Introduction

This throw-in type liquid level transmitter adopts high-performance pressure sensing chip, with advanced circuit processing and temperature compensation technology. The level transmitter receives different pressures at different depths of liquid, which can be converted into corresponding current signals and output through the sensor. In this way, the depth of liquid can be measured.

The shell of the transmitter is made of stainless steel, anti-corrosion and easy to clean. It can be directly placed in the liquid like water, oil or even mash with large viscosity. This product can provide a steady performance in all sorts of measurement conditions such as river, reservoir, city water supply, groundwater in urban, and basin.

We sold this product together with our Gravity: Analog Current to Voltage Converter(4~20mA). The converter can convert current into voltage signal which can be read by your Arduino controllers or other controllers. The throw-in type liquid level transmitter can be used in waterworks, refinery, sewage disposal work, construction, light industry, mechanical and so on.

Specification

Board Overview


Num Label Description
1(red) VCC Positive pole
2(red, thick) AIR PIPE Air guiding tube
3(black) GND Negative pole

Num Label Description
1 GND Power Ground
2 VCC Power Positive(3.3~5.5V)
3 Signal Voltage Signal Output
4 I+ Current Input
5 I- Current Output

Tutorial

This tutorial introduces the usage of level transmitter with current-to-voltage module, which converts the current signal output by the sensor into a analog voltage signal. The Arduino UNO reads this analog voltage signal and converts it to corresponding depth.

Measurement Principle

When the liquid level transmitter is put into a certain depth of some liquid, the pressure at the end of the sensor is


The atmospheric pressure P0 on the liquid surface is introduced into the back chamber of the sensor through the air guiding tube to offset the atmospheric pressure P0 at the end of the sensor, so that the measured pressure of the sensor is P'=P-P0=ρgh. Therefore, if the liquid density ρ and the acceleration of gravity g are known, the liquid level depth h can be calculated by measuring the pressure P'.

The pressure measured by the liquid level sensor is then amplified and compensated by the circuit and output with a standard 4-20 mA current signal. The relationship of output current of the liquid level transmitter, output voltage of the current to voltage module and depth are shown below:


Attention

  • The depth ranges, voltages and currents shown in the figure are for pure water. If other liquid is to be measured, the density of the liquid needs to be considered. The specific conversion relationship is shown in the sample code.

Connection Diagram


Requirements

Sample Code

/***********************************************************
  DFRobot Gravity: Analog Current to Voltage Converter(For 4~20mA Application)
  SKU:SEN0262

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

#define ANALOG_PIN A1
#define RANGE 5000 // Depth measuring range 5000mm (for water)
#define CURRENT_INIT 4.00 // Current @ 0mm (uint: mA)
#define DENSITY_WATER 1  // Pure water density normalized to 1
#define DENSITY_GASOLINE 0.74  // Gasoline density
#define PRINT_INTERVAL 1000

int16_t dataVoltage;
float dataCurrent, depth; //unit:mA
unsigned long timepoint_measure;

void setup()
{
  Serial.begin(9600);
  pinMode(ANALOG_PIN, INPUT);
  timepoint_measure = millis();
}

void loop()
{
  if (millis() - timepoint_measure > PRINT_INTERVAL) {
    timepoint_measure = millis();

    dataVoltage = analogRead(ANALOG_PIN);
    dataCurrent = dataVoltage / 120.0; //Sense Resistor:120ohm
    depth = (dataCurrent - CURRENT_INIT) * (RANGE/ DENSITY_WATER / 16.0); //Calculate depth from current readings

    if (depth < 0) depth = 0.0;

    //Serial print results
    Serial.print("depth:");
    Serial.print(depth);
    Serial.println("mm");
  }
}

Result

The depth of liquid the sensor detected will be constantly displayed on the Arduino IDE serial monitor.(Unit: mm)

FAQ

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