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Mechatronics: An Introduction (Free PDF)

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According to the original definition of mechatronics that the Yasakawa Electric Company proposed and the definitions that have since appeared, many engineering products designed and manufactured in the last thirty years that integrate mechanical and electrical systems can be classified as mechatronic systems.
In trademark application documents, Yasakawa defined mechatronics in this way:

The word mechatronics is composed of “mecha” from mechanism and the “tronics” from electronics.
In other words, technologies and developed products will be incorporating electronics more andmore intimately and organically into mechanisms, making it impossible to tell where one ends andthe other begins.

Where is mechatronics today? The advent of the microcomputer, embedded computers, and associated information technologies and software advances have led to important advances in mechatronics. For example, consider the automobile. In the early stages of automobile design, the radio was the only significant electronics in it. All other functions were entirely mechanical or electrical. Today, there are about 30–60 microcontrollers in a car. And with the drive to develop modular systems for plug-n-play mechatronics subsystems, this is expected to increase.
Mechatronics: An Introduction provides an introduction to the vibrant field of mechatronics. As the
historical divisions between the various branches of engineering and computer science become less clearly defined, the mechatronics specialty provides a roadmap for nontraditional engineering students studying within the traditional structure of most engineering colleges. Evidently, mechatronics laboratories and classes in the university environment are expanding world-wide. The list of contributors to this book that includes authors from around the globe reflects this.
The material in Mechatronics: An Introduction appeared in a more complete form in The Mechatronics Handbook that CRC Press and ISA-The Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society copublished. The Mechatronics Handbook was conceived as a reference resource for research and development departments in academia, government, and industry, and for university libraries. It also was intended as a resource for scholars interested in understanding and explaining the engineering design process. The success of the full-scale handbook spawned the idea that a more condensed book, providing a general impression of the subject, would benefit those searching for an overview of the mechatronics. This book intends to serve this new audience.

1. What is Mechatronics?
2. Mechatronic Design Approach
3. System Interfacing, Instrumentation, and Control Systems
4. Microprocessor-Based Controllers and Microelectronics
5. An Introduction to Micro- and Nanotechnology
6. Modeling Electromechanical Systems
7. Modeling and Simulation for MEMS
8. The Physical Basis of Analogies in Physical System Models
9. Introduction to Sensors and Actuators
10. Fundamentals of Time and Frequency
11. Sensor and Actuator Characteristics
12. The Role of Controls in Mechatronics
13.  The Role of Modeling in Mechatronics Design
14.  Design Optimization of Mechatronic Systems
15.  Introduction to Computers and Logic Systems
16.  System Interfaces
17.  Communications and Computer Networks
18.  Control with Embedded Computers and Programmable Logic Controllers
19. Introduction to Data Acquisition
20. Computer-Based Instr umentation Systems
21. Software Design and Development

Author Details
"Robert H. Bishop" is a professor of aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin and holds the Myron L. Begeman Fellowship in Engineering. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Texas A&M University in aerospace engineering, and his Ph.D. from Rice University in electrical and computer engineering. Prior to joining The University of Texas at Austin, he was a member of the technical staff at the MIT Charles Stark Draper Laboratory. Dr. Bishop is a specialist in the area of planetary exploration with an emphasis on spacecraft guidance, navigation, and control.

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