Microcomputer Control of Thermal and Mechanical Systems

  • W. F. Stoecker
  • P. A. Stoecker

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. W. F. Stoecker, P. A. Stoecker
    Pages 1-10
  3. W. F. Stoecker, P. A. Stoecker
    Pages 11-27
  4. W. F. Stoecker, P. A. Stoecker
    Pages 29-44
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    Pages 45-60
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    Pages 61-103
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    Pages 105-122
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    Pages 123-158
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    Pages 159-183
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    Pages 185-193
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    Pages 195-208
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    Pages 209-247
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    Pages 249-260
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    Pages 261-272
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    Pages 273-288
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    Pages 289-316
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    Pages 317-356
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    Pages 357-408
  19. W. F. Stoecker, P. A. Stoecker
    Pages 409-430
  20. Back Matter
    Pages 431-439

About this book

Introduction

Microcomputers are having, and will have in the future, a significant impact on the technology of all fields of engineering. The applications of micro­ computers of various types that are now integrated into engineering include computers and programs for calculations, word processing, and graphics. The focus of this book is on still another objective-that of control. The forms of microcomputers used in control range from small boards dedicated to control a single device to microcomputers that oversee the operation of numerous smaller computers in a building complex or an industrial plant. The most­ dramatic growth in control applications recently has been in the microcom­ puters dedicated to control functions in automobiles, appliances, production machines, farm machines, and almost all devices where intelligent decisions are profitable. Both engineering schools and individual practicing engineers have re­ sponded in the past several years to the dramatic growth in microcomputer control applications in thermal and mechanical systems. Universities have established courses in computer control in such departments of engineering as mechanical, civil, agricultural, chemical and others. Instructors and students in these courses see a clear role in the field that complements that of the com­ puter specialist who usually has an electrical engineering or computer science background. The nonEE or nonCS person should first and foremost be com­ petent in the mechanical or thermal system being controlled. The objectives of extending familiarity into the computer controller are (1) to learn the char­ acteristics, limitations, and capabilit.

Keywords

actuator computer science control control system differential equation electrical engineering electronics growth hysteresis numerical simulation science simulation stability system transfer function

Authors and affiliations

  • W. F. Stoecker
    • 1
  • P. A. Stoecker
    • 2
  1. 1.University of IllinoisUrbana-ChampaignUSA
  2. 2.Hewlett-Packard CompanyUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4684-6560-0
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4684-6562-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4684-6560-0
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