||<p>This thesis describes the theoretical and experimental investigations on a non-smooth
impacting system consisting of a forced oscillating mass with an impacting barrier,
which has the ability to impart energy into the vibrating system. The system is also
forced by the means of a sinusoidal excitation using a scotch yoke mechanism. Experiments
are conducted to obtain the time delay state-space, time series and Poincare sections.
Bifurcation diagrams are obtained by conducting forward and reverse frequency sweep.
The obtained results are compared with expected linear non-impacting behavior and
interesting phenomena including hysteresis, multiple-period orbits, transient and
sustained chaos are observed. Numerical simulations were conducted and correlations
were obtained between the theoretical and experimental results.</p>