Flows on the nozzle plate of an inkjet printhead

Bart Beulen*, Jos de Jong, Hans Reinten, Marc van den Berg, Herman Wijshoff, Rini van Dongen

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Flow patterns of ink layers on the nozzle plate of a piezo-driven printhead are investigated. Two different flow types are identified. First, a jet of droplets induces a radial airflow in the direction of the jet, which in turn causes a liquid flow towards the nozzle. Second, the movement of the meniscus in the nozzle causes an equally strong flow, but completely different flow patterns. The results are presented in a phase diagram with pulse amplitude and firing frequency as parameters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-224
Number of pages8
JournalExperiments in fluids
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Capillary waves
  • Particle track velocimetry
  • Actuation voltage
  • Acoustic streaming
  • Nozzle plate

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