An exact elastic-plastic solution for the stresses in an infinite sheet having a circular hole subject to pressure is obtained on the basis of J2 deformation theory together with a modified Ramberg-Osgood law. The sheet is orthotropic but isotropic in its plane. The results are assessed on the basis of Budiansky’s criterion for the acceptability of J2 deformation theory. By using exact elastic-plastic stresses, the function connecting the pressure at the hole with the radial enlargement is obtained. Upon release of the pressure, residual stresses around the hole are produced.

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