The role played by bearings in determining the dynamic characteristics of rotor-bearing systems is well known. This has led to various attempts to model oil-film force coefficients in terms of linearized stiffness and damping elements. The inadequacy of these theoretical coefficients to predict performance under certain conditions has led some authors to propose the use of nonlinear models. An alternative philosophy, developed in this paper, is to retain a linear model structure and seek to determine optimized coefficient values using modern parameter estimation techniques. It is shown that these estimated linearized parameters predict system performance more accurately than the theoretical linear coefficients; particularly when the rotor is operating near a critical speed.

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