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Thread: [PIC] How to measure level of liquids and sense relativehumidity?
face BY : Robert A. LaBudde email (remove spam text)

<x-flowed>The normal method of measuring effective humidity in wood, concrete, sand,
etc., is by conductivity.

Use a 1 kHz square-wave from the PIC through two stainless steel probes
spaced a fixed distance apart. For wood and concrete, use needles.

Measure the conductivity as an unknown resistance in a bridge and read it
with an ADC input.

The method is not a priori specific for water, but it can be calibrated on
materials in a specific environment.

The official method for moisture is to weigh the sand, cook for 4 hrs @ 125
C (=270 F), and weigh again. The weight loss is crude moisture.

Conductivity is also used as a surrogate for other measurements, such as pH
in pool water or plant soil.

Tap water usually has a conductivity of 1-200 uS/cm. The water in the sand
would be probably 100x larger than this, up to 20,000 uS/cm. Therefore the
effective resistance of 1 cm apart probes would be expected to be 50 ohm or

Robert A. LaBudde, PhD, PAS, Dpl. ACAFS  e-mail: spamralspam_OUTspam@spam@lcfltd.com
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