In this project, we will be interfacing an ADXL335 accelerometer with Arduino to measure the acceleration along the X, Y, and Z-axis. The ADXL335 is a low-power, single-axis MEMS accelerometer. It is perfect for applications such as monitoring human movement and detecting shock and vibration, It is ideal for applications requiring high accuracy and low power consumption.
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What is an accelerometer?
An accelerometer is an electromechanical device that measures the vibration and acceleration of motion. It is commonly used to measure the acceleration of a moving object, but can also be used to measure the static acceleration of an object at rest. Accelerometers are used in a variety of applications, including automotive safety, aerospace engineering, and sports science, they may be dynamic as in the case of mobile devices.
How does the accelerometer work?
An accelerometer comes in the shape of a simple circuit for a big electronic device. the accelerometer is made of different parts and works in many modes, two of which are the Piezoelectric Accelerometer, Piezoresistive Accelerometer, and the Capacitance Accelerometer.
Types of Accelerometer
There are three types of Accelerometer
- Piezoelectric Accelerometer
- Piezoresistive Accelerometer,
- Capacitance Accelerometer
1. Piezoelectric Accelerometer
IMG Source: Youtube The piezoelectric accelerometer is a type of sensor that measures acceleration and vibration. It consists of a piezoelectric crystal that is mounted on a base. This sensor absorbs the vibrations and creates the same amount of electrical signals. This voltage can be used to measure acceleration or vibration. The piezoelectric accelerometer is a very sensitive sensor. It can measure very small changes in acceleration and vibration
2. Piezoresistive Accelerometer
A piezoresistive accelerometer is a detector that measures acceleration using the piezoresistive effect. The piezoresistive effect is the change in resistivity of a material in response to the applied force. When a force is applied to a piezoresistive material, the material’s resistivity changes in proportion to the applied force
3. Capacitance Accelerometer
A capacitance accelerometer is a device that measures acceleration using the change in capacitance of a sensor. The sensor is typically a metal plate that is mounted on a moving body. When the body moves, the plate moves with it and the change in capacitance is used to calculate the acceleration.
How does an ADXL335 accelerometer work?
The ADXL335 is a 3-axis accelerometer with a digital output. It measures acceleration in both the x and y axes, as well as the z-axis. The output of the sensor is a voltage that is proportional to the acceleration, ADXL335 is a popular accelerometer used in many projects because it is small, inexpensive, and easy to use the ADXL335 measures acceleration by detecting the thing’s movement.
- The ADXL335 gives a total 3-axis acceleration measurement.
- The ADXL335 module measures acceleration within the range ±3 g in the x, y, and z-axis.
- The ADXL335 output signals of this module are analog voltages that are balanced to the acceleration.
ADXL335 Accelerometer Pinout
The Pinout diagram for the ADXL335 is given below:
- VCC: Power supply pin 5V.
- X_OUT: X-axis analog output.
- Y_OUT: Y-axis analog output.
- Z_OUT: Z-axis analog output.
- GND: Ground pin.
- ST: The self-Test pin controls the self-test feature.
ADXL335 Wiring Diagram
The circuit diagram for the ADXL335 accelerometer with Arduino is given below:
ADXL345 Arduino Connections:
- Connect X_OUT pin to Arduino pin A1
- Connect Y_OUT pin to Arduino pin A2
- Connect Z_OUT pin to Arduino pin A3
- Connect GND to Arduino GND
- Connect VCC to Arduino 3.3V
ADXL335 Accelerometer With Arduino Source Code
Code For Interfacing the ADXL335 with Arduino
const int xInput = A1;
const int yInput = A2;
const int zInput = A3;
// initialize minimum and maximum Raw Ranges for each axis
int RawMin = 0;
int RawMax = 1023;
// Take multiple samples to reduce noise
const int sampleSize = 10;
//Read raw values
int xRaw = ReadAxis(xInput);
int yRaw = ReadAxis(yInput);
int zRaw = ReadAxis(zInput);
// Convert raw values to 'milli-Gs"
long xScaled = map(xRaw, RawMin, RawMax, -3000, 3000);
long yScaled = map(yRaw, RawMin, RawMax, -3000, 3000);
long zScaled = map(zRaw, RawMin, RawMax, -3000, 3000);
// re-scale to fractional Gs
float xAccel = xScaled / 1000.0;
float yAccel = yScaled / 1000.0;
float zAccel = zScaled / 1000.0;
Serial.print("X, Y, Z :: ");
Serial.print(" :: ");
// Take samples and return the average
int ReadAxis(int axisPin)
long reading = 0;
for (int i = 0; i < sampleSize; i++)
reading += analogRead(axisPin);