This paper considers the steady-state response due to unbalance of a planar rigid rotor carried in a short squeeze film damper with linear centering spring. The damper fluid forces are determined from the short bearing, cavitated (π film) solution of Reynold’s equation. Assuming a circular centered orbit, a change of coordinates yields equations whose steady-state response are constant eccentricity and phase angle. Focusing on this steady-state solution results in reducing the problem to solutions of two simultaneous algebraic equations. A method for finding the closed-form solution is presented. The system is nondimensionalized, yielding response in terms of an unbalance parameter, a damper parameter, and a speed parameter. Several families of eccentricity-speed curves are presented. Additionally, transmissibility and power consumption solutions are present.

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