The apparent friction force and electric contact resistance at the magnetic head-disk interface were measured simultaneously for textured and untextured disks lubricated with perfluoropolyether films of different thicknesses. The initial stick time, representing the time between the application of a driving torque and the initiation of interfacial slip, was determined based on the initial rise of the apparent friction force and the abrupt increase of the electric contact resistance. Relatively thin lubricant films yielded very short initial stick times and low static friction coefficients. However, for a film thickness comparable to the equivalent surface roughness, relatively long initial stick times and high static friction coefficients were observed. The peak value of the apparent friction coefficient was low for thin lubricant films and increased gradually with the film thickness. The variations of the initial stick time, static friction coefficient, and peak friction coefficient with the lubricant film thickness and surface roughness are interpreted in the context of a new physical model of the lubricated interface. The model accounts for the lubricant coverage, effective shear area, saturation of interfacial cavities, limited meniscus effects, and the increase of the critical shear stress of thin liquid films due to the solid-like behavior exhibited at a state of increased molecular ordering. [S0742-4787(00)03101-5]
Static Friction and Initiation of Slip at Magnetic Head-Disk Interfaces
Contributed by the Tribology Division for publication in the JOURNAL OF TRIBOLOGY. Manuscript received by the Tribology Division November 23, 1998; revised manuscript received June 8, 1999. Associate Technical Editor: A. K. Menon.
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Wang , S., and Komvopoulos , K. (June 8, 1999). "Static Friction and Initiation of Slip at Magnetic Head-Disk Interfaces ." ASME. J. Tribol. January 2000; 122(1): 246–256. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.555349
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