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Pivot friction compensation using an accelerometer and a disturbance observer for hard disk drives

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Ishikawa, J. ; Functional Devices Res. Labs., NEC Corp., Kawasaki, Japan ; Tomizuka, M.

This paper considers a pivot friction compensator using the combination of an accelerometer and a disturbance observer. Noting that the pivot torque bias due to uncertain disturbances and nonlinearities such as pivot friction is approximately the difference between the scaled voice-coil motor (VCM) current and the scaled carriage angular acceleration, a disturbance observer to estimate the bias can be constructed using the above two continuously measured signals. By feeding back the bias estimate into the VCM amplifier, the frequency response from the VCM current to the carriage angular acceleration is linearized to be a constant gain within the observer bandwidth. The proposed cancellation scheme provides wider bandwidth bias rejection and better settling performance than traditional bias compensation schemes. Experiments have confirmed that the cancellation scheme is effective in the frequency range 0-700 Hz

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Mechatronics, IEEE/ASME Transactions on  (Volume:3 ,  Issue: 3 )