Branscomb wins student poster competition for composite research

Published: Feb 8, 2013 10:00:00 AM
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Branscomb, right, with his faculty adviser, Roy Broughton, professor emeritus in polymer and fiber engineering

David J. Branscomb, a ’12 doctoral graduate of Auburn University’s Department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering, has won the “Best and Brightest” student poster competition at the American Composites Manufacturers Association's Composites 2013 conference in Orlando, Fla. He was one of 15 entries from eight universities with research concentrations in composite materials. Branscomb’s poster, “Design Process for Open Architecture Composites,” describes a process for designing and manufacturing a high strength-to-weight composite truss structure using 3D computer-aided design, finite element analysis and conventional braiding technology. His research was directed by Roy Broughton, professor emeritus in polymer and fiber engineering, and David Beale, faculty member in mechanical engineering. Vladimir Quinones, graduate student in polymer and fiber engineering, and Austin Gurley, senior in mechanical engineering, assisted Branscomb with his poster presentation.   

Contributed by Clay Omainsky