Development of High Performance Multi-Lobe Fluid Dynamic Bearings Using a Sintered Material
Recently, in spindle motors for hard disk drive (HDD) devices, fluid dynamic bearings (FDB) with herringbone grooves have come to be used instead of ball bearings due to the demand for high density recording of the devices, improvement in the speed of data transfer, and the quietness of the motor. In this study, a 5-lobe bearing with high bearing stiffness using a sintered material, as a new trial, was developed, and the bearing performance was examined by simulated calculations and experiments. As a result, it was clarified that the 5-lobe bearing had the required performance for practical use in the spindle motor for HDD by means of optimizing the bearing’s dimensions. In addition, bearing loss of the 5-lobe bearing is lower than that of the herringbone bearing, and the 5-lobe bearing showed clearly that it is effective in being used in the miniaturization of HDD spindle motors.
Duk Yong Yoon, Suk-Joong L. Kang, Kwang Yong Eun and Yong-Seog Kim
H. Tokushima "Development of High Performance Multi-Lobe Fluid Dynamic Bearings Using a Sintered Material", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 534-536, pp. 1437-1440, 2007