1 Reply Latest reply on Sep 18, 2017 11:23 PM by gani

    Rain sensor with capacitive sensing possible?

    user_377217153

      I would like to design a rain sensor, with the capacitive sensing module in the PSoC 4. Because of the weather with sun, rain, snow, I want to use a glass plate over a PCB. Does anybody have some experience with this idea, or can give me a hint how to solve this?

       

      Thank you!

      Jurgen.

        • 1. Re: Rain sensor with capacitive sensing possible?
          gani

          Hi Jurgen,

           

          You can use the Cypress Capacitive sensing solution to detect the rain.

           

          The main underlying principle of Cypress CapSense is to detect the change in capacitance of the sensor and behave accordingly. In your application you have to detect the change in capacitance in your application due to droplets of rain.

           

          Please go through the documents "Getting started with CapSense" and "PSoC 4 CapSense design guide" obtained from the links below for more information regarding the working of Capsense

           

          http://www.cypress.com/file/41076/download

           

          http://www.cypress.com/file/46081/download

           

          Once you have gone through that you will get an overall idea of how Cypress CapSense works.

           

          For your application we recommend you to use the guard sensor to detect the presence of big water droplets. Please refer above documents for information related to guard.

           

          Please note that since the parasitic capacitance of the sensor varies with temperature, humidity etc the application will be very sensitive.

           

          For this application you may need to have manual tuning of CapSense sensors. Please go through the attached document which helps you to tune the sensors manually.

           

          Thanks and Regards

          Ganesh