Nonlinear Dynamics

, Volume 67, Issue 1, pp 251–262 | Cite as

Order reduction and nonlinear behaviors of a continuous rotor system

  • Qian Ding
  • Kunpeng Zhang
Original Paper


An isotropic flexible shaft, acted by nonlinear fluid-induced forces generated from oil-lubricated journal bearings and hydrodynamic seal, is considered in this paper. Dimension reductions of the rotor system were carried out by both the standard Galerkin method and the nonlinear Galerkin method. Numerical simulations provide bifurcation diagrams, spectrum cascade, orbits of the disk center and Poincaré maps, to demonstrate the dynamical behaviors of the system. The results reveal transitions, or bifurcations, of the rotor whirl from being synchronous to non-synchronous as the unstable speed is exceeded. The non-synchronous oil/seal whirl is a quasi-periodic motion. In the regime of quasi-periodic motion, the “windows” of multi-periodic motion were found. The investigation shows that the nonlinear Galerkin method has an advantage over the standard one with the same order of truncations, because the influences of higher modes are considered by the former.


Nonlinear vibration Continuous rotor system Standard Galerkin method Nonlinear Galerkin method 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Mechanical EngineeringTianjin UniversityTianjinChina
  2. 2.Tianjin Key Laboratory of Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos ControlTianjinChina

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