Experimental evaluation of surface topographies of NMQL grinding ZrO2 ceramics combining multiangle ultrasonic vibration

  • Dongzhou Jia
  • Changhe LiEmail author
  • Yanbin ZhangEmail author
  • Min Yang
  • Xianpeng Zhang
  • Runze Li
  • Heju Ji


Nanofluid minimum quantity lubrication (NMQL) technique has many technological and economic advantages in grinding operation. NMQL can improve grinding performance in terms of cooling and lubrication and is ecofriendly because it consumes a small amount of grinding fluid. Ultrasonic machining can improve grinding performance owing to its reciprocating vibration mechanism and furrow widening. Consequently, the simultaneous utilization of these techniques is anticipated to improve the surface quality, especially for hard brittle materials. In this research, multiangle two-dimensional (2D) ultrasonic vibration is utilized in zirconia ceramic grinding. Results reveal that the adhesion and material peeling phenomenon on the workpiece surface is obviously reduced compared with dry grinding without ultrasonic vibration. The synergistic effect of multiangle 2D ultrasonic and NMQL is also studied. With increased angle, the roughness value is found to initially increase (from 45° to 90°) and then decreases (from 90° to 135°). Moreover, the lubricating effect under 90° is the poorest, with the highest Ra and RSm values of 0.703 μm and 0.106 mm, respectively; conversely, the minimum Ra value (0.585 μm) is obtained under 45°, and the lowest RSm value (0.076 mm) is obtained under 135°.


Zirconia ceramics Surface grinding 2D ultrasonic vibration Nanofluid Minimum quantity lubrication 


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This research was financially supported by the following foundations: the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51575290), Major Research Project of Shandong Province (2017GGX30135 and 2018GGX103044), and Shandong Provincial Natural Science Foundation, China (ZR2017PEE002 and ZR2017PEE011).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Mechanical EngineeringQingdao University of TechnologyQingdaoChina
  2. 2.School of Mechanical EngineeringInner Mongolia University for NationalitiesTongliaoChina
  3. 3.Department of Biomedical EngineeringUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  4. 4.Qingdao Dongjia Textile Machinery Group., LtdQingdaoChina

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