This is the second of two papers describing results of a research project directed at verifying computer programs used to calculate critical speeds of turbomachinery. This part describes measurements made to determine the characteristics of tilt-pad bearings and foundation dynamics. Critical speeds of a 166 kg laboratory rotor on tilt-pad bearings are then compared with predictions from a state-of-the-art damped eigenvalue computer program. Measured natural frequencies of a steam turbine are also compared with computer predictions. Accuracy of critical speed prediction is shown to depend on accuracy of 1) the “free-free” rotor models, 2) the bearing stiffness and damping coefficients, and 3) the dynamic properties of the foundation, which can be represented by an impedance that must be determined by experimental measurements.

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