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Dr. Md Easir Arafat Papon




  • Ph.D., Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, The University of Alabama, 2019
  • M.S., Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, The University of Alabama, 2018
  • B.S., Aeronautical Engineering, Military Institute of Science and Technology, 2012

Dr. Papon’s research is focused on the process modeling and performance study of fiber-reinforced composites through experimental testing and numerical analysis. The additive manufacturing 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:

  1. Design and testing of an innovative extrusion-process for reduced void contents and enhanced bonding.
  2. Process optimization and multi-level uncertainty analysis of AM processed composites.

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:

  1. Develop and validate computational strategies for high strength, high-temperature polymer composites
  2. Develop strategies for an AI-enabled and integrated process-structure-performance model of composites

Affiliated Areas
Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics

Selected Publications

  • Papon, E.A., Haque, A., and Mulani, S.B., “Process optimization and stochastic modeling of void contents and mechanical properties in additively manufactured composites,” Composites Part B: Engineering, 177, pp. 107325 (2019).
  • Papon, E.A., and Haque, A., “Fracture toughness of additively manufactured carbon fiber reinforced composites,” Additive Manufacturing, 26, pp. 41-52 (2019).
  • Papon EA, Haque A, Spear SK. Effects of functionalization and annealing in enhancing interfacial bonding and mechanical properties of 3D printed fiber-reinforced composites, Materials Today Communications. 25: 101365 (2020).
  • Papon EA, Haque A. Review on process model, structure-property relationship of composites and future needs in fused filament fabrication Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites. 39(19-20):758-89. (2020).
  • Papon EA, Haque A, Sharif MAR. Numerical study for the improvement of bead spreading architecture with modified nozzle geometries in additive manufacturing of polymers. Rapid Prototyping Journal (DOI: 10.1108/RPJ-05-2019-0142). (2020).

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Ph.D. Research Assistant Award, UA Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, 2019
  • Best Paper Award in Aerospace Design and Structures Student Paper Competition, AIAA SciTech Forum, 2019.
  • Best Paper Award in American Society for Composites Thirty-third Technical Conference Student Paper Competition, 2018.
  • Alabama EPSCoR Graduate Research Student Fellowship, 2016-2017.

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