This article is concerned with the effect of nonlinearities on the stability and bifurcation of a flexible rotor system subjected to the influences of thrust bearing and mass eccentricity. The shaft is modeled by using the finite element method and then the model is reduced by a component mode synthesis method which can account for nonlinear forces and moment of the bearing. The periodic motions and their stability margins are obtained by using shooting method and path-following technique. The numerical results indicate that thrust bearing and mass eccentricity have great influence on stability and bifurcation of the motion of system. Thrust bearing can postpone the bifurcation of the periodic motion of system, heighten the critical speed and the stability threshold speed, and lower the resonant amplitude of the rotor.

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