High Velocity Oblique Impact and Coefficient of Restitution for Head Disk Interface Operational Shock Academic Article uri icon


  • With the increased use of hard disk drives (HDDs) in mobile and consumer applications combined with the requirement of higher areal density, there is enhanced focus on reducing head disk spacing, and consequently there is higher susceptibility of slider/disk impact damage during HDD operation. To investigate this impact process, a dynamic elastic-plastic finite element model of a sphere (representing a slider corner) obliquely impacting a thin-film disk was created to study the effect of the slider corner radius and the impact velocity on critical contact parameters. To characterize the energy losses due to the operational shock impact damage, the coefficient of restitution for oblique elastic-plastic impact was studied using the finite element model. A modification to an existing physics-based elastic-plastic oblique impact coefficient of restitution model was proposed to accurately predict the energy losses for a rigid sphere impacting a half-space. The analytical model results compared favorably to the finite element results for the range from low impact angles (primarily normal impacts) to high impact angles (primarily tangential impacts).

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author list (cited authors)

  • Katta, R. R., Polycarpou, A. A., Hanchi, J. V., & Crone, R. M.

citation count

  • 13

complete list of authors

  • Katta, Raja R||Polycarpou, Andreas A||Hanchi, Jorge V||Crone, Robert M

publication date

  • April 2009