A linear analysis of the parameters for the orbital transient response of journal-bearing systems is made with the purpose of computing the bearing dynamic coefficients using the minimum square method. The journal-bearing response is obtained from a nonlinear simulation that includes a transient solution of the Reynolds equation. The minimum square method permits the adjustment of coefficients with only one orbit and does not need prior linearization of the response. Therefore it was found to be advantageous compared with the more traditional experimental method of using a frequency domain method with two orbital responses. Three different Sommerfeld numbers were analyzed. Comparisons between the eight adjusted coefficients and the linear coefficients obtained from perturbations of the Reynolds equation about the equilibrium position permit the establishment of the ranges where the bearings behave linearly.

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