Recent progress in research on the cutting processes of wood. A review COST Action E35 2004–2008: Wood machining – micromechanics and fracture

Kazimierz A. Orlowski 1 , 1  and Bartosz Palubicki 2 , 2
  • 1 Department of Manufacturing Engineering and Automation, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Gdansk University of Technology, Gdansk, Poland
  • 2 Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers, Laboratoire Bourguignon des Matériaux et Procédés, Cluny, France


Recent progress in research on the cutting processes of wood is presented, particularly in regard to new methods of accomplishing an increase in volume recovery by sawmills. The suitability of modern fracture mechanics was demonstrated for the estimation of the cutting power for saws in which kerfs are different from saws used in cutting tests, and whereby the data of sawn material – such as the specific work of surface formation (toughness) and the shear yield stress – were determined. Cutting tests were carried out on the modern frame sawing machine (sash gang saw) for narrow-kerf sawing with the hybrid dynamically balanced driving system and elliptical teeth trajectory movement.

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Holzforschung is an international scholarly journal that publishes cutting-edge research on the biology, chemistry, physics and technology of wood and wood components. High quality papers about biotechnology and tree genetics are also welcome. Rated year after year as one of the top scientific journals in the category of Pulp and Paper (ISI Journal Citation Index), Holzforschung represents innovative, high quality basic and applied research.