Professional course

Grinding Technology

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Engineering Design and Mathematics
Frenchay Campus
Three days
Programme leader:
Dr Thomas Pearce and Geoff Hornsby
Key fact:
A three day professional short course for engineers involved in grinding operations.

Page last updated 19 September 2017


This course builds upon your own experiences and knowledge about grinding processes and operations in order to enhance technical understanding and problem solving skills.

It starts with the basic building blocks of the process (grinding wheels, dressing and grinding fluids) followed by an introduction to a variety of grinding processes. You will then be shown how to measure grinding processes, design grinding cycles and solve problems.

Entry requirements

Overseas students need to have, in advance of application, either a valid student visa or evidence of residency status in the UK.





9.00   Course Structure and Content

  • Building blocks of the grinding process
  • Objectives & limitations of the grinding process
  • Measurements of the grinding process

9.30   Grinding Wheel Selection

  • Conventional abrasives, sol gel, CBN and diamond
  • Wheel specification: grit type & size, hardness, structure, bond type

11.00  Refreshments

11.15  Grinding Wheels Workshop

  • Wheels quiz
  • Deriving a wheel specification

11.45 Grinding Wheel Surface Preparation (Dressing)

  • Balancing, truing and dressing
  • Stationary and rotary dressing tools
  • Requirements of the dressing process and dresser settings

12.45  Lunch

1.45    Dressing Workshop

  • Dressing quiz
  • Solving a dressing problem

2.30    Fluid Technology for Grinding Processes

  • Water based grinding fluids
  • Oil based grinding fluids

3.30    Refreshments

3.45    Fluid Technology for Grinding Processes (contd.)

  • Fluid selection according to process and material
  • Fluids & fluid selection quiz

5.00    End of Day 1


9.00    Grinding Fluid Application & Filtration

  • Nozzle design and positioning
  • Impact of flow rates and pressures
  • Types of filter and effects on grinding performance
  • Fluid application & filtration quiz

10.45  Refreshments

11.00  Grinding Processes

  • External & internal cylindrical grinding processes
  • Surface grinding processes
  • Centreless grinding
  • Quiz on grinding processes

12.45  Lunch

1.45    Introduction to Grinding Cycle Design

  • Effects of temperature & temperature prediction
  • Targets of a grinding cycle
  • Stages of a grinding cycle
  • Effect of workpiece material

3.00   Refreshments

3.15   Grinding Cycles Workshop

  • Quiz on grinding cycles
  • Deriving a simple grinding cycle

3.45   Care & Maintenance of Grinding Fluids

  • Trouble shooting
  • Specific problems with grinding fluids

5.00   End of Day 2


9.00   Vibration in Grinding

  • Imbalance
  • Sources of vibration (motors, bearings, external sources)
  • Unstable chatter vibrations
  • Measuring vibration & machine resistance to chatter

11.00  Refreshments

11.15  Coolants Workshop

  • Solving specific problems associated with grinding fluids

 12.00  Advanced Manufacturing Processes

  • Combining processes on a single machine
  • Turning hard parts

12.45  Lunch

1.45    Shop Floor Measurement & Analysis

  • Measuring grinding processes on the shop floor
  • Feeds & speeds, grinding power, surface finish

2.30    Workshop on Design of a Grinding Process

  • Design of a complete grinding process to cover wheel selection, dressing, fluid selection, fluid system, feeds and speeds

4.00    Course ends

Learning and Teaching

The course is comprised of lectures, workshops and assessments. We are also able to provide this course onsite at your organisation with the material specifically tailored to meet your needs.

The course is delivered by the following individuals:

Dr Thomas Pearce has been involved in grinding research and development for a number of years and has experience in many aspects including dressing and vibration.

Geoff Hornsby has significant experience with oil-related industries. He works as a consultant in the industrial and manufacturing field, with special interests in grinding processes.


This short course is not assessed and will therefore not attract academic credit. You are provided with a certificate of attendance on completion.

Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

£900 per person.

All course prices include course materials, car parking, lunch and refreshments.

Course Dates

No dates are available for this three day course at present, however we are able to provide a bespoke course onsite at your organisation. Please contact us for more information.


UWE Bristol, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol BS16 1QY

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How to apply

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