Course detail

Advanced Materials for Cutting Tools

FSI-9PMRAcad. year: 2020/2021

The subject acquaints students with the cutting tool materials. It deals with high speed steels, cemented carbides (without/with hard and wear resistant coatings), cermets, cutting ceramics and super hard tool materials (polycrystalline diamond and polycrystalline cubic boron nitride) from the viewpoint of their classification, marking, properties, production and use. The subject describes the newest tool materials of the top home and foreign cutting tools producers.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

The course familiarises students with advanced cutting tool materials (classification, marking, properties, production, producers, effective use).


Students are expected to have the knowledge acquired in the course of previous study, namely in the following fields: theory and technology of machining, material science, physics. English language is also required.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

HUMÁR, A. Materiály pro řezné nástroje. MM publishing s. r.o., Praha. 2008. 235s. ISBN 978-80-254-2250-2.
SANDVIK CZ s.r.o. Technická příručka obrábění. 2005. C-2900:3CZE/01. AB Sandvik Coromant 2005.10.
HUMÁR, A., PÍŠKA, M. Materiály pro řezné nástroje. MM Průmyslové spektrum - Speciální vydání. Září 2004. ISSN 1212-2572., s. 84-96.
STAHL, J.-E. Metal Cutting Theories and Models. GB Seco Tools AB. 02858870 ST20126371. 2012. 580 pp. ISBN 978-91-673-1336-1.
TECHNICKÉ MATERIÁLY, KATALOGY A PROSPEKTY firem Ceramtec, Ceratizit, Gühring, Iscar, Kennametal, Korloy, Mitsubishi, Pramet Tools, Sandvik Coromant, Seco, Walter, Widia.
BROOKES, K.J.A. Hardmetals and other Hard Materials. Second Edition. Shrewsbury, England: European Powder Metallurgy Association, 1992. 198 p. ISBN 0 9508995 3 4.
BROOKES, K.J.A.: World Directory and Handbook of Hardmetals and Hard materials. Sixth Edition. East Barnet Hertfordshire, United Kingdom: International Carbide Data, 1996. 220+528 p. ISBN 0 9508995 4 2.
Trent, M., Wright, K.: Metal Cutting.Butterworth–Heinemann, 2000.4th ed. 464 p. ISBN 0-7506-7069-X (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Examination verifies the theoretical knowledge of topics presented in lectures and consultations. It has an oral part only.

Language of instruction

Czech, English

Work placements

Not applicable.


The goal of the course is to provide students with up-to-date specialized knowledge in the area of cutting tool materials and particular tool materials of the top home and foreign cutting tools producers.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Recommended participations in lessons. Compulsory and checked participations in exercises and labs .Attendance at lectures is recommended, it can be substituted by regular consultations with the teacher, by consultations on the selected professional workplace outside the faculty, or by visiting technical libraries, after previous agreement with the teacher.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme D-STG-P Doctoral, 1. year of study, winter semester, 0 credits, recommended

Type of course unit



20 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1.General classification and marking of cutting tool materials, high speed steels and their applications
2.Cemented carbides without coatings and their applications
3.Cemented carbides without coatings and their applications
4.Coated cemented carbides and their applications
5.Coated cemented carbides and their applications
6.Cermets and their applications
7.Cutting ceramics and its applications
8.Cutting ceramics and its applications
9.Polycrystalline diamond and its applications
10.Polycrystalline cubic boron nitride and its applications