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Student White Paper: Using the MA3 Absolute Shaft Encoder to Determine Wind Direction. Authors Kevin L. and Justin D., Confederation College, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada


Two electrical engineering students in the computer control program at Confederation College completed their third year project, a remote weather station, utilizing the MA3 miniature absolute encoder to test wind speed and direction on a wind vane. The MA3 was selected due to its small size, analog output of 0 to 5 Volts, and the availability of a ball bearing option to provide little to no resistance on the shaft. This paper discusses their project and the outcome of using the MA3 as a position sensor.

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