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Mechatronics Principles and Applications

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With the advent of integrated circuits and computers, the borders of formal engineering disciplines of electronic and mechanical engineering have become fluid and fuzzy. Most products in the marketplace are made up of interdependent electronic and mechanical components, and electronic/electrical engineers find themselves working in organizations that are involved in both mechanical and electronic or electrical activities; the same is true of many mechanical engineers.
The field of mechatronics offers engineers the expertise needed to face these new challenges.

Mechatronics is defined as the synergistic combination of precision mechanical, electronic, control, and systems engineering, in the design of products and manufacturing processes. It relates to the design of systems, devices and products aimed at achieving an optimal balance between basic mechanical structure and its overall control. Mechatronics responds to industry’s increasing demand for engineers who are able to work across the boundaries of narrow engineering disciplines to identify and use the proper combination of technologies for optimum solutions to today’s increasingly challenging engineering problems. Understanding the synergy between disciplines makes students of engineering better communicators who are able to work in cross-disciplines and lead design teams which may consist of specialist engineers as well as generalists. Mechatronics covers a wide range of application areas including consumer product design, instrumentation, manufacturing methods, motion control systems, computer integration, process and device control, integration of functionality with embedded microprocessor control, and the design of machines, devices and systems possessing a degree of computer-based intelligence. Robotic manipulators, aircraft simulators, electronic traction control systems, adaptive suspensions, landing gears, air-conditioners under fuzzy logic control, automated diagnostic systems, micro electromechanical systems (MEMS), consumer products such as VCRs, driver-less vehicles are all examples of mechatronic systems. These systems depend on the integration of mechanical, control, and computer systems in order to meet demanding specifications, introduce ‘intelligence’ in mechanical hardware, add versatility and maintainability, and reduce cost.

This book is designed to serve as a mechatronics course text. The text serves as instructional material for undergraduates who are embarking on a mechatronic course, but contains chapters suitable for senior undergraduates and beginning postgraduates. It is also valuable resource material for practicing electronic, electrical, mechanical, and electromechanical engineers.

Chapter 1: Introduction to mechatronics
Chapter 2: Electrical components and circuits
Chapter 3: Semiconductor electronic devices
Chapter 4: Digital electronics
Chapter 5: Analog electronics
Chapter 6: Microcomputers and microcontrollers
Chapter 7: Data acquisition
Chapter 8: Sensors
Chapter 9: Electrical actuator systems
Chapter 10: Mechanical actuator systems
Chapter 11: Interfacing microcontrollers with actuators
Chapter 12: Control theory: modeling
Chapter 13: Control theory: analysis
Chapter 14: Control theory: graphical techniques
Chapter 15: Robotic systems
Chapter 16: Integrated circuit and printed circuit board manufacture
Chapter 18: Case studies
Appendix 1: The engineering design process
Appendix 2: Mechanical actuator systems design and analysis
Appendix 3: CircuitMaker 2000 tutorial

Author Details
"Godfrey C. Onwubolu"Professor of Engineering
The University of the South Pacific, Fiji

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