An analytical and experimental study is made of the forced vibration of a dynamic system with a motion-limiting stop, which is encountered in many practical cases involving mechanical equipment. An exact closed-form analytical solution is derived for the steady-state motion of the system when it is subjected to harmonic excitation. Experimental measurements with a mechanical model verify the analytical findings. The effects of various system parameters on the response are determined. Some interesting features of the motion are observed and compared to the jump resonance phenomenon exhibited by the solution of Duffing’s equation.

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