In the uniaxial bending of an elastic plate, a boundary layer develops along each free edge in the form of a small ripple in the deformed midsurface. The layer provides a smooth transition from the zero transverse bending moment at the edge to the required value in the plate interior. For an inextensible plate, the formation of this type of a boundary layer is impossible. An alternative mechanism for providng this transition is identified and investigated.

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