free abrasive grinding, and abrasive blast cutting under the grouping of “machining with geometrically undefined cutting edges.” A further clustering of the aforementioned processes can also be presented, namely, that of machining with bonded abrasives encompassing grinding, belt grinding, and honing, with the remaining processes largely falling under the category of free or unbonded abrasive machining. Therefore, it is clear that the science underpinning bonding materials is core to the development of bonded abrasive tools (Jackson and Davim 2011; Webster and Tricard 2004).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Mechanical & Manufacturing EngineeringTrinity College DublinDublinIreland
  2. 2.Institute for Machine Tools and ManufacturingETH ZürichZürichSwitzerland

Section editors and affiliations

  • Konrad Wegener
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  1. 1.Institute of Machine Tools and ManufacturingETH ZürichZürichSwitzerland