Rub-Induced Parametric Excitation in Rotors Academic Article uri icon


  • Analysis is presented which explains earlier hypotheses and experimental results that circumferential stiffness variations induced by rubbing over a portion of a rotor's orbit can lead to parametric excitation of half-speed whirl at a rotor's natural frequency. The results do not explain cited occurrence of 1/3 and 1/4 running-speed whirl associated with the operation of rotating machinery. A polar-coordinate version of the Jeffcott model is employed to model the effect of rubbing over a portion of a rotor's precessional orbit, with the rub-induced restoring force defined in terms of a Fourier series expansioin. Rubbing contact between a rotor and its housing results in both an increased radial stiffness and a tangential force due to Coulomb friction. Hence, there are two mathematically distinct sources for rotor parametric excitation, and the results concern the influence of viscous damping on the ranges of unstable speeds induced by these two sources of parametric excitation.

author list (cited authors)

  • Childs, D. W.

citation count

  • 72

publication date

  • October 1979