- 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:
- Design and testing of an innovative extrusion-process for reduced void contents and enhanced bonding.
- 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:
- Develop and validate computational strategies for high strength, high-temperature polymer composites
- Develop strategies for an AI-enabled and integrated process-structure-performance model of composites
Honors and Awards
- 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.