Emerging Actuator Technologies: A Micromechatronic Approach

José L. Pons*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Book/ReportBook

214 Scopus citations


Actuators are devices that convert electrical energy into mechanical work, traditionally used in electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic systems. As the demand for actuator technologies grows in biomedical, prosthetic and orthotic applications, there is an increasing need for complex and sophisticated products that perform efficiently also when scaled to micro and nano domains. Providing a comprehensive overview of actuators for novel applications, this excellent book: Presents a mechatronic approach to the design, control and integration of a range of technologies covering piezoelectric actuators, shape memory actuators, electro-active polymers, magnetostrictive actuators and electro- and magnetorheological actuators. Examines the characteristics and performance of emerging actuators upon scaling to micro and nano domains. Assesses the relative merits of each actuator technology and outlines prospective application fields. Offering a detailed analysis on current advances in the field, this publication will appeal to practising electrical and electronics engineers developing novel actuator systems. Mechanical and automation engineers, computer scientists and researchers will also find this a useful resource.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages278
ISBN (Print)0470091975, 9780470091975
StatePublished - Jun 15 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Chemical Engineering


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