Micro-science and engineering


Science and engineering for the microscopic world of MEMS.


When mechanical systems are miniaturized, various physical parameters change. Two cases prevail: 1) these changes can be predicted by extrapolating the changes of the macro-world, and 2) the peculiarity of the microscopic world becomes apparent and extrapolation is not possible. In the latter case, it is necessary to establish new theoretical and empirical equations for the explanation of phenomena in the microscopic world. Moreover, new methods of analysis and synthesis to deal with engineering problems must be developed. Materials science, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, tribology, control engineering, and kinematics can be systematized as micro-sciences and engineering supporting micromechatronics.


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