MechSE professor publishes new ME undergrad text
This new undergraduate signal processing, instrumentation, and control textbook will provide project-based instruction for mechanical engineers through an industrial system simulator.
“To attract ME students to this seemingly nonmechanical, mathematically challenging subject, demonstration of its critical importance in the mechanical engineering context well understood by ME undergraduates needs to be shown at the outset,” Bentsman said. “Then, to keep students’ interest up throughout the course, a sequence of steps needs to be carried out that would result in solving a nontrivial mechanical problem. This is exactly how the book is organized.”
The entire ME 360 course based on this book is run as a project, culminating in the solution currently used in steel production. In place of the actual equipment, the course introduces the interactive mold oscillator software testbed that captures the mold motion distortion induced by coupling of the electro-hydraulic actuator nonlinearity with the oscillator beam resonance. The testbed is then employed as a virtual lab that permits unraveling and refining complex behavior of the actual production system through merging dynamics, signal processing, instrumentation, and control into a coherent problem-solving package.
“I am deeply grateful to all who made the book possible. It could not have come to fruition without the ingenuity of my RAs who worked out the problem and the simulator, inexhaustible stream of penetrating questions of ME360 students, fearlessness and brilliance of the course TAs, generosity of my colleagues and industrial collaborators who contributed the key pieces, unwavering support from the MechSE Department, inspiration from the College in pursuing project-based instruction through SIIP and GATE grants, and great help at every stage from the publisher, World Scientific, who then priced the 800-page quality paperback at just $88, making it affordable for every student.”