Numerous papers have investigated the behavior of dry-friction whip and whirl; most of them consider contact between a rotor and stator at a single location. For rotors running on multiple magnetic bearings, air bearings, or bushings, equipment failure may result in rub at more than one location. For these cases, it is important to have an analytical model that characterizes possible regions of two-point contact dry-friction whip and whirl.

The current work presents a general model to predict possible whirl regions for multi-contact dry-friction whip and whirl, allowing for an arbitrary phase between contact locations. In theory this method can be applied to more than two contact locations; however, a two-point contact example case is developed and compared to results from an experimental test rig developed to demonstrate multi-contact dry-friction whip and whirl in the current work.

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