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29 July 2004 Mechamatronics: an automotive perspective
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The automobile today is primarily a mechanical system focused on the conversion of energy from a variety of forms into mechanical effort and desired motion. Consequently, automobile designers and engineers have traditionally taken mechanically-oriented approaches to solving problems or enhancing the performance and functionality of the automobile. Unfortunately, this way of looking at problems severely limits the options available and has usually led to bulky, massive, inflexible and expensive solutions. Expanding the solution domain beyond the purview of traditional mechanical approaches can enhance the realization of effective solutions. This paper introduces the notion that "Mechamatronics," the integration of mechanical systems, smart materials and electronics, offers new degrees of freedom for achieving this goal.
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Alan L. Browne, Norman K. Bucknor, Y. T. Cheng, Nancy L. Johnson, William C. Lin, Chandra S. Namuduri, Zongxuan Sun, and Patrick B. Usoro "Mechamatronics: an automotive perspective", Proc. SPIE 5388, Smart Structures and Materials 2004: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies, (29 July 2004);

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