Faculty Advisor

Brown, Christopher A.


The objective of this work is to improve the dressing of grinding wheels in order to learn how to minimize operational costs. The intent is to decrease cycle time and operation costs while maintaining a surface finish that is within the surface roughness specification of the seal. Dressing parameters such as depth of cut and feed were changed on the grinding machine. Replicas of the wheel were taken using a two part dental impression material. A laser scanning UBM triangulation sensor was used to measure the surface of the replica. Replicas of grinding wheels that were dressed differently can be discriminated based on relative areas as a function of scale.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2009


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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