For superconductors of type II the phenomenon of vortex pinning plays an important role in technological applications. Several models have been proposed for this effect (Kim et al., 1963; Bean, 1964; Bossavit, 1994). In Du et al. (1999) and Prigozhin (1996), some of these models are analyzed. In this work we want to contribute to the analysis for the two-dimensional, rate-independent model proposed in Chapman (2000), which has the special feature that vortex movement and creation is an activated process occurring only when a threshold value of the magnetic field is reached. For analytical studies of related rate-dependent models we refer to Chapman et al. (1996), Schätzle & Styles (1999) and Elliott & Styles (2000).