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Slit Design for the Thermal Flying Height Control Slider

[+] Author Affiliations
Hui Li

Wuhan University, Wuhan, ChinaHitachi Asia Ltd., Singapore

Shengnan Shen

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Paper No. ISPS2013-2945, pp. V001T01A027; 3 pages
  • ASME 2013 Conference on Information Storage and Processing Systems
  • ASME 2013 Conference on Information Storage and Processing Systems
  • Santa Clara, California, USA, June 24–25, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Information Storage and Processing Systems Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5553-9
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Thermal flying height control (TFC) has recently been implemented in magnetic recording disk drives to reduce the flying height at the read/write element for high areal density magnetic recording. In this work, we propose a novel thermal flying height control slider, by designing a slit near the thermal heater in the slider. The thermal-structure simulation coupled with air bearing simulation is used to simulate the actuation by the thermal actuator, as well as the effects on flying performance of slider being actuated.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME
Topics: Design



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