Mechatronics has evolved into a way of life in engineering practice, and it pervades virtually every aspect of the modern world. In chapters drawn from the bestselling and now standard engineering reference, The Mechatronics Handbook, this book introduces the vibrant field of mechatronics and its key elements: physical system modeling; sensors and actuators; signals and systems; computers and logic systems; and software and data acquisition. These chapters, written by leading academics and practitioners, were carefully selected and organized to provide an accessible, general outline of the subject ideal for non-specialists.
Mechatronics: An Introduction first defines and organizes the key elements of mechatronics, exploring design approach, system interfacing, instrumentation, control systems, and microprocessor-based controllers and microelectronics. It then surveys physical system modeling, introducing MEMS along with modeling and simulation. Coverage then moves to essential elements of sensors and actuators, including characteristics and fundamentals of time and frequency, followed by control systems and subsystems, computer hardware, logic, system interfaces, communication and computer networking, data acquisition, and computer-based instrumentation systems. Clear explanations and nearly 200 illustrations help bring the subject to life.
Providing a broad overview of the fundamental aspects of the field, Mechatronics: An Introduction is an ideal primer for those new to the field, a handy review for those already familiar with the technology, and a friendly introduction for anyone who is curious about mechatronics.
Table of Contents
What is Mechatronics?
Robert H. Bishop and M. K. Ramasubramanian
Mechatronic Design Approach
System Interfacing, Instrumentation, and Control Systems
Microprocessor-Based Controllers and Microelectronics
Ondrej Novak and Ivan Dolezal
An Introduction to Micro- and Nanotechnology
Michael Goldfarb, Alvin Strauss, and Eric J. Barth
Modeling Electromechanical Systems
Francis C. Moon
Modeling and Simulation for MEMS
The Physical Basis of Analogies in Physical System Models
Neville Hogan and Peter C. Breedveld
Introduction to Sensors and Actuators
M. Anjanappa, K. Datta, and T. Song
Fundamentals of Time and Frequency
Michael A. Lombardi
Sensor and Actuator Characteristics
The Role of Controls in Mechatronics
Job van Amerongen
The Role of Modeling in Mechatronics Design
Jeffrey A. Jalkio
Design Optimization of Mechatronic Systems
Tomas Brezina, Ctirad Kratochvil, and Cestmir Ondrusek
Introduction to Computers and Logic Systems
Kevin Craig and Fred Stol?
M.J. Tordon and J. Katupitiya
Communications and Computer Networks
Control with Embedded Computers and Programmable Logic Controllers
Hugh Jack and Andrew Sterian
Introduction to Data Acquisition
Computer-Based Instrumentation Systems
Software Design and Development
Margaret H. Hamilton