Multilobe journal bearings are often used to improve the stability response of rotating machinery. Such machines operate near the stability threshold of the bearing-rotor system. This work determines the linearized stability threshold of four multilobe journal bearings: elliptical, offset elliptical, three lobe, and four lobe. A nonlinear transient analysis of a rigid rotor in each of these bearings is carried out above and below the threshold speed. Shaft orbits and bearing forces are calculated. A numerical fast Fourier transform analysis is used to obtain the frequency content of the nonlinear orbit.

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