How can I measure water level with sensor mpx5010dp?

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How can I measure water level with sensor mpx5010dp?

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I'm building a project to measure water level and I have to use the sensor mpx5010dp

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Although water level it is marked as a typical application for some of the MPX pressure sensors, I need to advise, that for all NXP standard pressure sensor products, any environment other than dry air, will may have some impact on the reliability and lifetime of the product. NXP's silicon pressure sensors are NOT compatible with oil, gas, petrol and can be affected by water or water vapors, or other chemicals.

As for the "Level of reliability, Lifetime, Mean Time Between Failure", our data is for dry air only (as specified in the datasheet).
A determination must be made if this impact is acceptable for the application.

Possible solutions to use our sensors in applications with other media than dry air:
Besides the mechanical stresses to the inside of the package, there would also be a need to evaluate stresses the hardening/ed material induce on the outside of the package. To minimize these, a low stress encapsulant should be used. And, of course, any recalibration/autozeroing of the device after a point of potential stress induction would be highly recommended and could alleviate any mechanical stress concerns if done before a measurement (and the temp delta's are minimal during the readings).
In the application note AN3728 is discussed the media compatibility for the NXP Pressure Sensors. In this application at page# 3, you can see that we have tested a couple of media and using the Air column method (Figure 2 of this document) to measure water level is unlikely to have issues, but we cannot give a guarantee about the long term reliability of these devices under these conditions.



There is another Application note AN1950 that explains how to measure water level, the difference is that for this document the designers used a MPXM2010GS which output need to be amplified, for the case of the MPVZ5004, the output is already amplified so it can be inputted directly to the microcontroller’s ADC.


I hope this information is useful.


Please let me know if you need further information.

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Contributor I

A very old topic, I know, but I do have a question regarding this.

I've created something similar to what is described in the application note and it works just fine. However, even with a constant water level the pressure eventually starts to drop. If I then lift the pipe with air column from the tank I see the water coming out of that pipe. This indicates that there is a leak and air is escaping.

Now I'm wondering where that leak comes from. Can it be that the pressure sensor itself leaks? Or is it guaranteed air-tight and is the leak in whatever I have attached to the sensor?

Thanks in advance!

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