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Effect of Molecular Weight (MW) and End-Groups on the Thermal and Lewis-Acid Catalyzed Decomposition of Fomblin Z-Type Lubricants

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Lei Li, Paul M. Jones, Alexei G. Merzlikine, Yiao-Tee Hsia

Seagate Technology, Pittsburgh, PA

Paper No. WTC2005-63823, pp. 747-748; 2 pages
  • World Tribology Congress III
  • World Tribology Congress III, Volume 1
  • Washington, D.C., USA, September 12–16, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Tribology Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4201-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3767-X
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


The high-temperature stability of disk lubricants has attracted a lot of interest in recent years because smaller head-media spacing may cause head-media contact and thus a local temperature rise. At elevated temperatures, the lubricant may either evaporate or decompose, leading to the eventual failure of the head-media interface. The decomposition might result from heating and/or may be catalyzed by the presence of a Lewis acid site at the head-disk interface (HDI). In this paper, we study how the chemical structure, namely, molecular weight (MW) and end-groups (see Fig. 1), of disk lubricants will affect the thermal and Lewis-acid catalyzed decomposition of the lubricant.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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