Linear stone cutting tests with chisel tools for identification of cutting principles and predicting performance of chain saw machines

Copur H.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ROCK MECHANICS AND MINING SCIENCES, vol.47, no.1, pp.104-120, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


Different natural stone quarries are visited for collection of stone samples, determination of geological conditions, specifications and operational conditions of the chain saw machines and recording machine cutting performance with a data acquisition system. The samples are tested with a linear cutting test rig using chisel-type cutting tools with 01, 151, 301 and 451 sideways angles at different depths of cut and tool spacings, to determine stone cuttability, cutting characteristics of chain saw machines and effect of unsymmetric and symmetric sideways angles and different cutting patterns on cutting performance (tool forces, specific energy, optimum cutting geometry). A deterministic model is suggested for predicting performance of chain saw machines using the results of linear stone cutting experiments, and the laws of kinematics. The results of experimental studies and in-situ investigations indicate that the cutting action of chain saw machines can be successfully simulated by linear cutting experiments and the suggested model is proven, though requiring some additional study, to be a useful and reliable tool for selection, design, and performance prediction and optimization of chain saw machines. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved