Abstract: In the present paper, buckling behavior of rectangular plates with cutouts at different locations and subjected to partial edge compression is investigated. The plate is modeled and results are obtained using ANSYS. Buckling behavior of plates is investigated for simply supported. The work is further extended for different kinds of partial edge compressions. Partial edge compression is applied in such a way that total load on plate remains same for each case. Several numerical results depicting the non-dimensional buckling load for rectangular plates are presented in the form of figures and tables. In order to check the accuracy of the present method, the results are compared with those existing in the literature. The effect of span to thickness ratio and boundary conditions on the buckling load is presented.

Keywords: Plate, Buckling, cutout, Partial edge loadings.