Modern aero-engine structures typically have at least two nested rotors mounted within a flexible casing via squeeze-film damper (SFD) bearings. The inaccessibility of the HP rotor under operational conditions motivates the use of a non-invasive inverse problem procedure for identifying the unbalance. Such an inverse problem requires prior knowledge of the structure and measurements of the vibrations at the casing. Recent work by the authors reported a non-invasive inverse method for the balancing of rotordynamic systems with nonlinear squeeze-film damper (SFD) bearings, which overcomes several limitations of earlier works. However, it was not applied to a common practical configuration wherein the HP rotor is mounted on the casing via just one weak linear connection (retainer spring), with the other connections being highly nonlinear SFDs. The analysis of the present paper considers such a system. It explores the influence of the condition number and how it is affected as the number of sensors and/or measurement speeds is increased. The results show that increasing the number of measurement speeds has a far more significant impact on the conditioning of the problem than increasing the number of sensors. The balancing effectiveness is reasonably good under practical noise level conditions, but significantly lower than obtained for the previously considered simpler configurations.

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