Introduction to Abrasives

Provided by: ToolingU

Abrasive grains are made of natural or synthetic substances and used in a variety of bonded and coated products. Common grinding techniques rely on the same basic abrasive processes, but the specific kinds of abrasive products used in these processes varies. Abrasives are used in many grinding applications and other industrial processes. Anyone who works in grinding must be knowledgeable about their properties and purpose. After completing this class, users will have a greater understanding of the use of abrasives in manufacturing. This serves as the foundation for understanding more complex grinding topics in order to work with them safely and effectively.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe abrasives
  • Describe how abrasives remove workpiece material
  • Describe the common types of abrasive finishing
  • Describe common properties of abrasive grains
  • Describe grain size
  • Identify common natural and synthetic abrasives
  • Describe bonded abrasives
  • Distinguish between different types of bond materials
  • Distinguish between grinding wheels and honing stones
  • Describe coated abrasives
  • Distinguish between open coat and closed coat structures for coated abrasives
  • Distinguish between different coated abrasive tools.

Recommended Background

  • Recommended for manufacturing personnel handling surface/cylindrical/centreless grinding equipment etc.

Course ID







Communication, Critical Thinking, Personal Effectiveness, Abrasive Safety, Abrasive Processes

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

1.5 hrs



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