In a surface grinding process, a successive cutting-point space of grinding wheel affects the maximum abrasive grain depth of cut, which is a major factor affecting grinding characteristics such as the grinding forces and temperature. These characteristics degrade the productivity and machining accuracy. Therefore, we have to clearly define the successive cutting-point space. There are, however, few reports on the derivation method of the theoretical formula since abrasive grains inside the wheel are randomly distributed. This study aimed to theoretically derive the mean cutting-point space and to clarify the successive cutting-point space. We proposed a new derivation method for the mean cutting-point space, which was measured by mapping the diamond wheel surface using an EPMA. The theoretically derived mean cutting-point space was then compared with the measurement results.
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