An on-board rotor-bearing system operating at high speed is inevitably subjected to additional inertial forces and parametric excitations caused by aircraft maneuvering flights. The differential equations of motion for a squeeze film damped rotor system moving with the aircraft during maneuvering flight are derived based on Lagrange’s principle. Transient characteristics of the rotor system considering instantaneous static eccentricity of journal in turning maneuver are calculated by Newmark-HHT integration method. The effects of forward speed, radius of curvature, and elastic support stiffness on transient responses are discussed subsequently.

The results indicate that when the aircraft conducts a maneuvering flight, the whirl orbit of journal deviates from the center of the damper, and the deviation direction is determined by the centrifugal acceleration of aircraft and the additional gyroscopic moment. The journal performs a nonsynchronous whirl around the instantaneous static eccentricity. Its magnitude is related to the additional maneuvering loads and the stiffness of elastic support. Increasing forward speed or decreasing maneuvering radius, the rotor vibration will enter earlier into or withdraw later from the relatively large eccentric condition. The stiffness of elastic support has a great impact on transient characteristics of rotor-bearing system during maneuvering flight. Overall, using finite element modeling combined with mechanism analysis, a flexible and efficient approach is proposed to predict transient responses of engine rotor systems during aircraft maneuvering flights.

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