The sliding contact of soft material surface due to a rigid indenter is different from metal and some other polymers. A stick-slip motion is more frequently obtained than a smooth motion. By modeling the soft material as low damping viscoelastic material, this study proposes an analytical model to identify the stick-slip behavior of sliding system. The sliding system is a fixed rigid indenter that slides against on a moving soft material surface. A stick-slip model is developed and the motion of the sliding system is assumed to be in a solely tangential direction. By implementing the simple coulomb friction law, an exact solution is presented in the case of no damping of the sliding system. Results show that the periodic displacement of the stick-slip model is strongly depending on the friction force, sliding velocity and material stiffness. Furthermore, the effect of a viscous damping and velocity-dependent friction on the behaviour of the sliding system are discussed.
Lubricant reflow for 10 Å Z-Tetraol film is characterized for heat-assisted magnetic recording by numerical simulation using the experimentally determined thickness-dependent diffusion equation. The competition between laser-induced lubricant depletion (troughs) and subsequent healing by reflow is investigated as a function of lubricant depletion rate, trough width, trough depth, and duty cycle (reflow time between successive laser exposures). The simulations include 1, 5, 9 and 13 adjacent troughs. Trough width of 50 nm with an edge-to-edge separation distance of 50 nm and laser depletion rates of 1.0, 0.1 and 0.001 Å/cycle are simulated. Reflow kinetics on 13 troughs with a trough width of 20 nm and an edge-to-edge separation distance of 20 nm is also included to probe the effects in the limit of very small laser spots. Duty cycles of 10 and 100 millisec are used in the simulations. The results of the numerical simulations indicate that trough recovery by reflow increases with increasing duty cycle or decreasing number of adjacent troughs, trough separation distance and laser depletion rate. Conclusions based upon single trough studies are misleading for HAMR interfaces.