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Friday, September 24, 2010

Air flow detector circuit.

This circuit can give a visual indication of the rate of air flow.It can be also used to check whether there is air flow in a given space.The filament of a incandescent bulb is the sensing part of the circuit.When there is no air flow the resistance of the filament will be low.When there is air flow the resistance drops , because the moving air will remove some of the heat generated in the filament.This variations in the resistance will produce variation of voltage across the filament.These variations will be picked up by the opamp (LM339) and the brightness of the LED at its output will be varied proportionally to the airflow.

  • The filament L1 can be made by removing  the glass of a 40W incandescent bulb.
  • The circuit can be powered from a 12 V DC power supply.
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