Grinding Ferrous Metals

Provided by: ToolingU

"Grinding Ferrous Metals" provides an in-depth overview of the considerations involved with grinding various ferrous metal workpiece materials. Ferrous metals’ properties vary widely. This class discusses the properties of cast irons, carbon steel, alloy steels, stainless steels, tool steels, and superalloys, and how those properties affect decisions such as abrasive wheel material, coolant usage, and grinding variables. Ferrous metals are the most commonly ground workpiece material. It is crucial for operators to be familiar not only with the properties of the metals themselves but also with how those properties affect a grinding operation. This class provides operators with knowledge of how to grind ferrous metals successfully, and what potential problems to anticipate and check for within the grinding operation.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe how the basic properties of ferrous metals affect grinding
  • Describe key properties of workpiece materials
  • Describe how properties of grinding wheel materials affect grinding
  • Describe the possible chemical reactivity of diamond abrasives on ferrous workpieces
  • Explain how the properties of a metal affect chip formation during grinding
  • Describe the properties of different types of cast iron
  • Describe the properties of carbon steel
  • Describe the properties of alloy steels
  • Describe the properties of stainless steel
  • Describe the properties of tool steels
  • Describe the properties of superalloys.

Recommended Background

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

Course ID







Communication, Critical Thinking, Personal Effectiveness, Metallurgy, Grinding Wheel Operations

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

2 hrs



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