Computational Mechanics and Design Group

Department of Civil & Structural Engineering

Dr Zuhal Ozdemir


+44 (0)114 222 5419

Department of Civil and Structural Engineering Sir Frederick Mappin Building Mappin Street, Sheffield, S1 3JD


Zuhal studied the nonlinear behaviour of anchored and unanchored liquid storage tanks for her PhD. The recent fluid-structure interaction techniques of the FEM were applied to assess the seismic behaviour of tanks. During her PhD, she also worked on the time domain and frequency domain scaling procedures to generate design response spectrum compatible earthquake records. She joined Structural Mechanics Division of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven as a postdoctoral researcher in 2010. Her research work concentrated on the numerical assessment of the dynamic response of lifelines to ground vibrations using a 2.5D coupled finite element-boundary element (FE-BE) methodology including soil-structure interaction effects.

She joined the Computational Mechanics and Design Group as a research associate in 2011. Her work focused upon the numerical analysis of the micro truss materials under transient dynamic loading conditions. In November 2012 she was appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering.

Zuhal’s research interests include seismic analysis of structures, response of lifelines to dynamic loadings, and high-strain rate behaviour of materials.


PhD Bogazici University (Turkey) - Université des Sciences et des Technologies de Lille (France), 2010
MSc, Bogazici University (Turkey), 2003

Research project(s)

Dynamics of micro-trusses

We study the mechanical behaviour of micro lattices (also known as micro-trusses) under a range of loading conditions. Where applicable, we apply homogenisation and continualisation principles to derive higher-order gradient theories with a transparent interpretation of the emerging internal length scales. Under elastic loading conditions, the emergence of stop bands...


(2017). A Situational Awareness Framework for Improving Earthquake Response, Recovery and Resilience. In 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering.
(2016). Energy absorption in lattice structures in dynamics: Experiments. International Journal of Impact Engineering, 89 (2), pp. 49-61. (Full Text).
(2014). On backward dispersion correction of Hopkinson pressure bar signals. Philosophical Transactions A, 372 (2023), pp. 20130291-20130291.
(2011). A refined formula for the allowable soil pressure using shear wave velocities. Open Civil Engineering Journal, 5 (1), pp. 1-8.