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MECHATRONICS: An Integrated Approach

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This is an introductory book on the subject of Mechatronics. It will serve as both a textbook and a reference book for engineering students and practicing professionals. Mechatronics concerns synergistic and concurrent use of mechanics, electronics, computer engineering, and intelligent control systems in modeling, analyzing, designing, developing, and implementing smart electromechanical products. As the modern machinery and electromechanical devices are typically being controlled using analog and digital electronics and computers, the technologies of mechanical engineering in such a system can no longer be isolated from those of electronic and computer engineering. For example, in a robot system or a micromachine, mechanical components are integrated with analog and digital electronic components to provide single functional units or products. Similarly, devices with embedded and integrated sensing, actuation, signal processing, and control have many practical advantages. In the framework of Mechatronics, a unified approach is taken to integrate different types of components and functions, both mechanical and electrical, in modeling, analysis, design, and implementation, with the objective of harmonious operation that meets a desired set of performance specifications.

In the mechatronic approach, a mixed system consisting of subsystems that have primarily mechanical (including fluid and thermal) or primarily electrical character, is treated using integrated engineering concepts. In particular, electromechanical analogies, consistent energy transfer (e.g., kinetic, potential, thermal, fluid, electrostatic, and electromagnetic energies) through energy ports, and integrated design methodologies may be incorporated using innovative concepts such as Mechatronic Design Quotient (MDQ), resulting in benefits with regard to performance, efficiency, reliability, and cost.

Mechatronics has emerged as a bona fide field of practice, research, and development, and simultaneously as an academic discipline in engineering. Historically, the approach taken in learning a new field of engineering has been to first concentrate on a single branch of engineering such as electrical, mechanical, civil, chemical, or aerospace engineering in an undergraduate program and then learn the new concepts and tools during practice or research. Since the discipline of Mechatronics involves electronic and electrical engineering, mechanical and materials engineering, and control and computer engineering, a more appropriate approach would be to acquire a strong foundation in the necessary fundamentals from these various branches of engineering in an integrated manner in a single and unified undergraduate curriculum. In fact many universities in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia have established both undergraduate and graduate programs in Mechatronics. This book is geared toward this focus on integrated education and practice as related to electromechanical systems. The book will be useful as both a textbook at undergraduate and introductory graduate levels and a reference book for engineers, researchers, project managers, and other practicing professionals.

1. Mechatronic Engineering
2. Dynamic Models and Analogies
3. Mechanical Components and Robotic Manipulators
4. Component Interconnection and Signal Conditioning
5. Performance Specification and Analysis
6. Analog Sensors and Transducers
7. Digital Transducers
8. Stepper Motors
9. Continuous-Drive Actuators
10. Digital Logic and Hardware
11. Microprocessors and PLCs
12. Control Systems
13. Case Studies in Mechatronics
A. Transform Techniques
B. Software Tools

Author Details
"Clarence W. de Silva"

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