Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
Dr. Md Easir Arafat Papon currently holds an instructor position in the department of aerospace engineering and mechanics, and his primary duties include teaching fundamental mechanics courses like Engineering Mechanics: Statics and Dynamics, Mechanics of Materials, and Fluid Mechanics.
Papon’s research is focused on the process modeling and performance study of additively manufactured, or AM, fiber-reinforced composites through experimental testing and numerical analysis. The AM of composites is a relatively new technology and not mature enough to be applied for functional load-bearing structures. Papon, in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team, is working on developing an optimum process model framework for AM of composites with reduced void contents, improved bonding, and higher structural integrity. Some of the key findings of the research are:
The current research is directed towards expanding the capabilities of additive manufacturing with continuous fiber reinforcement and large-scale manufacturing. The broader impact of the project is to develop rapid part manufacturing technology in remote areas, including space environment, and improve the performance in terms of speed and agility. Some of the current and future research areas are: