This paper deals with asymptotic stability of an analytically derived, synchronous as well as nonsynchronous, steady-state solution of an impact system which exhibits piecewise linear characteristics connected with rock drilling. The exact solution, which assumes one impact for a given number of cycles of the external excitation, is derived, its asymptotic stability is examined, and ranges of parameters are determined for which asymptotic stability is assured. The theoretically predicted stability or instability is verified by a digital computer simulation.

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