Inkjet printing deposits droplets with a well-controlled narrow size distribution. This paper aims at improving experimental and numerical methods for the optimization of drop formation. We introduce a method to extract the one-dimensional velocity profile inside a single droplet during drop formation. We use a novel experimental approach to capture two detailed images of the very same droplet with a small time delay. The one-dimensional velocity within the droplet is resolved by accurately determining the volume distribution of the droplet. We compare the obtained velocity profiles to a numerical simulation based on the slender jet approximation of the Navier-Stokes equation and we find very good agreement.
van der Bos, J. A., van der Meulen, M-J., Driessen, T. W., van den Berg, T. H., Reinten, H., Wijshoff, H., ... Lohse, D. (2014). Velocity Profile inside Piezoacoustic Inkjet Droplets in Flight: Comparison between Experiment and Numerical Simulation. Physical review applied, 1, 014004-1-014004-9. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevApplied.1.014004