Oil Whirl/Whip

An unstable free vibration whereby a fluid-film bearing has insufficient unit loading. Under this condition, the shaft centerline dynamic motion is usually circular in the direction of rotation. Oil whirl occurs at the oil flow velocity within the bearing, usually 40 to 49% of shaft speed. Oil whip occurs when the whirl frequency coincide with (and becomes locked to) a shaft resonant frequency. Oil whirl and whip can occur in any case where fluid is between two cylindrical surfaces.

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Subjects: Mechanical Engineering Noise & Vibration