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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 leading Peridynamics, Multiscale, Multiphysics Analysis of materials and structures (PMMA) research lab. 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). He is also Special Issue Editor on “Marine Structures” for the Journal of Marine Science and Engineering and on “Advances in the Multifield Analysis and Applications in Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering” for Journal of Rock Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering. Dr. Oterkus is a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, Composite Materials, Open Journal of Oceanography and Journal of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of Gazi University. 


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 2021

Research Output 2005 2018

Stress intensity factors
Crack propagation

An Efficient Inverse Finite Element Method for Shape and Stress Sensing of Laminated Composite and Sandwich Plates and Shells

Kefal, A., Tessler, A. & Oterkus, E., 31 Jul 2018, Hampton, V.A.60 p.

Research output: Book/ReportOther report

Open Access
Laminated composites
Finite element method
Strain gages
Structural health monitoring


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

1st International Symposium on Mechanics

Oterkus, E. (Participant)
10 Jul 2018

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

28th International Workshop on Computational Mechanics of Materials

Oterkus, E. (Participant)
10 Sep 201812 Sep 2018

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganiser of major conference