When the spacing between the slider and the disk is smaller than 10 nm, the effect of the intermolecular forces between the two solid surfaces can no longer be ignored. This effect on the flying attitude of practical slider designs is investigated here numerically. The three-dimensional slider surface is discretized into non-overlapping unstructured triangles. The intermolecular forces between each triangular cell of the slider and the disk surface are formulated, and their contributions to the total vertical force, as well as the pitch and roll moments, are included in a previously developed steady state air bearing design code based on a multi-grid finite volume method with unstructured triangular grids [3–5]. It is found that the van der Waals force has significant influence on the flying height and has non-negligible effect on the pitch angle for both positive pressure sliders and negative pressure sliders, when the flying height is below 5 nm. When the flying height is below 0.5 nm, the repulsive portion of the intermolecular force becomes important and also has to be included.
Effect of the Intermolecular Forces on the Flying Attitude of Sub-5 NM Flying Height Air Bearing Sliders in Hard Disk Drives
Contributed by the Tribology Division for publication in the ASME JOURNAL OF TRIBOLOGY. Manuscript received by the Tribology Division March 19, 2001; revised manuscript received August 14, 2001. Associate Editor: C.-P. R. Ku.
Wu , L., and Bogy, D. B. (May 31, 2002). "Effect of the Intermolecular Forces on the Flying Attitude of Sub-5 NM Flying Height Air Bearing Sliders in Hard Disk Drives ." ASME. J. Tribol. July 2002; 124(3): 562–567. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1456454
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