Engineering system dynamics focuses on deriving mathematical models based on simplified physical representations of actual systems, such as mechanical, electrical, fluid, or thermal, and on solving these models for analysis or design purposes. System Dynamics for Engineering Students: Concepts and Applications features a classical approach to system dynamics and is designed to be utilized as a one-semester system dynamics text for upper-level undergraduate students with emphasis on mechanical, aerospace, or electrical engineering. It is the first system dynamics textbook to include examples from compliant (flexible) mechanisms and micro/nano electromechanical systems (MEMS/NEMS). This new second edition has been updated to provide more balance between analytical and computational approaches; introduces additional in-text coverage of Controls; and includes numerous fully solved examples and exercises.
Nicolae Lobontiu, Ph.D is professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Alaska Anchorage. His teaching background has run the gamut of mechanical engineering, including: system dynamics, controls, instrumentation and measurement, mechanics of materials, dynamics, vibrations, finite element analysis, boundary element analysis, and thermal system design. Professor Lobontiu's research interests for the last decade have focused on compliant mechanisms (mechanical devices which move by elastic deformation of their flexible joints) and micro/nano electromechanical systems. He has authored four books and 20 peer-reviewed journal papers on the aforementioned research topics.
Introduction; Mechanical Elements; Mechanical Systems; Electrical Systems; Fluid and Thermal Systems; The Laplace Transform; Transfer Function Approach; State Space Approach; Frequency-Domain Approach; Coupled-Field Systems; Block Diagrams and Feedback Control System Modeling; Stability of Feedback Control Systems; Time- and Frequency-Domain Controls of Feedback Systems; Appendix A Complex Numbers; Appendix B Matrix Algebra; Appendix C Solutions to Linear Homogeneous Ordinary Differential Equations with Constant Coefficients; Appendix D Basics of Simulink; Appendix E Essentials of MATLAB and System Dynamics-Related Toolboxes; Appendix F Deformations, Strains, and Stresses of Basic Line Mechanical Members