Dr Erkan Oterkus


Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering

Personal statement

Dr. Erkan Oterkus is a professor (reader) 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), 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, Annals of Limnology and Oceanography, Materials International, and Journal of Composites and Biodegradable Polymers. 


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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Dent damage identification in stiffened cylindrical structures using inverse finite element method
Li Mingyang, Kefal Adnan, Cerik Burak Can, Oterkus Erkan
Ocean Engineering Vol 198 (2020)
Conceptual design and numerical analysis of a novel floating desalination plant powered by marine renewable energy for Egypt
Amin Islam, Ali Mohamed EA, Bayoumi Seif, Oterkus Selda, Shawky Hosam, Oterkus Erkan
Journal of Marine Science and Engineering Vol 8 (2020)
Marine Structures
Oterkus Erkan
Peridynamic model for a Mindlin plate resting on a Winkler elastic foundation
Vazic Bozo, Oterkus Erkan, Oterkus Selda
Journal of Peridynamics and Nonlocal Modeling (2020)
Family member search algorithms for peridynamic analysis
Vazic Bozo, Diyaroglu Cagan, Oterkus Erkan, Oterkus Selda
Journal of Peridynamics and Nonlocal Modeling, pp. 1-26 (2020)
Origami influence on container design
Antoniou Kleanthis, Oterkus Erkan
Annals of Limnology and Oceanography Vol 4 (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 - 30-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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