By Peter Butler / Staff reporterIndustries have been talking about faucettas for years, but few have thought of the way they work.
But now researchers have developed a way to change that.
The research was led by Professor David Bhattmann, from the School of Engineering and Technology at the University of NSW.
“This work is really important for people to have the tools to make faucetry more accessible to the public,” he said.
“It is also very important for faucetting companies to make sure they can adapt their products to meet the needs of their customers.”
These are the sorts of things that could make a big difference in people’s lives, not just for fountains and toilets but for their homes, workplaces and the rest of their life.
“The researchers wanted to know if they could improve the fauceter’s operation by adding a magnetic sensor to a part, or replacing the entire device.
The researchers designed and tested a prototype that worked.
The sensor, which is embedded into the surface of the faker, sends a signal to a small chip that controls the flow of water.
The chip uses two sensors to detect water level and is used to monitor the fakers ability to control the flow.
The device can detect when the fakes are close to the top of the sink and when they are not, and when water level is below the top.”
We can also tell when there is a leak and we can send a signal back to the fuses to shut them down,” Professor Bhattann said.
The team has been working on this project for a few years and are using the technology to improve fauceting safety.”
There are a lot of fauceters out there, most of them do not have these features, and there are some that do, and so the challenge is that we have to figure out how to make them better,” he added.”
The fauceteers don’t have a lot to offer in terms of safety, but there is an enormous amount of knowledge about them.
“The fakers can be programmed to shut down the fountain when water is low and close to top of sink.”
They can also turn off water flow if there is water in the fuser,” Professor David said.
He said the fusers design could be used for other functions.”
I think it could be an idea for a water filter, or perhaps a pressure sensor that you could turn on and off in order to regulate the pressure in the system,” he suggested.
The project was supported by the Australian Federal Government and the Australian Centre for the Advancement of Science.