A new concept for actively controlling high speed rotating machinery is investigated both analytically and experimentally. The controlling mechanism consists of a hybrid squeeze film damper (patent pending) that can be adaptively controlled to change its characteristics according to the instructions of a controller. In an extreme case the hybrid damper can act as a long damper which is shown to be effective in reducing the amplitude of vibration of rotating machinery. In the other extreme the hybrid damper acts as a short damper which is shown to be effective in reducing the force transmitted to the support. In the long damper configuration the oil flow is circumferential, while in the short damper configuration the oil flow is predominantly axial. The hybrid damper is designed to operate in either of the short or the long damper configurations by controlling the positions of two movable sealing rings. The hybrid damper was tested on a Bently Nevada Rotor Kit and it is shown experimentally that the long damper configuration is extremely efficient at controlling the amplitude of vibration and the short damper configuration reduces the force transmitted to the support.

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