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Comparisons of Slip-Corrected Reynolds Lubrication Equations for the Air Bearing Film in the Head-Disk Interface of Hard Disk Drives

  • Author(s): Chen, Du
  • Bogy, David B.
  • et al.
Abstract

Slip-corrected Reynolds equations have not been widely used in the air bearing simulations for the head-disk interface in hard disk drives since Fukui and Kaneko [Trans ASME J Tribol 110:253–262, 1988] published a more accurate generalized lubrication equation (FK model) based on the linearized Boltzmann equation for molecular gas lubrication. However, new slip models and slip-corrected Reynolds equations continue to be proposed with certain improvements or with the more physical basis of kinetic theory. Here, we reanalyze those slip models and lubrication equations developed after the FK model was published. It is found that all of the slip-corrected Reynolds equations are of limited use in the air bearing simulations, and that these new slip-corrected Reynolds equations cannot replace the FK model for calculating an accurate pressure distribution of molecular gas lubrication.

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