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Personal Statement

Dr. Erkan Oterkus is a professor (reader) 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), British Council, U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Samsung Electronics, Lloyd’s Register, Babcock, QinetiQ, ORE Catapult, 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 Sustainable Marine Structures (NASS). He is also a subject editor of Journal of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of Gazi University. In addition, Dr. Oterkus is Special Issue Editor for Computational Materials Science (Elsevier), Journal of Mechanics (Cambridge), Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (MDPI), 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, Annals of Limnology and Oceanography, Materials International, and Journal of Composites and Biodegradable Polymers. 


Peridynamics, Structural Health Monitoring, inverse Finite Element Method (iFEM), Additive Manufacturing, Aerospace Structures, Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning, Biomechanics, Bolted Joints, Bonded Joints, Corrosion Damage, Desalination, Digital Twin, Energy Storage, Extreme Loading on Structures, Finite Element Analysis, Fluid-structure Interaction, Fracture in Lithium-Ion Batteries and Fuel Cells, Fracture Mechanics, High Performance Computing, Hydraulic Fracturing, Ice-Structure Interactions, Material Design, Marine Structures, Mechanics of Composite Materials, Mechanics of Electronic Packages, Nanomechanics of Materials, Multi-physics Analysis, Multi-scale Modeling of Materials, Nonlocal Continuum Mechanics, Progressive Damage Analysis, Semi-analytical Methods, Ships & Offshore Structures, Soft Materials, Structural Analysis of Renewable Energy Devices, Structural Control of Offshore Wind Turbines, Underwater Acoustics.

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Research Output

An ordinary state-based peridynamic model for toughness enhancement of brittle materials through drilling stop-holes

Rahimi, M. N., Kefal, A., Yildiz, M. & Oterkus, E., 13 May 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Mechanical Sciences.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Thesis

    Buckling analysis of structures with corrosion under insulation

    Author: Mancini, D. R. H., 19 Sep 2019

    Supervisor: Oterkus, E. (Supervisor) & Oterkus, S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's Thesis

    Fracture analysis in marine batteries by peridynamic theory

    Author: Wang, H., 24 Jan 2019

    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)


    29th International Workshop onComputational Mechanics of Materials

    Erkan Oterkus (Participant)
    16 Sep 2019

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

    3rd International Water Desalination Conference Future of Water Desalination in Egypt and Middle East

    Erkan Oterkus (Participant)
    26 Feb 201928 Feb 2019

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