Geotechnical and Geological Engineering

, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 1257–1265 | Cite as

Determination of Optimum Tool for Efficient Rock Cutting

Technical note


In order to meet the growing expectations of the society and to keep people, goods and resources on the move, the development of new high capacity infrastructures for transportation and power generation has become inevitable. This necessitates the development of tunnels in order to facilitate the running of high-speed metro trains, hydro power generation, fresh water supply, irrigation, sewage facilities and so on. Rock cutting is quite common for construction of tunnel. The proposed study will be tried to establish a numerical framework that is capable of modeling the process of rock cutting based on Finite Element Method (FEM) code ANSYS. The key parameters in FEM include material and shape of the cutting tool, cutting angle, cutting depth, velocity of attack on the rock, friction between cutting tool and rock surface. The analysis shows that that these parameters significantly affect the efficiency of rock cutting. This article gives an optimum configuration of tool for efficient rock cutting.


Finite element method Dynamic rock cutting Tunneling Fracture Chip formation ANSYS 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringNIT PatnaPatnaIndia
  2. 2.School of Mechanical and Building SciencesVIT UniversityVelloreIndia
  3. 3.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringUniversity of Massachusetts LowellLowellUSA

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