Design and Analysis of Slider’s Landing Pads for Fast Take-Off Performance 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), 955-960 (Oct 01, 1999) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2834161 History: Received December 01, 1997; Revised November 01, 1998; Online January 24, 2008


Exponential growth in both capacity and performance has been exhausting a lot of existing technologies in magnetic hard disk drive industry, one of them being laser zone texturing. Maintaining such a rapid growth requires innovative technologies. Adding landing pads to a slider’s air hearing surface (ABS) appears to be able to further stretch the glide/stiction envelope into the ultra-low glide and stiction regime. To materialize this new technology, the pad wear needs to be minimized, underlining the importance of the fast take-off air bearing characteristics. This paper analyzes the slider’s landing pad designs for fast take-off performance through the partial contact air bearing simulation of a take-off process. Two landing pad designs (3-pad and full texture) are created on a suhambient pressure ABS. The contact force and its center profiles as well as the evolution of the contact pressure contour are used to characterize the movement of the contact location during the take-off process. The effects of the absolute and relative pad heights as well as the rear pad location on both the transition of the contact location and the rate of contact force decrease are calculated. While raising leading pads delays the transition of the contact location from the leading pads to rear pad, distancing the rear pad from the trailing edge greatly facilitates the movement of the contact location from the rear pad to the trailing edge. A fully textured ABS with a reasonably low and uniform pad height as well as rear pads being well distanced from the trailing edge offers a fast take-off performance.

Copyright © 1999 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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