Next-Generation Actuators Leading Breakthroughs
Toshiro Higuchi, Koichi Suzumori, Satoshi Tadokoro
Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 4, 2009 - Technology & Engineering - 438 pages
Actuators, which move and manipulate objects, are the key technological components for all modern science and technologies. The advent of new, outstanding actuators will bring innovation to a range of different areas – such as basic science, industry, medicine, welfare, and the global environment – and in this way will provide us with a better quality of life.
Next-Generation Actuators Leading Breakthroughs is the proceedings of the final symposium of MEXT Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Priority Areas: Next-Generation Actuators Leading Breakthroughs, held in January 2010.
This project pursues the realization of next-generation actuators and accumulates the common basic technologies for actuators, with a view to possible future applications. Since the realization of next-generation actuators requires an interdisciplinary approach, the research has been organized according to a broad technological perspective that consists of:
• actuators for small motion of nano-meters;
• small-size actuators of micro-meters structures;
• intelligent actuators for functional motions;
• power actuators for large force/torque; and
• actuators for special environments.
Next-Generation Actuators Leading Breakthroughs also deals with common fundamental technologies for these actuators, such as intelligent materials, machining processes, control technologies, evaluation methods, and system integration. It provides cutting-edge research for researchers, postgraduates, and practitioners in mechanical, electrical, and materials industries.