Cutting depth dictates the transition from continuous to segmented chip formation

Ramin Aghababaei, Mohammad Malekan, Michal K. Budzik

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The process of material cutting emerges from a series of nonlinear phenomena including frictional contact, plastic deformation, and fracture. While cutting dominated by shear deformation is of interest to achieve a smooth material removal and a high-quality surface finish, the fracture-induced chip breaking is of equal importance to prevent the formation of long chips. Here we show that discrepant observations and predictions of these two distinct cutting mechanisms can be reconciled into a unified framework. A simple analytical model is developed to predict the mechanism of chip formation in a homogeneous medium as a function of work piece intrinsic material properties, tool geometry, and the process parameters. The model reveals the existence of a critical depth of cut, below which the chip formation is gradually progressed by plastic deformation in the shear plane, and above which chips break off by abrupt crack propagation. The models’ prediction is validated by systematic in situ orthogonal cutting experiments and literature data for a wide range of materials over multiple length scales.
Original languageEnglish
Article number235502
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number23
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2021

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