Vibrating tuning fork switches for opening or closing electrical contacts at a preset fluid level.
Vibrating tuning fork fluid level switches are threshold contact trip devices which typically consist of a tuning fork which extends out from the switch housing.
In operation a piezoelectric oscillator is used to vibrate the tuning fork at its natural frequency for air.
A second piezoelectric device is used to pick-up the frequency of the vibrating tuning fork. When the fluid level rises and covers the tuning fork it will vibrate at a lower frequency.
This change in vibration frequency is used to detect when the required fluid level has been reached.
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