Piezoelectric-Effect Sensor

Demonstration circuit for piezo sensor, connected to NI myRIO MXP.
This project introduces students to the piezoelectric effect, and using a piezoelectric sensor to detect shock and vibration. Students build an interface circuit, and use myRIO and LabVIEW to observe how flexing a piezo sensor affects voltage. Through these activities, students follow steps to demonstrate correct operation of the Piezoelectric-Effect sensor, watch videos involving theory, and participate in a short activity after each video.
by Dr. Ed Doering | Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
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This is module 15 of 39 in the course set, NI myRIO Project Essentials Guide.

STUDENT MATERIALS

 
  • PDF Project Manual
  • LabVIEW Code
  • Video Tutorials (linked within Project Manual)
 

SKILLS REQUIRED

 
  • Basic LabVIEW familiarity
  • Basic circuit building

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EXPLORE

These labs have related concepts that can expand student experience.

myRIO

Provides reconfigurable I/O that allows you to teach and implement multiple design concepts with one device.

myRIO Starter Accessory Kit

Includes sensors and components needed for basic projects. Students have the opportunity to engage in custom projects to learn sensor and actuator integration and basic programming.

LabVIEW

An integrated development environment designed specifically for engineers and scientists.

Required Software

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  • myRIO Software Bundle (2013 or later)
    • LabVIEW (Requires license)
    • LabVIEW Real-Time Module (Requires license)
    • LabVIEW myRIO Toolkit
 

Required Hardware

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  • myRIO (enclosed) - View Specifications
  • myRIO Starter Accessory Kit
    • Kit components included in this module:
      • Piezo film sensor
      • 10 MΩ Resistor
      • 10 KΩ Resistor
      • Jumper Wires
      • Breadboard
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