The effect of fluid inertia on the synchronous steady-state operation of a centrally preloaded single mass flexible rotor supported in squeeze film bearing dampers is examined theoretically. For a model representative of some aircraft engine applications, frequency response curves are presented exhibiting the effect of fluid inertia on rotor excursion amplitudes and imbalance transmissibilities for both pressurized and unpressurized short open-ended squeeze film damper supports. It is shown that a significant reduction in amplitude response and transmitted force is possible for dampers operating at moderately large squeeze film Reynolds numbers. Furthermore, for unpressurized dampers the possibilities of bistable operation and jump phenomena are shown to be reduced and virtually disappear at sufficiently large operating Reynolds numbers.

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