I have been trying to figure this out for a while and am having a problem with putting this together. Here is the setup. I have a long square hollow beam (L=2m, h=w=0.3m, t(wall)=0.5in), capped of on both side with the same thickness plates. Its loaded in compression as well as there is a force at the center of each side on all four faces. So it is loaded from all sides. I am not sure what is the best way to analyze it for buckling, since that is what I am worried about. It is not a simple Euler problem since in addition to the axial loading you have side loads from each side, which deflect all sides of the beam inwards. Any assistance would be appreciated.
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