Students preparing to work with mechatronics, particularly with highly precise and smart actuators, face the challenge of designing and analyzing devices without formal and practical guidance in computer techniques. Finally there is a textbook that is as practical as it is authoritative: Kenji Uchino's FEM and Micromechatronics with ATILA Software.
Ideal for Today's Computer-Based Curricula
Every aspect of this book reflects its focus on being easy to use, easy to teach from, and above all, easy to implement. The first half of the text outlines the theory needed to develop and design smart actuators and transducers, while the second half walks students step-by-step through the software implementation using seven extensive examples. Even the book's lay-flat binding makes it easy for students to follow the text while working simultaneously at a computer. The companion CD-ROM supplies a free educational version of ATILA-Light.
Unified Coverage for Integrated Technologies
Covering the myriad challenges posed by smart transducers, the author introduces the fundamentals of piezoelectric and magnetostrictive devices, practical materials, device designs, drive and control techniques, and typical applications. Numerous problems and examples give students ample opportunity to put the concepts into practice.
Outlining a complete treatment in 30 convenient 75 minute lessons, FEM and Micromechatronics with ATILA Software is a unique classroom text that students will continue to use throughout their entire careers.
Table of Contents
Trend of Micromechatronics and Computer Simulation
The Need for New Actuators
An Overview of Solid State Actuators
Necessity of Computer Simulation
Purpose and of This Textbook
Overview of Piezoelectricity and Magnetostriction
Piezoelectric Materials: Overview
Applications of Smart Transducers
Structures of Smart Transducers
Displacement Amplification Mechanisms
Drive/Control Techniques of Smart Transducers
Classification of Piezoelectric Actuators
Finite Element Analysis for Smart Transducers
Fundamentals of Finite Element Analysis
Defining the Equations for the Problem
Application of the Finite Element Method
FEM Simulation Examples
Design Optimization with FEM
Optimization of the Metal Tube Motor
Future of the FEM in Smart Structures
Hysteresis Estimation Program
HOW TO USE ATILA
General Simulation Process/Lean GiD
Animation, Admittance Curve, Report Format
Hot to Use the Attached GiD File in This CD
Kenji Uchino (Author)