Abstract

This paper proposes a new method for steady-state, large-order nonlinear rotordynamic calculations: it uses a method called the transfer coefficient method (TCM), which is more convenient than the transfer matrix method. Since TCM calls for only the displacement as the independent variable, whereas both the displacement and the force are needed as the state variables in the conventional transfer matrix method, TCM promises a substantial saving of computation time without incurring loss in the accuracy of calculation. First, the outline of TCM is explained, then the nonlinear calculations for a rotor of many degrees of freedom are presented. This steady-state nonlinear calculation method is based on the discreet Fourier transform (DPT, FFT) and substructure synthesis. As an example, the nonlinear response due to unbalance mass is calculated and discussed in the case of the rotor which is supported by three bearings with two nonlinear squeeze film dampers.

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