VRef on LM4040 dropping when connected to eTape level sensor.

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systemlordanubis

Joined Jul 30, 2015
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Hi All,

I have a circuit in which I'm using the Milone eTape liquid level sensor ( http://milonetech.com/products/chemical-etape-assembly ) with an output as a voltage divider. For it's V+, I'm wanting to use the 4.096VRef of the LM4040AIM3-4.1/NOPB. A circuit diagram is attached.

However, whenever I connect the eTape, the VRef drops to around 3.9v (depending on the resistance of the eTape).

The LM4040 has a current range of up to 15mA and from my calculations, the eTape should only draw up to 1.8mA, so the VRef shouldn't be getting over driven, but I can't work out what's going on.

I need to get a constant and stable VRef into the eTape so that it's readings are relevant.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.

Thanks.
Anubis.
 

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systemlordanubis

Joined Jul 30, 2015
17
Hi Bordodynov,

Thank you for the reply.

The VRef part of the circuit (750ohm and 10Kohm resistors) were based on this circuit on Adafruit ( https://www.adafruit.com/products/2200 ). As far as I understood it, these resistors brought the voltage close to 4.096 (in testing, around 4.65v) and the shunt corrected it to 4.096v. A deeper look at the LM4040 data sheet seems to suggest that maybe the 10K isn't required?

Thanks.
Anubis.
 

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systemlordanubis

Joined Jul 30, 2015
17
Hi Bordodynov,

You're absolutely correct, removing this resistor gives the desired result!

Thanks so much for your assistance.

Anubis.
 
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