Measure Voltage Using NI myDAQ

Publish Date: Jul 23, 2010 | 8 Ratings | 3.50 out of 5 | Print | Submit your review

Overview

This document explains using a National Instruments myDAQ to measure a voltage in LabVIEW. The voltage will be acquired on the myDAQ DMM channel using a DAQ Assistant that is installed into LabVIEW with the NI DAQmx driver.

Table of Contents

  1. Objective: 
  2. What You Need:
  3. Wiring Instructions:
  4. LabVIEW User Interface:
  5. Coding Strategy:
  6. How It Works:
  7. Tips and Tricks
  8. Related Links

1. Objective: 

Use the DMM terminals on the NI myDAQ to acquire a voltage signal from a AAA battery 

 

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2. What You Need:

  1. NI myDAQ
  2. LabVIEW
  3. AAA 1.5V Battery
  4. DMM Banana Cables

 

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3. Wiring Instructions:

Simply connect the DMM positive input terminal to the positive side of the battery and the negative DMM input terminal to the negative side of the battery using the banana cables.

 

Figure 1: Wiring Diagram

 

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4. LabVIEW User Interface:

The user interface we created has a both graph and numeric indicator.  The numeric indicator will display the instantaneous value and the graph will display a voltage history.

Figure 2: LabVIEW Front Panel

 

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5. Coding Strategy:

In LabVIEW we need to create a front panel to display the voltage values in a numerical and graphical indicator.  We will acquire the data using the DAQ Assistant and then pass the data to the indicators.

 

Figure 3: Coding Block Diagram

 

The LabVIEW diagram looks very similar to the coding block diagram, except the battery is not included.

Figure 4: LabVIEW 2009 Block Diagram

(The attached LabVIEW code snippet can be dragged-and-dropped to a LabVIEW block diagram, use attached PNG file.  After locating the PNG file, just drag the file icon onto a blank block diagram, as if you were dragging the file onto your desktop.)

 

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6. How It Works:

Inside the while loop on the left is the DAQ Assistant used to input the voltage data from the DMM terminals. The voltage values are indicated on the front panel with both a numeric indicator and the waveform chart indicator.

In this VI the DAQ Assistant is configured for on-demand input on the analog channel.  The following steps walk through the configuration of the DAQ Assistant from scratch:

  1. Be sure your myDAQ is plugged in
  2. Press Ctrl-Space to bring up the Quick Drop Window (takes a full minute to load on the first use)
  3. Search for DAQ Assistant and double click on it when it appears in the list
  4. Drop it on the Block diagram (white window)
  5. When the Create a New Express Task configuration pane appears, select
    1. Acquire Signals
    2. Analog Input
    3. Voltage
    4. Dev 1 (NI myDAQ) *Note: If you have other NI hardware installed, the myDAQ will not be Dev1.
    5. DMM
    6. Finish
  6. Leave Timing Settings to
    1. 1 Sample (On Demand)
  7. Press OK


Figure 5: DAQ Assistant Voltage Configuration

*Note that sample time is set by the Wait VI and is set to sample 10 times per second (every 100ms) in this VI

 

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7. Tips and Tricks

  • Expand your knowledge and application by completing the more in-depth examples for the NI myDAQ.

 

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8. Related Links

» NI myDAQ Getting Started and Support

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