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Toughness & cutting: A new way of determining ductile fracture toughness and strength

Atkins, A.G. (2005) Toughness & cutting: A new way of determining ductile fracture toughness and strength. Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 72 (6). pp. 849-860. ISSN 0013-7944

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.engfracmech.2004.07.014


A review is given of the mechanics of cutting, ranging from the slicing of thin floppy offcuts (where there is negligible elasticity and no permanent deformation of the offcut) to the machining of ductile metals (where there is severe permanent distortion of the offcut/chip). Materials scientists employ the former conditions to determine the fracture toughness of ‘soft’ solids such as biological materials and foodstuffs. In contrast, traditional analyses of metalcutting are based on plasticity and friction only, and do not incorporate toughness. The machining theories are inadequate in a number of ways but a recent paper has shown that when ductile work of fracture is included many, if not all, of the shortcomings are removed. Support for the new analysis is given by examination of FEM simulations of metalcutting which reveal that a ‘separation criterion’ has to be employed at the tool tip. Some consideration shows that the separation criteria are versions of void-initiation-growth-and-coalescence models employed in ductile fracture mechanics. The new analysis shows that cutting forces for ductile materials depend upon the fracture toughness as well as plasticity and friction, and reveals a simple way of determining both toughness and flow stress from cutting experiments. Examples are given for a wide range of materials including metals, polymers and wood, and comparison is made with the same properties independently determined using conventional testpieces. Because cutting can be steady state, a new way is presented for simultaneously measuring toughness and flow stress at controlled speeds and strain rates.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of the Built Environment
ID Code:11759
Additional Information:Prospects in Fracture Papers from a Conference held to Celebrate the 65th Birthday of Professor J.G. Williams, FRS, FREng Imperial College London, July 2003

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