Abrasive machining of advanced aerospace alloys and composites

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  • Fritz Klocke
  • Bernhard Karpuschewski
  • John A. Webster
  • Donka Novovic
  • Amr Elfizy
  • Dragos A. Axinte
  • Stefan Tönissen

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • Rolls Royce PLC
  • Pratt and Whitney Canada Corp.
  • Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering, WZL, RWTH Aachen University
  • RWTH Aachen University
  • Faculty of Çorlu Engineering
  • Institute of Manufacturing Technology and Quality Management
  • Otto-von-Guericke-University of Magdeburg
  • Cool-Grind Technologies
  • Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre (UTC)
  • University of Nottingham


The aerospace industry has experienced significant growth over the past decade and it is estimated that nearly 30,000 new commercial passenger aircraft will be required by 2030 to meet rising global demand. Abrasive machining is a key material removal process utilised in the production of aeroengine components. Current industrial practice and perspectives relating to grinding in the aerospace sector are presented including general workpiece surface integrity standards/requirements, fluid delivery systems, wheel preparation options and machine tool designs/configurations. Corresponding academic research on the machinability of aerospace alloys and composites are critically reviewed together with recent developments involving novel/innovative grinding processes.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)581-604
Number of pages24
JournalCIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology
Issue number2
Early online date27 Jun 2015
Publication statusPublished - 21 Aug 2015


  • Abrasion, Grinding, Material removal