This paper evaluates the stability of the single mass rotor with internal friction on damped, anisotropic supports. The paper shows under what conditions the rotor stability may be improved by an undamped support with anisotropic stiffness properties. A three dimensional model is presented to show the influence of rotor and support stiffness characteristics on stability. Curves are also presented on how support damping may also improve or even reduce rotor stability. An analog computer solution of the governing equations of motion is presented showing the shaft transient motion for various speed ranges, and also plots of the rotor steady state motion are given for various speeds up to and including the stability threshold. The analysis is used to explain many of the experimental observations of B. L. Newkirk concerning stability due to internal rotor friction.

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