Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field combining Mechanical, Electronic, Computer, and other Engineering fields to develop intelligent processes and products. Based on thirty years of extensive work in industry and teaching, this book provides an overview of the sensors and sensor systems required and applied in mechatronics with an emphasis on understanding the physical principles and possible configurations of sensors rather than simply a discussion of particular types of sensors. Well illustrated with examples of commercially available sensors and of recent and future developments, this book offers help in achieving the best solution to various kinds of sensor problems encountered in mechatronics. In a clear and detailed manner, the author reviews the major types of transducers, presents a characterization of the state-of-the-art in sensing technology and offers a view on current sensor research. This book will be a vital resource for practicing engineers and students in the field.

Key Features

  • Comprehensive coverage of a wide variety of sensor concepts and basic measurement configurations encountered in the mechatronics domain
  • Written by a recognized expert in the field who has extensive experience in industry and teaching
  • Suitable for practicing engineers and those wanting to learn more about sensors in mechatronics


Students and Practitioners of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Applied Physics and Computer Science

Table of Contents

1: Introduction

1.1 Sensors in mechatronics

1.2 Selection of sensors

1.3 References and Literature

2: Sensor fundamentals

2.1 Physical quantities

2.2 Sensor classifications

2.3 References and Literature

3: Uncertainty aspects

3.1 Sensor specification

3.2 Sensor error reduction techniques

3.3 References and Literature

4: Resistive sensors

4.1 Resistivity and resistance

4.2 Potentiometric sensors

4.3 Strain gauges

4.4 Piezoresistive sensors

4.5 Magnetoresistive sensors

4.6 Thermoresistive sensors

4.7 Optoresistive sensors

4.8 References and literature

5: Capacitive sensors

5.1 Capacitance and permittivity

5.2 Basic configurations of capacitive sensors

5.3 Interfacing

5.4 Applications

5.5 References and literature

6: Inductive and magnetic sensors

6.1 Magnetic and electromagnetic quantities

6.2 Magnetic field sensors

6.3 Magnetic and induction based displacement and force sensors

6.4 Applications

6.5 References and Literature

7: Optical sensors

7.1 Electro-optical components

7.2 Optical displacement sensors

7.3 Interfacing

7.4 Applications

7.5 References and literature

8: Piezoelectric sensors

8.1 Piezoelectricity

8.2 Force, pressure and acceleration sensors

8.3 Interfacing

8.4 Applications

8.5 References and literature

9: Acoustic sensors

9.1 Properties of the acoustic medium

9.2 Acoustic sensors

9.3 Measurement methods

9.4 Applications

9.1 Refere


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About the author

Paul Regtien

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Twente, The Netherlands