Liquid-Level Monitoring Using a Pressure Sensor – Bar-Graph Display

  • Rajkumar Sharma
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This project allows users to monitor the liquid level on a Bar-Graph display. The liquid level is measured using a pressure sensor, the sensor is placed on top of the tank and is connected to an open-ended tube that is submerged in the water tank. The amount of water in the tank creates a proportional amount of pressure on the sensor via the trapped air in the tube. The pressure sensor produces an equivalent output voltage. This voltage is monitored by the ADC of ATMEGA328 microcontroller and displayed on a bar-graph of 16 LEDs connected to the I/O pins of the microcontroller. The project is based on an Arduino-compatible microcontroller. Example code is written using Arduino IDE and is provided below. This project can measure water levels up to 100 cm (1m). Users may use other LED colors. Trimmer potentiometer PR1 is optional for other applications, turn full CW.

MPXV5010DP pressure sensor from NXP is used to measure the liquid level. This is an analog pressure sensor and the output of this sensor is 0.2V to 4.7V which is proportional to the applied pressure range of 0-10kPa (0 to 1.45PSI). We have used MPXV5010DP which has dual ports, but a single port sensor can also be used.

MPXV5010DP pressure sensor from NXP

Features

  • Power Supply 5V DC
  • 16 LEDs Display the Liquid Level
  • Liquid Level Measurement up to 100 cm
  • 2 x 3 mm Mounting Holes
  • PCB Dimensions 111.71 x 28.89 mm

The MPXV5010DP series piezoresistive transducers are state-of-the-art monolithic silicon pressure sensors designed for a wide range of applications, particularly those employing a microcontroller or microprocessor with A/D inputs. This transducer combines advanced micromachining techniques, thin-film metallization, and bipolar processing to provide an accurate, high-level analog output signal that is proportional to the applied pressure. The axial port has been modified to accommodate industrial-grade tubing.

Arduino Hardware

Arduino Code is available as a download and the code can be uploaded using Arduino UNO. The user will be able to display a 100cm water level, divided by 16 LEDs. The user can map analog value vs 16 LEDs as per requirement.

The Arduino-compatible board contains a few optional components, and the same hardware can be used for other applications as per user requirements.

Applications

  • Temperature Monitor
  • Humidity Monitor
  • Voltage Monitor
  • LED Light Effects
  • Gaming
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  • Current Monitor
  • Tilt Monitor
  • Light Monitor

Connections and Other Details

  • CN1: Pin 1 = Sensor Input Arduino A0, Pin = GND
  • CN2: Pin 1 = VCC 5V DC, Pin 2 GND
  • LED D2 to D16 LEDs, Bar-Graph
  • D1 LED: Power LED
  • R22, R23: Sensor, Optional (Not used in this application), NTC, LDR, or any other sensor
  • SW1: No Use, Optional

Schematic

 

Parts List

BOMQNTYREFDESCMANUFACTURERSUPPLIER SUPPLIER PART NO
12CN1,CN22 PIN MALE HEADER PITCH 2.54MMWURTHDIGIKEY732-5315-ND
23C1,C4,C50.1uF/16V CERAMIC SMD SIZE 0805YAGEO/MURATADIGIKEY
32C2,C322PF/25V CERAMIN DISC THTYAGEO/MURATADIGIKEY
41C610uF/25V ELECTROLYTICYAGEO/MURATADIGIKEY
516D1 to D16LED GREEN 5MMKINGBRIGHTDIGIKEY754-1263-ND
61PR110 TRIMMER POTENTIOMETERBOURNSDIGIKEY3362P-103LF-ND
717R1 to R171K OR 470E 5% 1/4W THTYAGEO/MURATADIGIKEY
81R1810K 5% THT 1/4WYAGEO/MURATADIGIKEY
91R191M 5% 1/4W THTYAGEO/MURATADIGIKEY
101R201E 5% 1/4W THTYAGEO/MURATADIGIKEY
115SW1,R21,R22,R23,R24DNPDIGIKEYDO NOT INSTALL
121U1ATMEGA328 DIP28MICROCHIPDIGIKEYATMEGA328-PU-ND
131Y116MHZECS INCDIGIKEYX1103-ND
141SOCKET FOR ATMEGA32828 DIP NARROW SOCKETON SHORE TECHDIGIKEYED3050-5-ND
151D17RED LED 3MMKINGBRIGHTDIGIKEY754-1895-ND

Connections

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Video

MPXV5010DP Datasheet

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