Design of swing arm type actuators considering thermal and dynamic characteristics

Chul Park, Jeonghoon Yoo, No Cheol Park, Young Pil Park, Takeshi Shimano, Shigeo Nakamura

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The present state of the design of swing arm actuators for optical disc drives is to obtain the highly efficient dynamic characteristics within a very compact volume. As a necessary consequence, the need of the small form factor (SFF) storage device has arisen as a major interest in the information storage technology. Due to the size constraint, the thermal stability of the optical pick-up head is important: therefore, the actuator is designed to emit the heat, which is generated by the optical pick-up, along the structural body easily. In this paper, we suggest the miniaturized swing arm type actuator that has effective heat emission quality as well as satisfies the dynamic requirements for the SFF optical disk drive (ODD). The actuator is targeted to be installed in CF-II card size drive to be competitive with flash memory or mini hard disk drive used in mobile electric devices; therefore the dimension of the actuator is required as 11.0 mm × 2.5 mm × 25.0 mm (width × height × length). Because of its small size, the dynamic requirements are severe to ensure the enough gain-margin for the system control together with satisfying the DC/AC sensitivity conditions. Moreover, due to the small size, the maximum pick-up temperature is critical in design because the system has high possibility to reach the shut-down temperature. For the operating mechanism, it uses a tracking electromagnetic (EM) circuit for the focusing motion together and the initial model is designed and promoted by the design of experiments (DOE) only considering the dynamic characteristics. New concept design is suggested based on the topology optimization method considering the thermal conductivity. Furthermore, the new design is modified by DOE to maintain the high sensitivity and to have wide control bandwidth and decreasing mass and inertia. The final design of a swing arm type actuator for SFF ODD is suggested and its dynamic characteristics are verified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)777-796
Number of pages20
JournalMicrosystem Technologies
Issue number8-10
Publication statusPublished - 2007 May

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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