We have a cost-effective capacitance meter to measure capacitance using Arduino.

About Project

555 Timer IC

The output signal frequency relies on R1, R2 resistors, and capacitor C1. The equation is given as,

Frequency (F) = 1/ (Time period) = 1.44/ ((R1+R2*2)*C1).

By placing the resistance and capacitance values in the equation we will see the frequency of output square wave.

Frequency (F) = 1/ (Time period) = 1.44/ (21000*C).

From the above formula, we can find out the capacitance

555 Timer IC.jpg

Capacitance C = 1.44/ (21000*F)

The Uno has a specific function pulseIn, which allows us to ascertain the positive state duration or negative state duration of a precise rectangular wave.

Capacitance meter outcome.jpg

After connecting the unknown capacitor to the 555 timer circuit which generates a square wave output and whose frequency is instantly associated with the capacitance of the capacitor. This signal is provided to UNO through the Schmitt Trigger gate. The UNO estimates the frequency. Using this frequency we program the UNO to estimate the capacitance with the above formula.

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        #include <LiquidCrystal.h>

LiquidCrystal lcd(2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7);

int32_t Htime;                    
int32_t Ltime;
float Ttime;
float frequency;
float capacitance;

void setup()
    pinMode(8,INPUT);            //pin 8 as signal input
    lcd.begin(16, 2);
    lcd.print("capacitance =");
void loop()
    for (int i=0;i<5;i++)        //measure time duration five times
        Ltime=(pulseIn(8,HIGH)+Ltime)/2;        //get average for each cycle

    Ttime = Htime+Ltime;
    capacitance = (1.44*1000000000)/(20800*frequency);   //calculating the Capacitance in nF
    lcd.print(" nF   ");
rasika Joshi
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