Dr Selda Oterkus


Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering

Personal statement

Prof Selda Oterkus joined the department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering at University of Strathclyde as an assistant professor (lecturer) 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. She worked both as a research and teaching assistant during her PhD studies.

Her research mainly focuses on multi-physics modeling of materials and structures as far as damage and structural failure is concerned. Thus her research interests focuses on computational simulations of damage prediction in structures under various loading conditions such as thermomechanical loading, hygrothermal loading and fluid flow.

In this sense, she is interested in a new method, Peridynamics, which is a very powerful technique for damage prediction.  She is also working on peridynamic  material model development such as thermoelasticity, viscoelasticity and plasticity.

As the application of the model development, she is working on many problems that involves multiphysics simulation of complex material behavior.

Simulation of hydraulic fracturing is a good example for this. The analysis includes coupling of mechanical deformation, flow in porous media and fracture prediction.

Another area that she is working on is the thermal fracturing behavior of fuel pellets. Fuel pellets are used in nuclear reactors for the power generation of submarines and naval ships. Performance of nuclear reactor is influenced by the thermo-mechanical behavior of the pellets.

She is also working on failure prediction in electronic packages. Electronic packages normally include polymer components and these polymer components can absorb moisture during shipping or storage. During the soldering process to join different components of the package at very high temperatures, the absorbed moisture can turn into vapour. As a result cracks can occur. Therefore, she developed a peridynamic model which couples moisture, temperature and structural fields with failure prediction capability.

In addition to her experience with Peridynamics, she also uses Finite Element Method to investigate stiffened structures and wind turbine blades.

She is very interested in collaborative work with industrial and academic partners.

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 a member of the editorial boards of Journal of Peridynamics and Nonlocal Modeling (Springer), International Journal of Science and Qualitative Analysis and EPH-International Journal of Science and Engineering. 

Research Interests:

Peridynamics, Finite Element Analysis, Vortex Element Method, Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics, Hygrothermomechanics, Thermomechanical Behaviour of Composite Materials, Fluid Structure Interaction, Failure Prediction in Materials, Hydraulic Fracturing, Fuel Pellet Cracking, Finite Element Analysis of Wind Turbines, Welding Simulation, Lightning Strike Damage on Composite Materials, Electromigration.

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



Static condensation of peridynamic heat conduction model
Galadima Yakubu Kasimu, Oterkus Erkan, Oterkus Selda
Mathematics and Mechanics of Solids Vol 27, pp. 2689-2714 (2022)
Mechanical analyses of flat sheet water treatment membranes
Ozdemir Murat, Oterkus Selda, Oterkus Erkan, Amin Islam, El-Aassar Abdel-Hameed, Shawky Hosam
AIMS Materials Science (2022)
Peridynamic surface elasticity formulation based on modified core-shell model
Oterkus Selda, Oterkus Erkan
Journal of Peridynamics and Nonlocal Modeling (2022)
Analytical solution of the peridynamic equation of motion for a 2-dimensional rectangular membrane
Yang Zhenghao, Ma Chien-Ching, Oterkus Erkan, Oterkus Selda, Naumenko Konstantin, Vazic Bozo
Journal of Peridynamics and Nonlocal Modeling (2022)
Some analytical solutions to peridynamic beam equations
Yang Zhenghao, Naumenko Konstantin, Altenbach Holm, Ma Chien-Ching, Oterkus Erkan, Oterkus Selda
Zeitschrift fur Angewandte Mathematik und Mechanik Vol 102 (2022)
Some closed form series solutions to peridynamic plate equations
Yang Zhenghao, Naumenko Konstantin, Ma Chien-Ching, Altenbach Holm, Oterkus Erkan, Oterkus Selda
Mechanics Research Communications (2022)

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Professional activities

BTG Workshop - Net-Zero
28th International Workshop on Computational Mechanics of Materials
28th International Workshop on Computational Mechanics of Materials

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Egyptian Offshore Wind to Produce Green Hydrogen to Mitigate the Effects of Climate Change
Oterkus, Erkan (Principal Investigator) Oterkus, Selda (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
Towards a sustainable strategy framework to confront climate change for the water sector powered by renewable energy in Egypt
Oterkus, Selda (Principal Investigator) Oterkus, Erkan (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2023
Smart water-energy management system integrated with floating solar chimney for seawater desalination
Oterkus, Selda (Principal Investigator) Oterkus, Erkan (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2022
Adaptation to the Climate Change through Integration of Non-conventional Water Resources with Renewable Energy
Oterkus, Erkan (Principal Investigator) Oterkus, Selda (Co-investigator)
21-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021
Oceanways - zero emission autonomous cargo submarine
Oterkus, Selda (Principal Investigator) Oterkus, Erkan (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2022
A novel Partially Floating Photovoltaic integrated with Smart Energy storage and Management System for Egyptian North Lakes
Oterkus, Erkan (Principal Investigator) Atlar, Mehmet (Co-investigator) Day, Sandy (Co-investigator) Oterkus, Selda (Co-investigator)
16-Jan-2020 - 15-Jan-2022

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