We address the numerical modeling of roughness or texture effects in ultra-thin gas films. Rarefaction (high Knudsen number) effects are dealt with using the Generalized Reynolds Equation, and a homogenization procedure is proposed to rigorously account for arbitrary roughness/texture shapes. The presentation is focused on head-disk magnetic storage devices, but the techniques proposed are general. Some details of the implementation, along with numerical tests, are included. By removing the small space and time scales from the problem, the methodology allows for efficient modeling of slider bearings with small-scale features.
Homogenization of the Generalized Reynolds Equation for Ultra-Thin Gas Films and Its Resolution by FEM
Contributed by the Tribology Division for publication in the ASME JOURNAL OF TRIBOLOGY. Manuscript received by the Tribology Division March 12, 2003; revised manuscript received November 7, 2003. Associate Editor: Q. J. Wang.
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Buscaglia, G. C., and Jai, M. (June 28, 2004). "Homogenization of the Generalized Reynolds Equation for Ultra-Thin Gas Films and Its Resolution by FEM ." ASME. J. Tribol. July 2004; 126(3): 547–552. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.1739410
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