The PC processor
generates very high temperature during its operation which is dissipated
by the large heat sink placed above the processor. If the heat sink
assembly is not tight with the processor or the cooling fan is not
working, PC enters into the Thermal shutdown mode and will not boot up.
If the PC is not entering into thermal shutdown, the high temperature
can destroy the processor. This simple circuit can be placed inside the
PC to monitor the temperature near the processor. It gives warning beeps
when the temperature near the heat sink increases abnormally. This
helps to shutdown the PC immediately before it enters into Thermal
The circuit uses a Piezo element (one used in Buzzer) as the heat
sensor. The piezo crystals reorient when subjected to heat or mechanical
stress and generates about one volt through the Direct piezoelectric
property. IC1 is designed as a voltage sensor with both the inputs tied
through the capacitor C1.The non inverting input is connected to the
ground through R1 to keep the output low in the standby state. The
inputs of IC1 are very sensitive and even a minute change in voltage
level will change the output state.
In the standby mode, both the inputs of IC1 are balanced so that
output remains low. When the Piezo element accepts heat, it generates a
minute voltage which will upset the input balance and output swings
high. This triggers LED and Buzzer. Capacitor
C2 gives a short lag before the buzzer beeps to avoid false triggering.
Warning beep continues till the piezo element cools.
Note: Enclose the circuit inside the PC with the piezo element close
to the heat sink of the processor. Adjust the distance between the
piezo element and heat sink so as to keep the circuit standby in the
normal condition. The piezo element can sense a 10 degree rise in
temperature from a distance of 5 cms. Power to the circuit can be tapped
from the 12 volt line of SMPS.