The Science and Engineering of Cutting - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780750685313, 9780080942452

The Science and Engineering of Cutting

1st Edition

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

Authors: Tony Atkins
eBook ISBN: 9780080942452
Paperback ISBN: 9780750685313
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 5th August 2009
Page Count: 432
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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.


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About the Author

Tony Atkins

Affiliations and Expertise

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


"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

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