Chaos of a flexible rotor in journal bearings

R. D. Brown, G. Drummond

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Nonlinear systems can give rise to chaotic behaviour, essentially unpredictable. Oil film forces arising from hydrodynamic bearings in rotating machinery can be extremely nonlinear under conditions of large unbalance. Chaotic response has been demonstrated in theoretical models of rigid rotors supported in hydrodynamic bearings. The behaviour of a rigid rotor can be extended by looking at a flexible rotor model supported on journal bearings and subject to large unbalance levels. The introduction of a flexible shaft yields chaotic regions which are less extensive than those obtained from a rigid rotor model. This is not surprising as the nonlinearity in the model is confined to the oil films at the end of the shaft. However if this level of unbalance is experienced in service then shaft fatigue could occur because of the sustained nature of the non-synchronous response and the effect of the resulting stress reversals.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication15th Biennial Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise
Number of pages8
Edition3 Pt B/2
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Event1995 Database Symposium - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: 17 Sept 199520 Sept 1995


Conference1995 Database Symposium
CityBoston, MA, USA


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