Dr Erkan Oterkus

Senior Lecturer

Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering

Personal statement

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), 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), 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 Annals of Limnology and 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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Marine structures
Oterkus Erkan
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering Vol 7 (2019)
Topology optimization of cracked structures using peridynamics
Kefal Adnan, Sohouli Abdolrasoul, Oterkus Erkan, Yildiz Mehmet, Suleman Afzal
Continuum Mechanics and Thermodynamics, pp. 1-40 (2019)
Lightweight design of direct-drive wind turbine electrical generators : a comparison between steel and composite material structures
Jaen-Sola Pablo, McDonald Alasdair S, Oterkus Erkan
Ocean Engineering Vol 181, pp. 330-341 (2019)
A computational model of peridynamic theory for deflecting behavior of crack propagation with micro-cracks
Basoglu Muhammed Fatih, Zerin Zihni, Kefal Adnan, Oterkus Erkan
Computational Materials Science Vol 162, pp. 33-46 (2019)
Fragility reduction of offshore wind turbines using tuned liquid column dampers
Hemti Arash, Oterkus Erkan, Barltrop Nigel
Soil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering (2019)
Peridynamic model for a Mindlin plate resting on a Winkler elastic foundation
Vazic Bozo, Oterkus Erkan, Oterkus Selda
Journal of Peridynamics and Nonlocal Modeling (2019)

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Professional activities

29th International Workshop onComputational Mechanics of Materials
3rd International Water Desalination Conference Future of Water Desalination in Egypt and Middle East
28th International Workshop on Computational Mechanics of Materials
28th International Workshop on Computational Mechanics of Materials
1st International Symposium on Mechanics
Gazi Universitesi, Ankara (External organisation)

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MEIR Studentship PhD 09 Structural Health Monitoring of Metal Plates
Oterkus, Selda (Principal Investigator) Oterkus, Erkan (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2022
Determination of the Length Scale Parameter in Peridynamics
Oterkus, Erkan (Principal Investigator) Oterkus, Selda (Co-investigator)
20-Jan-2018 - 19-Jan-2020
Mobile Reverse Osmosis Floating Desalination Platform Powered by Hybrid Renewable energy (Newton Fund Institutional Links)
Oterkus, Erkan (Principal Investigator) Tezdogan, Tahsin (Academic) Atlar, Mehmet (Co-investigator) Day, Sandy (Co-investigator) Demirel, Yigit Kemal (Co-investigator) Oterkus, Selda (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 31-Jan-2020
Gate Rudder Weight Reduction and Structural Integrity Assessment
Oterkus, Selda (Principal Investigator) Oterkus, Erkan (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2020
Structural Health Monitoring of Offshore Wind Turbines Using iFEM
Oterkus, Erkan (Principal Investigator)
08-Jan-2018 - 06-Jan-2020
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Czerwonka, Andrzej
Oterkus, Erkan (Principal Investigator) Oterkus, Selda (Co-investigator) Czerwonka, Andrzej (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 01-Jan-2021

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Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering
Henry Dyer Building

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