This paper deals with active vibration isolation of unbalance-induced oscillations in rotors using gain-scheduled H-controller via active bearings. Rotating machines are often exposed to gyroscopic effects, which occur due to bending deformations of rotors and the consequent tilting of rotor disks. The underlying gyroscopic moments are proportional to the rotational speed and couple the rotor’s radial degrees of freedom. Accordingly, linear time-varying models are well suited to describe the system dynamics in dependence on changing rotational speeds. In this paper, we design gain-scheduled H-controllers guaranteeing both robust stability and performance within a predefined range of operating speeds. The paper is based on a rotor test rig with two unbalance-induced resonances in its operating range. The rotor has two discs and is supported by one active and one passive bearing. The active support consists of two piezoelectric stack actuators and two collocated piezoelectric load washers. In addition, the rig is equipped with four inductive displacement sensors located at the discs. Closed-loop performance is assessed via isolation of unbalance-induced vibrations using both simulation and experimental data. This contribution is the next step on our path to achieving the long-term objective of combined vibration attenuation and isolation.

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