Investigate the design of an inductive proximity sensor anddemonstrate its application
GMITGalway Mayo Institute of TechnologyModul: Physics & Instrumentation: Technical Project 2.1Modul Leader: Jenny.Ryan@gmit.ieJuly 1, 2010
This project aims to design an inductive proximity sensor, demonstrate its function with an experi-ment and tries to determine how the size of such an sensor could be minimized.Minimization of the sensor could not be achieved as the research required to obtain basic knowledgeabout high frequency magnetic radiation would have exceeded the time-frame of the project.A large coil (diameter
), suitable for the size of the mass of the pendulum was used to set upan experiment to determine the value of earth’s acceleration due to gravity. The coil was workingas an inductive proximity sensor with an low frequency excitation voltage (
250Hz). The coilwas interfaced with an signal conditioning circuit and the data were processed with labview fromNational Instruments.The measured values for the acceleration were ranging from 9
.The results were aﬀected by some fundamental shortcomings, like the properties of the string’smaterial with high elasticity and diﬃculties to determine the length of the string under tension onthe assembled setup.Despite of the shortcomings the precision of 3 decimal places was higher than expected.