CIRP Encyclopedia of Production Engineering

2019 Edition
| Editors: Sami Chatti, Luc Laperrière, Gunther Reinhart, Tullio Tolio

Ceramic Cutting Tools

  • Raouf Ben AmorEmail author
  • Dev Banerjee
Reference work entry



Ceramics are inorganic, nonmetallic materials. The structure of ceramics may be crystalline or partly crystalline (having intergranular amorphous phases). The definition of ceramic is often restricted to inorganic crystalline materials.

Ceramics are primarily divided into two classes: whiteware ceramic and technical ceramic (refer to section “Synonyms”). Whiteware ceramics typically possess poor mechanical properties. Technical ceramic materials are of high purity and are designed for specific application and use. Ceramics used in wear applications are harder compared to metallic materials, maintain strength and hardness, and are chemically inert at high temperatures. The combination of hardness, high-temperature strength, and chemical resistivity makes ceramics important cutting tool materials.

Theory and Application



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Kennametal Shared Services GmbHFürthGermany
  2. 2.Kennametal Inc.LatrobeUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Garret O'Donnell
    • 1
  1. 1.Trinity College DublinDublinIreland