In this paper, the fracture pattern of a perforated aluminum sheet is studied experimentally and numerically using finite element models on two different length scales: a full-scale structural and a local cell models based on the large deformation theory. Through appropriate application of boundary conditions, the more efficient local cell model is shown to produce almost the same results as the full structural model. It is also found that the failure path is significantly affected by the loading conditions (uniaxial vs. biaxial) and the hole distribution pattern. By plotting the instantaneous contour of plastic strain rate, the fracture path could clearly be distinguished by the time that the overall engineering strain had reached 3%.

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