Flexible auto balancer design for the reduction of optical disk drive vibration

Seungho Lim, Kyungtae Kim, Ungrae Cho, No Cheol Park, Young Pil Park, Kyoung Su Park, Han Baek Lee, Seung Hon Yoo

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This study investigates the design of a flexible auto balancer (FAB) for the compensation of disk eccentricity. The FAB has various advantages over a conventional auto ball balancer, such as low cost, ease of implementation, lack of noise and applicability to standing-type drives. For the FAB design, a finite element model is developed considering the prestress effect and spin-softening effect caused by rotation. The structure is optimized and fabricated based on finite element model verification via modal testing. In addition, the dynamic behavior of the FAB is recorded by high-speed photography, and the vibration transmission to the base deck is measured.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)945-951
Number of pages7
JournalMicrosystem Technologies
Issue number5-7
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jun

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of Hitachi-LG Data Storage Inc. and the Center for Information Storage Devices, which have designated this research as a specialization project by Yonsei University. In addition, this work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MEST) (No. 2010-0000769).

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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