520 pages | 485 B/W Illus.
After Uchino’s introduction of a new terminology, ‘Micromechatronics’ in 1979 for describing the application area of ‘piezoelectric actuators’, the rapid advances in semiconductor chip technology have led to a new terminology MEMS
(micro-electro-mechanical-system) or even NEMS (nano-electro-mechanicalsystem) to describe mainly thin film sensor/actuator devices, a narrower area of micromechatronics coverage. New technologies, product developments and commercialization are providing the necessity of this major revision. In particular, the progresses in high power transducers, loss mechanisms in smart materials, energy harvesting and computer simulations are significant.
the updating requirement for the book contents, in parallel to the deletion of old
materials, energy harvesting and computer simulations
working in the fields of electronic materials, control system engineering, optical
communications, precision machinery, and robotics. The text is designed primarily
for a graduate course with the equivalent of thirty 75-minute lectures; however, it is
also suitable for self-study by individuals wishing to extend their knowledge in the
About the Author. Preface. 1. Current Trends for Actuators and Micromechatronics. 2. A Theoretical Description of Piezoelectricity. 3. Actuator Materials. 4. Ceramic Fabrication Methods and Actuator Structures. 5. Drive/Control Techniques for Piezoelectric Actuators. 6. Computer Simulation of Piezoelectric Devices. 7. Piezoelectric Energy Harvesting Systems. 8. Servo Displacement Transducer Applications. 9. Pulse Drive Motor Applications. 10. Ultrasonic Motor Applications. 11. The Future of Solid State Actuators in Micromechatronic Systems. Chapter Essentials. Check Point. Chapter Problems. References. Index.