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System Dynamics for Engineering Students: Concepts and Applications Hardcover – April 8, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0240811284 ISBN-10: 0240811283 Edition: 1st

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  • Hardcover: 532 pages
  • Publisher: Academic Press; 1 edition (April 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240811283
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240811284
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,041,563 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is without doubt a text that can be used with relative ease by instructors and students alike, and that would likely serve as a useful and practical reference for many years after graduation, especially given its systematic approach to the essential physical modeling elements. The content is nicely laid out with good quality illustrations and clean lines and achieves an appropriate balance between theoretical derivations and examples."--Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science

About the Author

Nicolae Lobontiu, Ph.D is associate 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.

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This is a very well laid out book.
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Found the text to be a good refresher on similar coursework I took quite a few years ago.
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Great supplemental material (especially the MATLAB code).
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Nicolae Lobontiu, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, brings his years of experience teaching classes in system dynamics, as well as the knowledge gleaned from writing four related previous texts -- Dynamics of Microelectomechanical Systems; Mechanical Design of Microresonators; Mechanics of Microelectromechanical Systems; and, Compliant Mechanism: Design of Flexure Hinges -- to produce this solid text for students entering this emerging field.

The discipline of system dynamics focuses on teaching students "how to create and analyze mathematical models of dynamic, mechanical, electrical/electromagnetic, thermal, and fluid/pneumatic systems" for the purpose of designing and then testing systems before they are actually built. While the author retains a classical approach, Lobontiu also introduces examples from compliant mechanisms and microscale devices and machines.

Consideration is given to mechanical engineering problems for junior and senior-level undergraduate students in support of mechanical, aerospace, electrical, biomedical and civil engineering courses and explores mechanism and movement in springs and joints present in "micro-machined, lithographic based devices to traditional models of microscale, fluidic, and electromechanical systems." Offers a "foundation and framework for the development of controllers applied to these dynamical systems." Includes examples and problems at the end of each chapter to familiarize readers with the modeling and dynamical systems engineers are likely to encounter in the future.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Comdet TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 30, 2010
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I'm very pleased with this textbook. Since I'm auditing a course I can be far more selective in what portions I want to dive into and which ones I'm content to skim. So it was great to see that each chapter starts with a detailed list of objectives that clearly outline the concepts and topics covered (often with references to supporting topics in other chapters). I'm finding that to be a highly effective way to discern which chapters are worth really getting into, and which ones I'm content to just get the general gist.

The writing style is clear and direct. There are many worked-through examples (but, if I had my druthers, I'd like to see a few more, especially concerning liquid systems modeling). The suggested reading list at the conclusion of each chapter is a bit sparse, but generally current (at least as current as it could be in a printed text). The summary of MATLAB commands in the Appendix has been invaluable so far.

I am, however, very disappointed that I can't seem to gain access to the online supplemental material. The book states that there is a bonus online chapter and, more importantly, downloadable MATLAB code for the examples in the text. I've tried to access this info using the URL provided in the book, but all I get is caught in a loop that goes nowhere. I've only tried it using IE, so perhaps it's a browser issue. I won't downgrade the rating for the book due to this since it may be a problem on my end, but it is a disappointment.

UPDATE: 1/6/11 -- the publisher was kind enough to provide an updated URL (see the first comment below for the link) and it works fine. It allows access to a bonus chapter 11 (PDF format), add-ons for several existing chapters (PDF) and a Word doc containing the MATLAB code that you can cut and paste. Great supplemental material (especially the MATLAB code).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GX VINE VOICE on November 5, 2011
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This book fills the gap between an entry level 100 level course for engineering students and the 400 or masters level. The Alaska based author does a great job filling this book cover to cover with well organized text, examples and illustrations. Additionally online content is available at booksite.academicpress.com/lobontiu/student.php

This is recommended for current engineering students or those graduated who want a practical desk reference.
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Lobontiu offers a nice education at the undergraduate level, of mechanical and electrical engineering, where the power of mathematics as an indispensable tool is demonstrated. The discourse starts with mechanical systems, because the reader is more likely to have some intuition about the behaviour of the parts of the systems under stimulus. An effort is also made to introduce recent active areas of research and development, by invoking examples of micro electromechanical systems (MEMS).

Later chapters then discuss electric systems, where perhaps any pre-existing intuition is more unlikely on the part of the reader.

The text also demonstrates the use of Matlab to perform numerical calculations, which is a nice accessory to the derivations of equations that occur on many pages. To this ends, Simulink is also used. It provides a graphical user interface on top of Matlab. For some examples, the graphics produced by Simulink help the reader gain insight into the solution of a problem.

The use of Matlab and Simulink is especially compelling later in the book, when frequency transforms are explained and where the idea of state space is invoked. Often the examples require numerical effort and not just algebra. The reader can then explore non-trivial results in state space. A key difference between this book and a typical text of say 30 years ago, when such tools were often unavailable.

But one recurring problem is that throughout the entire text, whenever Matlab and Simlulink are used, each is accompanied by the copyright symbol. This is tedious and unnecessary. It could have been avoided by putting acknowledgements in the book's copyright page [the standard approach in many books] which would then make reading more fluid.
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