Wireless grain silo monitoring and control

White, Christopher (2013) Wireless grain silo monitoring and control. [USQ Project]

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Abstract

Wireless Grain Silo Monitoring and Control was a project put forward by Agridry International to USQ. The scope detailed that a wireless system had to be designed to communicate from the office to the grain silos 100m away, with cost being a factor.

The purpose of making a wireless system for the grain silo environment was to add convenience by reducing the time spent travelling to and from the silos and to have a lower cost than the current system.

Several combinations of wireless communication were researched to select the optimum design for the system and 434MHz ASK RF modules with an Arduino microprocessor were selected for the task.

A number of prototypes have been built throughout the project, with new features added in every version. The current version is able to send packets using half-duplex communication across a distance of 100m, using dipole antennas.

The polling system has been implemented communicate between the Master module and each of the silos, sending setting information for the silo fans. Also, errors are reported via the Serial Monitor when the Master can't achieve communication.


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Item Type: USQ Project
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering
Supervisors: Leis, John
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2014 04:57
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2014 04:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: wireless; grain silo; monitoring; Agridry International
Fields of Research : 07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0703 Crop and Pasture Production > 070307 Crop and Pasture Post Harvest Technologies (incl. Transportation and Storage)
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070105 Agricultural Systems Analysis and Modelling
10 Technology > 1005 Communications Technologies > 100510 Wireless Communications
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24701

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