This paper deals with nonlinear forced oscillations in a rotating shaft system which are caused by quartic nonlinearity in a restoring force. These oscillations are theoretically analyzed by paying attention to the nonlinear components represented by the polar coordinates. It is clarified which kind of nonlinear component has an influence on each oscillation. In experiments it was shown that, when the shaft was supported by double-row angular contact ball bearings, the restoring force had nonlinear spring characteristics involving quartic nonlinearity in addition to quadratic and cubic ones. Experimental results were compared with the theoretical results regarding the probability of occurrence and the shapes of the resonance curves.

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