IdiotWare TeamRupin ChhedaJehangir Khajotia
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SD Card Temperature Data Logger

In this project, I am going to demonstrate to you how to log data from LM35 temperature sensor values to an SD card and store it as CSV.

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SD Card Temperature Data Logger

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Arduino UNO & Genuino UNO
Arduino UNO & Genuino UNO
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idIoTware Shield
idIoTware Shield
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USB-A to B Cable
USB-A to B Cable
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Generic Jumper (0.1")
Generic Jumper (0.1")
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Code

data_logger

Arduino
/*
  SD card temperature logger
 This example shows how to log data from LM35 temperature sensor
 to an SD card using the SdFat library.
 In this example we have created a CSV file with the temperature values
 every one minute for 15 minutes. This interval rate and duration is configurable.
 If there is existing file, then it will create new file with different name.
 
  
 The circuit:
 * LM35 sensor on analog pin A3
 * SD card attached to SPI bus as follows:
 ** MOSI - pin 11
 ** MISO - pin 12
 ** CLK - pin 13
 ** CS - pin 4
 */

#include <SPI.h>
#include <SdFat.h>
SdFat sd;
const uint8_t chipSelect = 6;

//const int chipSelect = 4;   //cs pin of SD card shield
int tempPin = A3;      // LM 35 is connected to A3 pin.
int buzzerPin = A2;    // buzzer is connected to A2 pin

File dataFile;   // the logging file
char filename[] = "Temp000.CSV";
float tempInCelcius;
float tempInFarenheit;
unsigned long time=0;
int samplingTime = 10;  //this variable is interval(in Seconds) at which you want to log the data to SD card.
int duration = 15;     //this variable is duration(in Minutes) which is the total time for which you want to log data.


void setup() 
    {
      // Open serial communications and wait for port to open:
      Serial.begin(9600);
      while (!Serial)
          {
            ; // wait for serial port to connect. Needed for native USB port only
          }

      Serial.print("Initializing SD card...");

     // see if the card is present and can be initialized:
     if (!sd.begin(chipSelect))  
        { sd.initErrorHalt();
          Serial.println("Card failed, or not present");
          // don't do anything more:
          return;
        }
     Serial.println("card initialized.");

     // create a new file
     for(unsigned int i = 0; i < 1000; i++) 
        {
          filename[4] = i/100 + '0';
          filename[5] = ((i%100)/10) + '0';
          filename[6] = i%10 + '0';
          if(! sd.exists(filename)) 
            {
              // only open a new file if it doesn't exist
              dataFile = sd.open(filename, FILE_WRITE);
              break;  // leave the loop!
            }
        }

      if(! dataFile) 
        { //alert user
          Serial.println("couldnt create file");
          int alertAlarm1[] = { 1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,
                           1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,};
          int noteDurations[] = { 5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,
                                  5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5,5 };
          for (int thisNote = 0; thisNote < 20; thisNote++) 
             {
               // Duration = 1 second / note type
               // e.g. quarter note = 1000 / 4, eighth note = 1000/8, etc.
               int noteDuration = 2500 / noteDurations[thisNote];
               tone(A2,alertAlarm1[thisNote], noteDuration);
               //pause for the note's duration plus 100 ms:
               delay(noteDuration + 100);
             }
        }

     Serial.print("Logging to: ");
     Serial.println(filename);
     
     dataFile = sd.open(filename, FILE_WRITE);
     // if the file is available, write to it:
     if (dataFile) 
       { 
         dataFile.print("Logging Temperature for ");
         dataFile.print(duration);
         dataFile.print(" minutes at interval of ");
         dataFile.print(samplingTime);
         dataFile.println(" seconds.");
         
         dataFile.close();
       }
      // check availble space on SD Card
      uint32_t freeKB = sd.vol()->freeClusterCount();
      freeKB *= sd.vol()->blocksPerCluster()/2;
      Serial.print("Free space KB: ");
      Serial.println(freeKB);
      uint32_t freeMB= freeKB/1024;
      Serial.print("Free space in MB: ");
      Serial.println(freeMB); 
      
      if(freeKB <= 500)
        {
          Serial.println("LOW SPACE!!!");
          int alertAlarm2[] = { 1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,
                               1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000,1000};
          int noteDurations[] = { 15,15,15,15,15,15,15,15,15,15,15,15,15,15,15,
                                  15,15,15,15,15,15,15,15,15,15,15,15,15,15,15  };
          for (int thisNote = 0; thisNote < 20; thisNote++) 
             {
               // Duration = 1 second / note type
               // e.g. quarter note = 1000 / 4, eighth note = 1000/8, etc.
               int noteDuration = 2500 / noteDurations[thisNote];
               tone(A2,alertAlarm2[thisNote], noteDuration);
               //pause for the note's duration plus 50 ms:
               delay(noteDuration + 50);
             }
        }
     duration *= 60;   //convert durartion in minutes to seconds   
   }

void loop() 
    {
      dataSamples();    // here we are logging data at interval of 1 minute for 15 mintutes, i.e, 15 samples.
                            // if you want to save data for 2 hours then simply multiply 2 by 60 which will give 
                            // you value of 120 minutes then use 120 as second parameter.
    }

// this method will log data to SD card at particular interval and for paricular duration
int dataSamples()
   { 
     // here we are logging data at interval of 1 minute for 15 mintutes, i.e, 15 samples.
     // if you want to save data for 2 hours then simply multiply 2 by 60 which will give 
     // you value of 120 minutes then change the varible duration to 120. 

      tempInCelcius = ( 5.0 * analogRead(tempPin) * 100.0) / 1024.0;
      
      // uncomment following line to get temperature values in Farehniet
      //tempInFarenheit = ((tempC*9)/5) + 32;            //convert celcius to farenheit
      
      unsigned long  elapsedTime = millis()/1000;   // this variable will keep track of elapsed time
      while(((millis()/1000)-elapsedTime) < 1);    // this loop will do nothing until a second has passed 
      time++;                                       //increment time after each second.
 
      if((duration >= time) && (time % samplingTime == 0))
        {
          LogToSDcard();  //Log to SD using commands under void LogToSD()  
          // print to the serial port too:              
          Serial.print("Temperature: ");
          Serial.print(tempInCelcius);
          Serial.print(char(176)); 
          Serial.println("C");     
        }
           
   }
   
void LogToSDcard()
   {
     // open the file. note that only one file can be open at a time,
     // so you have to close this one before opening another.
     dataFile = sd.open(filename, FILE_WRITE);
     // if the file is available, write to it:
     if (dataFile) 
       { 
         dataFile.print(tempInCelcius);   
         dataFile.println("°C");
         dataFile.println(",");
         dataFile.close();
         
     // to print temperature values in Farehniet uncomment following code.    
         
      /*  dataFile.print(tempInFarenheit);
         dataFile.print("°C");
         dataFile.println(",");
         dataFile.close();   */
       } 
  
      //if the file isn't open, pop up an error:
     else 
        {
          Serial.println("error opening datalog.txt");
          delay(2000);
        }
   }   
 

Credits

IdiotWare Team

IdiotWare Team

20 projects • 14 followers
The Idiotware Shield is a learning platform for quickly bringing to life hundreds of Arduino projects, whether you’re a novice or expert.
Rupin Chheda

Rupin Chheda

35 projects • 66 followers
Resident Maker at CuriosityGym! Electronics Engineer, CAD Modeller, Educator
Jehangir Khajotia

Jehangir Khajotia

14 projects • 16 followers

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