# Arduino + TMP36 + DC Motor

Hello all,

The part with the DC motor is from this tutorial: SIK Experiment Guide for Arduino - V3.2 - learn.sparkfun.com ( I only use another resistor, with 220 OHM)

As you can see, I also have a TMP36 sensor attached. What I would like to do is this:
When the temperature is 25 degrees or more, the motor should turn on.

I have this code:

``````//TMP36 Pin Variables
int sensorPin = 0; //the analog pin the TMP36's Vout (sense) pin is connected to
//the resolution is 10 mV / degree centigrade with a
//500 mV offset to allow for negative temperatures

/*
* setup() - this function runs once when you turn your Arduino on
* We initialize the serial connection with the computer
*/
void setup()
{
Serial.begin(9600);  //Start the serial connection with the computer
//to view the result open the serial monitor
}

void loop()                     // run over and over again
{
//getting the voltage reading from the temperature sensor

// converting that reading to voltage, for 3.3v arduino use 3.3
float voltage = reading * 5.0;
voltage /= 1024.0;

// print out the voltage
Serial.print(voltage); Serial.println(" volts");

// now print out the temperature
float temperatureC = (voltage - 0.5) * 100 ;  //converting from 10 mv per degree wit 500 mV offset
//to degrees ((voltage - 500mV) times 100)
Serial.print(temperatureC); Serial.println(" degrees C");

if(temperatureC >= 25){
analogWrite(9, 250);
}

delay(1000);                                     //waiting a second
}
``````

But I get this result:

``````0.74 volts
24.22 degrees C
0.74 volts
24.22 degrees C
0.74 volts
24.22 degrees C
0.74 volts
24.22 degrees C
0.74 volts
24.22 degrees C
0.74 volts
24.22 degrees C
0.75 volts
25.20 degrees C <------
0.87 volts
36.91 degrees C
0.66 volts
16.41 degrees C
0.78 volts
27.64 degrees C
0.77 volts
26.66 degrees C
0.84 volts
34.47 degrees C
``````

The point where the sensor measures > 25 degrees, the motor turns on but the circuit gets “poluted” and the temp sensor starts to send all kinds of strange values.

How do I solve this?

Running a motor from Arduino’s 5volt rail makes it worse.
Any variation in the 5volt supply (motor current) will change the Aref, and so the temp readout.

One solution is to read the sensor against the internal 1.1volt Aref.
https://www.arduino.cc/en/Reference/AnalogReference

Try this sketch I wrote for analogue temp sensors (read the comments).
e.g. change your serial monitor baud rate and edit line 45 for the TMP36.

If that works, add an “if” statement to turn the motor on/off e.g at 25C and 22C.
Leo…

``````// TMP35 or TMP36 temp sensor connected to Analogue input A1, 3.3volt and ground
// or LM35 temp sensor connected to A1, 5volt and ground
// temp range ~2C to ~105C
// display on serial monitor and/or LCD
// for a TMP36 (-40C to ~55C), change line 45 to:   tempC = total * Aref * 0.1 / numReadings - 50.0;
//
#include <LiquidCrystal.h>
LiquidCrystal lcd(8, 9, 4, 5, 6, 7); // your LCD pins could be different
byte ledPin = 10; // backlight pin
const byte numReadings = 32; // number of readings for smoothing (max 64)
byte index = 0; // index of the current reading
unsigned int total = 0; // running total
int inputPin = A1; // the pin that the sensor is connected to
float Aref = 1.0759; // change this value to the actual Aref voltage of ---YOUR--- Arduino (1.0 - 1.2), or adjust to get accurate readings
float tempC; // Celcius
float tempF; // Fahrenheit

void setup() {
//analogWrite(ledPin, 200); // optional dimming
analogReference(INTERNAL); // use the internal ~1.1volt reference | change (INTERNAL) to (INTERNAL1V1) for a Mega
Serial.begin(115200); // ---set serial monitor to this value---
lcd.begin(16, 2); // shield with 2x16 characters
lcd.print("Thermometer"); // info text
lcd.setCursor(0, 1); // second row
lcd.print("0-100 Celcius");
for (index = 0; index < numReadings; index++) { // fill the array for faster startup
}
index = 0; // reset
delay(2000); // info display time
}

void loop() {
index = index + 1; // advance to the next position in the array
if (index >= numReadings) // if we're at the end of the array
index = 0; // wrap around to the beginning

// convert value to temp
tempC = total * Aref * 0.1 / numReadings; // value to celcius conversion
tempF = tempC * 1.8 + 32; // Celcius to Fahrenheit conversion

// print to LCD
if (total == 1023 * numReadings) { // if overflow
lcd.clear();
lcd.print("---TOO HOT---");
}
else {
lcd.clear();
lcd.print(tempC, 2); // two decimal places
lcd.setCursor(6, 0); // position 6, first row
lcd.print("Celcius");
lcd.setCursor(0, 1); // second row
lcd.print(tempF, 1); // one decimal place
lcd.setCursor(6, 1); // position 6, second row
lcd.print("Fahrenheit");
}

// print to serial monitor
Serial.print("Raw average = ");
if (total == 1023 * numReadings) {
Serial.println("  ----too hot----");
}
else {
Serial.print("   The temperature is  ");
Serial.print(tempC, 2);
Serial.print(" Celcius  ");
Serial.print(tempF, 1);
Serial.println(" Fahrenheit");
}

delay(1000); // use a non-blocking delay when combined with other code
}
``````