The double pocket bearing design is discussed and compared to the plain three axial groove bearing. Rigid rotor stability, load capacity, and stiffness and damping curves are shown for the two bearing designs illustrating the stability and load capacity advantages of the double pocket bearing. Results show that placing double opposing stepped pockets in the top pads of a three axial groove bearing is a simple, inexpensive, expedient modification that is effective in suppressing oil whirl instability. Furthermore, the bottom plain pad retains the load carrying capacity of the original three axial groove design. Frequency spectrums substantiating the stabilizing ability of the double pocket design are shown for a test stand instability problem.

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