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DESIGN AND EVALUATION OF A SINGLE-TUBE CROSS-CAPACITANCE FUEL LEVEL SENSOR

ABSTRACT
In order to improve the accuracy and reduce the weight of the cross-capacitor fuel level sensor, a novel single-tube cross-capacitor fuel level sensor is designed. Specifically, the fuel level measurement model of the single-tube cross-capacitance sensor is established, and the relationship between the measured liquid level and the sensor output capacitance is derived. Then, a finite element analysis model is constructed to solve the capacitance output of the sensor. The results of experiments conducted demonstrate that the output capacitance value of the designed single-tube cross-capacitive sensor changes linearly in the range 0-14 pF, with linearity ± 0.8%, hysteresis error ± 0.1%, and maximum reference error –1.0% FS at a liquid level of 120 mm. The optimized structural parameters were as follows: plate gap angle θ = 2⁰, quartz tube inner radius R0 = 11.5 mm, quartz tube thickness R1 – R0 = 1.6 mm, and sensitivity = 0.0723 pF/mm (representing an 11.1% increase after optimization). The cross-capacitive fuel level sensor developed in this study is both lightweight and high precision.
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PAPER SUBMITTED: 2019-05-04
PAPER REVISED: 2019-08-11
PAPER ACCEPTED: 2019-09-03
PUBLISHED ONLINE: 2020-02-08
DOI REFERENCE: https://doi.org/10.2298/TSCI190504024Y
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THERMAL SCIENCE YEAR 2020, VOLUME 24, ISSUE 3, PAGES [1577 - 1584]
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