Differential Temperature controller

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  1. msn56

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    Hello Everyone:

    I am a complete newbee never built anything electronic and until 2 mos ago thought a diode was something that happened when you passed away and owed someone money - you "die owed" :).

    Ahem well... in any case I want to build a differential temperature controller. Heres what it should do - there are two temperature sensors "A" and "B" and two 24 volt zone valves "X" and "Y". WHen the temperature difference is less than 5 degrees then valve 'X' should open and valve 'Y' close and when the temperature difference is greater than 5 degrees then valve "X" should close and valve "Y" open.

    Using a prexisting 24 volt transformer to power the system. I would then go to two thermistors. THese would then go to a voltage comparator. THe voltage comparator would then act on two transistors , one an NPN and the other a PNP to have opposite effects thus allowing one valve to open and one to close . AN LED to show me which circuit is active and a resistor before each LED so it doesnt get fried

    PLease see pic.



    OK so any suggestions on what type of voltage comparator to use why this wont work, what else I should do etc etc would be most sincerely appreciated. Remember I am a newbee

    MIke
     
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  2. msn56

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    Well I just found one problem the thermistors will need resistors too so they dont burn out

    mike
     
  3. msn56

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    Is there a way to get the image into the thread?
     
  4. JoeJester

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    save the .bmp as a .png file. then you can use the larger version in the thread.
     
  5. SgtWookie

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    .png images are much preferred. They are very compact compared to .bmp and .gif, and not "lossy" like .jpg.

    Once you upload the image to the forum, right-click on the link that will appear, and post that as an image in the thread.
     
  6. msn56

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    OK I have added two voltage potentiometers before the thermistors will post pic soon

    mike
     
  7. msn56

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    well heres a bigger problem the zone valves are 24 volt AC - so I guess its back to the drawing board - will have to use relays instead I guess
     
  8. msn56

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    HI Guys well I revised the idea. I have a 12 ac dc off the shelf converter and I will run that to the transisitors and use a 12vDC 24vAC relay

    Only thing is I cant find a relay liek that - do they make em ??

    MIke
     
  9. Bychon

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    There ain't no sucha thing as a coil that will use 24AC just the same as 12 DC. If you want to use 12 volt DC relays with a 24 volt supply for the coils, just put in a bridge rectifier, a capacitor, and a resistor to make the 24 AC into 12 DC (one for each relay).

    If you're talking about 24 VAC contacts, forget everything I just said. The contacts don't care about the coil voltage.
     
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