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Publication Citation: Inkjet Metrology II: Resolved Effects of Ejection Frequency, Fluidic Pressure and Droplet Number on Reproducible Drop-on-Demand Dispensing

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Author(s): R M. Verkouteren; Jennifer R. Verkouteren;
Title: Inkjet Metrology II: Resolved Effects of Ejection Frequency, Fluidic Pressure and Droplet Number on Reproducible Drop-on-Demand Dispensing
Published: June 13, 2011
Abstract: We report highly reproducible gravimetric and optical measurements of microdroplets enabled by fluidic pressure feedback control and state-of-the-art measurement systems that lend new insights into the process of drop-on-demand (DOD) printing. Baseline fluidic pressure within the DOD dispenser was controlled to within 0.02 hPa, enabling long-term stability in dispensed droplet mass with observed variations between 0.6 % and 1.6 % (RSD) for isobutanol. With mass, the high precision of velocity measurement enabled consistent determination of droplet kinetic energy, which governed baseline behavior. Mass and velocity were influenced in a non-linear manner by the frequency of droplet ejection, the fluidic pressure applied, and the number of droplets dispensed. Non-linear mass effects were attributable to acoustic resonances, energy partitioning, and pressure wavelets created during ,first-dropŠ formation, although mechanistic clarity is far from complete.
Citation: Langmuir
Pages: pp. 9644 - 9653
Keywords: droplet; drop-on-demand; first-drop; fluidic pressure; gravitmetry; inkjet; microbalance; piez
Research Areas: Metrology
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