Introduction

The Water Flow sensor measures the rate of a liquid flowing through it. The YF-S401 water flow sensor consists of a plastic valve body, flow rotor and hall effect sensor. It is usually used at the inlet end to detect the amount of flow. When liquid flows through the sensor, a magnetic rotor will rotate and the rate of rotation will vary with the rate of flow. The hall effect sensor will then output a pulse width signal. Connect it to a microcontroller and you can monitor multiple devices such as your coffee maker, sprinkler or anything else, and control the water flow rate to suit your needs!

Specification

Board Overview

SEN0216_With_Cable.png

Number Color Name Description
1 Green Signal Pulse Signal
2 Red VCC 5~12V
3 Black GND GND

Pulse Signal SEN0216_SW.png

Tutorial

In this Tutorial, we'll measure liquid flow using this sensor.

Requirements

Connection Diagram

SEN0216_CONNET.png

Sample Code

/***************************************************
 This example reads Water flow sensor Sensor.

 Created 2016-3-13
 By berinie Chen <bernie.chen@dfrobot.com>

 GNU Lesser General Public License.
 See <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/> for details.
 All above must be included in any redistribution
 ****************************************************/

/***********Notice and Trouble shooting***************
 1.Connection and Diagram can be found here  http://www.dfrobot.com/wiki/index.php?title=Water_Flow_Sensor_-_1/8%22_SKU:_SEN0216
 2.This code is tested on Arduino Uno.
 ****************************************************/
volatile double waterFlow;
void setup() {
  Serial.begin(9600);  //baudrate
  waterFlow = 0;
  attachInterrupt(0, pulse, RISING);  //DIGITAL Pin 2: Interrupt 0
}
void loop() {
  Serial.print("waterFlow:");
  Serial.print(waterFlow);
  Serial.println("   L");
  delay(500);
}

void pulse()   //measure the quantity of square wave
{
  waterFlow += 1.0 / 5880.0;
}

FAQ

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CAD File

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