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Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics

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  • 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. 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:

  • Design and testing of an innovative extrusion-process for reduced void contents and enhanced bonding in AM processed composites.
  • Process optimization and multi-level uncertainty analysis of mechanical properties in 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 polymeric materials
  • Develop strategies for through-thickness improvement of AM processed parts
  • Develop large-scale AM processes

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.

Areas of Research

Latest 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: Engineering177, 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, E.A., Haque, A., & Spear, S.K., “Effects of fiber surface treatment and nozzle geometry in structural properties of additively manufactured two-phase composites,” In AIAA SciTech 2019 Forum, pp. 407 (2019).
  • Papon, E.A., and Haque, A., “Tensile properties, void contents, dispersion and fracture behaviour of 3D printed carbon nanofiber reinforced composites,” Journal of Reinforced Plastics and Composites37(6), pp. 381-395, (2018).
  • Papon, E.A., Mulani, S.B., & Haque, A., “Optimization and polynomial chaos-based uncertainty analysis of additively manufactured polymer composites,” In Proceedings of the American Society for Composites-Thirty-third Technical Conference, (2018).