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Comparing the use of meat and clay during cutting and projectile research

Key, Alastair J. M., Young, Jesse, Fisch, Michael, Chaney, Morgan, Kramer, Andrew, Eren, Metin I. (2018) Comparing the use of meat and clay during cutting and projectile research. Engineering Fracture Mechanics, 192 . pp. 163-175. ISSN 0013-7944. (doi:10.1016/j.engfracmech.2018.02.010)


Diverse disciplines investigate how muscular tissue (i.e. ‘meat’) responds to being cut and deformed, however, large-scale, empirically robust investigations into these matters are often impractical and expensive. Previous research has used clay as an alternative to meat. To establish whether clay is a reliable proxy for meat, we directly compare the two materials via a series of cutting and projectile tests. Results confirm that the two materials display distinct cutting mechanics, resistance to penetration and are not comparable. Under certain conditions clay can be used as an alternative to meat, although distinctions between the two may lead to experimental limitations.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.engfracmech.2018.02.010
Uncontrolled keywords: Force; Fracture; Stone Tool; Material Science; Butchery
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Biological Anthropology
Depositing User: Alastair Key
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2018 21:09 UTC
Last Modified: 19 Feb 2020 04:09 UTC
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