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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 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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An ordinary state-based peridynamic model for the fracture of zigzag graphene sheets
Liu Xuefeng , He Xiaoqiao, Wang Jinbao, Sun Ligang, Oterkus Erkan
Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences Vol 474, (2018)
Semi-active structural control of offshore wind turbines considering damage development
Hemmati Arash, Oterkus Erkan
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering Vol 6, (2018)
Peridynamics review
Javili Ali, Morasata Rico, Oterkus Erkan, Oterkus Selda
Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids, (2018)
A non-simultaneous dynamic ice-structure interaction model
Ji Xu, Karr Dale G. , Oterkus Erkan
Ocean Engineering, pp. 1-19, (2018)
A novel finite element technique for moisture diffusion modeling using ANSYS
Diyaroglu C., Madenci E., Oterkus S., Oterkus E.
Proceedings, IEEE 68th Electronic Components and Technology Conference, pp. 227-235, (2018)
Dynamic structural design of offshore direct-drive wind turbine electrical generators
Jaen-Sola Pablo, McDonald Alasdair S., Oterkus Erkan
Ocean Engineering Vol 161, pp. 1-19, (2018)

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Professional activities

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)
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (External organisation)
Composite Materials (External organisation)

more professional activities


Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Czerwonka, Andrzej
Oterkus, Erkan (Principal Investigator) Oterkus, Selda (Co-investigator) Czerwonka, Andrzej (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2017 - 01-Apr-2021
Determination of the Length Scale Parameter in Peridynamics
Oterkus, Erkan (Principal Investigator) Oterkus, Selda (Co-investigator)
Period 20-Aug-2018 - 19-Aug-2019
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Czerwonka, Andrzej Maksymilian
Oterkus, Erkan (Principal Investigator) Oterkus, Selda (Co-investigator) Czerwonka, Andrzej Maksymilian (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2017 - 01-Apr-2021
Structural Health Monitoring of Offshore Wind Turbines Using iFEM
Oterkus, Erkan (Principal Investigator)
Period 08-Jan-2018 - 06-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, Alexander (Co-investigator) Demirel, Yigit Kemal (Co-investigator) Oterkus, Selda (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Apr-2018 - 31-Mar-2020
Doctoral training centre in wind energy systems | Jaen Sola, Pablo
McDonald, Alasdair (Principal Investigator) Oterkus, Erkan (Co-investigator) Jaen Sola, Pablo (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2012 - 20-Sep-2017

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