Contact Take-Off Characteristics of Proximity Recording Air Bearing Sliders in Magnetic Hard Disk Drives

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Yong Hu

Quinta Corporation, 1870 Lundy Avenue, San Jose, CA 95131-1826

J. Tribol 121(4), 948-954 (Oct 01, 1999) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2834160 History: Received December 08, 1998; Revised April 22, 1999; Online January 24, 2008


A partial contact air bearing model and Archard’s wear law are used to investigate the air bearing and wear characteristics of proximity recording sliders during a take-off process. The air bearing pitch torque, pitch and contact force are used to characterize the contact take-off process. In addition, the wear factor derived from the Archard’s wear law is employed to measure the take-off performance. The results indicate the existence of two distinct take-off stages: a period of rapidly increasing pitch preceding a relatively steady take-off event. The proper range of taper angle and step height, which produce a rapid initial pitch increase and steady subsequent take-off as well as less wear in the head/disk interface, are determined through simulation. While the simulation results demonstrate the negligible effect of crown height on the rate of the initial pitch increase, larger crown values are shown to yield higher pitch and smaller wear in the head/disk interface during the take-off process. In summary, the partial contact air bearing simulation and the wear factor calculation of the take-off process, developed in this study, offers a fast and accurate analytical tool to optimize ABS design for the fast take-off performance.

Copyright © 1999 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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