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Ultrasonic Water Level Sensor design

Discussion in 'Sensors and Actuators' started by MakJ, Jul 29, 2017.

  1. MakJ

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    Hi everyone,

    I want to custom design an ultrasonic water level sensor using a combination of sparkfun board:
    https://www.sparkfun.com/products/13959

    and integrated Transducer (Rx/Tx) in sealed package sourced from jaycar:
    https://www.jaycar.com.au/ultrasonic-transducer-transmitter-receiver/p/AU5550

    The measurement range (one way) is upto 6m max.
    An integrated sealed transducer best suit the requirement as the sensor might get wet during flooding or overflow conditions.

    1. I reversed the schematic for sparkfun board (attached). Has someone done the same and verify if I got the connections right?

    2. For sealed transducer at an extended range than rated on board, I am thinking of adding 9V driven amplifier stage. Should the higher voltage suffice to operate the sealed unit or do I really need to purchase MOSFET drivers (like TC4420)? I will have to tristate the bus eventually when receiving from same sensor.

    3. How can I test if the receiver stage of sparkfun board work with integrated transducers RX circuits?

    What I really want is to be able to run a sealed transducer with a simple send/receive circuit using the sparkfun board.

    Please guide.
     

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  2. kellys_eye

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    You will need matched transmit/receive sensors to detect range.

    Can you get the datasheet for the individual transducers?
     
  3. MakJ

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  4. Alec_t

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    An oscilloscope.
     
  5. MakJ

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    Are you suggesting I measure 40kHz ultrasonic signal coming out from a transducer using an oscilloscope?
     
  6. Alec_t

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    Yes. Perfectly possible for a receiving transducer and if 'tx' is interpreted as 'having been transmitted'. If, on the other hand, you are referring to the emitted acoustic signal, then perhaps a 'bat detector' could be used to monitor that.
     
  7. kellys_eye

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    You can either 'up' the transmit power or increase the sensitivity of the receiver.

    But since the linked-to devices have a working range of up to 6m, you're looking at a rather large tank if you can't measure water content at that range even with the closed-top version fitted. In lieu of the specific data sheets, best you actually trial the closed-top version in place of the open before committing to adapting circuitry that may not be necessary.
     
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