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Meniscus oscillation of ink flow dynamics in thermal ink-jet print head
Author(s): Ching Long Chiu; Chiehwen Wang; Yi-Yung Wu; Yuan-Liang Lan
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Paper Abstract

Meniscus oscillation usually occurs after jetting drops in Drop-on-Demand inkjet head. It is important for ink refill motion. Ink refill motion affects many jetting performance in inkjet technology. Therefore it is very important to understand ink refill motion process for designing inkjet head dimensions and ink properties, such as nozzle diameter, barrier thickness, ink viscosity and surface tension. This meniscus oscillation is a kind of under-damped oscillation. The refill time is defined, as the time required returning to the initialization, the free surface obeys damped oscillation and oscillates between meniscus mounding and recession when the amplitude of the oscillation reduces to dispersion. This study researches several inkjet heads using computational fluid dynamics simulation. CFD solver, such as FLOW_3D, is used to solve the problem. After calculation, the results are plotted with post-processor such as plot software and output to printers. This paper shows the break- off time, the refill time and operation frequency of the inkjet head.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 June 2000
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 4080, Input/Output and Imaging Technolgies II, (28 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.389430
Show Author Affiliations
Ching Long Chiu, Industrial Technology Research Institute (Taiwan)
Chiehwen Wang, Industrial Technology Research Institute (Taiwan)
Yi-Yung Wu, Industrial Technology Research Institute (Taiwan)
Yuan-Liang Lan, Industrial Technology Research Institute (Taiwan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4080:
Input/Output and Imaging Technolgies II
Yung-Sheng Liu; Thomas S. Huang, Editor(s)

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