Most of steel or aluminum structures are made of tubes or welded plates. Airplanes, ships and cars are assembled from metal plates pined by welling riveting or spot welding. Plated structures may fail by yielding fracture or buckling. This chapter deals with a brief introduction to the analysis of plate buckling. A more complete treatment of this subject is presented in the 2.081 course of Plates and Shells, which is available on the Open Course. For additional reading, the following monographs are recommended:
- Stephen P. Timoshenko and James M. Gere, Theory of Elastic Stability.
- Don. O. Brush and Bo. O. Almroth, Buckling of Bars, Plates and Shells.