Mechatronics : A Foundation Course book cover
1st Edition

A Foundation Course

ISBN 9781420082111
Published June 4, 2010 by CRC Press
898 Pages 461 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

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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)