Oblique impact of a slider with a rotating disk in hard disk drives was analyzed using the finite element method. A three dimensional, thermomechanical, impact model was developed to study the mechanical and thermal response during the impact of a spherical slider corner with the disk. The model was validated by comparing finite element results with analytical solutions for homogeneous glass disk under simple conditions. Impact penetration, stress and incurred flash temperature were obtained for various normal impact velocities.

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