Strategies for improvement of tribological characteristics at the head/disk interface

Dae Eun Kim, Joon Woo Park, Dong Kuk Han, Yong Shik Park, Koo Hyun Chung, No Yeol Park

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Abstract

Tribological optimization of the head/disk interface is crucial to attain reliable performance of hard disk drives. As the flying height of the slider above the disk continues to decrease with increase in recording density, the concern for surface damage is greater than ever before. In this work a novel method to reduce debris contamination by way of trapping the particles in micro-grooves on the slider surface to protect the head is proposed. Tests performed with dummy sliders with several types of strategically designed micro-grooves show that the grooves are effective in removing the wear debris at the slider/disk interface. Furthermore, concept for stiction-free slider design has been investigated. Micro-bumps were fabricated on a slider surface in order to reduce stiction. Preliminary tests show that compared with conventional sliders, these sliders result in significantly lower stiction during contact-start-stop tests performed on the data zone of a magnetic disk. The concepts proposed in this work may be utilized in the design of future sliders for low flying heads on super-smooth disks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)912-917
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Transactions on Magnetics
Volume37
Issue number2 I
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Mar 1

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  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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Kim, Dae Eun ; Park, Joon Woo ; Han, Dong Kuk ; Park, Yong Shik ; Chung, Koo Hyun ; Park, No Yeol. / Strategies for improvement of tribological characteristics at the head/disk interface. In: IEEE Transactions on Magnetics. 2001 ; Vol. 37, No. 2 I. pp. 912-917.
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In: IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Vol. 37, No. 2 I, 01.03.2001, p. 912-917.

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