Microtribodynamics of Pseudo-Contacting Head-Disk Interfaces Intended for $Large{1 {
m Tbit}/{
m in}^{2}}$ Conference Paper uri icon


  • © 2004 IEEE. A nonlinear dynamic model that includes realistic roughness, adhesion and friction, as well as the dynamics of a flying and contacting HDI was developed to characterize a pseudo-contacting HDI, intended for 1 Tbit/in2. A pseudo-contacting recording system is designed to fly at few nanometers using an air-bearing and at the same time some features of the air-bearing surface are designed to contact with the rotating disk during operation. The model was favorably compared with flyability measurements, and then applied to a pseudo-contacting interface to investigate adhesion, friction, and contact forces as well as bouncing vibration. Contrasting earlier studies adopting a simple Coulomb friction, the friction model used in this work calculates the friction force at the interface, accounting for roughness and adhesion. It was found that unlike a fully flying HDI, adhesion plays a positive role in attaining pseudo-contact recording by reducing bouncing vibrations.

author list (cited authors)

  • Lee, S., & Polycarpou, A. A.

citation count

  • 1

publication date

  • January 2004