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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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Peridynamic modelling of fracture in marine lithium-ion batteries
Wang Hanlin, Oterkus Erkan, Oterkus Selda
Ocean Engineering Vol 151, pp. 257–267, (2018)
Predicting fracture evolution during lithiation process using peridynamics
Wang Hanlin, Oterkus Erkan, Oterkus Selda
Engineering Fracture Mechanics, (2018)
Physical mechanism of ice-structure interaction
Ji Xu, Oterkus Erkan
Journal of Glaciology, (2018)
Peridynamics for marine structures applications
Diyaroglu Cagan, Oterkus Erkan
Yıldız Technical University Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Electronic Bulletin, (2017)
An enhanced inverse finite element method for displacement and stress monitoring of multilayered composite and sandwich structures
Kefal Adnan, Tessler Alexander, Oterkus Erkan
Composite Structures Vol 179, pp. 514-540, (2017)
Three dimensional shape and stress monitoring of bulk carriers based on iFEM methodology
Kefal Adnan, Mayang Jimmy Bunga , Oterkus Erkan, Yildiz Mehmet
Ocean Engineering, (2017)

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Professional activities

Gazi Universitesi, Ankara (External organisation)
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (External organisation)
Composite Materials (External organisation)
Open Journal of Oceanography (External organisation)
Peridynamic Modeling of Materials and Structures
USNCCM12 conference

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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
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
Multi-scale modelling of ice-structure interactions
Oterkus, Erkan (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2014 - 30-Sep-2017
Hygro-thermal Induced Failure Prediction by Using Peridynamics
Oterkus, Erkan (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Jun-2013 - 14-Sep-2015
TIC LCPE On-bottom stability analysis of subsea cables for offshore wind applications (FI04)
Day, Alexander (Co-investigator) Incecik, Atilla (Co-investigator) Oterkus, Erkan (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Sep-2014 - 15-Dec-2015

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