Linear Electronics in Control Systems
By Robert C. Baker, P.E.
Today's industrial service calls for up-to-date knowledge of electronic technology, including the often-overlooked linear devices, which this book covers clearly and thoroughly.
232 pages; 226 illustrations; hardbound .
Price: $ 34.95
Fewer and fewer people these days understand the fundamentals of linear electronics, a technology that is less glamorous than digital electronics but just as vital. "There remain control applications where the linear device is a better answer than attempting to travel the purely digital route," writes Robert C. Baker in the introduction to this book, but "it becomes more difficult year by year to find engineers and technicians who are properly versed in the use of linear devices."
Contributing to the linear device's unglamorous image is the relative difficulty of its application. Digital devices operate in one of only two states -- on or off -- but with linear devices, the range of operating states is infinite.
Linear Electronics in Control Systems provides a broad yet concise look at these important devices. Early chapters introduce the reader to discrete solid-state devices and instruments for measuring their characteristics and performance. The second half of the book shows how linear devices are used in control systems.
PART I: ANALOG DEVICES AND CIRCUITRY
1: The Diode and Some Applications
2: Zener Diodes and Their Application
3: Bipolar Transistors: Their Construction and Operation
4: Bipolar Transistor Amplifier Circuits
5: Combining Semiconductor Devices
6: The Field-Effect Transistor
7: Large-Signal or Power Amplifiers
PART II: ELECTRONIC INSTRUMENTATION
8: Using the Modern Oscilloscope
9: Using the Solid-State Digital Multimeter
PART III: LINEAR INTEGRATED CIRCUITS
10: The Operational Amplifier
11: Complex Operational Amplifier Circuits
PART IV: CONTROL SYSTEMS
12: Optoelectronics--Semiconductors and Light
13: The Regulated Power Supply
14: The SCR and Phase Control
15: The Triac with Phase and ZVS Control
PART V: MOTOR SPEED CONTROL SYSTEMS
16: Fundamentals of Motor Speed Controls
17: Complexities of Motor Speed Controls
18: Four-Quadrant Speed Control
19: An Optical Tachometer for Motor Speed Feedback