It is important to clarify the characteristics of flow-induced vibrations in hard disk drives in order to achieve an ultrahigh magnetic recording density. In particular, it is necessary to reduce the flow-induced disk vibrations referred to as disk flutter. This paper describes the correlation between the disk vibration amplitude and the pressure fluctuation between a pair of high-speed corotating disks. It also reveals the effects of the arm thickness and arm shape on the disk vibrations and the static pressure between the disks. The disk vibrations were measured using a laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV). The static pressure downstream of the arm between a pair of narrow disks was measured by a method in which a side-hole needle was used as a measurement probe. In addition, the direction of air flow along the trailing edge of the arm was measured using a hot-wire anemometer. The experimental results revealed that the arm inserted between the disks suppresses the disk vibrations. However, the shape and thickness of the arm did not quantitatively affect the disk vibrations. The root-mean-square (RMS) static pressure fluctuation downstream of the arm decreased remarkably, whereas the mean static pressure increased when the arm was inserted between the disks. Furthermore, the circumferential variations in both the RMS and mean static pressures reduced when the arm was inserted. Therefore, it is suggested that the disk vibrations are excited by an increase in the static pressure fluctuation, mean dynamic pressure, and circumferential variation in the static pressure between the disks. Consequently, the disk vibrations can be suppressed by inserting the arm or a spoiler.
Experimental Study on Flow-Induced Disk Flutter Dynamics by Measuring the Pressure Between Disks
Takada, S., Tagawa, N., Mori, A., Mizoh, Y., and Nakakita, M. (July 26, 2006). "Experimental Study on Flow-Induced Disk Flutter Dynamics by Measuring the Pressure Between Disks." ASME. J. Fluids Eng. March 2007; 129(3): 368–375. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.2427086
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