Introduction to Mechatronics and Measurement Systems

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Introduction to Mechatronics and Measurement Systems

PDF Free Download | Introduction to Mechatronics and Measurement Systems 5th Edition by David G. Alciatore.

Dr. David G. Alciatore has been a mechanical engineering professor at Colorado State University (CSU) since 1991.

Dr. Dave, as his students know him, is a dedicated teacher and has received numerous awards for his contributions, including the university-wide Board of Governors “Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award.”

His major research, consulting, and teaching interests include modeling and simulation of dynamic systems, mechatronic system design, high-speed video motion analysis, and engineering education.

Over his career, Dr. Dave has done the research and consulting dealing with robotics, computer graphics modeling, rapid prototyping (3D printing), sports mechanics, and mechatronics.

Dr. Dave has a Ph.D. (1990) and an MS (1987) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BS (1986) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Orleans.

He has been an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) since 1984 and has served on many ASME committees, boards, and task forces.

He also served as an ASME Distinguished Lecturer and is a Fellow of the society. He is also a Professional Engineer. In addition to his interest in mechatronics, Dr. Dave is passionate about the physics and engineering of billiards equipment and techniques.

He is author of the book: The Illustrated Principles of Pool and Billiards and has published numerous instructional-video DVDs dealing with understanding and playing the wonderful game of pool. He also writes a monthly column for Billiards Digest magazine and has a very active pool-related YouTube Channel.

Dr. Dave incorporates his passion for pool into the engineering classroom every chance he gets (e.g., when he teaches Advanced Dynamics).

If you have used this book in the past, you will notice that a second author is no longer listed. Dr. Dave co-authored earlier editions of this book with Michael B. Histand. Dr. Histand retired in 2005 after a 37-year career at Colorado State University.

Dr. Dave has worked on the last two editions of this book on his own; but in the early editions, Dr. Histand contributed a wealth of knowledge and experience dealing with electronics, sensors, and instrumentation.

Dr. Dave will always cherish the time he spent with Mike, and he sincerely thanks him for the many enjoyable years working together. He and Mike are good friends and still see each other on a regular basis.

Mechatronics and Measurement Systems Contents

  • Semiconductor Electronics
  • Introduction 
  • Electric Circuits and Components
  • Digital Circuits
  • System Response
  • Analog Signal Processing Using Operational Amplifiers
  • Sensors 
  • Actuators 
  • Microcontroller Programming and Interfacing
  • Data Acquisition
  • Mechatronic Systems—Control Architectures and Case Studies

Preface to Mechatronics and Measurement Systems PDF


The formal boundaries of traditional engineering disciplines have become fuzzy following the advent of integrated circuits and computers.

Nowhere is this more evident than in mechanical and electrical engineering, where products today include an assembly of interdependent electrical and mechanical components.

The field of mechatronics has broadened the scope of the traditional field of electromechanics. Mechatronics is defined as the field of study involving the analysis, design, synthesis, and selection of systems that combine electronic and mechanical components with modern controls and microprocessors.

This book is designed to serve as a text for (1) modern instrumentation and measurements course, (2) a hybrid electrical and mechanical engineering course replacing traditional circuits and instrumentation courses, (3) a stand-alone mechatronics course, or (4) the first course in a mechatronics sequence.

The second option, the hybrid course, provides an opportunity to reduce the number of credit hours in a typical mechanical engineering curriculum.

Options 3 and 4 could involve the development of new interdisciplinary courses and curricula. Currently, many curricula do not include a mechatronics course but include some of the elements in other more traditional courses.

The purpose of a course in mechatronics is to provide a focused interdisciplinary experience for undergraduates that encompasses important elements from traditional courses as well as contemporary developments in electronics and computer control.

These elements include measurement theory, electronic circuits, computer interfacing, sensors, actuators, and the design, analysis, and synthesis of mechatronic systems.

This interdisciplinary approach is valuable to students because virtually every newly designed engineering product is a mechatronic system.

New To Mechatronics and Measurement Systems 5th Edition

The fifth edition of the Introduction of Mechatronics and Measurement Systems has been improved, updated, and expanded beyond the previous edition.

Additions and new features include: 

  • Arduino resources and examples added to supplement PIC microcontroller programming. 
  • Matlab solutions added for all MathCAD analysis files provided in previous editions. 
  • More microcontroller programming and interfacing examples, including serial communication.
  • Expanded coverage of practical circuit and microcontroller-project debugging and troubleshooting advice. 
  • A new section dealing with diode applications. 
  • New coverage of how to use an A/D reconstruction filter to produce high-fidelity representations of sampled data. 
  • The expanded section dealing with virtual instrumentation and the NI ELVIS Laboratory Platform. 
  • More website resources, including Internet links and online video demonstrations, cited and described throughout the book.
  • Additional end-of-chapter questions throughout the book provide more homework and practice options for professors and students.
  • Corrections and many small improvements throughout the entire book.

Content of Mechatronics and Measurement Systems 5th Edition

Chapter 1 introduces the mechatronic and measurement system terminology.

Chapter 2 provides a review of basic electrical relations, circuit elements, and circuit analysis.

Chapter 3 deals with semiconductor electronics.

Chapter 4 presents approaches to analyzing and characterizing the response of mechatronic and measurement systems.

Chapter 5 covers the basics of analog signal processing and the design and analysis of operational amplifier circuits.

Chapter 6 presents the basics of digital devices and the use of integrated circuits.

Chapter 7 provides an introduction to microcontroller programming and interfacing and specifically covers the PIC microcontroller and PicBasic Pro programming.

Chapter 8 deals with data acquisition and how to a couple of computers to measurement systems.

Chapter 9 provides an overview of the many sensors common in mechatronic systems.

Chapter 10 introduces a number of devices used for actuating mechatronic systems. Finally,

Chapter 11 provides an overview of the mechatronic system control architectures and presents some case studies. Chapter 11 also provides an introduction to control theory and its role in mechatronic system design.

The appendices review the fundamentals of unit systems, statistics, error analysis, and mechanics of materials to support and supplement measurement systems topics in the book.

It is practically impossible to write and revise a large textbook without introducing errors by mistake, despite the amount of care exercised by the authors, editors, and typesetters.

When errors are found, they will be published on the book website at: You should visit this page now to see if there are any corrections to record in your copy of the book.

If you find any additional errors, please report them to David.Alciatore@colostate. edu so they can be posted for the benefit of others.

Also, please let me know if you have suggestions or requests concerning improvements for future editions of the book. Thank you. 

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