A catenary curve is the shape taken by an idealized hanging chain or rope under the influence of gravity. It has the equation $y= a \cosh (x/a)$. My question is:

What is the shape taken by an idealized, thin two-dimensional sheet, pinned on a plane parallel to the ground, under the influence of gravity?

The answer surely depends on how it is pinned to the plane, the boundary conditions. Natural options are:

- A disk sheet fixed to a circle.
- A square sheet fixed to a square.
- A square sheet pinned at its four corners.

The middle option above would look something like this when inverted:

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I don't think any of these shapes is a catenoid, which is the surface of revolution formed by a catenary curve. Is there a simple analytic description of any of these surfaces, analogous to the $\cosh$ equation for the catenary curve? I have been unsuccessful in finding anything but simulations of solutions of the differential equations.

This question arose in imagining a higher-dimensional version of the property that an inverted catenary supports smooth rides of a square-wheeled bicycle (explored in this MO question). Thanks for pointers!