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Magnetic Actuators and Sensors Hardcover – February 24, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0471731696 ISBN-10: 0471731692 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-IEEE Press; 1 edition (February 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471731692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471731696
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,011,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"…well suited for magnetic actuator designers or those who use the types of magnetic sensors described in the book. It also would make an excellent text…" (IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, November/December 2006)

"...an excellent treatise on magnetic fields and their technological application...highly recommend." (CHOICE, September 2006)

"...the author has laid an excellent groundwork by focusing mainly on the fundamental equations needed to solve these problems through the use of practical examples, many taken from industry. These really help to convey a good understanding to the reader. I esxpecially liked the detailed calculations and the numerous sketches and photos that help to explain how equations were obtained." (IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, December 2006)

From the Author

I hope this book helps the reader to thoroughly understand magnetic fields and how they determine the behavior of a wide variety of magnetic actuators and sensors.  Many of the finite element techniques described in this book are based on my own research over many decades.

More About the Author

You are invited to watch a video of the author discussing this book and showing a few magnetic actuators and sensors at his website http://johnrbrauer.com. (Click on the link in the upper right corner of the main page.) He was born in Wisconsin (USA) and earned three degrees in electrical engineering: a bachelor's from Marquette University and a master's and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1969 he began performing engineering research for A. O. Smith Corporation, then for the MacNeal-Schwendler Corporation (now MSC Software), and followed by Ansoft Corporation (now a subsidiary of Ansys Inc). In 1998 he joined Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee, WI, where he is now Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He has published over 150 papers, most concerned with finite element analysis of electromagnetic devices. He has enjoyed membership in the IEEE for over 40 years, and was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 1995 for contributions to finite element analysis of electromagnetic devices. He has served on the boards of the International Compumag Society and the Applied Computational Electromagnetics Society. He enjoys sharing knowledge with other engineers around the world.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By mdehuu on November 22, 2006
Format: Hardcover
According to the preface, this book is suitable for upper-level engineering undergraduates. But from its content, I would say it suits a very general introductory course on magnetic actuators and sensors and doesn't go into the details, which is really sad. The first 50 pages give some vague pieces of theory. The remainder of the book is a presentation of basic finite-elements calculations performed with Maxwell. I expected some analytical formulas showing the behaviour of sensors. Instead, almost all the calculations are done with Maxwell.

I completely miss the point of this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Andrei Chugunov on August 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is the book solenoid design engineers have been waiting for decades: the last textbook on solenoids appeared in 1941, it was H. C. Roters "Electromagnetic Devices". Personally, I like "Magnetic Actuators and Sensors" more, than its predecessor. Not only for FEA approach, which I use on the daily basis, but also for the other reasons: it is very well organized and easy to read and understand. It has a plenty of good illustrations and examples/problems, which also helps understanding. The reader can even download a free version of MAXWELL FEA software to solve the problems.

I have very little experience with sensors; however, the way they are presented in the book justifies this unification.

I strongly recommend this book to every engineer wanting to learn magnetic actuators.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Y. Calleecharan on December 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is the first review that I am doing on Amazon. I thus decided to review a book which is helping me a lot nowadays. I have a mechanical engineering background and I am currently working in the field of electromechanics. I started learning electromagnetics (EM) on my own through many EM University-oriented books. But after some time I saw that very little is said in these books regarding low-frequency EM simulations and I did not find a single book offering practical and meaningful advice on how to carry EM simulations in software. So after I laid my hands on Dr. John Brauer's book, I could easily find that he has written an unique and a very good book in many aspects. The book is not thick but many important topics on actuator operation and EM simulations are clearly exposed.

The book is divided into four parts: Magnetics, Actuators, Sensors and Systems. The author starts with rather basic magnetics concepts and takes care to explain all new terms to the reader, At this time it can be useful to have complementary reading (the popular EM book by Chen will do fine) in case one is really very new with electromagnetics and needs more reading materials. Magnetic performance parameters are completely discussed. In the second part, attention is directed towards actuators operated by DC and AC, and transient operation is also discussed. This part is of much relevance in my work and though only linear actuators are discussed, the same principles can be translated to rotary actuators as well.

Many examples are found in the pages of the book. One unique feature of Dr. Brauer's book is the inclusion of numerous worked examples with Ansys or Ansoft's free Maxwell SV and Simplorer SV software.
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