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Regimes of Polymer Behaviour in Drop-on-Demand Ink-Jetting

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A recent model for the drop-on-demand (DoD) jetting of mono-disperse linear polymer solutions has identified three regimes of behaviour: with the polymer chains fully relaxed; with significant viscoelastic effects; and with the chains fully extended. These regimes have now been confirmed by experimental observations in several different systems. The model predicts the maximum jettable concentration of polymer as a function of molecular weight. The highly extensional flows in high-speed jetting with viscous solvents can fully stretch linear polymer chains outside the nozzle, permitting jetting of solutions with higher polymer contents than for purely elastic behaviour. These results are significant for DoD printing at high jet speeds and will be relevant to jet formation from linear polymer solutions for any DoD printhead.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2012

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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