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Volume: 19 | Article ID: art00072_1
Research on Micro Heater Efficiency for Thermal Inkjet Head
  DOI :  10.2352/ISSN.2169-4451.2003.19.1.art00072_1  Published OnlineJanuary 2003

Micro heaters for thermal inkjet print heads are investigated to estimate the effects of heater size and operating condition on its thermal efficiency. Tantalum Aluminum (TaAl) heaters, 0.15μm in thickness, are prepared on silicon oxide layer. Silicon nitride film of 0.4μm thickness covers the heater. Visualization technique is applied to observe bubbles in open pool condition. Volume and life time of bubble are measured from CCD images of plane and side views of the bubble generated at the heat flux range of 0.5∼5.0GW/m2.Thermal conduction simulation for the heater provides bubble nucleation pressure. Bubble work is calculated with Asai's pressure model and the visualization results; bubble life time and volume. Then, thermal efficiency of the heater defined as the ratio of bubble work to the electric input energy can be estimated.

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Keon Kuk, Ji-hyuk Lim, Min-soo Kim, Mun-cheol Choi, Chang-ho Cho, Yong-soo Oh, "Research on Micro Heater Efficiency for Thermal Inkjet Headin Proc. IS&T Int'l Conf. on Digital Printing Technologies (NIP19),  2003,  pp 298 - 302,

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