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Title: Wear durability studies of ultra-thin perfluoropolyether lubricant on magnetic hard disks
Authors: Sinha, S.K. 
Kawaguchi, M.
Kato, T.
Kennedy, F.E.
Keywords: Hard-disk-interface (HDI) tribology
Issue Date: Apr-2003
Citation: Sinha, S.K., Kawaguchi, M., Kato, T., Kennedy, F.E. (2003-04). Wear durability studies of ultra-thin perfluoropolyether lubricant on magnetic hard disks. Tribology International 36 (4-6) : 217-225. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: This paper presents wear and friction studies on ultra-thin (∼2 nm) film of perfluoropolyether (PFPE) coated on glass substrate magnetic hard disks. The lubricant was coated on the disk by the dip-coating method and the tribological tests were carried out by sliding a 3 mm diameter glass ball slider (normal load=20 mN) on the rotating disk surface. Lube thickness and lube wear profile were measured using an ellipsometer whereas the worn disk surface was studied using a surface reflectivity analyzer. The sliding speed and the lube bonding conditions were varied during the test. From the results, it is concluded that about 80% bonding of the lube to the disk surface leads to an increase in the wear durability of the lubricant by a factor of 2 when compared to the as-lubed condition. Lube bonding has an effect on increasing the coefficient of friction. Initially, increasing sliding speed increases both friction and wear but for very high sliding speed these values tend to decrease. The glass ball surface showed wear due to asperity interactions as well as lube transfer from the disk to the glass surface. © 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Tribology International
ISSN: 0301679X
DOI: 10.1016/S0301-679X(02)00190-1
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