This paper describes the experimental investigations which were conducted to verify existing theoretical vibration amplitude predictions for centrally preloaded, squeeze film supported flexible rotors. The influence of measurement errors and operating condition uncertainties are quantified. The agreement between theory and experiment was excellent, and it is shown that any discrepancy can be explained in terms of errors in determining the mean lubricant viscosity and the orbit magnitudes. Hence, for the range of parameters investigated, the theoretical model and predictions therefrom are validated.

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