The instability caused by fluid leakage leads to limited performance in turbomachines. This instability may be improved by using flexible bearing supports with anisotropic stiffness. With a simplified model this effect is investigated, including the influence of many parameters. The results show that the optimum range of anistropy is strongly dependent on the parameters of the rotor-bearing system. In this paper an explanation from an energy point of view is presented to clarify the different stability behaviors with anisotropic bearing support.

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