This text by Shetty and Kolk, blends the pertinent aspects of mechatronics–system modeling, simulation, sensors, actuation, real-time computer interfacing, and control–into a single unified result suitable for use in the college-level mechatronic curriculum.

Students are introduced to all the topics needed to develop a good understanding of the basic principles used in mechatronics technology through the use of examples, problems and case studies, all of which can be quickly and affordably assembled and investigated in laboratory settings.

Core aspects are combined with practical industrial applications and are presented in an opitimal way for understanding. The book features extensive coverage of the modeling and simulation of physical systems made possible by block-diagrams, the modified analogy approach to modeling, and state-of-the-art visual simulation software.

A collection of case studies drawn from a variety of industries (complete with parts, lists, setup, and instructions) are used to support the authors’ applied, design-oriented approach. Readers of this text will be equipped with all the tools necessary to plan, test, and implement a well-designed mechatronic system.

**1. MECHATRONICS SYSTEM DESIGN**

What is Mechatronics? Integrated Design Issues in Mechatronics. The Mechatronics Design Process. Mechatronics Key Elements. Applications in Mechatronics. Summary. References. Problems.

**2. MODELING AND SIMULATION OF PHYSICAL SYSTEMS**

Operator Notation and Transfer Functions. Block Diagrams, Manipulations, and Simulation. Block Diagram Modeling—Direct Method. Block Diagram Modeling—Analogy Approach. Electrical Systems. Mechanical Translational Systems. Mechanical Rotational Systems. Electrical–Mechanical Coupling. Fluid Systems. Summary. References. Problems. Appendix to Chapter 2.

**3. SENSORS AND TRANSDUCERS**

Introduction to Sensors and Transducers. Sensitivity Analysis—Influence of Component Variation. Sensors for Motion and Position Measurement. Digital Sensors for Motion Measurement. Force, Torque, and Tactile Sensors. Vibration—Acceleration Sensors. Sensors for Flow Measurement. Temperature Sensing Devices. Sensor Applications. Summary. References. Problems.

**4. ACTUATING DEVICES**

Direct Current Motors. Permanent Magnet Stepper Motor. Fluid Power Actuation. Fluid Power Design Elements. Piezoelectric Actuators. Summary. References. Problems.

**5. SYSTEM CONTROL—LOGIC METHODS **

Number Systems in Mechatronics. Binary Logic. Karnaugh Map Minimization. Programmable Logic Controllers. Summary. References. Problems.

**6. SIGNALS, SYSTEMS, AND CONTROLS**

Introduction to Signals, Systems, and Controls. Laplace Transform Solution of Ordinary Differential Equations. System Representation. Linearization of Nonlinear Systems. Time Delays. Measures of System Performance. Root Locus. Bode Plots. Controller Design Using Pole Placement Method. Summary. References. Problems.

**7. SIGNAL CONDITIONING AND REAL TIME INTERFACING**

Introduction. Elements of a Data Acquisition and Control System. Transducers and Signal Conditioning. Devices for Data Conversion. Data Conversion Process. Application Software. Summary. References.

**8. CASE STUDIES**

Comprehensive Case Studies. Data Acquisition Case Studies. Data Acquisition and Control Case Studies. Summary. References. Problems.

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