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Improvement of Firing Frequency Limits by Investigation of Ejection Failure Modes in Thermal Inkjet Print Heads

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Min Soo Kim, Dong Kee Sohn, Seung Joo Shin, Keon Kuk, Yong Soo Oh

Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, Suwon, Korea

Paper No. HT-FED2004-56118, pp. 303-308; 6 pages
  • ASME 2004 Heat Transfer/Fluids Engineering Summer Conference
  • Volume 4
  • Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, July 11–15, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Heat Transfer Division and Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4693-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3740-8
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


Ejection failure modes determining the firing frequency limit in thermal inkjet heads were investigated from performance experiments and numerical simulations. Dominant failure modes were affected by the flow resistance ratio in the ink flow passages. Optimal flow resistance ratios were obtained experimentally to provide maximum frequency limits for both mono and color inkjet heads. Numerical simulations were performed on the meniscus oscillation, the ejection behavior in consecutive firing, and the cross-talk induced flow. Numerical results supported the importance of flow resistance ratio in maximizing firing frequency limit in both unit nozzle and multi-nozzle firing. Our investigation will help to develop the inkjet print heads of more reliable high-speed performance.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME
Topics: Failure , Firing



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