“The Effect of Support Flexibility and Damping on the Synchronous Response of a Single-Mass Flexible Rotor,”
E. J. Gunter & R. G. Kirk, 1972.


This paper deals with the dynamic unbalance response and transient motion of the single-mass Jeffcott rotor in elastic bearings mounted on damped, flexible supports. A steady-state analysis of the shaft and the bearing housing motion was made by assuming synchronous precession of the system. The conditions under which the support system would act as a dynamic vibration absorber at the rotor critical speed were studied and plots of the rotor and support amplitudes, phase angles, and forces transmitted were evaluated by the computer and the performance curves were plotted by an automatic plotter unit. Curves are presented on the optimization of the support housing characteristics to attenuate the rotor synchronous unbalance response. The complete transient motion including rotor unbalance was examined by integrating the equations of motion numerically using a modified 4th-order Runge-Kutta procedure and the resulting whirl orbits were plotted by an automatic plotter unit. The results of the transient analysis are discussed with regard to the design optimization procedure derived from the steady-state analysis.