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Shock and Vibration
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 620968, 18 pages
Research Article

Nonlinear Dynamic Behaviors of a Marine Rotor-Bearing System Coupled with Air Bag and Floating-Raft

Department of Mechanics, Xi’an University of Science and Technology, Shaanxi, Xi’an 710054, China

Received 18 May 2015; Revised 7 July 2015; Accepted 8 July 2015

Academic Editor: Tai Thai

Copyright © 2015 W. Zhao et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


To understand the nonlinear dynamic mechanism of a rotor-bearing system coupled with air bag and floating-raft, the dynamic characteristics of the system are investigated. This work has two key objectives. First, the vibration mechanism of rotor-bearing system coupled with air bag and floating-raft is investigated by developing a numerical model. Then, the nonlinear dynamics of the system and the effect of several parameters are studied, which includes the steady-state response and its spectrum, the orbit and its Poincaré map, the bifurcation diagram, and largest Lyapunov exponent (LLE). The results show that at low speed the dynamic behavior appears in a single periodic motion, and, with the increase of the speed, the motion becomes quasi-periodic and chaotic. These performances indicate that the air bag and floating-raft introduce some dynamic effects of marine rotor-bearing system.