A unique rotor dynamic data acquisition system is described to control the gathering and display of rotor displacement data measured at rotor speeds up to 70 000 r/min. The first published results measured with this system are demonstrated with plots of measured transient shaft motion after a sudden increase in shaft imbalance at speeds up to 44 500 r/min. The displacements of the rotor in the forms of Lissajous plots with and without a squeeze film damper are presented at four axial shaft locations below and above the shafts critical speeds. The blade-loss, dynamic test rig is also described.

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