Development of an Energy-efficient Cylindrical Grinding Machine

Development of an Energy-efficient Cylindrical Grinding Machine

The Hahn Grinder, built by R.S. Hahn and kindly donated by Worcester Polytechnic Institute, MA, had been used in a previous life for research on force-feedback controlled grinding and dressing; and was utilized to minimize taper error induced by unwanted deflection in grinder spindles. It is an internal and external cylindrical grinder with rotary dressing.

The grinder is being refurbished to perform sustainability studies on resource consumption (consumables, energy, labor, and equipment) and liability production (wastes, emissions, energy losses, and labor hazards). Leveling feet were kindly donated by Mason Industries.

Hahn_grinder    A friction test stand is used to analyze guideway friction.


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