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Dr. Erkan Oterkus is a senior lecturer (associate professor) in the department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering of University of Strathclyde. He is also the director of PeriDynamics Research Centre (PDRC). He received his PhD from University of Arizona, USA and was a researcher at NASA Langley Research Center, USA before joining University of Strathclyde. His research is mainly focused on computational mechanics of materials and structures by using some of the state-of-the-art techniques including peridynamics and inverse finite element method. Some of his recent research is focusing on multiscale modelling of stress corrosion cracking, underwater shock response of marine composite structures, failure analysis of electronic packages, collision and grounding of ships and real-time monitoring of ship structures. His research has been supported by various organizations including European Union, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), Samsung Electronics, Lloyd’s Register, KIAT and Tubitak. He is the co-author of numerous publications including the first of book on peridynamics, journal and conference papers. Dr. Oterkus was a visiting professor at Stanford University (USA), University of Padova (Italy), Otto von Guericke University (Germany) and Nihon University (Japan). Dr. Oterkus is an associate editor of Journal of Peridynamics and Nonlocal Modeling (Springer) and subject editor of Journal of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of Gazi University. He is also Special Issue Editor for Computational Materials Science (Elsevier), Journal of Mechanics (Cambridge), Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (MDPI), Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (Elsevier) and AIMS Materials Science. Dr. Oterkus is a member of the editorial boards of International Journal of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering (Elsevier), Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (MDPI), Composite Materials and Open Journal of Oceanography. 


Peridynamics, Marine Structures, Finite Element Analysis, Mechanics of Composite Materials, Progressive Damage Analysis, Fracture Mechanics, Inverse Finite Element Method (iFEM), Structural Health Monitoring, Corrosion, Hydraulic Fracturing, Ice-Structure Interaction, Strength of Renewable Energy Devices, Aerospace Structures, Bonded Joints, Bolted Joints, Plates and Shells, Semi-analytical Methods, Fluid-structure Interaction, Multi-scale Modeling of Materials, Energy Storage, High Performance Computing, Nanomechanics of Materials

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Projects 2012 2022

Research Output 2005 2019

A computational model of peridynamic theory for deflecting behavior of crack propagation with micro-cracks

Basoglu, M. F., Zerin, Z., Kefal, A. & Oterkus, E., 27 Feb 2019, In : Computational Materials Science. 162, p. 33-46 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Crack Propagation
crack propagation
Computational Model
Crack propagation

Peridynamic simulations of nanoindentation tests to determine elastic modulus of polymer thin films

Celik, E., Oterkus, E. & Guven, I., 7 Jan 2019, (Accepted/In press) p. 1-27 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Polymer films
Elastic moduli
Thin films


Peridynamic modelling of localised corrosion damage

Author: De Meo, D., 1 Oct 2016

Supervisor: Incecik, A. (Supervisor) & Oterkus, E. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Peridynamics and its applications in marine structures

Author: Diyaroglu, C., 1 Oct 2015

Supervisor: Oterkus, E. (Supervisor) & Barltrop, N. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


2010 Outstanding Graduate Student in Aerospace Engineering

Erkan Oterkus (Recipient), 1 Dec 2010

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Activities 2010 2018

28th International Workshop on Computational Mechanics of Materials

Erkan Oterkus (Participant)
12 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

28th International Workshop on Computational Mechanics of Materials

Erkan Oterkus (Participant)
10 Sep 201812 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganiser of major conference