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Prof Selda Oterkus joined the department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering at University of Strathclyde in August 2015. She is currently a professor (Chair) and the co-director of PeriDynamics Research Centre (PDRC). 

She received her PhD degree from the University of Arizona in mechanical engineering with minor degree in civil engineering and engineering mechanics.

Her research mainly focuses on multi-physics modelling of materials and structures including damage prediction due to various loading and environmental conditions. This includes fluid-structure interaction modelling, ships & offshore structures, offshore renewable energy, floating wind and solar energy devices, desalination & water treatment, ice-structure interactions, fire damage in composites, corrosion damage, and poroelasticity.

Her research has been supported by various organisations including Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Department for Transport, British Council, Babcock, QinetiQ, Innovate UK, McDermott and TWI.

Prof Oterkus was a visiting professor at Stanford University (USA), University of Padova (Italy) and Otto von Guericke University (Germany). She is a Special Issue Editor for Computational Material Science (Elsevier) and Journal of Mechanics (Cambridge). She is an associate editor of Frontiers in Materials (Frontiers) and academic editor of Shock and Vibration (Hindawi). She is a member of the editorial boards of Scientific Reports (Nature), Journal of Peridynamics and Nonlocal Modeling (Springer), Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (MDPI), and Sustainable Marine Structures (NASS). She is also currently the chair of ASME UK Section.

Research Interests:

Peridynamics, Fluid-Structure Interactions, Fracture Mechanics, Multiphysics Analysis, Offshore renewable energy, Floating Wind and Solar Energy Devices, Desalination & Water Treatment, Finite Element Analysis, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Mechanics of Composite Materials, Vortex Element Method, Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics.

For more information about my research activities, please visit PDRC's website:

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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