Mechatronics: Principles, Technologies and Applications

Eugenio Brusa (Editor)
Dip. Ingegneria Meccanica e Aerospaziale, Politecnico Di Torino, Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi, Torino, Italy

Series: Mechanical Engineering Theory and Applications
BISAC: TEC009070

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Mastering the art of ‘mechatronics’ currently looks like one of the most attractive tasks of modern engineering technology and science. Many applications resort to the interdisciplinary approach of mechatronics to enhance the performance, quality and safety of either product or process. Some are very traditional (like hard disk drives, biomedical, automotive and aerospace systems) while others are fairly new (like micro and nano electromechanical systems, unmanned air vehicles, intelligent machining, manufacturing systems or bioinspired devices). This book describe some practical examples, which demonstrate how different competences, disciplines and technologies meet in an innovative mechatronic system.

They deal with several domains like the hard disk drive technology, biomedical prostheses, fluidic automation, UAV Vision System, vibration monitoring and suppression in steelmaking plants, materials machining and smart composites. These examples will show the reader, who is still looking for the real meaning of mechatronics, how some innovative technologies allow implementing a sort of artificial intelligence in several systems currently produced. Examples describe neural network positioning control, chaos prevention, myoelectric stimulation of prosthesis, human detection by vision system, multi-physics modeling and control of dynamics.

Some topics are related to small scale, as in the case of a finger of a biotronic hand. Nevertheless, the same approach is applied even to huge machines, like the electric arc furnace. It is worth noticing that the authors resorted even to the additive manufacturing, as in prototyping bio-prostheses, or to fiber optics embedded into composite structures. Those technologies allow reducing cost, weight or volume of product. In some cases, the mechatronic approach improves the quality and the accuracy of some material processing, like in rolling or in turning against the risk of self–excited chatter vibration. The examples described in this book cover a wide range of mechatronic applications.
(Imprint: Nova)

Preface
(E. Brusa, Dept. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy)

Mechatronics of Hard Disk Drives: RISE Feedback Track Following Control of a R/W Head
(M. Taktak-Meziou, A. Chemori, J. Ghommam and N. Derbel, CEM Lab, University of Sfax, Department of Electrical Engineering, Tunisia, and others)

Sagittal Biped Chaos Control Modeling
(Riaan Stopforth and Glen Bright, Mechatronics and Robotics Research Group (MR2G) Bio-Engineering Unit, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, and others)

Hardware and Fluid in the Loop Testing: The Application to the Testing of Fluid Systems, Some Examples and Applications
(Emanuele Galardi, Daniele Nocciolini, Luca Pugi, Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Florence, Florence, Italy)

The Low Cost Design of a 3D Printed Multi–Fingered Myoelectric Prosthetic Hand
(Drew van der Riet, Riaan Stopforth, Glen Bright, and Olaf Diegel, Mechatronics and Robotics Research Group (MR2G), Bio-Engineering Unit, School of Engineering, Howard College Campus, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban, South Africa, and others)

Mechatronic Integration for Search and Rescue applications: UAV Vision System for Mining and Manufacturing Environments
(Sibonelo Motepe, Riaan Stopforth, Mechatronics and Robotics Research Group (MR2G) - Search and Rescue Division, Mechanical Engineering Department, University of KwaZulu-Natal)

A Low Cost, Extendable Prosthetic Leg for Trans-Fermoral Amputees
(Drew van der Riet, Riaan Stopforth, Mechatronics and Robotics Research Group (MR2G) Bio-Engineering Unit, School of Engineering, Howard College Campus, University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban, South Africa, and others)

Integration of Sensors and Actuators to Suppress Vibrations on Carbon Fiber Structures
(Gabriele Cazzulani, Simone Cinquemani and Francesco Braghin, Politecnico di Milano, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Milan, Italy)

Emerging Role of the Mechatronic Design of Industrial Systems for the Material Processing Technology
(Eugenio Brusa, Dept. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Torino, Italy)

Prediction and Control of Vibrations and Chatter in Machining
(Marco Sortino, Giovanni Totis, Department of Electrical, Managerial and Mechanical Engineering of the University of Udine, Udine, Italy)

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