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Title: Tribological performance of nano-thin fluoropolymer coated sliders
Authors: Ma, Y.
Liu, B. 
Man, Y. 
Keywords: Fly-stiction
Hard disk drive
Tribological performance
Issue Date: May-2002
Citation: Ma, Y., Liu, B., Man, Y. (2002-05). Tribological performance of nano-thin fluoropolymer coated sliders. Wear 252 (9-10) : 761-768. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: With the increase in recording density, any accumulation on slider surface can cause serious problems, such as high fly-stiction and extensive slider-disk interaction. Therefore, how to mitigate the accumulation on slider surface and thus, improve the stability and reliability of head-disk interface is becoming an important issue. In this work, a nanothin fluoropolymer overcoat with very good oleophobic and hydrophobic properties was applied on slider surface with a dipping process. Tribological performance, such as fly-stiction, normal stiction, and takeoff and landing processes, of the coated sliders was studied. Test results show that although normal stiction is not lowered, normal stiction modulation is reduced obviously by the overcoat. Fly-stiction and its modulation of coated sliders are much smaller than those of uncoated sliders. Coated sliders show much better takeoff and landing performance during contact start stop tests. After tests, the surfaces of tested sliders and disks were examined with an optical microscope, surface reflectance analyzer, and TOF-SIMS to interpret the tribological performance of the coated sliders. It can be concluded that the fluoropolymer overcoat reduces the amount of accumulation on slider surface and thus, improves the tribological performance of the coated sliders. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Wear
ISSN: 00431648
DOI: 10.1016/S0043-1648(02)00026-1
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