To this date, squeeze film dampers (SFDs) are effective means to reduce vibrations and provide structural isolation in high performance aeroengine systems. Integral squeeze film dampers (ISFDs) offer distinct advantages such as reduced overall weight, accuracy of positioning, and a split segment construction allowing easier assembly, inspection and retrofit. An experimental study is conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of integral dampers in attenuating the imbalance response of a massive test rotor. Damping coefficients for end sealed dampers are identified from the peak rotor responses due to imbalances while passing through the fundamental critical speeds. Impact response measurements at null rotor speed are also conducted to identify system damping coefficients for increasing values of the lubricant temperature. The impact tests and imbalance response measurements demonstrate that end gap seals increase effectively the ISFD viscous damping coefficients and without a severe penalty in the flow through the dampers. The experiments further demonstrate that the amplitudes of rotor synchronous response are proportional to the imbalance displacements without subsynchronous frequencies or (nonlinear) jump responses.

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