Mechanical Devices for the Electronic Experimenter

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Mechanical Devices for the Electronic Experimenter covers numerous mechanisms for robotics and electronics applications. A great resource for brainstorming!


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This book provides detailed information on the underlying ideas behind many of the mechanical principles used in robotics including hydraulics, pneumatics, cams, solenoids, gears, and vacuum actuators.

Full of devices you can build with readily-available materials, this is an essential read for the beginning robotics enthusiast, and will teach the experienced designer a thing or two as well. We'd also recommend this book to anyone who wants an interesting introduction to physics (without the nasty math).

Format:

  • 236 pages
  • Author: Britt Rorabaugh
  • Page: 7.5" x 9.25" Softcover

 

Table of Contents

1.Basic Mechanical Principles

  • Fundamental Quantities
  • Vector Arithmetic
  • Motion
  • Mechanical Quantities
  • Friction
  • Levers
  • Wheels & Pulleys
  • Inclined Planes & Screws

2. Sensors and Control

  • Open-Loop Control
  • The Speed-Control Problem
  • Closed-Loop Control
  • Sensing Rotational Speed
  • Position Sensing

3. Motors

  • Permanent-Magnet DC Motors
  • Separately-Excited DC Motors

4. Motor Control

  • Control of Permanent-Magnet Motors

5. Stepper Motors

  • Variable-Reluctance Stepper Motors
  • Permanent_Magnet Stepper Motors
  • Hybrid Stepper Motors
  • Stepper Motor Drives
  • Using Surplus Motors

6. Solenoids

  • Home-made Solenoids

7. Gears and Pulleys

  • Friction Drives
  • Belt Drives
  • Heavier Belt Drives
  • Synchronous Belts
  • Gears
  • Gear Sources
  • Gear Trains
  • Planetary Gear Trains

8. Other Mechanical Stuff

  • Shafting
  • Bearings
  • Ratchets
  • Springs
  • Kinematics
  • Linkage Construction

9. Pneumatic Systems

  • Air
  • Pneumatic Components

10. Vacuum Systems

  • Vacuum Pumps
  • Vacuum Actuators
  • Vacuum Gauges

11. Hydraulic Systems

  • Cylinders & Pistons
  • Hydraulic Press
  • Applications for the Hydraulic Press

12. Wheeled Vehicles

  • Four-Wheeled Vehicles
  • Steering
  • Three-Wheeled Vehicles
  • Six-Wheeled Vehicles
  • Tracked Vehicles
  • Driving Over Obstacles

13. Arms, Legs, and Hands

  • Wrist Joints
  • Walking
  • Kneeless Leg Mechanism
  • Stair Climbing

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