1st Edition

Principles and Applications

Authors: Godfrey Onwubolu Godfrey Onwubolu
Paperback ISBN: 9780750663793
eBook ISBN: 9780080492902
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 25th May 2005
Page Count: 672
Tax/VAT will be calculated at check-out
Compatible Not compatible
VitalSource PC, Mac, iPhone & iPad Amazon Kindle eReader
ePub & PDF Apple & PC desktop. Mobile devices (Apple & Android) Amazon Kindle eReader
Mobi Amazon Kindle eReader Anything else

Institutional Access


Mechatronics is a core subject for engineers, combining elements of mechanical and electronic engineering into the development of computer-controlled mechanical devices such as DVD players or anti-lock braking systems. This book is the most comprehensive text available for both mechanical and electrical engineering students and will enable them to engage fully with all stages of mechatronic system design. It offers broader and more integrated coverage than other books in the field with practical examples, case studies and exercises throughout and an Instructor's Manual. A further key feature of the book is its integrated coverage of programming the PIC microcontroller, and the use of MATLAB and Simulink programming and modelling, along with code files for downloading from the accompanying website.

Key Features

  • Integrated coverage of PIC microcontroller programming, MATLAB and Simulink modelling
  • Fully developed student exercises, detailed practical examples
  • Accompanying website with Instructor's Manual, downloadable code and image bank


Undergraduate and postgraduate students in mechanical and electrical engineering and on dedicated mechatronics courses; Also engineering design and technology; IT and computing; aeronautical engineering; control, systems and robotics; manufacturing and product design.

Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgements Chapter 1: Introduction to Mechatronics 1.1 Historical perspective 1.2 Mechatronics system 1.3 Mechatronics key elements 1.3.1 Electronics 1.3.2 Digital control 1.3.3 Sensors and actuators 1.3.4 Information technology 1.4 Some examples of mechatronics systems Summary References

Chapter 2: Electrical Components and Circuits 2.1 Introduction 2.1.1 External Energy Sources 2.1.2 Ground 2.2 Electrical Components 2.2.1 Resistor 2.2.2 Capacitor 2.2.3 Inductor 2.3 Resistive Elements 2.3.1 Node Voltage Method Node Voltage Analysis Method 2.3.2 Mesh Current Method Mesh Current Analysis Method 2.3.3 The Principle of Superposition 2.3.4 Thevenin and Norton Equivalent Circuits 2.4 Sinusoidal Sources and Complex Impedance 2.4.1 Resistive Impedance 2.4.2 Capacitive Impedance 2.4.3 Inductive Impedance Summary Problems References

Chapter 3: Semiconductor Electronic Devices 3.1 Introduction 3.2 Covalent Bonds and Doping Materials 3.3 The PN Junction and the Diode Effect 3.4 The Zener Diode 3.5 Power Supplies 3.6 Transistor Circuits 3.6.1 Bipolar Junction Transistors Transistor Operation Basis Circuit Configurations BJT Self-bias DC Circuit Analysis Practical BJT Self-bias DC Circuit Analysis Small Signal Models of the BJT 3.6.2 Meta


No. of pages:
© Butterworth-Heinemann 2005
eBook ISBN:
Paperback ISBN:

About the Author

Godfrey Onwubolu

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Chair of Engineering, University of the South Pacific

Godfrey Onwubolu

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Chair of Engineering, University of the South Pacific