The results of an extensive investigation of the transient response of rotors supported in fluid-film journal bearings is presented in the form of computer generated orbits of rotor motion. The stability of the rotor-bearing system was determined by examination of the system characteristic equation in Part 1. Rotor transient response orbits demonstrate the rotor behavior below and above the stability threshold. The results show the effect of imbalance, steady loading, cyclic unidirectional and rotating loads upon the stability and performance of a short journal bearing. The results are compared to previous investigations and modified stability maps are deduced from the results obtained. The concept of whirl is examined and several plots presented of the instantaneous whirl ratio and radius of curvature versus cycles of motion (of the journal) for the various cases considered. Bearing forces are analyzed and the resulting plots of force versus cycles of motion are presented for selected cases.

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