Hardware

This page lists some hardware posts, tools and projects I've created.

Feel free to adapt any of the open source designs here, bearing in mind that they come with absolutely no warranty, and should be treated as potentially dangerous given that I am not a chartered electrical engineer. Some of these circuits are capable of sourcing large voltages with enough current to kill. You've been warned! That being said, if you do find any of these designs useful, please drop me an email so I can get a warm fuzzy feeling!

In addition to the designs below, I designed most of the Razorbill Instruments RP100 high voltage power supply and amplifier for their line of stress and strain cells. It has many cool features, including USB control via some software. Buy one!

Standard resistors

Resistors, capacitors, inductors and zener diodes come in standard values. There's a lot of logic behind the choices of these values. More information, along with lookup tables of series and parallel combinations of standard resistors, is provided here.

Resistor types

There are various different types of resistor, each with different appropriate uses. See this post for more information.

High voltage polarity switcher

This circuit is designed to flip the polarity of its input, controlled via a signal between ±10 VDC. The input can have up to ±1000 VDC per conductor. Have a look.

High voltage filter

This is a circuit which removes ripple and noise from a power supply up to around 400 V. It uses a "Maida-style" high voltage floating regulator, and is based on a design by Pete Millett, but using a different MOSFET and suitable for higher voltages.

Contec digital input and output interfaces

These circuits map 32 electrically isolated, bipolar CMOS-compatible input or output channels to a Contec PIO-64/64L(PCI)H digital I/O card.

High voltage amplifier

This is a quad-channel, low noise, 0 to ±375 V source/sink, high voltage amplifier for driving capacitive loads.

Magnetometer readout

This board lets undergraduates conducting the geomagnetic storm detection laboratory at the University of Glasgow observatory quickly understand and build a simple closed feedback loop with which to detect fluctuations in the Earth's magnetic field due to changes in solar activity.

Ethernet environment sensor

This is an ethernet connected dust, temperature, humidity, pressure and light sensor.

Wireless energy sensors

...when I finish testing them.

Op-amp noise and parameter tester

...when I can be bothered to write about it.

Networked coil drivers using Arduinos

...when I can be bothered to write about it.