I have some quick questions that someone with a little bit of experience could answer me easily.
I am doing my Ph.D. in chemical engineering, and I need to do some continuous measures.
for that I have one equipment that has a maximum frequency of 100 Hz of sampling, it stocks the data and after it saved a number of points it sends it back via USB connection.
what I want to know it is if an Arduino would be enough power for the task:
*receive the entrance temperature, exit temperature 1500 points at 100Hz the measures and be able to lower the frequency for a longer experience (staying with the same number, 1500, of points)
*receive the pressure drop with a differential manometer or with two separate manometers the same frequency and quantity of points
*measure the flow with a flowmeter (same as for pressure and temp)
*control 4 valves (type open/close) so two are open, two close and when it is actioned, they change de configuration, and that would be the point where all the measures begin the t=0.
*the extra sensor communicates via USB with Modbus protocols.
*no post-treatment of information only controlling the valves, and recovering the measures from the different things
*export a table of flow/Tentrance/Texit/pressure drop/measure from the equipment in an ASCII table or something like that.
I know that there are different Arduino and a lot of different shields, and different variety and it is not my field at all, but as I saw that some of this things are possible, my doubts are about if they are possible at this speeds I need and also if they are possible altogether before throwing me to learn something from scratch
would really appreciate any help, to see
+if it is possible?
++how difficult would be? (knowing that for the moment I don’t have anything else than the sensor that I mention but none of the valves, flowmeter, thermocouples or pressure captors so I could buy them specifically to be compatible if they have at least that frequency of acquisition)
+++if Arduino is worth it as a viable solution for my issue?
thanks a lot! I know that maybe the information is out there already but what I am looking for is to know if I go to learn something like this knowing I don’t have a lot of extra time…