This paper presents a detailed analysis of the dynamic behavior of a single rotor/stator brake system. Two separate mathematical models of the brake are considered. First, a non-rotational model is constructed with the purpose of showing that friction induced vibration can occur in the stator without assuming stick-slip behavior and a velocity dependent friction coefficient. Self-induced vibrations are analyzed via the application of the method of multiple scales. The stability boundaries of the primary resonance, as well as the super-harmonics and sub-harmonics are determined.

Secondly, rotational effects are investigated by considering a mathematical brake model consisting of a spinning rotor engaging against a flexible stator. Again, a constant friction coefficient is assumed. The stability of steady whirl is determined as a function of the system parameters. We demonstrate that only forward whirl is stable for no-slip motion of the rotor.

The interactions between chatter, squeal, and rotor whirl are investigated through numeric simulation. It is shown that rotor whirl can be an important source of the torsional oscillations (squeal) of the stator and that the settling time to no-slip decreases as the ratio of the stator to rotor stiffness is increased.

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