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Author Atkins, Anthony G., 1939-

Title The science and engineering of cutting : the mechanics and processes of separating, scratching and puncturing biomaterials, metals and non-metals / by Tony Atkins
Published Amsterdam ; Boston : Butterworth-Heinemann/Elsevier, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 413 pages) : illustrations, plans
Contents Controlled and uncontrolled separation of parts: cutting, scraping and spreading -- Fracture mechanics and friction: muscles, impact and new surfaces -- Simple orthogonal cutting of floppy, brittle and ductile materials -- Types of chip: load fluctuations, scaling and deformation transitions -- Slice-push ration: oblique cutting and curved blades, scissors, guillotining and drilling -- Cutting with more than one edge: scratching, grinding, abrasive wear, engraving and sculpting -- Sawing, chisels and files -- Punching holes: piercing and perforating, arms and armour -- Sharpness and bluntness: absolute or relative? Tool materials and tool wear -- Unrestrained and restrained workpieces: dynamic cutting -- Cutting in biology, palaeontology and medicine -- Food and food-cutting devices and wire cutting -- Teeth as cutting tools -- Burrowing in soils, digging and ploughing -- Unintentional and accidental cutting: supermarket plastic bags, falling objects, ships hitting rocks and aeroplanes hitting buildings
Summary "While many books focus on the cutting of metals, The Science and Engineering of Cutting is the only one devoted to the cutting of materials generally, creating the first unified science and engineering of cutting for engineers, bioengineers, medics and manufacturers, and anyone who has to separate materials. Starting with just enough of the basic of fracture mechanics to enable non-experts to use the book, it considers all solids - from hard, stiff and tough materials like metals, ceramics, minerals, wood, plastics and composites to soft floppy solids like biological materials, flesh, skin and bone. The mechanics of cutting (toughness, fracture, deformation, plasticity, tearing, grating, chewing, etc.) have wide ranging implications for engineers, medics, manufacturers, and process engineers, making this text useful to a wide range of engineers and specialists."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 375-406) and index
Notes Online resource
Subject Cutting.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0080942458 (electronic bk.)
9780080942452 (electronic bk.)