Sensor-based Automatic Misting System

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by fognight, Mar 29, 2006.

  1. fognight

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    Mar 29, 2006
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    I'm in the design phase of an automatic misting system. I intend to use this as a humidity source in an iguana cage and would like it to be sensor based and emit a fine spray / mist.

    The nozzles I have looked into require higher pressures to operate correctly as such a cheap low pressure but high volume pump is not able to work. I've specked out some low volume but high pressure pumps and they are all more than I would like to spend.

    Now I have started to think rather than control a pump on/off I'll control a valve on a pressure-sprayer like you would use around a garden. This valve is my sticking point. I don't see the valve needing to be large or to work under weird conditions -- tap-water, 50 to 100 psi, on for about 5 to 15 seconds at a time. If possible I would like to stay DC.

    Does anyone know of a source of small electronically controlled valves? I'm thinking solenoid but don't want to limit it at this point.

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    Overview of the rest of my project:
    humidity and optic sensor controlled -- relative humidity drop below a set point and the lights are on to spray and sensors on a 1 or 2 meter lead
    timed short spray period -- perhaps a slow timer circuit running a GAL counter triggered by the sensors

    thanks
     
  2. windoze killa

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    Not sure if this will work but have you thought of a fuel injector from a car? Operates from 12V and you should be able to pick a few up from the local wrecker pretty cheap.

    As you only need a short spray you can have a 2 stage timer. When the sensors detect that a spray is required a pump can be started to build up pressure and then the valve can be opened once a set pressure is reached or "x" seconds after the pump has started.
     
  3. fognight

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    Mar 29, 2006
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    I had not thought of that but it gives me an idea; use a windshield washer pump.

    Thing is I need it clean, nearly drinkable, but that can be done. Simply run it for a while with clean water.

    I had been thinking about gerry rigging a lawn sprinkler system valve. Mechanically I could get it to work but would require making a new power supply, get this 24 V at 60 Hz. Do-able but just weird.

    Thanks
     
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