This chapter discusses mechanical failure via geometric instability or buckling. The problem is explained from the standpoint of stationary potential energy and the emergence of multiple equilibrium solutions at critical load values in both a linearized and non-linear setting. The classic problem of Euler buckling is presented from the governing equilibrium equations as well as from the concept of stationary potential energy. For more complex situations, the notion of approximate stationary potential energy is utilized to compute approximate buckling loads.
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