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Prof. Erkan Oterkus is a 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) and the director of Ocean Energy Research Unit (OERU). 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. Prof. Oterkus was a visiting professor at Stanford University (USA), University of Padova (Italy), Otto von Guericke University (Germany) and Nihon University (Japan). Prof. Oterkus is the editor-in-chief of Sustainable Marine Structures (NASS). He is also an associate editor of Journal of Peridynamics and Nonlocal Modeling (Springer), ASME Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology, and Frontiers in Materials (Frontiers). He is also an academic editor of Shock and Vibration and subject editor of Journal of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of Gazi University. In addition, Prof. Oterkus was a Special Issue Editor for Theoretical and Applied Fracture Mechanics (Elsevier), Computational Materials Science (Elsevier), Journal of Mechanics (Cambridge), Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (MDPI), and AIMS Materials Science. Prof. 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, Computational Hydrodynamics, Corrosion Damage, Desalination, Digital Twin, Energy Storage, Experimental Hydrodynamics, 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, Hydrogen Energy, 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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Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water


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