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Design of Damped Air Bearings at Head Disk Interface

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Jianhua Li, Junguo Xu, Yuki Shimizu, Kyosuke Ono

Hitachi Ltd., Fujisawa, Japan

Masayuki Honchi

Hitachi GST, Fujisawa, Japan

Paper No. IJTC2009-15079, pp. 399-402; 4 pages
  • ASME/STLE 2009 International Joint Tribology Conference
  • ASME/STLE 2009 International Joint Tribology Conference
  • Memphis, Tennessee, USA, October 19–21, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: Tribology Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4895-1 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3862-4
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


Small perturbation and modal-analysis methods were employed to systematically study a damped slider’s dynamic characteristics. We found that a design with grooves distributed on a trailing pad effectively improved the slider’s damping at higher frequencies, and the damping ratio was dependent on the number of grooves, their depth, location, width, length, distribution, orientation, and types. A higher damping ratio could be obtained by optimizing these parameters. The femto slider with distributed damping grooves on a trailing pad had a higher damping ratio in the third mode, and hence, its responses to disk parallel and wavy motion were greatly reduced. This new design for the damped slider was an effective solution reducing the slider’s modulation.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME
Topics: Bearings , Design , Disks



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