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Mechatronics and the Design of Intelligent Machines and Systems

1st Edition

By David Allan Bradley, Derek Seward, David Dawson, Stuart Burge

CRC Press

348 pages

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Mechatronics as a discipline has an ever growing impact on engineering and engineering education as a defining approach to the design, development, and operation of an increasingly wide range of engineering systems. The increasing scope and complexity of mechatronic systems means that their design and development now involve not only the technical aspects of its core disciplines, but also aspects of organization, training, and management.

Mechatronics and the Design of Intelligent Machines and Systems reflects the significant areas of development in mechatronics and focuses on the higher-level approaches needed to support the design and implementation of mechatronic systems. Throughout the book, the authors emphasize the importance of systems integration. Each chapter deals with a particular aspect of the design and development process, from the specification of the system to software design and from the human-machine interface to the requirements for safe operation and effective manufacture.

Notable among this text's many features is the use of a running case study-the autonomous and robotic excavator LUCIE-to illustrate points made in various chapters. This, combined with the authors' clear prose, systematic organization, and generous use of examples and illustrations provides students with a firm understanding of mechatronics as a discipline, some of the problems encountered in its various areas, and the developing techniques used to solve those problems.

Table of Contents

OF MACHINES AND MECHATRONICS

Introduction

Mechatronics and Technology

Engineering Design and Mechatronics

Mechatronics and Concurrent Engineering

Summary

MECHATRONICS AND INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS

What is Intelligence?

Intelligent Machines

Artificial Intelligence and Expert systems

Architectures

Safety

Operating Modes

Summary

Case Study: An Intelligent Robot or Unstructured Environments-Autonomous Robotic Excavator

A MECHATRONIC DESIGN PROCESS

Introduction

Engineering Design Models

A Mechatronic Design Framework

Summary of Principles

Approaches to Designing Mechatronic Hardware

REQUIREMENTS INTERPRETATION FOR MECHATRONIC SYSTEMS

Introduction

Customer Requirements and the Product Life Cycle

Customer Requirements

Customer Requirements and the Mechatronic System Design Framework

Requirements Interpretation

Summary or Beyond Requirements Interpretation

Case Study: Autonomous Robotic Excavator

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Introduction

AI Programming versus "Conventional" Programming

Knowledge Acquisition

Knowledge Representation

Searching for Solutions

Case Study: The Use of Artificial Intelligence for an Automated Robotic Excavator

NEURAL NETWORKS AND FUZZY SYSTEMS

Neural Networks

Artificial Neural Networks

The Adeline

The Perceptron

Kohonen Network

Adaptive Resonant Theorem Networks

Hopfield Network

Implementation of Neural Networks

Fuzzy Systems

Fuzzy Sets

Set Operations

Fuzzy Reasoning and Control

Developing a Fuzzy System

Fuzzy-Neural Systems

SOFTWARE

Introduction

Software Development Process Models

Software Methods

Requirements

Design

Object-Oriented Methods

Testing

Case Study: The Role of Software in Automated and Robotic Excavation

USER INTERFACES

Introduction

The Design of the Human-Machine Interface

Tele-Operation

Summary

Case Study: Prototyping and User Interface Design

SYSTEM SAFETY

Introduction

Background to Safety

The IEC 1508 Approach

Case Study: The Role of Safety in Automated and Robotic Excavation

MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY

Introduction

Computer Numerically Controlled Machines, An Overview

CNC Machines and Programming Essentials of Cell Manufacturing and FMS

Parts Classification Systems and Design by Features

The Extension of FMS to CIM

CIM Architectures

Identifying Information Flow in the CIM System

Databases in Manufacturing

In-Process Gauging and Coordinate Measurement

Rapid Prototyping and Modelling

CAD-CAM Integration and Rapid Prototyping

Rapid Tool Making

Principles of Design for Ease of (Automated) Assembly

Sensors in Manufacturing

On-Line Monitoring of Manufacturing Equipment

Automatic Guided Vehicles and parts Handling

FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS IN MECHATRONICS

Automotive Systems

Home Systems

Telecare and Telehealth

Automation and Robotics

Manufacturing

Design

Summary

CASE STUDIES IN MECHATRONICS

Mechatronic Guided Bus

Microsystems, MEMS, and Built-in-Self-Test

High-Speed Tilting Trains

A Practical Application of Expert Systems Design

The Torotrak Infinitely Variable Transmission: Optimizing Power Transmission System, A Goal within Sight?

BIBLIOGRAPHY

INDEX

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TEC008000
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Electronics / General
TEC009070
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Mechanical