© 2021 Elsevier LtdThe precipitation hardened, high strength aerospace alloys (e.g. Al 7000 alloy series) suffer from loss of fracture toughness due to the heat treatment leading to intergranular ductile fracture. Depending on the quenching and aging processes, large precipitates at the grain boundaries with wide precipitate free zones might develop. Therefore the grain boundaries constitute a potential location for micro void formation and evolution under the effect of external loads. This is a common problem of such materials where there is considerable ductile intergranular fracture, which is normally attributed to the embrittlement effects of the environment in other type of alloys. In this context, for the modeling of such a degradation process, the current paper develops a physics based intergranular cracking model of polycrystalline materials where a strain gradient crystal plasticity model is combined with cohesive zone elements whose traction separation relation is based on the evolution of micro-voids at the grain boundaries. The framework successfully predicts the intergranular crack formation and propagation, taking into account different microstructural features, such as porosity, pore shape, grain orientation distribution, and grain boundary conditions.