The paper presents the results of an experimental investigation where membrane transducers in the journal bearing wall are used to measure the dynamic oil-film pressures caused by rotor unbalance whirl. The results are applied successfully to balancing the rotor, and the experimental measurements of amplitude and pressure response are found to agree well with theoretical predictions, based on a linear analysis. The measurement accuracy of the pressure transducers compare favorably with the accuracy obtained with shaft displacement probes.

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