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Inkjet printing of weakly elastic polymer solutions

Hoath, SD and Vadillo, DC and Harlen, OG and McIlroy, C and Morrison, NF and Hsiao, W-K and Tuladhar, TR and Jung, S and Martin, GD and Hutchings, IM (2014) Inkjet printing of weakly elastic polymer solutions. Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, 205. pp. 1-10. ISSN 0377-0257

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Abstract

Fluid assessment methods, requiring small volumes and avoiding the need for jetting, are particularly useful in the design of functional fluids for inkjet printing applications. With the increasing use of complex (rather than Newtonian) fluids for manufacturing, single frequency fluid characterisation cannot reliably predict good jetting behaviour, owing to the range of shearing and extensional flow rates involved. However, the scope of inkjet fluid assessments (beyond achievement of a nominal viscosity within the print head design specification) is usually focused on the final application rather than the jetting processes. The experimental demonstration of the clear insufficiency of such approaches shows that fluid jetting can readily discriminate between fluids assessed as having similar LVE characterisation (within a factor of 2) for typical commercial rheometer measurements at shearing rates reaching 104rads-1.Jetting behaviour of weakly elastic dilute linear polystyrene solutions, for molecular weights of 110-488. kDa, recorded using high speed video was compared with recent results from numerical modelling and capillary thinning studies of the same solutions.The jetting images show behaviour ranging from near-Newtonian to "beads-on-a-string". The inkjet printing behaviour does not correlate simply with the measured extensional relaxation times or Zimm times, but may be consistent with non-linear extensibility L and the production of fully extended polymer molecules in the thinning jet ligament.Fluid test methods allowing a more complete characterisation of NLVE parameters are needed to assess inkjet printing feasibility prior to directly jetting complex fluids. At the present time, directly jetting such fluids may prove to be the only alternative. © 2014 The Authors.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Beads-on-a-string Elasticity Finite extensibility Inkjet Polymer solutions Viscosity
Subjects: UNSPECIFIED
Divisions: Div E > Production Processes
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 11:24
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2014 19:02
DOI: 10.1016/j.jnnfm.2014.01.002