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The present volume comprises a collection of peer-reviewed papers covering innovations and practical experience regarding manufacturing automation education; current and developing manufacturing automation; advanced manufacturing technology including flexible manufacturing, virtual manufacturing, Green manufacturing and re-manufacturing, and web-based manufacturing; computer-integrated manufacturing systems; CAD/CAE/CAPP/CAM; product life-cycle management (PLM); computerized numerical control systems and flexible manufacturing systems; industrial robotics; process monitoring and quality control of manufacturing systems; group technology (GT); PDM, ERP, logistics and supply chains.
This book presents contributions covering the more recent applications of Sol-Gel science. Ceramics and films produced from gels were among the first applications developed by early sol-gel researchers. The possibility of tailoring the structure, and controlling particle growth, has permitted ever more advanced materials to be obtained. Several other potential applications were foreseen fifteen to twenty year ago, but their realization became possible only after extensive research on precursors had enabled progress towards the preparation of new pre-forms.
Abrasive technology concerns manufacturing processes that involve the use of abrasives in various forms. It has a long history; originating right from the first discovery of minerals. With increasingly stringent requirements for the production of high-precision and high surface-quality components, in applications such as silicon wafers for the semiconductor industry and optical lenses for the precision instrument industry, abrasive technology is becoming an increasingly important factor in precision manufacturing. An understanding of the mechanisms of abrasive technology ensures the soundness and integrity of current component manufacture, as well as leading to the development of new and effective techniques.
Japan is currently the most active country among those carrying out research into the rapidly expanding sphere of Electroceramics; a field that holds tremendous promise for expanding or opening-up a wide range of high-tech applications.
This volume is made up of contributions from researchers in 22 countries. It aims to promote exchange of the latest experimental and theoretical results on structural integrity, durability and failure analysis; with the emphasis on fracture and damage mechanics.
All components and mechanical parts have surfaces which are either exposed to a particular environment or are in contact with other components. Consequent corrosion and/or wear of the surface may then lead to destructive failure. A so-called “bad” surface is a favoured spot for crack initiation, resulting in a decrease in the fatigue, tensile properties and even toughness of materials. Although the development of new materials can improve the surface properties, this can also lead to a change in the properties of the substrate. For example, increasing the carbon content significantly improves the wear resistance of steels, but toughness has to be sacrificed. Increased cost is another major concern. Moreover, for some components, such as gears, a ductile substrate and a hard surface are required. In this case, surface treatment remains the only choice. Surface modification, also termed surface treatment, has thus been recognised as being a major emergent manufacturing technology for improving the surface properties, with minimal alteration of the substrate.
This special-topic volume reports on new progress made in the analysis and understanding of fracture and damage mechanics. The Finite Element Method is a well-established analytical tool for theoretical fracture analysis. The development of interface elements which combine aspects of both fracture and damage mechanics has permitted the prediction of both crack initiation and propagation. A number of the papers presented here deal with their use and further development.
Measurement, rigorously defined as ‘ascertaining the size, amount or degree of a measurand by instrumental comparison with a standard unit or by indirect calculation based upon theory’, is what makes science and technology different to imagination. Measurement is essential in industry, commerce and daily life. In the manufacturing industry in particular, measurement and instrumentation technology play increasingly important roles not only in the traditional field of manufacturing but also in the new fields of micro/nano technology and bioengineering.
This book presents recent advances in the use of measurement and instrumentation in the manufacturing industry. A wide range of topics are covered including: micro/nano-metrology，precision measurements，online and in-process measurements，surface metrology，optical metrology and image processing，bio-measurement, sensor technology，intelligent measurement and instrumentation，uncertainty, traceability and calibration and signal-processing algorithms.