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.
- New technologies, product developments and commercialization are providing
the updating requirement for the book contents, in parallel to the deletion of old
- Various educational/instructional example problems have been accumulated, which were integrated in the new edition in order to facilitate the self-learning for the students, and the quiz/problem creation for the
- Heavily revised topics from the previous edition include: high power transducers, loss mechanisms in smart
materials, energy harvesting and computer simulations
- New technologies, product developments and commercialization helped shape the updated contents of this book where all chapters have been updated and revised.
- This textbook is intended for graduate students and industrial engineers studying or
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
Table of Contents
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.
Kenji Uchino, a pioneer in piezoelectric actuators, is the Founding Director of the International Center for Actuators and Transducers (ICAT) and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University. He was Associate Director (‘Navy Ambassador to Japan’) at The US Office of Naval Research – Global Tokyo Office as IPA from 2010 till 2014. He was also the Founder and Senior Vice President & CTO of Micromechatronics Inc., State College, PA.