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Numerical Simulation of Inkjet Drop Formation in Piezo Inkjet Head

피에조 잉크젯 헤드의 액적 토출 형상 전산해석

  • Joo, Youngcheol (Dept of Mechanical Engineering, Soonchunhyang University) ;
  • Park, Sangkug (Dept of Mechanical Engineering, Soonchunhyang University) ;
  • Kwon, Key-Si (Dept of Mechanical Engineering, Soonchunhyang University)
  • 주영철 (순천향대학교 기계공학과) ;
  • 박상국 (순천향대학교 기계공학과) ;
  • 권계시 (순천향대학교 기계공학과)
  • Received : 2016.04.14
  • Accepted : 2016.07.07
  • Published : 2016.07.31

Abstract

A drop-on-demand inkjet is used widely for various applications. Therefore, it is important to understand the jetting behavior of the drop from the piezo inkjet. In this study, to predict the jetting behavior, VOF (Volume-of-Fluid) simulation techniques were used and compared with the experimental results. The experimentally measured meniscus movement was used as the input data for the simulation. To verify the simulation, the measured jetting behavior of the mixture fluids of ethylene glycol and IPA (isopropyl alcohol), which has a mixing ratio of 50:50, was used. The numerical simulation of the drop formation using various mixture ratios and its comparison with the measured drop formation confirmed that the proposed method can predict the actual jetting. On the other hand, the satellite drop behavior showed slight differences because the small sized droplet is subject to a more aerodynamic effect during flight because the kinetic energy of the satellite droplet is far smaller than that of the main droplet.

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 순천향대학교

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