CIRCUIT060006

Bridge amplifier circuit

CIRCUIT060006

Overview

A strain gauge is a sensor whose resistance varies with applied force. To measure the variation in resistance, the strain gauge is placed in a bridge configuration. This design uses a 2 op amp instrumentation circuit to amplify a differential signal created by the change in resistance of a strain gauge. By varying R10, a small differential voltage is created at the output of the Wheatstone bridge which is fed to the 2 op amp instrumentation amplifier input.
Features
  • Single 5V supply with half-supply reference
  • Input: -2.22mV to 2.27mV differential
  • Output: 225mV - 4.72V
  • Strain gauge resistance variation: 115 - 125 Ohms
  • Gain: 1001V/V
General-purpose op amps
TLV9002 Dual, 5.5-V, 1-MHz, RRIO operational amplifier for cost-optimized applications
MSP430 microcontrollers
MSP430FR2310 16 MHz integrated analog microcontroller with 2 KB FRAM, OpAmp, TIA, comparator with DAC, 10-bit ADC MSP430FR2311 16-MHz integrated analog microcontroller with 3.75-KB FRAM, OpAmp, TIA, comparator w/DAC, 10-bit ADC MSP430FR2353 24 MHz 105 C integrated analog microcontroller with 16 KB FRAM, Op-Amps/PGAs, 12-bit DACs, 12-bit AD MSP430FR2355 24-MHz 105-C integrated analog microcontroller with 32-KB FRAM, Op-Amps/PGAs, 12-bit DACs, 12-bit AD
Precision op amps (Vos<1mV)
OPA376 Precision (0.025mV), low noise (7.5nV/rtHz), low quiescent current (760uA) op amp

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* Application note Strain gauge bridge amplifier circuit with MSP430 smart analog combo (Rev. A) Mar. 06, 2020
* Application note Single-supply strain gauge bridge amplifier circuit Dec. 30, 2017
Application note Discrete Wide Bandwidth INA Circuit (Rev. A) Dec. 23, 2020
Application note How to Use the Smart Analog Combo in MSP430™ MCUs (Rev. A) Oct. 24, 2019
E-book Analog Engineer’s Circuit Cookbook: Amplifiers (Rev. A) Feb. 18, 2019
Application note Two op amp instrumentation amplifier circuit Dec. 31, 2018
Application note Three op amp instrumentation amplifier circuit Dec. 31, 2018
Design guide Single-Supply Strain Gauge in a Bridge Configuration Design Guide Nov. 02, 2015

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