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A Foundation Course, 1st Edition

By Clarence W. de Silva

CRC Press

898 pages | 461 B/W Illus.

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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 challenge, developing an understanding of the synergistic and concurrent use of mechanics, electronics, computer engineering, and intelligent control systems for everything from modeling and analysis to design, implementation, control, and integration of smart electromechanical products.

This book explains the fundamentals of integrating different types of components and functions, both mechanical and electrical, to achieve optimal operation that meets a desired set of performance specifications. This integration will benefit performance, efficiency, reliability, cost, and environmental impact. With useful features that distinguish it from other comparable books, this solid learning tool:

  • Prioritizes readability and convenient reference
  • Develops and presents key concepts and formulas, summarizing them in windows, tables, and lists in a user-friendly format
  • Includes numerous worked examples, problems, and exercises related to real-life situations and the practice of mechatronics
  • Describes and employs MATLAB®, Simulink®, LabVIEW®, and associated toolboxes, providing various illustrative examples for their use
  • Explores the limitations of available software tools and teaches the reader how to choose proper tools to solve a given problem and interpret and assess the validity of the results

The text conveys the considerable experience that author Clarence de Silva gained from teaching mechatronics at the graduate and professional levels, as well as from his time working in industry for organizations such as IBM, Westinghouse Electric, and NASA. It systematically and seamlessly incorporates many different underlying engineering fundamentals into analytical methods, modeling approaches, and design techniques for mechatronics—all in a single resource.

Table of Contents

Mechatronic Engineering

Mechatronic Systems

Modeling and Design

Mechatronic Design Concept

Evolution of Mechatronics

Application Areas

Study of Mechatronics

Organization of the Book

Basic Elements and Components

Mechanical Elements

Fluid Elements

Thermal Elements

Mechanical Components

Passive Electrical Elements and Materials

Active Electronic Components

Light Emitters and Displays

Light Sensors

Modeling of Mechatronic Systems

Dynamic Systems and Models

Lumped Elements and Analogies

Analytical Model Development

Model Linearization

Linear Graphs

Transfer Functions and Frequency-Domain Models

Thevenin’s Theorem for Electrical Circuits

Block Diagrams

Response Analysis

Computer Simulation

Component Interconnection and Signal Conditioning

Impedance Characteristics



Modulators and Demodulators

Analog-Digital Conversion

Bridge Circuits

Instrument Ratings and Error Analysis


Instrument Ratings


Signal Sampling and Aliasing Distortion

Bandwidth Design of A Control System

Instrument Error Analysis

Statistical Process Control

Sensors and Transducers


Variable-Inductance Transducers

Variable-Capacitance Transducers

Piezoelectric Sensors


Torque Sensors

Tactile Sensing

Cyroscopic Sensors

Optical Sensors and Lasers

Ultrasonic Sensors

Thermo-Fluid Sensors

Digital Transducers

Miscellaneous Digital Transducers

Image Sensors


Stepper Motors

DC Motors

Induction Motors

Miscellaneous Actuators

Hydraulic Actuators

Digital Hardware and Microcontrollers

Number Systems and Codes

Logic and Boolean Algebra

Combinational Logic Circuits

Sequential Logic Devices

Practical Considerations of IC Chips


Control Systems

Control System Structure

Control System Performance

Control Schemes


Advanced Control

Fuzzy Logic Control

Digital Control

Case Studies in Mechatronics

Engineering Design

Robotics Case Study

Iron Butcher Case Study



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)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award (World Automation Congress)
  • IEEE Third Millennium Medal
  • Meritorious Achievement Award (Association of Professional Engineers of British Columbia)
  • Outstanding Contribution Award (IEEE Systems, Man, and Cybernetics Society)

Subject Categories

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