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Mechatronics: Electronic Control Systems in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Paperback – 15 May 2003


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The integration of electronic engineering, electrical engineering, computer technology and control engineering - mechatronics - forms a crucial part in the design, manufacture and maintenance of a wide range of engineering products and processes. This book provides a clear and comprehensive introduction to the application of electronic control systems in mechanical and electrical engineering. It gives a framework of knowledge that allows engineers and technicians to develop an interdisciplinary understanding and integrated approach to engineering. Key features of the third edition 

  • provides the mix of skills in mechanical engineering, electronics  and computing which are required for students to be able to comprehend and design mechatronics systems
  • enables students to operate and communicate across a range of engineering disciplines
  • more discussion of microcontrollers and programming
  • increased use of models for mechatronics systems
  • numerous examples and case studies
  • end-of-chapter problems with answers at the back of the book
Mechatronics is essential reading for students studying mechatronics at higher diploma and undergraduate level. Bill Bolton was formally Consultant to the Further Education Unit and Head of Research and Development and Monitoring at BTEC. He is the author of many engineering textbooks.


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Amazon.com: HASH(0x91bf7a68) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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HASH(0x91f2f5c4) out of 5 stars Too shallow to be helpful 25 Dec. 2005
By calvinnme - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Mechatronics is the synergistic combination of mechanical engineering ("mecha" for mechanisms), electronic engineering ("tronics" for electronics), and software engineering. The purpose of this interdisciplinary engineering field serves the purposes of designing and controlling advanced hybrid-systems. This textbook is widely used in classes on mechatronics, but I find it much too shallow to be helpful. It is a good introduction to what mechatronics is, but past that point mechanical engineers will not be enlightened about electronics, as electronics engineers will not be enlightened about mechanics. Also, in my opinion, this book has more of a technician's handbook feel about it than it does that of an engineering text. If you are a mechanical or electronics engineer that really wants to learn about this fascinating field, might I recommend "Mechatronics: An Integrated Approach" by De Silva. It has the content you need to do analysis and design of mechatronic systems. I see Amazon does not show a table of contents for this book, so I do that here for the purpose of completeness:
1 Mechatronics.
2 Sensors and transducers.
3 Signal conditioning.
4 Data presentation systems.
5 Pneumatic and hydraulic systems.
6 Mechanical actuation systems.
7 Electrical actuation systems.
8 Basic system models.
9 System models
10 Dynamic responses of systems.
11 System transfer functions.
12 Frequency response.
13 Closed-loop controllers.
14 Digital logic.
15 Microprocessors.
16 Assembly language.
17 C language.
18 Input/output systems.
19 Programmable logic controllers.
20 Communication systems.
21 Fault finding.
22 Mechatronics systems.
Appendix A: The Laplace transform.
Appendix B: Logic gates.
Appendix C: Instruction sets.
Appendix D: C library functions.
HASH(0x91bc7594) out of 5 stars Four Stars 23 Oct. 2014
By Adam H. Stevens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Good information throughout book covering a lot of electrical engineering concepts. Easy to read and understand.
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