The energy criterion of stability, investigated by G. N. Bryan and S. Timoshenko, has been applied with great success to numerous problems of buckling of thin elastic plates submitted to compressive or shearing forces in their own plane. The cases discussed up to the present have concerned almost exclusively rectangular plates, this form of the plate being practically the most important. The application of the energy method to plates bounded curvilinearly will now be illustrated by the case of the elliptic plate.

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