The Science and Engineering of Cutting

The Science and Engineering of Cutting

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

1st Edition - July 15, 2009

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  • Author: Tony Atkins
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080942452
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750685313

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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.

Key Features

* The only book to explain and unify the process and techniques of cutting in metals AND non-metals. The emphasis on biomaterials, plastics and non-metals will be of considerable interest to many, while the transfer of knowledge from non-metals fields offers important benefits to metal cutters
* Comprehensive, written with this well-known author’s lightness of touch, the book will attract the attention of many readers in this underserved subject
* The clarity of the text is further enhanced by detailed examples and case studies, from the grating of cheese on an industrial scale to the design of scalpels


Student and professional mechanical, materials, and manufacturing engineers, process and food engineers, related interest from biomedical, civil and other technology fields.

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 microstructure
    5 Orthogonal cutting: microtoming to metal planeing
    6 Types of chip: Fracture transitions and load fluctuations
    7 Oblique cutting and curved blades: Bacon slicing to helical milling
    8 Three-dimensional Cutting: Penetration, scratching, grinding, abrasive wear
    9 Sawing: the design and function of serrations and the removal of matter
    10 Piercing and perforating: punctures, arms and armor
    11 Sharpness and Bluntness
    12 Dynamic cutting
    12 Biological and medical cutting
    13 Unintentional cutting. Supermarket plastic bags, falling objects, ships hitting rocks.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 432
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2009
  • Published: July 15, 2009
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080942452
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780750685313

About the Author

Tony Atkins

Dr. Atkins was Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Reading and Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London. He taught and researched in the general field of large deformation flow and fracture of all sorts of materials, including biomaterials. He was a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and of the Institute of Materials 3. He sat on various professional institution committees, editorial boards of journals and book series, and has been an advisor on NATO’s Science for Peace Programme.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Head of Department, University of Reading, UK

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