The term Mechatronics is a combination of the words “mechanics” and “electronics”. It is the blending of mechanical, electronic, and computer engineering into an integrated design and implementation. Mechatronics systems employ microprocessors and software as well as special-purpose electronics.
The main objective of this interdisciplinary engineering field is the study of automated devices (e.g. robots) from an engineering perspective, thinking about the design of products and manufacturing processes. Today, mechatronics is having a significant and increasing impact on engineering - in the design, development, and operation of engineering systems. Mechatronics systems and products are well established in a great number of industries, such as the aircraft, automotive, computer, electronics, robotics/automation, manufacturing systems, computerized machine tools, communications, and biomedical industries.
This book provides details on recent advances in mechatronics, and can be used as a guidebook for final undergraduate engineering courses (for example, mechanical, electronic, computer engineering) or as a reference to the subject of mechatronics at the postgraduate level. It can also serve as a useful reference for academics, mechatronics researchers, mechanical, electronic and computer engineers, and professionals in areas related to mechatronics and robotics.
1. Mechatronics Systems Based on CAD/CAM, Fusaomi Nagata, Yukihiro Kusumoto, Keigo Watanabe and Maki K. Habib.
2. Modeling and Control of Ionic Polymer–Metal Composite Actuators for Mechatronics Applications, Andrew McDaid, Kean Aw and Sheng Q. Xie.
3. Modeling and Simulation of Analog Angular Sensors for Manufacturing Purposes, Joao Figueiredo.
4. Robust Control of Atomic Force Microscopy, Bilin Aksun Güvenç, Serkan Necipoglu, Burak Demirel and Levent Güvenç.
5. Automated Identification, Hiroo Wakaumi.
6. An Active Orthosis for Gait Rehabilitation, Shahid Hussain and Sheng Q. Xie.
7. Intelligent Assistive Knee Exoskeleton, Mervin Chandrapal, Xiaoqi Chen and Wenhui Wang.
J. Paulo Davim is Aggregate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Aveiro, Portugal and is Head of MACTRIB (Machining and Tribology Research Group). His main research interests include manufacturing, materials and mechanical engineering.