This paper presents a method for the calculation of the stresses around three non-intersecting identical circular holes in a row, in a thin and infinite isotropic plate subjected to in-plane longitudinal, transverse or biaxial tension at infinity. The calculation of the stresses around any of the three holes is obtained in terms of the stresses that would exist around and at the center of the contour of a third would-be hole in the plate, initially, containing two holes. The results from the present method are compared to finite element as well as to published results in the literature. It is seen that the method yields satisfactory results at key points around the contour of the holes.

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