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Publication numberUS2072051 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 23, 1937
Filing dateAug 12, 1935
Priority dateAug 12, 1935
Publication numberUS 2072051 A, US 2072051A, US-A-2072051, US2072051 A, US2072051A
InventorsDer Pyl Edward Van
Original AssigneeNorton Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Abrasive wheel
US 2072051 A
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Feb. 23, '1937. E. VAN DER PYL 2,072,051


Patented Feb. 23, 1937 ABRASIVE WHEEL .Edward Van der Pyl, Holden; Mesa, assignor to Norton Company, Worcester, Mass, a corporattion of Massachusetts Application August 12, 1935, Serial No. 35,881

t Claims.

' The invention relates to abrasive wheels and a method of making the same.

One object of the invention is to provide a low melting point metallic bond for diamonds. An-

. other object of the invention is to provide a grinding wheel for grinding very hard substances.

Another object of the invention is to provide a grinding wheel comprising very hard grain and a bond suitable therefor. Another object of the invention is to provide a bond for diamond abrasive from which the diamonds may be recovered at small expense and without destruction of the diamonds. Another object of the invention is to provide a method of bonding carbonaceous grain which is effective and which may be carried out without burning the grain. Other objects will be in part obvious or in part pointed out hereinafter.

The invention accordingly consists in the features of construction, combinations of elements, and arrangements of parts, and in the several steps and relation and order of each of said steps to one or more of the others thereof, all as will be illustratively described herein, and the scope of the application of which will be indicated in the following claims.

In the accompanying drawing, in which is shown one of various possible embodiments of the mechanical features of this invention,

Fig. 1 is a plan view of a grinding wheel con structed in accordance with certain features of the invention,

Fig, 2 is a cross sectional view on the line 2-2 of Fig. l.

According to the preferred method of carrying out my invention, I provide diamond grit in finely divided or grain form. Diamond grit which, because of its extreme hardness and its other qualities, constitutes probably the best abrasive substance known, exists in a form commercially known as bort" which iscommercially available in sumcient quantities and at such prices that it may be used for .the manufacture of grinding wheels and other abrasive bodies. While bort is expensive, nevertheless on account of the great 5 superiority of the diamond for abradant purposes, the wheel formed thereof has many practlcal uses and advantages.

Also, in the preferred embodiment of my invention, I provide bond in the form of a powdered lloy. Although such powdered bond might be a mixture of two or more metallic'powders, I prefer to proceed as follows.

Selecting two or more metals according to conslderations hereinafter set forth I put them tomssun gether in a melting pot in the proportions de- ,sired and melt them together. I then cast ingots of the alloy in sand molds. These ingots I then crush by means of crushing rollersor the like until the alloy is in powdered form of the desired mesh size. a

With the powdered metallic bond of the type indicated I mix in the neighborhood of between 25% and 50% by volume of diamond bort in a grit size of between mesh and 500 mesh, ion

example. Mesh size of the bort selected will de-Y Y pend upon the abrading operation that the wheel is to perform, arid my invention has no limitations in this respect, in; so much as grinding, polishing and lapping operations differ vastly among them= selves. For the finer polishing or lapping operations, finer grit size of bort will be used. The mesh size of the metallic bond may also vary between wide limits; I merely note that using mesh diamond grit, powdered bond of 200 mesh is highly practical, but other mesh sizes of the bond may be used even with the given size of diamond grit.

The mixing of the grit with the bond may be accomplished manually, for although machine methods might be used, the bort or diamond dust is so valuable as to dictate care in the mixing to avoid loss of diamond. Setting apart a measured or desired quantity of mixed bond and bort, I

place it in a mold. This mold may take any form.

for although I am describing the invention in connection with the manufacture of a wheel, other abrasive bodies are to be deemed included. In case the abrasive body is a wheel, in most cases it will have a central hole for mounting upon an arbor or the 1ike,"and accordingly in such cases the shape of the mold is an annulus. For the material of the mold I prefer graphite, on account of its many desirable properties, such as, that it may be easily destroyed to remove theformed wheel; it has an afiinity for oxygen thus inhibiting oxidation of the materials of the wheel; it is reasonably inexpensive; it may be easily machined into desired form or shape; it will not melt and will not go to pieces under any temperatures which I contemplate. using.

Having placed the desired quantity of mixed grain and bond in the mold selected, I apply heat and pressure. Within the limits of my invention the pressure range is wide, and the heat employed is such as to cause sintering of the bond at the pressure employed or under the conditions of intimate union achieved. For example, I may cold press the bond and abrasive grain, heating the substance thereafter. In such" cases I- might use a mold other than graphite hr connection with 55 plunger and pressure mechanism, heating the formed or green wheel on a bat". The union of the metallic grain after. it has been pressed is such that it may be formed into a practically in- 5 tegral mass lwhich will tightly hold the abrasive bodies by heat treating at a temperature which does not completely melt to a' liquid state but per. With the copper I alloy another metal which produces an alloy harder and more brittle than copper. I desire the bond to holdthe diamonds firmly, to be tough enough so that the diamonds will not rip out, and nevertheless at a certain pressure and resistance to go to pieces rather than glaze. It is desirable that the bond should crumble of! in little bits or line fragments so as toexpose new cutting edges of the diamond from time to time, and an alloy or metal which can be crushed to powdered form may have the desired characteristics. I give below examples of specific alloys which I may use.

Example Ie-I form an alloy of 68% copper and 32% tin. This alloy is a bronze having brittle characteristics. Although the exact proportions indicated need not be employed, nevertheless I prefer to use something around these proportions as this is a fairly critical range and substantially difierent pro rtions of copper and tin do not 35 have the sam characteristics. This alloy melts at 750 C. and enables me to sinter it at a temperature at which there is very little danger of oxidizing the diamonds. Example 2.I make an alloyof copper and nickel, 35-50% of copper and 65-50% of nickel. This also has brittle characterics and is tough.

It melts at around 1200 C., but I may use the precautions hereinafter referred to to prevent oxidation of the diamond or the bond.

Example 3.-I make an alloy comprising approximately 85% copper with 15% aluminum. This melts at around 1050 C. and has brittle characteristics but is fairlytough. y 4

Example 4.I make an alloy of copper and manganese, 65% or more of copper and 35-20% of manganese. This melts at 900 C. and has the properties of toughness and brittleness desired.

Example 5.I use nearly pure copper but mix in with it a very small proportion, from a trace to\1% or 2%, of beryllium (glucinium). Copper melts at 1065 C. or thereabouts.

It is advantageous to take certain precautions against burning of the diamonds in the case of the alloys which sinter at the higher tem- 'peratures, for example above 900 C. The use of a graphite mold or container during the heating operation is such a precaution. However, even when a graphite mold is used, and more especially so when it is not, it will be well to heat the body in a non-oxidizing atmosphere, such as nitrogen or hydrogen. I havealso found that a small amount of aluminum, silicon or magnesium may be introduced into the bond, preferably as separate distinct metallic particles, that is not in an alloy state,- which will inhibit oxidation of diamond and bond because such metals have a great aflin-' ity for oxygen.

In many cases I desire to make the bond as '75 brittle as possible for the specific alloy used and brittleness is enhanced by quenching the abrasive body when still hot from the heat treatment. One marked advantage of a wheel constructed according to the invention lies in the fact that, when produced in-annular form, it may be readily 5 /united to a. central disk. Diamond grinding wheels are, under present market conditions, expensive, whatever the bond used, owing simply to the high price of bort, and accordingly it is highly desirable'to waste as little of the diamond 10 as is possible. In the case of any grinding wheel which is thin relative to its diameter, the central part will generally not be used for abrading. Accordingly, in the case of diamond wheels it is preferred to form the central part in the form of 15 a non-grinding disk or annulus. While a small internal grinding wheel, having a length on the. order of half its diameter, may comprise grinding substance and be attached by mounting directly upon a spindle, in the case of a cutting- 20 off wheel or a large sized wheel for the grinding of the cemented tungsten carbides and other hard substances, it is generally found economical to secure what amounts to an annular band of diamond grinding material to a central disk having 25 a hole therein. Therefore, a distinct problem has arisen in attaching the inside of the annular band of grinding substance to the periphery of the central supporting disk. If the union between the parts is weak, fracture will result and this 30 destroys the grinding wheel which may have a market value in the neighborhood of from $50 to $200.

According to the present invention, with diamo .ld bonded with metallic bond as disclosed in 35 the foregoing description, I may provide a thin aluminumdisk, or a disk of any other metal, and form my grinding substance inthe shape of an annular band whose inside diameter is the same as the outside diameter of the disk. I may then 40 unite the disk to the grinding band by brazing, soldering, preferably with silver solder, or by any other metallurgical operation for integrally uniting metals, such as welding or the like, and the result is an integral structure of central support- 5 ing metallic disk having an annular band of grinding substance on its periphery including diamond grain bonded in a metal bond. For cutting-oil wheels and the like, the central supporting disk should be no thicker than the annular 5o band of grinding material. Referring now to the drawing, Iprovide a central disk III which may be made of any suitable metal, such as aluminum. According to any of the methods hereinbefore disclosed I form an abrasive annulus ll whose 55 inside diameter is the same as the outside diameter of the disk I0. I then attach together the disk in and the annulus II by means of silver solder l2 or otherwise in accordance with the foregoing. Desirably the disk 10 has a central 0 hole l3.

Although I have noted throughout diamond as the abrasive grit, certain advantages inhere in the combination of the bond specified with boron carbide grit. Boron carbideis an expensive abrag5 sive grit, although not as expensive as diamond bort. Furthermore, boron carbide as well as diamond should not be exposed to high temperatures, or if it is only for a short time and with suitable precautions such as indicated, in order to avoid 7o oxidation and other chemical changes. The bonds described herein are all of them reasonably low melting point bonds. and they fuse or sinter at a somewhat low temperature when under pressure or when the particles are in intimate con- 1 tact as described, and accordingly these bonds are very suitable for the bonding of diamond and other carbonaceous substances such as boron carbide. The bonds of the invention are more in the nature of a matrix than the common vitrified bonds, and they are harder and tougher than the artificial resinous bonds, and have properties dif ferent from those of a rubber bond, and the properties of the bonds of this invention are highly desirable in combination with grain of extreme hardness such as diamond and boron carbide, on Mohs scale extension I5 and I4 respectively.

It will thus be seen that there has been provided by this invention a method and an article of manufacture or composition of matter in which the various objects hereinabove set forth together with many thoroughly practical advantages are successfully achieved. As various possible embodiments might be made of the mechanical features of the above invention and as the art herein described might be varied in various parts, all without departing from the scope of the invention, it is to be understood that all matter hereinbeiore set forth is to be interpreted as illustrative and not in a limiting sense.

I c1aim:--

1. An abrasive body comprising diamond grain and a copper nickel bond.

2. An abrasive body comprising diamond grain and a copper aluminum bond.

3. An abrasive body comprising diamond grain and a copper manganese bond.

4. ,An abrasive body comprising diamond grain and bond consisting of copper and an additional element imparting brittleness to the copper.

5. An abrasive body comprising diainondgrain and a metallic bond consisting of copper and an additional metal adapted to impart brittleness to the copper and comprising one of the group consisting oi' nickel, aluminum and manganese, the

proportion of the additional metal being such as will impart the brittleness.

6. A grinding wheel comprising a metal disk integrally united to an annular outside band comprising diamond grain bonded with metal, both the disk and the band including aluminum.


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U.S. Classification451/546, 51/309
International ClassificationB24D3/04, B24D3/08, B24D18/00
Cooperative ClassificationB24D18/00, B24D3/08
European ClassificationB24D18/00, B24D3/08