Plane strain sliding contact of multilayer magnetic storage thin-films using the finite element method Academic Article uri icon


  • The sliding contact or scratch behavior of multi-layer thin-films such as those found in magnetic storage disks has been studied using the finite element method. A rigid cylinder sliding over a multilayered thin-film half-space was implemented to simulate the contact between a feature of the recording slider (such as the protrusion on the trailing edge of the slider, which is part of the thermal flying-height control, TFC) and the magnetic storage multilayer disk. The effects of different parameters such as normal load, friction coefficient and TFC radius on the von Mises, shear and principal stresses in the multilayer system were analyzed. Results showed that under sliding conditions, for a given normal load, the friction coefficient influences the location and magnitude of the plastic strain in the multilayer system. Repeated sliding contact was also performed to characterize its effect on the stress and strain behavior under various loading conditions and investigate shakedown behavior. © 2009 Springer-Verlag.

author list (cited authors)

  • Katta, R. R., Nunez, E. E., Polycarpou, A. A., & Lee, S.

citation count

  • 15

publication date

  • July 2009