Fan controlled by humidity sensor – design technique

This article gives an outline of the process used in designing the Fan controlled by humidity sensor to use my Generic heating / cooling controller design (hcctl).

Arduino thermistor thermometer – a tutorial gave a method for designing a thermometer based on a formula predicting the behaviour of the sensor. This article explains a different approach where that is not possible.


Above is a characteristic from the manufacturer’s data.

The curves to no lend themselves to simple curve fits, so a cubic spine interpolation will be made based on key points from the curve.

Four our purposes, the mean curve (green) is sufficient for design.

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Above, the mean curve was digitised to capture the shape of the curve, 17 points were used.

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Above is a table of the digitised characteristic.

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Above is a table of calculation of the cubic spline interpolation parameters over the 17 points. These are a basis for interpolating R at any given RH.

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Above is a set of key circuit parameters, and calculated values of R at a set of RH values. From R, V into the ADC is calculated, and the ADC count. Also important is the Thevenin equivalent source resistance Req which is calculated.

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Above is a plot of the calculated ADC count and Req values.

Now we need to nominate the setpoint, differential and alarm parameters, and calculate the ADC counts to store in the EEPROM.

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Above, a small table converting the chosen setpoint, differential and alarm parameters to EEPROM values.

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Above is a screen dump of the EEPROM file with the calculated values plugged in. This file is then written to the device EEPROM.