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A Foundation Course, 1st Edition

By Clarence W. de Silva

CRC Press

898 pages

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Now that modern machinery and electromechanical devices are typically being controlled using analog and digital electronics and computers, the technologies of mechanical engineering in such a system can no longer be isolated from those of electronic and computer engineering. Mechatronics: A Foundation Course applies a unified approach to meet this

Table of Contents

Mechatronic Engineering. Basic Elements and Components. Modeling of Mechatronic Systems. Component Interconnection and Signal Conditioning. Instrument Ratings and Error Analysis. Sensors and Transducers. Actuators. Digital Hardware and Microcontrollers. Control Systems. Projects. Appendices.

About the Author

Clarence W. de Silva, PE, is a fellow of ASME, IEEE, and the Royal Society of Canada. A professor of mechanical engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, he holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair professorship in mechatronics and industrial automation. Previously, he served as a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University (1978-1987) and as a Fulbright visiting professor at Cambridge University (1987-1988). Professor de Silva received two Ph.D degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1978) and the University of Cambridge, England (1998), and an honorary D. Eng from the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (2008).

Having gained application-oriented industrial experience working for organizations including IBM, Westinghouse, and NASA's Lewis and Langley Research Centers, Dr. de Silva also held the Mobil Endowed Chair professorship in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore and the honorary chair professorship of the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology.

Professor de Silva has served as a:

  • Fellow Canadian Academy of Engineering
  • Lilly Fellow
  • NASA-ASEE Fellow
  • Senior Fulbright Fellow to Cambridge University
  • Fellow of the British Columbia Advanced Systems Institute
  • Killam Fellow
  • Erskine Fellow

His awards include:

  • Paynter Outstanding Investigator Award and Takahashi Education Award (ASME Dynamic Systems & Control Division)
  • Killam Research Prize (Canada Council for the Arts)
  • Outstanding Engineering Educator Award (IEEE Canada)

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Design / General