The paper analyses the stability of a rectangular plate which is elastically buckled along longitudinal edges and pressed by equally distributed forces. A general case is analyzed – different stiffness elastic clamping and then special simpler cases are considered.

Energy method is used in order to determine critical stress. Deflection function is introduced in a convenient way so that it reflects the actual state of the plate deformation in the best manner. In this way, critical stress is determined in analytic form suitable for analysis.

With help of the equation it is easy to conclude how certain parameters influence the value of critical stress. The paper indicates how the obtained solution could be utilized for determining local buckling critical stress in considerably more complex systems – pressed thin-walled beams of an arbitrary length.

Ivan Miletić, Marko Miletić