Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics

Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics
AFIT Faculty: Anthony N. Palazotto
Name: Anthony N. Palazotto
Title: Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Commercial Phone: (937) 255-3636 (4599)
DSN Phone: 785-3636 (4599)

BS, New York University, 1955; MS, Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, 1961 PhD, New York Unversity 1968. Professor Palazotto's interests include nonlinear mechanics, shell analysis, finite elements, composite materials, viscoplasticity and nonlinear dynamics. Dr.Palazotto is the coauthor of a textbook, "The Nonlinear Analysis of Shell Structures" published by the AIAA in 1992. He contributed a chapter to the text .Buckling of Composite Plates, published by Chapman and Hall in 1995. In addition he has coauthoredover 219 archival technical publications and made more than330 presentations at technical conferences. Dr. Palazotto received the Hetanyi Award in 1982 from the Society of Experimental Mechanics, the Cleary Award in 1981 from the Air Force Material Lab , the Structures, Structural Dynamics and Material Award from ASCE in 1986,and the AIAA achievement award in 2004. Dr.Palazotto is a Fellow of the ASCE; Fellow of AIAA, and a Fellow in the American Academy of Mechanics. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Ohio. Dr. Palazotto has advised over 156 MS theses and 29 PhD dissertations. He was awarded the Outstanding Engineer and Scientist Award from the Affiliate Council of Dayton in April, 2011. He was honored with the title of Distinguished Professor Aerospace Engineering.


My research is in the areas of structural dynamics, shell structures, fatigue, fracture mechanics, and high energy impact. I am presently working on problems including wear at high velocity; micro air vehicle dynamics, creep of crystal structures under fatigue loading and high temperature; impact of composite plates;strucural health monitoring, and thermal stress analysis. Each problem has both experimental and numerical considerations. The work extends from the theoretical to the applied. Dr. Palazotto has obtained more than $4.5 million dollars in research funding.



1. Naboulsi, S. and Palazotto, A. “Nonlinear Static-Dynamic Finite Element Formulation for Composite Shells’, Int. J. Nonlinear Mechanics, Vol. 38,pp 87-110,2003.

2. Perel,V. and Palazotto, A. ‘Dynamic Geometrically Nonlinear Analysis of Transversely Compressible Sandwich Plates’, Int. J. Nonlinear Mechanics, vol.38,pp 337-336, 2003

3. Laird, D and Palazotto, A., “Gouging Development During Hypervelocity Sliding Impact’, Int. J. Impact Engineering, Vol. 30, No. 2, pp 205-223, 2004

4. Laird, D and Palazotto, A., “Effects of Temperature on the Process of Hypervelocity Gouging”, AIAA Journal, Vol.41,pp 2251-2260, 2003.

5. Petel, R. and Palazotto, A., “Finite Element Method Based Model to Study High Cycle Fatigue in Turbine Blades”, J. Aerospace Engineering ASCE, Vol. 2, No. 7, pp 45-55. (Awarded best paper of the year 2004)

6. Naboulsi, S. and Palazotto,A., “Damage Model for Metal Matrix Composite Under High Intensity of Loading”, Int. J. of Plasticity, Vol. 19, pp 435-468, 2003.

7. Voyiadjis,G. R.Abu Al-Rub and Palazotto,A., “Nonlocal Coupling of Viscoplasticity and Anisotropic Viscodamage for Impact Problems Using the Gradient Theory”, Arch of Mechanics, Vol. 55, No. 1, 2003

8. Szmerekovsky, A. and Palazotto, A., “ Structural Dynamics Considerations for a Hydrocode Analysis of Hypervelocity Test Sled Impacts”, AIAA J., Vol. 44, No. 6,pp 1350-1359, 2006.

9. Szmerekovsky, A. and Palazotto, A.and Baker, William, “Scaling Numerical Models for Hypervelocity Test Sled Slipper-Rail Impacts’,Int. J. of Impact Engr., pp 928- 946, 2006.

10. Naboulsi, S. and Palazotto, A., “Thermomicromechanical Damage in Composites”, AIAA Journal, Vol. 39,No.1, pp141-152, 2001.

11. Cinnamon, J. and Palazotto . A., “Material Characterization and Development of a Cnstitutive Relationship for Hypervelocity Impact of 1080 Steel and VascoMax 300”, Intl. j. Impact Engr., vol. 33, pp 180-189, 2006.

12. Yin,S. and Palazotto, A., "Damage mechanics incorporating two back stress kinematic hardening constitutive models", J. Engr. Fracture Mechanics, Vol. 74, pp 2844-2863, 2007.

13. Pai, F. and Palazotto ,A., " Two-dimensional sublamination theory for analysis of functionally graded plates", J. of Sound and Vibrations, Vol. 308, pp 164-189, 2007.

14. Cameron, G. and Palazotto, A. " An evaluation of high velocity wear", J. of Wear, Vol. 265, pp 1066-1075, 2008.

15.Cinnamon,J., Palazotto, A. and Szmerkovsky, A., "Further refinement and validation of material models for hypervelocity gouging impacts", AIAA J. Vol. 46, No. 2, pp 317-327, 2008.

16.Larson,R., Palazotto,A., and Gardenier, H., "Impact Response of Titanium and Titanium Boride Monolithic and Functionally Graded Composite Plates", AIAA Journal, Vol. 47, No. 3, pp 676-691, 2009.

17 Larson, R. and Palazotto, A. "Property Estimation in FGM Plates Subject to Low-Velocity Impact Loading", J. Mecanics of Materials and Structures, Vol. 4, No. 7-8, 2009.

18. Abu, Al-Rub, R. and Palazotto, A., "Micromehanical Theoretical and Computational Modeling of Energy Dissipation Due to Nonlinear Vibration of Hard Ceramic Coatings With Microstructural Recursive Faults", Int. J. of Solids and Structures, Vol. 47,pp 2131-2142, 2010.

19. Pierce, C.,Palazotto, A. ,and Rosenberger, A., "Creep and Fatigue Interaction in the PWA 1484 Single Crystal Nickel based Alloy", J. Material Science and Engineering, A, Vol. 527, pp 7484-7489,2010.

20.Tubbs,T, and Palzotto,A., "Biological Investigation of Wing Motion of the Manduca Sexta", Int. J. of Micro Air Vehicles, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp.101-113, 2011.

21. Demasi, L., Palazotto, A., Hollenbeck, A., and Cavallaro, R., " Exploratory Structural Investigation of a Hawkmoth- Inspired MAV's Thorax", Intl. J. of Micro Air Vehicle,Vol. 4, No.,4, 2012.

22. O' Hara, R, and Palazotto, A., " The Morphological Characterization of the Forwing of the Manduca Sexta Species for the Application of Biommetic Flapping Wing Micro Air Vehicle", J. Bioinspiration and Biometics, Vol. 7, 2012, (13pp).

23 . Sabat, J., and Palazotto, A., "Structural Performance of Composite Material for a Slotted Waveguide Antenna Stiffened Structure Under Compression", Composite Structures, Vol. 97, pp 201- 210, 2013.








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