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Performance Optimization of Thermal Nano-Actuator for Fly Height Control in Disk Drives

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Haisan Tan, Bo Liu, Mingsheng Zhang, Shengkai Yu

Data Storage Institute, Singapore

Paper No. IJTC2009-15137, pp. 419-421; 3 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


Slider with thermal fly height control (TFC) uses a thermal heater to produce localized thermal protrusion and adjust the vertical position of the read/write head. This paper reports authors’ efforts in exploring large protrusion stroke with minimal heater power input whilst preserving heater robustness in the TFC slider, with an optimized thermal nano-actuator design. Effects of both heater line width and line spacing on TFC slider performances are investigated. A novel ‘Stream-River’ heater design approach is proposed. Simulation results conclude that the “Stream-River” approach is of both high power-protrusion efficiency and high heater robustness.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME



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