1st Edition

Mechatronics A Foundation Course

By Clarence W. de Silva Copyright 2010
    898 Pages 461 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

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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.

    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


    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)