The influence of operating and design parameters on the magnetic tape/guide friction coefficient

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The classical belt drive equation is modified to obtain a more accurate model, which allows the investigation of the effect of various parameters such as sliding speed, tape tension, surface roughness, material properties and guide and tape geometry on the magnetic tape/guide friction coefficient. The friction coefficient between a guide and a tape sample is also determined from experimental measurements as a function of these various parameters. Theoretical predictions and experimental results are compared.

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