屈曲计算的基础是使用有效宽度方法或者折算应力法计算结构的屈曲荷载，也就是通常所说的 LBA 线性屈曲分析。本文将简单阐述分析方法计算屈曲荷载系数的步骤以及如何使用有限元方法（FEM）计算。
Critical Load Factors Relating to Stress
 provides the following equation (Chap. 10, Eq. 10.6) for a pure analytical determination of the critical load factor of a buckling panel:
As you can see, stress ratios as well as critical load factors are determined separately for the individual stress components or must be known. You can determine the critical load factors by recalculating the critical plate buckling stresses. This determination has already been explained in this technical article.
Thus, the following relations result for the individual stress components:
This method is particularly suitable for unstiffened or longitudinally stiffened buckling plates that apply the corresponding buckling values from  or .
Calculation Using Finite Element Analysis
If there is a strongly stiffened buckling plate with longitudinal and transverse stiffeners, the FEM calculation should be used to determine the critical load on the entire structure. As a basis, you should apply a surface model and consider all boundary conditions (for example, supports at the edges, the geometrical position and stiffener loading as well as boundary stresses). For the determination according to LBA, elastic material behaviour is applied. The following example shows modelling of a longitudinally stiffened buckling plate in RFEM.
The RF-STABILITY add-on module is used to determine the critical load factor. When selecting a mode shape, the global system failure must be taken into account.
The first mode shape in this example shows global buckling and is therefore to be regarded as governing. However, higher mode shapes may be relevant for design in some cases. Thus, the critical load factor can be calculated for all stress components as well as separately (only one stress component per load case).
The stand-alone program PLATE-BUCKLING allows you to perform a complete buckling analysis using the reduced stress method, including automatic determination of eigenvalues for each stress component.
Critical Load Factor in Buckling Analysis
Now, it is possible to either determine the individual critical load factors and then analytically calculate the total critical load factor by using Eq. 10.6 provided in , or to use them directly from the FEM calculation. In some cases, the analytical solution may be regarded as conservative. Therefore, PLATE-BUCKLING provides the following options.