Hi Sarah:

Would you, for us non-scientists on the list, summarize Bradshaw's thinking and the opposing 
view(s)?  Please try to keep it in the realm of what an English major or at least what a MLS major 
can comprehend.

Practical experience tells me that baking works, temporarily rendering a sticky tape playable via 
standard playback. I have my own clearly audible findings about repeated baking degrading the sound 
quality, but no science to show why and debate from others who don't hear degradation in tapes 
they've repeatedly baked. I don't much believe any of the theories that say either that baking 
"doesn't work" (years of practice in the field say otherwise) or that super-dry storage can avoid 
future baking (I haven't seen any in-field reports of this being true, in other words all sticky 
tapes eventually go back to being sticky at some point after baking no matter how dry the storage 
conditions). I think the second point is important because super-dry storage is not appropriate for 
older pre-sticky tapes, and if it makes no difference for sticky tapes, it's a dumb goal for an 
archive environment.

I'm very interested in the in-field experience we've been discussing on this list, specifically how 
baking times are getting ever-longer. Do any of the theories you explored about what causes 
sticky-shed reveal why baking times would be increasing as the tapes get older?

-- Tom Fine

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>Do you happen to have specific references to Bhushan's tomes that
describe this? If they are in your paper I'd love a final electronic
copy of it.

Here are the references from the paper:

Bradshaw, R. and B. Bhushan. "Friction in Magnetic Tapes III: Role of
Chemical Properties." ASLE Transactions, 1984;27(3):207-219.

Bradshaw, R., B. Bhushan, C. Kalthoff, and M. Warne. "Chemical and
Mechanical Performance of Flexible Magnetic Tape Containing Chromium
Dioxide."  IBM Journal of Research and Development, 1986;30(2):203-216.

Sarah Norris
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