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This paper describes an experiment performed to verify the one-dimensional model of elastic foil behavior developed by Stahl, White, and Deckert. In the experiment, a loop of tape one-inch wide passes over a stationary recording head, and the air-film thickness between the head and the foil is determined using white light interferometry. Measured data for various experimental conditions are compared with the predictions of the model and also with prior foil-bearing analyses. The influence of parameters such as tape thickness, head radius, tape tension, etc. on the nature of the spacing field is demonstrated.
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