120v Temperature Controlled Switch

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  1. scottjk

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    I'm working a little project that I need help with. I'm new to electronic circuit design and would appreciate any direction I can get.

    I need a 120v receptacle that will switch off when a certain temperature is reached via a thermistor. I would like the circuit to get it's power from 120v volt supply. The end project will have a small box with a wire leading to the thermistor. The box will plug in to a 120v outlet. A 120v accessory will be plugged in to the box and will turn on and off when the thermistor reaches a certain temperature.

    Thanks

    S
     
  2. GetDeviceInfo

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    first off, you agree that an isolation transformer supplies the sensor/control circuit. From there, you compare a voltage reference (variable if so desired) against your thermistor, then switch either a relay or solid state switch with isolation.

    If it's simply on/off, then a comparator will work, but if you want some kind of closed loop heat/cool circuit, you may want to consider a PID capable controller.
    Do you mean blink at some rate when temp reached?
     
  3. scottjk

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    Oct 17, 2010
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    No, not blink. Just turn off the 120v receptacle when 85 degree water temperature is sensed and keep power off until it drops below 85 degrees.

    Thanks

    Scott
     
  4. nsaspook

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    Here's a link to a Omron doc. It's got some pretty good background info about control requirements/ sensor types. It might help you understand the requirements for a simple controller circuit.

    http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sour...-BG-swwvMwb7Nar8g&sig2=GH4O-dO6vEzAgXrJQg9wQw
     
  5. marshallf3

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