The Science and Engineering of Cutting

The Mechanics and Processes of Separating, Scratching and Puncturing Biomaterials, Metals and Non-metals


  • Tony Atkins, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Head of Department, University of Reading, UK

The materials mechanics of the controlled separation of a body into two or more parts - cutting - using a blade or tool or other mechanical implement is a ubiquitous process in most engineering disciplines. This is the only book available devoted to the cutting of materials generally, the mechanics of which (toughness, fracture, deformation, plasticity, tearing, grating, chewing, etc.) have wide ranging implications for engineers, medics, manufacturers, and process engineers, making this text of particular interest to a wide range of engineers and specialists.
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Student and professional mechanical, materials, and manufacturing engineers, process and food engineers, related interest from biomedical, civil and other technology fields.


Book information

  • Published: August 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-8531-3


"This book will be unique in really examining all forms of cutting and machining. Prof. Atkins writes in a discursive, very readable fashion bringing in examples from a wide range of sources. I am sure the book will be accessible to a wide range of readers from the first year undergraduate to the most experienced research worker." - Brian Cotterel, University of Sydney

Table of Contents

1 Controlled and uncontrolled separation of parts.2 Strength and fracture mechanics: the basics.3 Processes of separation. 4 Surface work and microstructure5 Orthogonal cutting: microtoming to metal planeing6 Types of chip: Fracture transitions and load fluctuations7 Oblique cutting and curved blades: Bacon slicing to helical milling8 Three-dimensional Cutting: Penetration, scratching, grinding, abrasive wear9 Sawing: the design and function of serrations and the removal of matter10 Piercing and perforating: punctures, arms and armor11 Sharpness and Bluntness12 Dynamic cutting12 Biological and medical cutting13 Unintentional cutting. Supermarket plastic bags, falling objects, ships hitting rocks.