The influence of plastic anisotropy on the plastic behavior of porous ductile materials is investigated by a three-dimensional finite element analysis. A unit cell of cube containing a spherical void is modeled. The Hill quadratic anisotropic yield criterion is used to describe the matrix normal anisotropy and planar isotropy. The matrix material is assumed to be elastic perfectly plastic. Macroscopically uniform displacements are applied to the faces of the cube. The finite element computational results are compared with those based on the closed-form anisotropic Gurson yield criterion suggested in Liao et al. (Mechanics of Materials, 1997, pp. 213-226). Three fitting parameters are suggested in the closed-form yield criterion to fit the results based on the modified yield criterion to those of finite element computations.

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