# Vaccum pump control Help please

#### Alvin0119

Joined Dec 13, 2018
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Hi, I'm after a circuit design for a vacuum pump control, I need it to pull 4hg with pressure peaks of up to 10hg , unsure on how to design it, very new to this. All help is appreciated. Thanks in advance.

#### wayneh

Joined Sep 9, 2010
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We'll need a lot more details and context. Why are you doing this - what't the situation and the goal? What are the details of the pump such as voltage, current requirements? Do you need a feedback loop, so that something about the pump operation depends on a vacuum sensor?

#### jpanhalt

Joined Jan 18, 2008
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What is 4hg? I

#### LesJones

Joined Jan 8, 2017
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I would guess it some unspecified units of height of a column of mercury. (But I think you will have also made the same guess and I also think you will have guessed the same as me that the unit of distance is mm,) I am surprised that his teachers have not drummed into him the importance of specifying units rather than just a number,

Les.

#### jpanhalt

Joined Jan 18, 2008
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I would guess it some unspecified units of height of a column of mercury. (But I think you will have also made the same guess and I also think you will have guessed the same as me that the unit of distance is mm,) I am surprised that his teachers have not drummed into him the importance of specifying units rather than just a number,

Les.
There is an important difference between torr (mm Hg ) and microns -- at least in my experience. The former can use a simple TC (thermal conductivity) gauge. The latter needs something like a vacuum tube ("ionization") gauge.

#### Picbuster

Joined Dec 2, 2013
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Hi, I'm after a circuit design for a vacuum pump control, I need it to pull 4hg with pressure peaks of up to 10hg , unsure on how to design it, very new to this. All help is appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Please express in millibar or Pascal.

Picbuster

#### nsaspook

Joined Aug 27, 2009
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#### jpanhalt

Joined Jan 18, 2008
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Vacuum units are a strange mashup of related units. Pascal is the offical SI unit but most of the US industrial (high-vacuum physics and engineering) high vacuum units display in mTorr (millimeter of Hg).
In my experience years ago, a Torr was a mm of Hg, and we commonly expressed the pressure as an exponent of Torr, e.g., 10^-6 Torr. Didn't use the "mashup" of mTorr.

#### joeyd999

Joined Jun 6, 2011
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Vacuum units are a strange mashup of related units. Pascal is the offical SI unit but most of the US industrial (high-vacuum physics and engineering) high vacuum units display in mTorr (millimeter of Hg) or Torr.
https://www.mksinst.com/product/Category.aspx?CategoryID=525
Even worse: many commercial/scientific instruments use mbar as the basic unit of vacuum measure.

And the operators/technicians/scientists don't even refer to the units in communications:

"Hey, Jim, what's the vacuum level right now?"

"Oh, about ten to the minus five..."