Surface tension

The attraction between molecules at the surface of a fluid. The main significance in inkjets is the way it induces ink drops to form and contract to a roughly spherical shape as they are in flight from the head. In screen printing it is one of the factors that stops ink flowing through the holes in the mesh until forced through by the squeegee. See also Meniscus.

We use cookies to operate this website and to give you the best experience we can. To find out more about which cookies we use, why we use them and how you can manage your cookies please see our Cookie Policy. By continuing to use this site, you agree to the use of cookies.