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

2nd Edition - February 1, 2023

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  • Authors: Kai Cheng, Tony Atkins
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323994224

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Cutting is a ubiquitous process in most engineering disciplines, the mechanics of which (toughness, fracture, deformation, plasticity, tearing, grating, chewing) have wide-ranging implications for engineers as well as medics, biologists, archaeologists, food technologists, and others. The Science and Engineering of Cuttingsecond edition has been updated to include new developments in the mechanics of cutting introducing topics such as friction modeling, oblique cutting of polymers, nano-sectioning, ultraprecision cutting, new methods for determining the fracture toughness of welds and glued joints, recent developments in finite element simulations of cutting, and much more. The book also looks at new applications, such as improvements in the design of wood cutting machinery, body armor, and the employment of greater ‘slice-push’ methods in food-cutting machinery.

Key Features

  • Covers the processes and techniques of cutting in metals and non-metals
  • Features new applications and case studies
  • Looks afresh at nanomachining, finite element simulations, blunt tooling and more
  • Updated to include insight on the role of toughness in wear of solids, special measures required when cutting soft solids owing to their floppiness, the use of cutting to determine fracture toughness of very ductile polymers, and much more


Professionals and students in mechanical and materials engineering, manufacturing, and process and food engineers; secondary audiences in biomedical, civil, and other technology fields

Table of Contents

  • 1. Controlled and Uncontrolled Separation of Parts: Cutting, Scraping, and Spreading
    2. Fracture Mechanics and Friction
    3. Simple Orthogonal Cutting of Floppy, Brittle, and Ductile Materials
    4. Types of Chip: Load Fluctuations, Scaling, and Deformation Transitions
    5. Slice-Push Ratio: Oblique Cutting and Curved Blades, Scissors, Guillotining, and Drilling
    6. Cutting with More than One Edge: Scratching, Grinding, Abrasive Wear, Engraving, and Sculpting
    7. Sawing, Chisels, and Files
    8. Punching Holes
    9. Sharpness and Bluntness
    10. Unrestrained and Restrained Workpieces: Dynamic Cutting
    11. Cutting in Biology, Paleontology, and Medicine
    12. Food and Food-Cutting Devices and Wire Cutting
    13. Teeth as Cutting Tools
    14. Burrowing in Soils, Digging, and Ploughing
    15. Unintentional and Accidental Cutting
    16. Cutting with High Precision
    17. Cutting of Components with Complex Geometries and Freeform Surfaces
    18. The Science and Engineering of Cutting: Holistic Approaches and Future Perspectives

Product details

  • No. of pages: 550
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2023
  • Published: February 1, 2023
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323994224

About the Authors

Kai Cheng

Kai Cheng was appointed Chair Professor in Manufacturing Systems and Head of Advanced Manufacturing & Enterprise Engineering (AMEE) Department at Brunel University. His current research focuses on design of high precision machines, ultraprecision and micro-cutting, smart tooling and smart machining, and sustainable manufacturing systems. He is currently leading the Ultraprecision and Micro/Nano Manufacturing Theme at Brunel University and working on a number of projects funded by the EPSRC, NATEP Program, RAEng, Innovative UK program, EU Horizon 2020 Programs, and industry.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Brunel University, UK

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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