Electrode configuration effects on the electrification and voltage variation in an electrostatic inkjet printing head

Kyung Hyun Choi, Adnan Ali, Ahsan Rahman, Nauman Malik Mohammad, Khalid Rahman, Arshad Khan, Saleem Khan, D. S. Kim

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Abstract

The electrode configuration of an electrostatic inkjet printing head is under study. This paper introduces the development of a new electrostatic inkjet head with an improved electrode configuration as compared to the conventional configuration. Two tungsten electrodes, connected in parallel, are inserted into the electrostatic print head at a certain angle from opposite sides. The aim of this double-side inserted angular electrodes (DSIAEs) head is to intensify the electrification of the fluid inside the head at minimum suitable exposure of the electrode, which results in maximizing surface charge density. The main advantage of the DSIAEs head is to get a very stable meniscus at low applied voltage for printing. This stable meniscus is transformed to a very stable jet by increasing the applied voltage. Therefore, printed patterns obtained with this DSIAEs head are more uniform because of a more stable meniscus and jet as compared to a conventional electrostatic vertically inserted single electrode head. Also, with this DSIAEs configuration, the life of the electrostatic inkjet printing head is increased.

Original languageEnglish
Article number075033
JournalJournal of Micromechanics and Microengineering
Volume20
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2010

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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