Microsystem Technologies

, Volume 19, Issue 9–10, pp 1625–1632

Touch-down induced contact and friction forces at the dimple/gimbal interface

  • Zhengqiang Tang
  • Pablo A. Salas Mendez
  • John Hogan
  • Frank E. Talke
Technical Paper


A dynamic simulation is performed to investigate contact and friction forces at the dimple/gimbal interface. The time history of slider motion, the resultant force as well as the pitch and roll moments acting on the slider are determined. The time-dependent contact and friction forces at the dimple/gimbal interface are obtained. The effect of material properties on contact and friction forces at the dimple/gimbal interface is investigated. Experimental results for touch-down and take-off characteristics are presented.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhengqiang Tang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Pablo A. Salas Mendez
    • 2
  • John Hogan
    • 3
  • Frank E. Talke
    • 2
  1. 1.South China University of TechnologyGuangzhouPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Center for Magnetic Recording ResearchUniversity of California, San DiegoLa JollaUSA
  3. 3.NHK International CorporationSanta ClaraUSA

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