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The multidisciplinary field of mechatronics brings together mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, control engineering, and computer science in a synergistic manner.
In recent years, this field has advanced rapidly and gained maturity, through the development of an increasing number of degree programs, extensive research activity, product and system developments, and an increasingly broad range of industrial applications.
Above all, as is the case at my own university, both undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs are gaining acceptance and are in great demand worldwide. With this background, I am honored to have been invited to write this foreword for the book Mechatronic Systems Devices, Design, Control, Operation, and Monitoring, edited by Professor Clarence de Silva.
This volume brings together distinguished scholars and researchers from several disciplines, institutions, and countries, with the intent of advancing technical knowledge in the theory, design, development, and application in the field of mechatronics.
The origins of this book may be traced back to a special partnership between the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) through the NUS-UBC Applied Science Research Centre.
The center was established in August 2004 as a research partnership between the Faculty of Applied Science at UBC and our colleagues at NUS.
The center (see www.researchcentre. apsc.ubc.ca) was formed with the primary goals of initiating, encouraging, facilitating, and fostering research collaborations between NUS and UBC in the areas of engineering and applied science.
In October 2005, the Centre was the primary sponsor of the International Symposium on Collaborative Research in Applied Science that was held at UBC, with Professor de Silva as the symposium chair. The symposium was well attended, generated much enthusiasm, and sparked a lively debate. Most papers of the symposium were in the area of mechatronics.
A selected group of authors among the symposium’s participants and other prominent researchers in mechatronics were invited to contribute chapters to the present book.
As dean of the Faculty of Applied Science at UBC, I am proud of my university’s association with the publication of this valuable book.
I have no doubt that it will lead to further insights, new research, enhanced collaborations, and increased practical applications in the field of mechatronics, and will thereby prove to be of significant benefit to a broad range of researchers, institutions, and industries, and thus ultimately to society at large.
With individual chapters authored by distinguished professionals in their respective topics, this book provides for engineers, designers, researchers, educators, and students, a convenient and up-to-date reference with information on mechatronic devices and systems, including technologies and methodologies for their analysis, design, control, monitoring, and diagnosis.
The book consists of 29 chapters, grouped into 5 sections: mechatronic devices, communication technologies, control technologies, mechatronics design and optimization, and monitoring and diagnosis.
Cross-referencing is used throughout to indicate other places in the book where further information on a particular topic is provided. In the book, equal emphasis is given to theory and practical application.
The chapters are grouped into those covering mechatronic devices and applications, linking and communication within and outside mechatronic systems, control of mechatronic systems, design of mechatronic devices and systems, and monitoring and fault diagnosis of mechatronic systems.
Analytical formulations, numerical methods, design approaches, control techniques, and commercial tools are presented and illustrated using examples and case studies.
Practical implementations, field applications, and experimentation are described and demonstrated. 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 micro-machine, 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 multidomain (mixed) system consisting of subsystems that have primarily mechanical (including fluid and thermal) or primarily electrical (including electronic) 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, 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.
The present book is geared toward the focus on integrated education and practice as related to electromechanical and multidomain systems.
In view of the analytical methods, practical considerations, design issues, and experimental techniques that are presented throughout the book, it serves as a useful reference tool and an extensive information source for engineers in industry and laboratories, researchers, and students in the field of mechatronics.
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