A simple model for the response of mechanical systems having two-sided amplitude constraints is considered. The model consists of a piecewise-linear single degree-of-freedom oscillator subjected to harmonic excitation. Encounters with the constraints are modeled using a simple impact rule employing a coefficient of restitution, and excursions between the constraints are assumed to be governed by a linear equation of motion. Symmetric double-impact motions, both harmonic and subharmonic, are studied by means of a mapping that relates conditions at subsequent impacts. Stability and bifurcation analyses are carried out for these motions and regions are found in which no stable symmetric motions exist. The possible motions that can occur in such regions are discussed in the following paper, Part 2.

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