In this paper the elastic stability of rectangular plates compressed in two perpendicular directions by forces uniformly distributed along the edges is considered. Edges x = 0, and x = a are simply supported, edges y = ±b/2 are unsupported (Fig. 2a). The nondimensional coefficient k = Pa2/π2D for various ratios b/a and ν = P1/P2 (0 ≤ ν ≤ ∞) is tabulated and corresponding graphs are presented.

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