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Journal of Food Quality
Volume 2019, Article ID 5429093, 9 pages
Research Article

Modelling of Oblique Wire Cutting and Experimental Application on Soft Solid Foods for the Investigation of Friction Behaviour

Chair of Processing Machines and Processing Technology, Technische Universität Dresden, 01062 Dresden, Germany

Correspondence should be addressed to Tilman Witt; ed.nedserd-ut@ttiw.namlit

Received 20 February 2019; Accepted 24 April 2019; Published 16 June 2019

Academic Editor: Susana Fiszman

Copyright © 2019 Tilman Witt et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The sales value of ready-made foods is determined to a large extent by the appearance of the individual pieces or slices. Breakouts or deformations are perceived negatively and should be avoided. The quality of the cut surface is derived as an evaluation criterion from the evaluation of the cutting force curve. This study examines the influence of friction during cutting. The method developed for this purpose deals with the problem of separating friction from breaking and deforming when cutting with wire. To test the theoretical approach, cutting experiments with thin wires are carried out on various foodstuffs. When cutting with obliquely oriented wire, force value curves are recorded in the feed direction and perpendicular to the feed direction. The cutting force curves are reduced to two characteristic values for the active unit depending on the cross-section geometry. In connection with the result values, an explanatory model is proposed with which a quantified statement on the proportion of friction during the cut is possible. The enhanced model elucidation by oblique cutting will be helpful for the comparison of cutting tools and for the verification of computer simulations.