Pressure Sensor

  • Drive and conditioning for Pressure sensor

  • Zero and Span adjust using 10 turn preset

  • Uses standard 4 terminal wheatstone bridge sensor

Pressure Sensor
J Dickens
J Dickens
Project (Short name: psensor)
Pressure Sensor
Project Status
Design work Complete
PCB Number
Version Date
24 Feb 2004
Circuit diagram

Circuit Diagram

The brief with this project was to produce cost effective electronics that could be assembled by a small, informal PCB manufacturing plant based in India, repaired easily, and producible with the minimum of setup.

As such we designed the PCB to use conventional components (that is, Thru-Hole) rather than surface mount. We used straight forward design techniques and the most common components that we could.

This circuit board is designed to be mounted remotely (by a meter or two) from the CPU board and conditions the low level signal from a pressure sensor for transmission to, and A/D conversion at, the main board.

A pressure sensor needs a stable excitation voltage for reliable readings, this can either be the main board +5V supply - which also gives the advantage of providing readings ratiometric to the A/D reference voltage - or if desired a local zener reference can be fitted.

A plain vanilla LM324 op-amp provides the excitation drive (IC1:A) and the conditioning in a standard three-op-amp instrumentation amplifier (Reference: Horowitz and Hill, the Art of Electronics, 2nd Ed, 7.10).

The standard circuit has been modified to achieve zero and span adjustment based on the same excitation voltage used for the pressure sensor.

The circuit is completed with a little power supply protection in the form of D2 and R16. R16 will open if the power supply is reveresed or goes overvoltage, hopefully protecting the rest of the circuitry.

The board is fairly compact, with the Span and Zero multiturn adjustment pots flanking each side of the main board, the four wiring block connectors at one end, and the pressure sensor at the other.

Bill of materials

Parts list and notes

Pressure Sensor Bill Of Materials

PCB design

PCB size H WH x W
Diameter of holes: 3.5mm

PCB overlay image

Gerber files

The PCB manufacturing files

Pressure Sensor Gerber files

Final board

Pressure Sensor Photo
Pressure Sensor photo b

Documentation package

Pressure Sensor Documentation (PDF)
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