A theoretical analysis is presented for the threshold of instability for a rigid rotor supported in hydrostatic gas journal bearings. Both rotationally induced instability (hybrid instability) and pneumatic hammer are considered. The analysis is based on a first-order perturbation with respect to the eccentricity ratio (i.e., the results are limited to small eccentricity ratios) and makes use of the linearized Ph-method [2, 5, 8]. The pressurized gas is supplied to the bearing through restricted feeding holes in the center plane of the bearing and the analysis takes into account the discreteness of the feeding holes, the feeder hole time constant, and inherent compensation effects. Numerical results are given in form of 16 graphs, showing the threshold of instability as a function of supply pressure ratio, feeding parameter and eccentricity ratio. Also, the effect of the feeder hole time constant is investigated with respect to pneumatic hammer.

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