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Publication numberUS2939777 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 7, 1960
Filing dateMar 11, 1957
Priority dateMar 11, 1957
Publication numberUS 2939777 A, US 2939777A, US-A-2939777, US2939777 A, US2939777A
InventorsGregor John R, Orden Harold E Van
Original AssigneeAbrasive & Metal Products Co
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 2939777 A
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United States ABRASIVES John RfGregor and Harold E. Van Orden, Tifiin, Ohio, assignors to Abrasive & Metal Products Co., Detroit, Mich., a corporation of Michigan No Drawing. Filed Mar. 11, 1951, Ser. No. 644,974.

8 Claims. c1. 51-298) atent In the production of abrasives a mixture of abrasive ing of the surface of the abrasive, and to otherwise improve cutting efficiency. The filler material usually employed is a finely ground or powdered natural mineral known as cryolite, having the general formula Na AlF Even though cryolite significantly improves the cutting efiiciency of grinding wheels, in the grinding of stainless and alloy steels the performance of cryolite-filled grinding Wheels has left something to be desired. Moreover, since. cryolite is largely imported, its supply and price are subject to wide fluctuations in times of international crisis.

It is an object of this invention, therefore, to provide an abrasive article which contains an inexpensive, readily-availablefiller or fillers. and whichhas an efiiciency at least equal to that of cryolite. Another object is to provide a filled abrasive article which Will more satisfactorily grind stainless steel and other tough alloy steels. Still otherobjects and advan- 'ta ges of the presentinvcntion will be apparent, or will become apparent, in the more specific description of the invention to follow.

In accordance with-the present invention an abrasive article is provided containing at least one filler selected from the class consisting of the alkali metal salts of sulfuric, hydrochloric and hydrobroinic acid and mixtures of at least one of the latter salts with lead sulfide. Most of these fillers or combinations of fillers are inexpensive and readily available in large quantities at all times. With combinationsof the alkali metal salts and lead sulfide in certain proportions, synergistic effects are noted, that is, the combination is much more efiective than either of its components when used alone and an abrasive article is produced which is capable of cutting faster and which has longer life than heretofore known comparable abrasive articles manufactured for similar purposes. The abrasive articles of this invention are most effective in the cutting or grinding of stainless and alloy steels, t While we do not wish to be bound by theory due to the fact that the function of fillers is imperfectly understood, the following explanation is offered only because it appears to fit the facts as presently known. The stainless alloy steels and various of the other alloy steels high in total alloying ingredients, are characterized by .iplighness and abrasive resistance. Consequently,

armingpressures and/or grinding times, must be inmaterial.

2,939,777 Patented June 7, 1960 creased to remove a given Weight of metal, as compared to iron or mild steels. Consequently, the abrasive wheels wear away at an increased rate and temperatures generated at the metal-to-abrasive interface will usually be higher and may, in fact, be so high that a thin surface layer of the metal itself may be burned, oxidized, or otherwise heat-modified to make it unsightly. The high temperatures may cause the heated metal to load the wheel and reduce its cutting efficiency. Likewise, the bond material, and particularly the filler content thereof, may be modified, volatized or otherwise rendered inefiective at the temperatures obtained. We have observed that many materials which have melting points above about 1200 C. are not effective as fillers in abrasives for grinding the alloy steels. This might indicate that a good filler has a fluxing, protective or other function and that such function requires a liquefaction of the filler. Further support for the latter surmise is furnished by the observation that many of the most effective mixtures or combinations of fillers of the invention either are at or near their eutectic composition, or are compositions exhibiting lower melting points than one or both of its components used alone. It is believed that the sulfur of the sulfides is dissolved by the molten alkali metal salts to form a low melting fluxing composition that greatly facilitates grinding.

The abrasive articles of this invention may be any molded abrasive made from a mixture including abrasive grains and a bond material containing one or more of the above fillers and a resinous thermosetting binder The abrasive articles of this invention which are particularly effective are molded abrasives having a high density, that is, an abrasive article having a low percentage of void spaces (i.e. less than 15%). It is the latter type that is utilized in heavy duty grinding such as snagging. Any abrasive grain or mixture of grains may be employed including silicon carbide, boron carbide, tantalum carbide, tungsten carbide or other hard metal carbides; alumina such as emery, and including electric furnace fused alumina such as corundum, diamond grains, glass, quartz, garnet, etc.

The resinous binder material in the bond material must be curable, heat-hardenable or heatconvertible to form a hard, strong bond which will not readily deteriorate at elevated temperatures. An illustrative binder resin found particularly satisfactory in the abrasives of this invention is the fusible B-stage phenolic resins (phenol-aldehyde or cresol-aldehyde resins which are available in either powdered or liquid form. If desired, the heat-convertible binder resin can be modified with small proportions of other resinous or rubbery materials such as the epoxy resins, vinyl resins including those of vinyl chloride, vinyl butyral and others, styreneacryl-onitrile resins, butadiene-acrylonitrile rubbers, and others and may contain varying proportions of crosslinking or curing agents such as hexamethylene tetrarnine, paraformaldehyde, and others. In some cases solvents or plasticizers such as furfuraldehyde, propylene sulfite,

fu=rfuryl alcohol, cresol, and others may be presentinthe bond mix, if desired. The bond mix may also contain, in addition to the fillers of this invention, any of the conventional fillers and other additive materials such as cryolite, feldspar, iron oxide, and others. If desired, the bond may also contain lime, and where furfuraldehyde is employed, the presence of limeis recommended.

The mixture of this invention which is molded may contain any operable ratio of abrasive to bond although, in general, for heavy duty grinding wheels the mixture will usually contain from about 54% to about 64% by volume of abrasive and from about 36% to about 46% by volume of the bonding material, it beingunderstoojd that the bonding material so specified includes the binder resin, fillers, plasticizers and other added non-abrasive ingredients. illustrative abrasive wheel mixture may contain from about 54% to about 64% by volume of abrasive, from about 1.6% to about 26% by volume of binder resin or resins, from about 1% .to about 4% b y volume of lime, from about .'8'% ,to about 20% of total filler,.and from '0 to200 ml. of furfuraldehyde forevery pound of powderedphenol-aldehyde resin, if the latter type isemployed.

The aboveproportions used in ,theabras'ives ofthis invention relate tozthe total volume of the finished abrasive. The proportion of filler, as related to the bonding material, can also vary considerably depending .on the use ,to be made of the finished abrasive. Generally, the total filler content of the bonding material should range from about to about 40% by volume, more preferably from about ' about 35%. These proportions include both the fillers of this invention and any other conventional filler or fillers which may be present. In general, any filler in addition to the filler of this invention should constitute no more than half the total filler and in no case should the proportion of the ,fillers of the present invention constitute less than about 2% by volume of the total bonding material.

In combination with lead sulfide, any ,of the alkali metal salts of sulfuric, hydrochloric and hydrobromic acids may be employed as fillers in the abrasives of this invention including those of lithium,-sodium, potassium, rubidium and cesium. Illustrative salts of this type include sodium sulfate, potassium sulfate, lithium sulfate, cesium sulfate (Cs Q rubidium sulfate (Rb 'SO sodium bromide, sodium chloride, potassium bromide, potassium chloride, and many others. All of the known alkali metal salts of these acids melt at temperatures below about 1100 C. and many of the more common salts of this type melt at temperatures between 400 C. to about 900 C. Of these, the sodium and potassium sulfates, sodium and potassium chlorides, and sodium and potassium bromides are most readily available, are less expensive and have been found to .be very efiicientfillers when used in admixture With'lead sulfide.

Whenlead sulfide is added to the abrasive along with one or more of the alkali metal salts, a great improvement in the cutting efiiciency of the resulting abrasive is usually noted. This is surprising since lead sulfide, when used as a sole filler, produces abrasives which have a cutting efiiciency that is not significantly better than cryolite containing abrasives. As little as 5% lead sulfide by volume, based on the total volume of alkali metal and lead sulfide 'filler, significantly improves cutting efliciency. In most cases, as the proportion of sulfide is increased, large increases in cutting efficiency are realized until a point is reached Where further increases in cutting effioiency are not obtained. For example, with mixtures of lead sulfide and sodium bromide, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, potassium bromide and sodium sulfate, the maximum cutting efiiciency is obtained with mixtures of about 75% lead sulfide and 25% of the salt by volume based on the total'volume of alkali metal and lead sulfide fillers. The efiiciency of the various salts at the ratio of 75% lead sulfide,'25% of the salt is in the order named. When potassium sulfateis used in combination with lead sulfide, the maximum cutting e'fficiency occurs at mixtures 0f25% lead sulfide and 75 potassium sulfate, but the cutting efficiency drops off only slightly as the proportion of'lead sulfide is increased to 75% lead sulfide and 25% potassiumsulfate. Increases in lead sulfide above about 75%, with the balance of the filler being one of the salts of the above named acids, decreases the cutting efficiency relatively sharply. The cutting efficiency of the admixed filler is'better than that obtainable with .cryolite .even when the mixtures contain 90% lead sulfide and of theselected salt. .,Statedin terms of ratio, abrasives .having snagging grinding characteristics superior to that obtainable with cryolite can Zbe'made with the ratio of the 4 lead sulfide to alkali metal salt within the range of 9:1 to about 1:8.

The abrasive products of this invention can be made in any conventional manner. For example, the conventional coldor hot-pressing methods may be employed wherein the abrasive grains are first wet with furfuraldehyde or another plastioizer or solvent and the binder resin, fillers, and other dry, powdery .orliquid ingredients then added to the wetted grains and mixed until homogeneous. .The resulting :darnp mixture then is placed in either a hot or cold mold and pressed under high pressure to form a coherent green abrasive which is removed from the mold and heatedin anoven to cure the bond. This displacement method disclosed in the copending application of John R. Gregor and Samuel L. Kistler, Serial No. 499,443, and now Patent No. 2,860,961, filed April 5, 1955, may also be employed to advantage. In the latter method, dry,.loose;abrasive grains are placed in a suitable mold anda continuous layer of ailuid or .fluidized bond mix applied to one exposed surface of the grain layer in the mold. Air is removed or is permitted toescapefrom the surface ,of the :grain layer opposite the continuous bond layer to produce a flooding, directional movement of the bond layer toward the opposite surface to ensure completefilling of the voids. Gravity, vacuum, gas pressure, orcentrifugal force may be applied to one side or the other of theabrasive layer to .increase the speed of the directional movement of the bond. .The abrasive is then baked .to cure the .bond. .Any other method may be employed which is capable of producing a sound, .com' pact, well-bonded abrasive article.

The invention will now be described ,in greater detail in connection with .a number of illustrative specificexamples. Unless otherwise specified in the examples, ,all proportions will be expressed as by volume.

A plurality of series of abrasive wheels were made by the ,cold pressing technique using a mixture containing 60% by volume of abrasiveand approximate1y..3 8% to 40% .by volume of bonding material including plasticizer.

To the dry abrasivegrains there was first added cc. of furfuraldehyde for every pound of binder resin tobe employed. The liquid and abrasive were then mixed until a uniform consistency was obtained. The powdered bonding materials were first combined with '30 cc. of the equivalent of a neutral tar oil before being added to the somewhat moist mixture of abrasive and furfuraldehyde. Mixing was then resumed until a homogeneous mixture was .obtained. Wheels were made from this mixture'by cold pressing.

Each series of wheels included four control wheels which contained powdered cryolite as the sole filler. Four other control wheels were made employing lead sulfide as the sole filler and four additional fillers were made employing the selected alkali metal salt as the sole filled. Four wheels were made containing a mixture of lead sulfide and the selected alkali metal salt, constituting the entire filler, in the proportions of 75 alkali metal salt/25 lead sulfide, 50 alkali metal salt/5.0 lead sulfide, and 25 alkali metal salt/ 75 lead sulfide by volume. volume of'the finished wheel. Each of these wheels, .after curing, was then employed on a standard abrasive wheel grinding test machine in the grinding of Type 30.2;stainless steel. Each wheel was ground for waperiod 01f :five minutesat the ,samepressure of about 250'lbs. ,per,square inch, which is typical of pressures commercially :em-

ployed in such ,grinding operations. The data presented In all cases the total filler constituted 27% by sults obtained with the four wheels.

PbS with K 80 Steel Filler removal S/W Q lbs/hr.

PbS with KCl Wheel Steel Filler wear removal S/W Q mfi/hr lbs/hr Cryollte 58 7 59 93. Cl 04 614 S0. 9 75 KGl/25 PbS. 72 .828 110.3 50 1101/50 PbS 90 .908 118. 25 KCl/75 PbS 74 .951 125. 5 H38 88 784 99. 3

Wheel Steel Filler Wear removal S/W Q infi/hr lbs/hr.

54. 78 41. 58 .759 93. O 75. 65 49. 44 654 88. O 60. 41 51 60 .854 111. 6 55. 14 51.48 .934 120. l 47. 21 47. 22 l. 000 126. 5 57. 21 44. 88 784 99. 3

PbS with KBr Wheel Steel Filler wear removal S/W Q lnfi/hr. lbs/hr.

S/W Q The column headed Q represents a numerical evaluation of the over-all quality of the wheel and gives the Q number or quality number. The value of the quality number Q is expressed in the equation where W is the loss in weight of the wheel in cubic inches per hour, S is the pounds of steel or metal removed per hour and C C and K are constants. The value of these constants was determined by plotting the results of several hundred grinding tests using the conditions above specified with cryolite filled wheels and calculating the value of the constants from the plotted line. The constants C C and K so determined are 5549, 6000 and 136, respectively. The above Q values were all calculated using these constants.

It may be seen from an inspection of the above examples that the combination of lead sulfide with each of the alkali metal salts illustrated gives S/ W values and Q values which are greater than corresponding values for cryolite alone, or lead sulfide alone, or the alkali metal salt alone. In making comparative grinding tests, many variables may affect the actual results obtained and in order to obtain reliable comparison figures it is necessary to utilize wheels which have been manufactured on the same day and cured at the same time or under identical curing temperature conditions. Moreover it is necessary to do all of the grinding of any one test on steel obtained from one batch. In all of the above tests these conditions were followed so that the relative figures Within a specific test are meaningful but it should be understood that because of the variations which may occur in the steel being ground, the conditions of wheel manufacture or the conditions or" operation of the testing equipment, it is not reliable to draw conclusions by comparing one set of test data against another. For example, in the above data relatively wide numerical variations exist between the S/ W ratios for the lead sulfide control wheels employed in the potassium bromide and sodium bromide tests relative to similar wheels employed in the other tests and yet the data is reliable, on a comparison basis, in its own particular test.

What is claimed is:

1. An abrasive article comprising abrasive grains and a bonding material, said bonding material comprising a thermoset binder resin and a filler, at least /z of said filler consisting of at least one alkali metal salt of sulfuric, hydrochloric and hydrobromic acids in admixture with lead sulfide, said admixed filler constituting at least about 2% by volume of the total bonding material, the ratio of lead sulfide to said alkali metal salt being within the range or" about 9:1 to about 1:8.

2. An abrasive article in accordance with claim 1 wherein said admixed filler consists of potassium sulfate and lead sulfide.

3. An abrasive article in accordance with claim 1 wherein said admixed filler consists of potassium chloride and lead sulfide.

4. An abrasive article in accordance with claim 1 wherein said admixed filler consists of potassium bromide and lead sulfide.

5. An abrasive article in accordance with claim 1 wherein said admixed filler consists of sodium bromide and lead sulfide.

6. An abrasive article in accordance with claim 1 wherein said admixed filler consists of sodium chloride and lead sulfide.

7. A cured molded abrasive article comprising abrasive grains, a thermoset phenolic binder resin and a filler consisting essentially of a mixture of lead sulfide and at least one alkali metal salt of sulfuric, hydrochloric and hydrobromic acids in which the ratio of lead sulfide to said alkali metal salt is within the range of about 9:1 to about 1:8, said admixed filler constituting at least about 2% by volume of the total bonding material.

8. A cured molded abrasive article comprising abrasive grains, a thermoset phenolic binder resin and a filler consisting essentially of a mixture of lead sulfide and at least one alkali metal salt of sulfuric, hydrochloric and hydrobromic acids and in which said lead sulfide is present in an amount of from about 5% to about by volume of the total volume of said filler, said filler constituting at least about 2% by volume of the total bonding material.

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U.S. Classification51/298, 51/307
International ClassificationC08J5/14, B24D3/34
Cooperative ClassificationB24D3/344
European ClassificationB24D3/34B2