Development and performance of a novel ultrasonic vibration plate sonotrode for grinding

Yang Cao, Yejun Zhu, Hao Nan Li, Chenxi Wang, Honghua Su, Zhen Yin, Wenfeng Ding

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Compared with Conventional Grinding (CG), the Ultrasonic Vibration-Assisted Grinding (UVAG) is more competitive for the machining of difficult-to-cut materials. In this article, a novel ultrasonic vibration plate sonotrode that enables the special longitudinal full-wave and transverse half-wave vibration modes was proposed. The vibration characteristics of the proposed sonotrode was theoretically studied based on the apparent elasticity and Rayleigh methods, achieving a single longitudinal workpiece ultrasonic vibration with an amplitude of 7.6 μm. A superior vibration uniformity was achieved, as indicated by the coupling coefficient of 0.5. Based on the proposed method, the normal and tangential grinding forces decreased by 35 % and 39 % in comparison with the CG, and an improved machined surface was obtained in the UVAG of Ti-6Al-4V, with the following characteristics: vibration amplification of 7.6 μm; a cut depth of 0.1 mm; a workpiece feed rate of 100 mm/min; and a grinding speed of 30 m/s.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-186
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Manufacturing Processes
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2020


  • Apparent elasticity method
  • Plate sonotrode
  • Rayleigh method
  • Ultrasonic vibration assisted grinding
  • Vibration characteristics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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