In-flight surface tension and viscosity measurements of inkjet printed droplets

H.M.A Wijshoff, E.-J. Staat, A. van der Bos, M. van den Berg, H. Reinten, M. Versluis, D. Lohse

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Abstract

In modern drop-on-demand inkjet printing, the jetted liquid is a mixture of solvents, pigments and surfactants. In order to predict the droplet formation process, it is of importance to know the liquid properties. Surface tension is not constant at the timescale of droplet formation for a liquid that contains surfactants, making it non-trivial to determine the surface tension of the ink directly. Therefore we developed a technique to measure the surface tension of liquids during inkjet printing. We use high speed imaging to record the shape oscillation of a microdroplet within the first few hundred microseconds after droplet pinch-off. The frequency of oscillation depends on the surface tension, so by determining this frequency, we can measure the surface tension. The decay of oscillation amplitude is set by the viscosity, so we can also determine the viscosity with this technique. We use this technique to study the effect of surfactants on the surface tension of ink during the inkjet printing process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings 68th Annual DFD meeting
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event68th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD15), November 22-24, 2015, Boston, MA, USA - Hynes Convention Center, Boston, MA, United States
Duration: 22 Nov 201524 Nov 2015
https://apsdfd2015.mit.edu/

Conference

Conference68th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics (DFD15), November 22-24, 2015, Boston, MA, USA
CountryUnited States
CityBoston, MA
Period22/11/1524/11/15
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