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Pressure Sensor for water level measurement

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by premkumar9, Apr 1, 2015.

  1. premkumar9

    premkumar9 Member

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    For a 3 meters level variation (may go up to 5 meters) what type of sensor you recommend? This is another requirement.
     
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    alec_t Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    Sorry, I have no recommendation. Perhaps others can suggest something?
     
  3. KeepItSimpleStupid

    KeepItSimpleStupid Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    I did a quick search and came up with these: http://www.stevenswater.com/catalog/Product.aspx?SKU='50170'

    They seem quite impressive. You don't have to be looking at the total depth, but just the depth of the sensor. Resolution 0.000012% FS (23 bits Uni-Polar). That seems phenomenal to me.

    A reminder to take into account the quantization error which basically means pick a full scale value close to full scale.

    One way to illustrate quantization error is that if the thing your measuring had 100 units in steps of 1 unit. If you were measuring 1 bit, it's an error of +-100%, 2 bits +-50% etc at 99 units it's like 1% error.

    It can log every 15 minutes for 1 year on a single battery.
     
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  5. cowboybob

    cowboybob Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    Seems as though total available water depth (water level to dam base or bottom) could be determined by subtracting surface water height from that total depth value. Do all the sensing above (and out of) the water, rather than in it.

    If you can determine an arbitrary "normal dam full" (NDF) water height, any surface level variation detected by the sensor can be added/subtracted to/from that NDF value if using an "Ultrasonic, Non-contact water level sensor". Many, many examples on the web. It might take two of them: one for 0 to 10m and 10 to 60m.

    Nothing in the water to fail, barometric pressure irrelevant, vastly increased accuracy.
     
  6. KeepItSimpleStupid

    KeepItSimpleStupid Well-Known Member Most Helpful Member

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    Sort of what I said, but you said it better. The height of the water is:

    Bottom of body of water to sensor top (a fixed distance) + sensor immersion(variable).
     

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