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ALCOHOL DETECTOR USING

MQ3 SENSOR
ABSTRACT

Sensor mq3:
Basically it has 6 pins, the cover and the body. Even though it has 6 pins, we
can use only 4 of them. 2 of them are for heating system and other 2 are for
connecting power and ground. A little tube is placed inside the sensor. This tube
is a heating system that is made of aluminium oxide and tin dioxide and inside
of it there are heater coils, which practically produce the heat.
Two pins are connected to the heater coils and others are connected to the tube.
The core system is the cube. Basically, it is an Alumina tube cover by SnO2,
which is tin dioxide. And between them there is an Aurum electrode. Basically,
the alumina tube and the coils are the heating system. If the coil is heated up,
SnO2 ceramics will become the semi - conductor, so there are more movable
electrons, which means that it is ready to make more current flow.
Then, when the alcohol molecules in the air meet the electrode that is between
alumina and tin dioxide, ethanol burns into acetic acid then more current is

produced. So the more alcohol molecules there are the more current we will get.
Because of this current change, we get the different values from the sensor.

COMPONENTS USED:
STEP DOWN TRANSFORMER
DIODE

220 TO 9 VOLT AC

IN 4007(2)

CAPACITOR,1000 MFD (1), 33 MFD (1), 27 PF (2).


NPN TRANSISTOR BC 548(4)
PNP TRANSISTOR BC 558(2)
RESISTOR 100 K (2), 1 K (4), 470 OHM (1), 10 K (3)
PULL UP RESISITOR ARRAY. 10 K (1)
VARIABLE RESISTOR 4.7 K (1)
L.E.D (3)
RELAY 12 VOLT
BUZZER DC
BULB HOLDER

TO STOP A VEHICLE WHEN THE ALCOHOL IS


DETECTED
A microcontroller is used for controlling entire circuits and to maintain timings

Output:
Level of drunkenness LCD display

Buzzer Ignition system

130 ppm-260 ppm

intoxication

off

enable

261 ppm- 390 ppm

slightly drunk on

enable

391 ppm-650 ppm

drunkenness

disable

on

Basically timings are controlled using a microcontroller circuit. All the


decisions like buzzer on off engine ignition or not and others are controlled
using the microcontroller itself. It uses an internal coding scheme with the
language embedded c or c++.
The type of microcontroller to be used is not fixed. Any
microcontroller with proper coding involved will work , just the
timing control has to be taken care of.
8051 may be used here, The 8051 has one serial port that
receives and transmits data. Transmission and reception can
take place simultaneously. The four communication modes
possible with 8051 present the system designer and
programmer with opportunities to conduct very sophisticated
data communication network. It is the heart of the system
which controls all the inputs and the controlling action to be
taken at the output.

Further advancements:

We can think of sending a message to the owner of the car


or the registered number which is stored originally.

We can implement GPS technology to find out the location


of the vehicle.