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Updating its bestselling predecessor, Ferroelectric Devices, Second Edition assesses the last decade of developments—and setbacks—in the commercialization of ferroelectricity. Field pioneer and esteemed author Uchino provides insight into why this relatively nascent and interdisciplinary process has failed so far without a systematic accumulation of fundamental knowledge regarding materials and device development. Filling the... more...

Light Driven Micromachines addresses the fundamental characteristics of light activated and optically powered microstructures, simple mechanisms, and complex machines that perform mechanical work at the micro- and nano-scale. It provides a background for how light can initiate physical movement by inducing material or bending or inducing microforces on the surrounding medium. Then, it covers how the forces of light can be harnessed for... more...

Students preparing to work with mechatronics, particularly with highly precise and smart actuators, face the challenge of designing and analyzing devices without formal and practical guidance in computer techniques. Finally there is a textbook that is as practical as it is authoritative: Kenji Uchino's FEM and Micromechatronics with ATILA Software. Ideal for Today's Computer-Based Curricula Every aspect of this book reflects its focus on being easy to... more...

Entrepreneurs have led economies out of downturns in the last 100 years and evidence points to this trend continuing into the future. In fact, regardless of country or economic conditions, entrepreneurial enterprises are on the rise. High-tech start-ups, where innovation, dedication, collaboration, and pure genius align into a successful enterprise, will likely see good times—if they start up right. However, many young researchers... more...

The Finite Element Method (FEM) is a modeling technique that allows entire designs to be constructed, refined and optimized before the product is manufactured. ATILA FEM software provides modeling and analysis for piezoelectric, magnetostrictor and shape memory material based applications, such as transducers, ultrasonic motors, sensors, MEMS and sonar devices. These acoustic and strain sensing devices are used in marine engineering,... more...

This reference reveals the most significant technologies, procedures, and trends in the design and application of actuator devices for micromechatronic systems. It addresses critical design and manufacturing concepts, as well as challenges in the modeling and regulation of electromechanical losses and heat generation in actuator devices. Accompanied by a CD-ROM demonstrating examples of finite-element modeling and previously developed and commercially... more...

A two-volume reference set for all ceramicists, both in research and working in industryThe only definitive reference covering the entire field of advanced ceramics from fundamental science and processing to applicationContributions from over 50 leading researchers from around the worldThis new Handbook will be an essential resource for ceramicists. It includes contributions from leading researchers around the world, and includes sections on: Basic... more...