Self Generated Transducers

The self generated transducers don’t use the external power supply source. However they provide an electrical output when stimulated by some physical form of energy. Transducers don’t use the external power supply source. However they provide an electrical output when stimulated by some physical form of energy. The self generated transducers are sub divided into many groups.

IC Temperature Transducer

The IC temperature Transducer uses a silicon chip as sensing element. They are available in both voltage and current output configuration. The range of IC sensor is limited below from 200C°; they provide very liner change in voltage or current change.IC Temperature Transducer Symbol

Advantages IC Temperature Transducer

There are some important advantages of the IC transducer over other type of transducers.

  • Extremely Small in Physical size.
  • Light in weight.Very low Cost.
  • Suitable for small signal operation.
  • Low Consumption.
  • Easy to replace.

Dis-Advantages IC Transducer

  • Temperature range is less then 200C°.
  • Self heating.
  • External Power supply is required.
  • Slow operation.

Strain Gauge

It is passive transducer which converts a given strain to a resistance change. In other words it utilize resistance variation of the area to sense the change in strain which produced by the force acting on the wire, It is used for the measurement of weight, Force, Pressure etc. the force applied to the gauge causes band in wire, this bending action also change the physical size of the gauge. The change in size of the gauge produce change in the resistance change, this change is then feed to the bridge circuit which detect the small change in gauge resistance and then feed it to the output device.

Strain Guage
Strain Gauge

Hall-Effect Transducer

The Hall-effect Transducers are sensitive to magnetic field strength. The hall element is a small thin and flat slab of semiconductor material. When a current is passed through this slab and no magnetic field is present, zero output voltage is produced, when a magnetic field is brought near to the semiconductor of hall effect transducer, the current path is disturbed (Destroyed), this Distortion is causes the electron to flow through the right side of the material, which produce voltage across the device as shown in the figure.

The hall–effect transducer is used for the measurement of speed, RPM etc, of different motors and generators.

Hall Effect TransducerHall Effect Transducer Circuit

Thermo Couple Transducer

The thermo couple Transducer consist on two dissimilar metal wires jointed at one end as shown in the given diagram, the end “A” is known as “sensing junction”, the other end known as “Cold” or “Reference” junction because it is kept at a low but a constant temperature (Reference Temperature) When end “A” is heated an e.m.f called thermo electric e.m.f in the Milli volt is produce between sensing junction”, and “Reference junction”. The magnitude of this e.m.f depends on the temperature difference between the hot and cold junctions and the type of wire material used, the thermocouples are made from a number of different materials covering a wide range of temperature from -270C° to 2700C°.

Thermo Couple Transducer

They are available in simple wire from or in insulated wire form.

Uses of thermocouple

There are some uses of the thermocouple transducers.

  • Thermocouples are used to measure the temperature of the industrial furnaces
  • They are suitable for very low temperature.
  • In medical fields the thermocouple probes are used internal body temperature.

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Piezo Electric Transducer

The production of Electric potential difference by means of mechanical pressure, this is called piezo electric phenomena. It is consist of crystal of ceramic such as barium titanate.

Piezo Electric Transducer

In above figure the crystal is pleased between a solid base and force sensing arm. When pressure is increased on the top surface of the crystal a potential difference is developed across its opposite ends which are connected to the out put terminals. The output voltage found is directly proportional to the magnitude of the pressure. The potential difference develops in opposite polarity. If we apply a suitable AC voltage across the terminals of the crystal it starts vibration with its natural frequency which is very stable. The main disadvantage of this transducer is that it cannot measure the static pressure.

Photo Conductive Cell (Light Transducer)

Solor CellPhotoconductive cell is also called a photo resistive device. It is based on the principle that the resistance of the certain semiconductor material decreases when they are exposed to light, in other words such material have high dark resistance.

The symbol for the photoconductive cell is shown in figure, the photo conductive cell has a resistance of more than 100K it is also known as cell. When it is exposed to the light, it resistance falls to a few ohms so this way the photoconductive cell is used as a light transducer.