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12/31/15 / #20150380952

Battery cell charge equalization

Battery cell charge equalization devices, systems and methods are provided. A particular method includes receiving a charging current at a battery charge equalization circuit coupled to a battery cell of a multi-cell battery. ... The Boeing Co

12/31/15 / #20150380748

Heat reclamation and temperature control for submersible vehicles that utilize fuel cells

Embodiments described herein provide for heat reclamation and temperature control of a sofc for a submersible vehicle. The vehicle includes a sofc, a hot box that surrounds the sofc, a cooling loop, and a stirling engine. ... The Boeing Co

12/31/15 / #20150379875

Automatic aircraft monitoring and operator preferred rerouting system and method

An automatic aircraft monitoring and proposed rerouting system includes at least one processor and at least one memory. The at least one memory is in electronic communication with the at least one processor. ... The Boeing Co

12/31/15 / #20150378360

Passive timing of asynchronous imu attitude data

Embodiments described herein provide for passive timing of asynchronous inertial measurement unit (imu) attitude data using information derived from a pattern of skipped and duplicate samples of attitude data generated by the imu. One embodiment is an attitude controller for a vehicle that generates samples of attitude data at a first frequency (f1) from an imu of the vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

12/31/15 / #20150378028

Portable ground based augmentation system

A method and apparatus of generating navigation information for an aircraft. Satellite signals are received at a group of reference receivers at a group of locations. ... The Boeing Co

12/31/15 / #20150377982

Electrical power diagnostic system and methods

An electrical power diagnostic device and methods are disclosed. A power-supply-side connector is operable to couple to a power supply, and a load-side connector is operable to couple to a load. ... The Boeing Co

12/31/15 / #20150377662

Mems-based conformal air speed sensor

Systems and methods for measuring air speed which solve the problem of icing or blockage by creating an exterior surface on an aircraft that channels air and measures the pressure difference of the pressure through the airflow and the static pressure. This exterior surface cannot be blocked easily because air is always flowing when the aircraft is in motion, any external matter that could be on the exterior surface is readily visible, and the exterior surface can be heated to prevent icing. ... The Boeing Co

12/31/15 / #20150377279

Method and apparatus for fuel tank spark containment

A method and apparatus for forming a seal over a hole in a structure. The apparatus comprises a washer, a sleeve, and a fastener. ... The Boeing Co

12/31/15 / #20150376452

High efficiency erosion resistant silicone ablator composition

A lightweight ablator formulation has been developed which offers superior thermal performance compared to current state of the art ablator formulations. The lightweight ablator formulations described herein typically include at least one endothermically decomposing (energy absorbing) material with a fluxing agent resulting in significantly reduced backface temperature response and a more stable surface. ... The Boeing Co

12/31/15 / #20150375937

Closeout cover for waste receptacle openings

The present disclosure is generally directed to a lid for a storage receptacle including a substantially planar top panel including a plurality of openings, a substantially planar slideable closure having a plurality of closure portions capable of closing each of the plurality of openings in the top panel, and a plurality of accessible portions capable of allowing access through each of the plurality of openings in the top panel. The lid further includes a guide mechanism capable of guiding the slideable closure between a first position and a second position, and an activation mechanism capable of receiving an input to move the slideable closure between one of the first position and the second position along the guide mechanism.. ... The Boeing Co

12/31/15 / #20150375870

Method for testing a maintenance and materials management system

A method for testing an airplane maintenance system, which comprises the steps of: testing communications and data transmission between an aircraft operator and a management service provider; testing general communications and data transmission between internal systems of the management service provider; and testing communications and data transmission between the internal systems of the management service provider during for predetermined procedures.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/31/15 / #20150375860

Tilt-rotor vertical-lift aircraft

Described herein is an aircraft that includes a fuselage with a higher portion and a lower portion. The aircraft also includes two fixed wings that are coupled to and extend from opposing sides of the lower portion of the fuselage. ... The Boeing Co

12/31/15 / #20150375843

Elongated structures and related assemblies

An elongated structure comprising a web extending along a length of the elongated structure and a flange comprising a first flange portion, the first flange portion extending away from an area of the web. The first flange portion comprises a variable width along at least a portion of the length of the elongated structure. ... The Boeing Co

12/31/15 / #20150375840

Stand-off delivery of unmanned underwater vehicles

Embodiments described herein provide apparatus and method for stand-off deployment of uuvs utilizing self-directed projectiles that include guidance kits. One embodiment is a projectile that includes a guidance kit that directs the projectile in flight. ... The Boeing Co

12/31/15 / #20150375307

Twist lock tool system

A tool system including a liner having a body and a plurality of coupling members extending from the body, the body includes a first aperture through which at least part of a tool extends and is configured for coupling to a tool fixture, and a housing having an second aperture through which the at least part of the tool extends, a first end of the housing having grooves configured to mate with the plurality of coupling members to couple the tool within the grooves and to the tool fixture.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/24/15 / #20150373470

Automated production of acoustic structures

A laser cuts overlapping ribbons of acoustic material into acoustic devices. An automatically controlled manipulator includes an end effector having groups of placement tools for simultaneously placing multiple acoustic devices in a cellular core. ... The Boeing Co

12/24/15 / #20150373154

Arinc 629 ethernet converter

In an onboard aircraft computing and network system, an aeronautical radio, incorporated (arinc) 629 ethernet converter receives arinc 629 data, transcodes the data, and inserts the data into ethernet frames for transmission to other onboard devices. A secure communications session may be established for transmission of the transcoded data. ... The Boeing Co

12/24/15 / #20150372381

Antenna array optimization system

A method for optimizing a phased array antenna. A predicted future health state for elements in the phased array antenna is identified. ... The Boeing Co

12/24/15 / #20150372370

Enhanced hybrid-tee coupler

An enhanced hybrid-tee coupler (“eht-coupler”), the eht-coupler is described. The eht-coupler includes a first waveguide, second waveguide, third waveguide, and fourth waveguide. ... The Boeing Co

12/24/15 / #20150372369

Power division and recombination network with internal signal adjustment

A power division and recombination network with internal signal adjustment (“pdrn”) is described. The pdrn may include a means for dividing an input power signal having a first amplitude value into eight intermediate power signals, where each intermediate power signal has an intermediate amplitude value equal to approximately one-eighth the first amplitude value. ... The Boeing Co

12/24/15 / #20150371443

Viewpoint control of a display of a virtual product in a virtual environment

A method, system, and apparatus for visually presenting a virtual environment relative to a physical workspace. An output device visually presents a view of the virtual environment to guide a human operator in performing a number of operations within the physical workspace. ... The Boeing Co

12/24/15 / #20150369749

System and method for detecting pin-holes in fiberglass and composite parts

A system and method is disclosed for detecting defects in the surface of a workpiece such as a fiberglass or composite part. A light source is positioned to direct light at the workpiece at an oblique angle with respect to the surface of the workpiece. ... The Boeing Co

12/24/15 / #20150369706

Methods and systems for particle collection and analysis

An example method for collection and analysis of particles from a particle generating source enclosed within an enclosure having an inlet and an outlet is described. The method includes supplying filtered air into the enclosure through the inlet, extracting, with a vacuum source, an aerosol stream including particles from the particle generating source through the outlet, directing the aerosol stream from the outlet of the enclosure to the vacuum source via a sampling tower. ... The Boeing Co

12/24/15 / #20150369607

System and method for mitigating an occurrence of a dry spot in a field of view of a star tracker

A system and method for mitigating an occurrence of a dry spot, the method may include: (1) predicting the occurrence of the dry spot by at least one of determining a location of the occurrence of the dry spot, determining a date of the occurrence of the dry spot, and determining a duration of the occurrence of the dry spot; (2) generating a visualization of the occurrence of the dry spot, and (3) modifying a star catalog to reduce an impact of the dry spot by at least one of generating a set of modification to modify the star catalog, generating a modification schedule for modifying the star catalog, and uploading the set of modifications to the star catalog.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/24/15 / #20150369569

Techniques deployment system

A method and apparatus for generating an effect. The apparatus comprises a group of tactical controllers and a mission controller. ... The Boeing Co

12/24/15 / #20150369285

Joint bearing lubricant system

A bearing assembly is disclosed having a wearing surface formed from an alloying including tin, a wear material configured to be contacted by the wearing material during use, and the wear material having a smoothed surface. A method of providing superlubricious performance of a bearing assembly is also provided.. ... The Boeing Co

12/24/15 / #20150369266

Flow control actuator with an adjustable frequency

A fluidic oscillator includes a structure having an input port and an output port. A chamber within the structure is configured to channel a fluid from the input port to the output port. ... The Boeing Co

12/24/15 / #20150368082

Collision avoidance system for scissor lift

Disclosed is a collision avoidance method, controller, and system for a scissor lift. The scissor lift includes a passenger basket, a scissor extension mechanism, and a base with wheels. ... The Boeing Co

12/24/15 / #20150367944

Airline door retractable wave fence with steps for evacuation

Systems, methods, and apparatus for permitting evacuation of an aircraft following a water landing are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, the disclosed method involves deploying, an evacuation unit, from inside a storage housing located proximate a door of the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

12/24/15 / #20150367619

Composite radius fillers and methods of forming the same

There is provided in an embodiment a composite radius filler for a composite structure. The composite radius filler has two or more radius laminates. ... The Boeing Co

12/24/15 / #20150367586

Forming tools and flexible ultrasonic transducer arrays

An apparatus comprises a forming tool having a forming surface, and an ultrasonic transducer array on the forming surface.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/24/15 / #20150367585

Bond assembly jig and method

A method for forming a composite structure on an assembly jig includes assembling an anchor member and block member on a support plate, arranging composite materials on the support plate adjacent to the anchor member, placing a shroud over the anchor member and block member, and applying heat and pressure to the bond assembly jig to cure the composite materials.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/24/15 / #20150367565

Systems and methods for assembling a structurally reinforced composite structure

Systems and methods for assembling a structurally reinforced composite structure are disclosed herein. The methods include deforming a composite tubular skin to a deformed conformation to generate clearance to permit a frame assembly to be conveyed into an internal volume that is defined by the composite tubular skin. ... The Boeing Co

12/24/15 / #20150367516

Robot alignment systems and methods of aligning a robot

Presently disclosed robotic alignment systems and methods may allow for alignment of a platform of a robot with respect to an access port of a part, such as a wing of an aircraft. A robot positioned under the wing may include a base and an upper platform coupled together by a plurality of legs. ... The Boeing Co

12/24/15 / #20150367509

Stabilization of an end of an extended-reach apparatus in a limited-access space

Apparatus and methods that can be used to stabilize a portion of an extended-reach tool assembly to enable the dimensional mapping, non-destructive inspection and/or simple repair of elongated and serpentine structures used in aerospace and military platforms. In some embodiments, a jointed (i.e., articulated) arm of the extended-reach tool assembly, which is mounted and manipulated at the entrance to a limited-access space (e.g., a cavity), is equipped with actuatable contact pads or bladders to stabilize the distal end of the arm to which a tool-carrying end effector is coupled. ... The Boeing Co

12/24/15 / #20150367274

System and method for producing carbon dioxide

A system for producing carbon dioxide including a collection subsystem configured to collect a process gas, the process gas including a hydrocarbon, a combustion subsystem configured to combust the hydrocarbon in the process gas and output a gaseous combustion effluent, wherein the gaseous combustion effluent includes carbon dioxide and water, and a separation subsystem configured to separate the carbon dioxide from the gaseous combustion effluent.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/24/15 / #20150367153

Self-extinguishing receptacle

Methods and apparatuses are disclosed for controlling and extinguishing ignited or ignitable metals and/or metal-containing compounds in a container comprising predetermined amounts of releasable fire suppressant.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/17/15 / #20150365746

Flat panel loudspeaker system and method of making

An exciter assembly for use with a flat panel loudspeaker system including a panel having a core, an inner sheet coupled to an inner surface of the core and an outer sheet coupled to an outer surface of the core. The exciter assembly may include an exciter having a voice coil assembly attachable to the outer sheet of the panel, the voice coil assembly having a lock pad, and a lock base releasably engaging the lock pad and attachable to the outer sheet of the panel, to vibrate the panel to generate sound energy; and an exciter support bracket connected to the exciter housing and attachable to the outer sheet of the panel.. ... The Boeing Co

12/17/15 / #20150364016

Cargo compartment indication for tie down restraint locations

A system and method for identifying tie down restraint locations in a cargo compartment or other storage area is disclosed. The system includes labeling or otherwise highlighting the tie down locations on a floor where the cargo is to be secured. ... The Boeing Co

12/17/15 / #20150363616

Locating parts with electromagnetic identification (emid) tags for contextual visualization

In one or more embodiments, a disclosed method involves transmitting a first transmit signal(s) having a first signal strength and/or a first field of view (fov), thereby establishing a first radiation region. The method further involves receiving a first receive signal(s) radiated from an emid tag(s). ... The Boeing Co

12/17/15 / #20150363424

Distributed data authority system

An apparatus, system, and method for distributing authority for data objects. Each of the data objects in a replication set is stored at a different data storage site and comprises a copy of a content. ... The Boeing Co

12/17/15 / #20150362920

Aircraft departure profile generation compliant with noise abatement limits

Systems and methods are described for dynamically generating flight departure profiles that are in compliance with aircraft emission limits. Emission limits may include noise abatement limits. ... The Boeing Co

12/17/15 / #20150362415

Test method and fixture for obtaining material properties under biaxial loading

A test method and corresponding fixture design are provided which enable loading a circular test coupon (made, e.g., of ceramic matrix composite material) to failure under biaxial loading conditions while recording strain and temperature. Biaxial loading requires approximately equal loads to be applied in two directions concurrently. ... The Boeing Co

12/17/15 / #20150362402

Methods and systems for determining optical properties for light transmitted mediums

Methods and systems for determining optical properties for light transmitted mediums are provided. One method includes acquiring one or more measured values indicative of a reflectance for a material, acquiring one or more measured values indicative of a transmittance for the material, and determining a set of calculated values for an index of refraction coefficient and an extinction coefficient from the one or more measured values indicative of reflectance and transmittance, respectively. ... The Boeing Co

12/17/15 / #20150361999

Ventilated drainage system

A method and apparatus for draining fluid from a structure on an aircraft. The apparatus comprises a drainage tube, a housing, a number of inlet holes in the housing, and a number of outlet holes in the housing. ... The Boeing Co

12/17/15 / #20150361823

Methods and apparatus for passive thrust vectoring and plume deflection

A flow vectoring turbofan engine employs a fixed geometry fan sleeve and core cowl forming a nozzle incorporating an asymmetric convergent/divergent (con-di) and/or curvature section which varies angularly from a midplane for reduced pressure in a first operating condition to induce flow turning and axially symmetric equal pressure in a second operating condition for substantially axial flow.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/17/15 / #20150360795

Fire seal for an aircraft

A seal including an acute bend having a first end portion and a second end portion, a first engagement extension extending from the first end portion of the acute bend, and a second engagement extension extending from the second end portion of the acute bend, wherein the second engagement extension is at an acute angle relative to the first engagement extension to define a partially enclosed volume between the first engagement extension and the second engagement extension.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/17/15 / #20150360770

Lock actuation system for aircraft

Described herein is a system that includes an actuator with a movable input, a first summing mechanism with an input, a first output, and a second output. The input of the first summing mechanism is movably driven by the movable input of the actuator and the first output of the first summing mechanism is movably coupled to a first actuatable element. ... The Boeing Co

12/17/15 / #20150360440

Pre-filled radius layups

A void between two or more composite laminate parts is filled by a composite laminate filler that is laid up and integral with at least one of the parts.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/17/15 / #20150360396

Lattice reinforced radius filler

A method and apparatus for forming a radius filler. A lattice is formed of connecting elongate members having a three-dimensional shape of the radius filler. ... The Boeing Co

12/17/15 / #20150360297

Fastener removal aid devices

A fastener removal aid device for removing a fastener, such as a hi-lok® type fastener, is provided that includes at least one drill opening and a fastener opening for receiving at least part of the fastener. The fastener opening of the fastener removal aid device may be designed to fit over either the collar or the protruding head of the fastener. ... The Boeing Co

12/17/15 / #20150360170

Aircraft fuel tank flammability reduction method and system

An aircraft fuel tank flammability reduction method includes feeding pressurized air into an air separation module containing a carbon membrane, the air feed exhibiting a normal pressure of no more than 55 psig. The method includes producing nitrogen-enriched air from the air separation module as a result of removing oxygen from the air feed. ... The Boeing Co

12/10/15 / #20150358042

Nonlinear filtering using polyphase filter banks

A method and apparatus for analyzing an input signal. A nonlinear filter system comprises a plurality of polyphase filter banks corresponding to a plurality of orders of nonlinearity. ... The Boeing Co

12/10/15 / #20150356319

Security information for software parts

A system and method of identifying a security policy for a software part. Security information for the software part is signed with a security information digital signature to form signed security information. ... The Boeing Co

12/10/15 / #20150355988

Simplified passenger service unit (sspu) tester

Systems, methods, and apparatus for testing a passenger service unit (psu) of a cabin of a vehicle are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, the disclosed method involves installing a test interface panel (tip) in the cabin of the vehicle such that the tip is connected to a power source and is able to communicate with the psu. ... The Boeing Co

12/10/15 / #20150355062

Method for controlling tensile stress during evaluation of a bond between structures

A system and methods are provided for evaluating a bond between structures. The system includes an assembly of at least two bonded structures. ... The Boeing Co

12/10/15 / #20150354907

High heat transfer rate reusable thermal protection system

A system and methods for high heat transfer rate reusable thermal protection are presented. A porous skin comprises an exposed exterior surface and a non-exposed surface, and a coolant reservoir comprises perforations coupled to the non-exposed surface, and valves. ... The Boeing Co

12/10/15 / #20150354672

Aircraft and planetary gear systems

Planetary gear systems, transmissions, and apparatuses include a plurality of compound planet gears, each having three gear stages, a first non-fixed annular gear, a second non-fixed annular gear, a fixed annular gear, and a non-fixed sun gear. A rotational input to the non-fixed sun gear results in opposite rotational outputs of the first non-fixed annular gear and the second non-fixed annular gear. ... The Boeing Co

12/10/15 / #20150354668

Rotorcraft and planetary gear systems

Planetary gear systems, transmissions, and apparatuses include at least one non-fixed annular gear, at least one non-fixed sun gear, at least one compound planet gear meshed between the at least one non-fixed annular gear and the at least one non-fixed sun gear, and at least one fixed gear meshed with the at least one compound planet gear. Rotational input to one of the at least one non-fixed annular gear and the at least one non-fixed sun gear results in an opposite rotational output of the other of the at least one non-fixed annular gear and the at least one non-fixed sun gear.. ... The Boeing Co

12/10/15 / #20150354498

Method and apparatus for variable exhaust nozzle exit area

A nozzle effective exit area control system is created with a convergent—divergent nozzle with a divergent portion of the nozzle having a wall at a predetermined angle of at least 12° from the freestream direction. Disturbance generators are located substantially symmetrically oppositely on the wall to induce flow separation from the wall with the predetermined wall angle inducing flow separation to extend upstream from each disturbance generator substantially to a throat of the nozzle pressurizing the wall and reducing the effective area of the jet flow at the nozzle exit.. ... The Boeing Co

12/10/15 / #20150353210

Thermal seal with thermally induced shape change

A thermal seal may include a flexible insulation layer, and an element made of shape memory alloy attached to the insulation layer, the element being treated to bend in response to heating, whereby an increase in the temperature of the element causes the insulation layer to transform from a first configuration to a second configuration.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/10/15 / #20150353202

Braking apparatus and method for an aerial refuleing boom system

A braking apparatus of an aerial refueling boom system is provided to reduce the likelihood of or to prevent anomalous boom extension. The braking apparatus includes a pulley about which a cable wraps. ... The Boeing Co

12/10/15 / #20150353199

Cargo aircraft for transporting intermodal containers in transverse orientation

Provided are aircraft for transporting intermodal containers and methods of operating such aircraft including methods of loading and unloading the containers. An aircraft includes a fuselage having a cargo space for receiving and supporting intermodal containers. ... The Boeing Co

12/10/15 / #20150353188

Slidable divergent trailing edge device

A wing includes a trailing edge, and a divergent trailing edge device slideable along an aft surface of the trailing edge between a stowed position and a fully deployed position. The trailing edge device is located entirely within the trailing edge when stowed, and it increases lift over drag of the wing when deployed.. ... The Boeing Co

12/10/15 / #20150353187

Leading edge assembly for an aircraft

A wing assembly includes a main wing and a slat movable between stowed and deployed positions. The main wing includes a panel movable to a retracted position when the slat is in the stowed position, such that the slat outer surface and a wing upper surface define a first continuous outer mold line shape. ... The Boeing Co

12/10/15 / #20150352827

Bonded tab and tooling device

A method and apparatus for forming a composite part. An apparatus comprises a tooling plate, a tab co-bonded with the tooling plate, and a group of alignment features associated with the tab. ... The Boeing Co

12/10/15 / #20150352795

Systems and methods for defining a surface contour of a layered charge of material

Systems and methods for defining a surface contour of a layered charge of material are disclosed herein. The systems include a forming die, which includes a forming surface shaped to define a desired surface contour of the layered charge, and a fluidly actuated support, which includes a support surface that is adjacent to the forming surface and located to support the layered charge. ... The Boeing Co

12/10/15 / #20150352794

Distortion prediction and minimisation in additive manufacturing

A method of minimising distortion in a workpiece is described that includes utilizing a computer system to carry out finite element analysis on a finite element thermo-mechanical model of the workpiece during and after fabrication by additive manufacturing to predict shape distortion and residual stress development in the workpiece, wherein the fabrication includes the fabrication step of depositing multiple layers of a material melted by a heat source along a deposit path on a substrate, and introducing alterations to the workpiece prior to or during fabrication to compensate for the predicted distortion.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/03/15 / #20150350317

Computer system synchronization

A method may comprise communicating by a first computer with a second computer over a network during a first frame having a first frame duration; transmitting a first synchronization signal from the first computer to the second computer; receiving by the first computer during the first frame a second synchronization signal from the second computer; determining by the first computer a first elapsed time between a time when the first synchronization signal was transmitted by the first computer and a time when the second synchronization signal was received by the first computer; and determining by the first computer a duration for a second frame based at least in part on the first elapsed time.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/03/15 / #20150349683

Augmented power converter

An augmented power converter may include a motor drive circuit. The motor drive circuit may include a motor drive transformer to convert a two-phase dc voltage to a three-phase output voltage for operating an electrical device. ... The Boeing Co

12/03/15 / #20150348424

Airspace deconfliction system and method

An aircraft deconfliction system including a registration system having an airspace database, a registered airspace, wherein registration details of the registered airspace are logged in the airspace database, and an aircraft assigned to the registered airspace, the aircraft including a flight control system, a guidance computer controlling the flight control system based on a pilot input, and an override unit in communication with the guidance computer, wherein the override unit overrides the pilot input when the aircraft breaches the registered airspace.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/03/15 / #20150347915

Method and apparatus for identifying structural deformation

A method and apparatus for identifying deformation of a structure. Training deformation data is identified for each training case in a plurality of training cases. ... The Boeing Co

12/03/15 / #20150346724

Variably controlled ground vehicle

Method and apparatus for providing autonomous control of a vehicle. A vehicle can be manually controlled by an operator. ... The Boeing Co

12/03/15 / #20150346333

Positioning in indoor locations and other gps-denied environments

Methods for: (1) extracting doppler/velocity measurements; (2) estimating relative clock bias errors; (3) determining range and velocity estimates with associated confidences; and (4) extracting range estimates using channel estimation are disclosed. These methods can be used separately or combined to improve positioning solutions obtained by positioning systems used in indoor locations and other gps-denied environments.. ... The Boeing Co

12/03/15 / #20150346314

Noise source decomposition system and method using an adaptable aperture phased array

A system and method for determining a characteristic of a noise source. A first array of microphones is mounted on a platform moveable from a starting position to an ending position along a line parallel to a central axis of the noise source. ... The Boeing Co

12/03/15 / #20150346110

Apparatus and method for spectroscopic analysis of residue

One example of the present disclosure relates to an apparatus for spectroscopic analysis of residue. The apparatus includes a surface including a hydrophobic portion and a hydrophilic portion. ... The Boeing Co

12/03/15 / #20150345424

Thrust reverser torque box with discrete major fittings

A thrust reverser torque box assembly for an aircraft engine is constructed with a torque tube having a cross section configuration tailored and conducive to carrying torsion and discrete major fittings at opposite ends of the torque tube that connect the torque tube and thrust reverser actuation and reacts loading due to reverse thrust operation to the aircraft engine fan case.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/03/15 / #20150345395

Turbofan engine with variable exhaust cooling

Disclosed aircraft and turbofan engines have an active configuration (corresponding to flight, etc.) and an idle configuration (corresponding to ground idle). Turbofan engines comprise a core engine, a nacelle, a bypass duct therebetween, and a bypass splitter shell that extends at least partially between the nacelle and the core engine to define peripheral and interstitial bypass ducts. ... The Boeing Co

12/03/15 / #20150344155

Positioning fixture and method of using the fixture

A fixture for positioning an object relative to a beam, wherein the beam includes a web, is disclosed. The fixture includes a first portion including a first positioning face, a first contact face, and a first clamping face. ... The Boeing Co

12/03/15 / #20150344154

Modular stanchion system

An apparatus for supporting a wing assembly at a wing assembly support height. Base sections are provided, each having a different predetermined height with respect to one another. ... The Boeing Co

12/03/15 / #20150344149

Failure analysis system

A failure analysis system for monitoring sub-system failures in an aircraft that comprises a plurality of sub-systems, the aircraft having a plurality of functions, wherein each function is available when one or more associated sub-systems is operating correctly. The failure analysis system comprising: a plurality of monitors for monitoring the status of one or more sub-systems of the aircraft and determining if a failure has occurred; a memory arranged to store a list of a plurality of flight phases or operating modes to be completed by the monitored system and data associating one or more of the functions with each flight phase or operating mode; and a processor in communication with the monitors and the memory and arranged to model the response of the sub-systems to a failure determined by the monitors to identify which functions required by the flight phases or operating modes are degraded or are not available.. ... The Boeing Co

12/03/15 / #20150344148

Visual fuel predictor system

A method and apparatus for predicting fuel for an aircraft. Remaining amounts of fuel that will be present for types of fuel use for the aircraft at a destination are predicted. ... The Boeing Co

12/03/15 / #20150344146

Fluid separation assembly and method

A fluid separation assembly and method are provided. The assembly has a hollow fiber bundle with a plurality of hollow fiber membranes. ... The Boeing Co

12/03/15 / #20150344137

External case heater for an angle of attack sensor

A heating apparatus for use in an aoa sensor is described herein. The heating apparatus includes a heating element bonded to a support element. ... The Boeing Co

12/03/15 / #20150344124

Modular replaceable slip joint intercostal

Systems, methods, and apparatus for a modular replaceable slip joint intercostal are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, an intercostal apparatus for a vehicle comprises a body, where the body is greater in length than in width. ... The Boeing Co

12/03/15 / #20150343753

Methods for bonding metal and thermoplastic components

A method for bonding components is provided. The method includes preparing a surface of a metal component, applying a film adhesive to the prepared surface, forming a thermoplastic component using injection molding such that the film adhesive is positioned between the metal component and the thermoplastic component, and curing the film adhesive.. ... The Boeing Co

12/03/15 / #20150343609

Method and apparatus for releasing a cable tie

One example of the present disclosure relates to a tool for releasing a cable tie. The tool includes a front member having a front indexing surface and a front extension member. ... The Boeing Co

12/03/15 / #20150343586

Table saw guide and safety guard

A guide and safety guard for a table saw, of the type having a table top and a powered saw blade with an exposed saw blade portion projecting above the table top and a movable guide fence positionable on the table top on a far side of the saw blade, has a support rail having opposite ends coupled to support members in a desired spaced relation to the guide fence of the table saw, a guard block mounted by a sleeve portion so as to be slidable on the support rail in axial directions thereon, and rotatable on the support rail so that it can be moved out of and into operative position, wherein the guard block has a height projecting above the table top in the operative position that is greater than the height of the exposed saw blade portion for protecting the hand of the user, and a guard extension fixed to a trailing side of the guard block for protecting the wrist and lower arm area of the user.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/03/15 / #20150343487

Systems and methods for dispensing a substance on a surface

One example of the present disclosure relates to a system for dispensing a substance in a form of a bead on a surface in a progression direction along a path. The system includes a dispenser having, while the substance is being dispensed: a leading edge, a contact portion including two contact points with the surface, and a trailing edge that extends between the two contact points and terminates therein. ... The Boeing Co

12/03/15 / #20150343483

System and method of forming a nanotube mesh structure

A system for use in producing a nanotube mesh structure is provided. The system includes a first nanotube collection apparatus including a first substrate configured to collect a plurality of nanotubes substantially aligned in a first orientation on an attachment surface thereof, and a second nanotube collection apparatus including a second substrate configured to collect a plurality of nanotubes substantially aligned in a second orientation on an attachment surface thereof. ... The Boeing Co

12/03/15 / #20150343473

Aircraft coating application system and method

A coating application system may include a pair of towers movable along a respective pair of floor tracks. A crossbeam may extend between the pair of towers. ... The Boeing Co

11/26/15 / #20150342077

Integrated wiring system for composite structures

A method for manufacturing a composite part. Layers of composite material are cured to form the composite part. ... The Boeing Co

11/26/15 / #20150342059

Nanotube electronics templated self-assembly

A fabricated substrate has at least one plurality of posts. The plurality is fabricated such that the two posts are located at a predetermined distance from one another. ... The Boeing Co

11/26/15 / #20150341113

Lighting and data communication system using a remotely located lighting array

A lighting system for transmitting light to a plurality of specific locations is disclosed. The lighting system includes at least one source lighting array and a plastic optical fiber (pof). ... The Boeing Co

11/26/15 / #20150339409

Mid-surface extraction for finite element analysis

An apparatus is provided for implementation of a mid-surface modeler including a receiver, selector, clusterer and mid-surface constructor. The receiver is to receive a solid model of a structural product composed of structural components, with the solid model representing the components by a collection of geometry. ... The Boeing Co

11/26/15 / #20150339205

Built-in test for satellite digital payload verification

According to an embodiment, a testing system for a satellite payload includes a built-in testing component configured at a satellite, the built-in testing component comprising a built-in testing component input and a built-in testing component output, and a payload component configured at the satellite, the payload component comprising a payload component input communicatively connected to the built-in testing component output and a payload component output communicatively connected to the built-in testing component input, wherein the built-in testing component is configured to transmit a digital test signal from the built-in testing component output to the payload component input and receive a digital output signal at the built-in testing component input from the payload component output.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/26/15 / #20150338853

Determining a descent trajectory described by an aircraft intent description language (aidl)

Determining a descent trajectory described by an aircraft intent description language (aidl) is disclosed. An example method includes accessing historical flight data for a recorded flight trajectory, the recorded flight trajectory having been performed by a first aircraft type of multiple aircraft types and for a first airline of multiple airlines; estimating, using a processor, an aircraft intent parameter and an initial condition of the recorded flight trajectory based on an aircraft intent description language (aidl) representation of the recorded flight trajectory; and mapping, using the processor, the aircraft intent parameter and the initial condition to a combination of the first aircraft type, the first airline, and an identified intended descent procedure.. ... The Boeing Co

11/26/15 / #20150338344

Methods and optical interrogation system for monitoring structural health of a structure

Methods and an optical interrogation system for monitoring structural health of a structure are provided. The method includes generating an optical signal using an optical signal generator, and directing the optical signal towards at least one optical sensor located remotely from the optical signal generator. ... The Boeing Co

11/26/15 / #20150338325

Universal grip system

Provided are universal grip systems and method of using universal grip systems to test coupons. According to various examples, a universal grip system includes two grips and two guide posts for supporting the two grips and allowing the two grips to move with respect to each other. ... The Boeing Co

11/26/15 / #20150338306

Piezoelectric sensor configuration for detecting damage in a structure

Described herein is an apparatus for detecting damage in a structure that includes a plurality of first piezoelectric sensing elements arranged in a generally circular shape. The apparatus also includes an annular-shaped second piezoelectric sensing element positioned adjacent the plurality of first piezoelectric sensing elements. ... The Boeing Co

11/26/15 / #20150338296

Structural repair having optical witness and method of monitoring repair performance

A structural repair includes a tell-tale optical witness that allows the health of the repair to be visually monitored. The optical witness includes a stress sensitive fluorescent dye that shows changes in local strain/stress patterns when the repair is subjected to electromagnetic energy of a particular wavelength. ... The Boeing Co

11/26/15 / #20150337886

Self-locking molded-in blind inserts

Blind inserts for use with sandwich panels and methods for manufacturing the same. A blind insert can include a nut arranged in an insert. ... The Boeing Co

11/26/15 / #20150337885

Modified shank fasteners for electromagnetic effect (eme) technology

A fastener system for composite structure providing electromagnetic energy protection has a shank with a threaded portion on a first end of the shank terminating in a lead-in portion. A head is present on a second end of the shank. ... The Boeing Co

11/26/15 / #20150337447

Co-bonded electroformed abrasion strip

A system, method, and apparatus for a co-bonded electroformed abrasion strip are disclosed. A disclosed method for making a unitary abrasion strip for a fluid dynamic surface includes manufacturing or identifying a first metallic section having an overlap region on a first end of the first metallic section. ... The Boeing Co

11/26/15 / #20150336657

Rotary drive assembly for wing tip

A rotary drive assembly is provided. The assembly includes a tip hinge box, a body hinge box pivotably coupled to the tip hinge box, a rotary actuator positioned within the body hinge box, and a linkage mechanism coupled between the rotary actuator and the tip hinge box, the linkage mechanism including a first linkage fixedly coupled to the rotary actuator, and a second linkage coupled between the first linkage and the tip hinge box, wherein rotation of the rotary actuator causes the tip hinge box to rotate relative to the body hinge box.. ... The Boeing Co

11/26/15 / #20150336656

Vent stringer fitting

A fitting for a vent stringer of a type having an open end and an outer edge defining the open end. The fitting may include a fitting body receivable along the open end of the vent stringer, the fitting body having a groove that generally corresponds with the outer edge of the vent stringer, the groove of the fitting body shaped to receive the outer edge of the vent stringer to create a tongue and groove joint with the outer edge; and a connection between the fitting and the stringer to prevent slidable movement of the fitting relative to the stringer.. ... The Boeing Co

11/26/15 / #20150336654

Aircraft body mounted energy absorbing rub strip

An energy absorbing rub strip having a core material and a fairing positioned over the core material. The core material may be configured to buckle under the application of a predetermined amount of force and the fairing may be configured to be attached to a fuselage of an aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

11/26/15 / #20150336294

Concurrent infusion of dissimilar resins

A fiber preform is infused with two differing resin systems concurrently using stacked resin delivery assemblies located along one edge of the preform.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/26/15 / #20150336244

Turnbuckle wrench assembly

A wrench assembly for turning a central portion of a turnbuckle. The wrench assembly includes first and second wrenches that are substantially identical. ... The Boeing Co

11/26/15 / #20150336140

Methods, systems, and devices for radio-frequency assisted removal of sealant

Cured sealant may be removed from a substrate if the cured sealant includes a susceptor within its volume. Removal proceeds by exposing the sealant with the susceptor to radio-frequency radiation sufficient to cause dielectric heating in the susceptor and the consequent heating in the cured sealant reduces the bond strength of the cured sealant. ... The Boeing Co

11/26/15 / #20150335217

Hand-held pneumatic vacuum

A portable pneumatic vacuum cleaner is disclosed that includes a venturi vacuum generator disposed downstream of a primary filter. The primary filter is disposed in filter chamber that is disposed downstream of a collection chamber. ... The Boeing Co

11/19/15 / #20150334113

Vehicle data delivery

A system and method of delivering vehicle data. Reference data is received by a data processing system. ... The Boeing Co

11/19/15 / #20150333250

Structures with pzt nanoparticle ink based piezoelectric sensor assembly

A structure is provided having a substrate and a direct write deposited lead zirconate titanate (pzt) nanoparticle ink based piezoelectric sensor assembly deposited on the substrate. The pzt nanoparticle ink based piezoelectric sensor assembly has a pzt nanoparticle ink based piezoelectric sensor with a pzt nanoparticle ink deposited onto the substrate via an ink deposition direct write printing process. ... The Boeing Co

11/19/15 / #20150333208

Group-iv solar cell structure using group-iv or iii-v heterostructures

Device structures, apparatuses, and methods are disclosed for photovoltaic cells that may be a single junction or multijunction solar cells, with at least a first layer comprising a group-iv semiconductor in which part of the cell comprises a second layer comprising a iii-v semiconductor or group-iv semiconductor having a different composition than the group-iv semiconductor of the first layer, such that a heterostructure is formed between the first and second layers.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/19/15 / #20150331427

Control method to damp quadrotor slung payload mode

A quadrotor or other vertical lift aerial vehicle measures an angle of a payload slung from the quadrotor relative to a body of the quadrotor. Using this measurement a signal may be generated that adjusts a flight characteristic of the quadrotor to counteract swing in the payload. ... The Boeing Co

11/19/15 / #20150331186

Method and apparatus for fabricating an optical device using a treated surface

A method and apparatus for forming an optical device on a substrate. A surface of the substrate may be treated to form a treated surface having a number of modified properties. ... The Boeing Co

11/19/15 / #20150330601

Optical filtering system for solar cell testing

A method and apparatus for simulating light. A first light from a first filterer is output to a solar cell. ... The Boeing Co

11/19/15 / #20150330310

Methods and apparatus to determine airflow conditions at an inlet of an engine

Methods and apparatus to determine airflow conditions at an inlet of an engine are disclosed herein. An example apparatus disclosed herein includes a sensor disposed at an inlet of an engine to measure a pressure characteristic, a temperature characteristic and a velocity characteristic of an airflow moving through the inlet and a processor to determine an air mass flow rate based on the pressure characteristic, the temperature characteristic and the velocity characteristic measured at the engine inlet.. ... The Boeing Co

11/19/15 / #20150329221

Automated scanning systems for non-destructive inspection of curved cylinder-like workpieces

Systems and methods for high-speed non-destructive inspection of a half- or full-barrel-shaped workpiece, such as a barrel-shaped section of an aircraft fuselage. Such workpieces can be scanned externally using a mobile (e.g., translating) arch gantry system comprising a translatable arch frame disposed outside the fuselage section, a carriage that can travel along a curved track carried by the arch frame, a radially inward-extending telescopic arm having a proximal end fixedly coupled to the carriage, and an ndi sensor unit coupled to a distal end of the telescoping arm. ... The Boeing Co

11/19/15 / #20150329208

Seating arrangement and method

A seating arrangement for an aircraft may include a plurality of seats that may be convertible into a flat bed configuration. Each seat may have a seat centerline that may be oriented at a seat angle relative to a longitudinal axis of an aircraft cabin. ... The Boeing Co

11/19/15 / #20150329205

Aircraft deployment and retrieval of unmanned aerial vehicles

An aircraft system incorporates a first aircraft having a grappling device including a first gripper with a first actuator and a second gripper with a second actuator. The first gripper and the second gripper are movable between an open and a closed position to engage a hooking device and pivot together to change a capture angle. ... The Boeing Co

11/19/15 / #20150328877

Method and apparatus for repairing composite materials

A method of bonding materials may comprise defining a bond interface between two materials in a cure zone on a surface of an object, and non-conductively heating the bond interface without directly heating the surface outside of the cure zone. Non-conductively heating the bond interface may involve applying microwave radiation to the bond interface.. ... The Boeing Co

11/19/15 / #20150328859

Thermal protection system and method of manufacturing thereof

A thermal protection system is provided. The thermal protection system includes a thermally insulative core structure, at least one layer of impact-resistant material coupled to the thermally insulative core structure, and at least one layer of composite material at least partially encapsulating the thermally insulative core structure and the at least one layer of impact-resistant material.. ... The Boeing Co

11/19/15 / #20150328846

Composite structures having integrated stiffeners with smooth runouts and method of making the same

A unitized composite structure comprises a composite member having at least one integrally formed composite stiffener. At least one end of the stiffener includes a runout forming a substantially smooth transition between the stiffener and the composite structure.. ... The Boeing Co

11/19/15 / #20150328845

Manufacture of a resin infused one-piece composite truss structure

A composite truss structure may have a first facesheet, a second facesheet, and a plurality of truss elements joined with the first facesheet and the second facesheet at nodes to form a one-piece structure. The composite truss structure may be formed by a method comprising preparing a dry fabric mold by: 1) placing a first dry fabric layer on a tool, 2) placing a first layer of fabric-loaded mandrels on the first dry fabric layer, 3) placing a second layer of the fabric-loaded mandrels on the first layer of fabric-loaded mandrels, and 4) placing a second dry fabric layer over the fabric-loaded mandrels. ... The Boeing Co

11/19/15 / #20150328842

Method and apparatus for layup tooling

One example of the present disclosure relates to a tool for laying up composite material to form a workpiece having a target contour. The tool includes a support structure including an elongated member having a longitudinal axis, and support plates connected to the elongated member and spaced apart from each other along the longitudinal axis. ... The Boeing Co

11/12/15 / #20150326303

System and method for code multiplexing

A system and method include a modulator to combine satellite codes with a carrier signal on an i-channel and a q-channel. A processor applies a code power fraction to the combined codes on the i-channel and the q-channel to provide a unity amplitude while maintaining a phase angle so that a signal constant envelope transmission can occur without a balancing code.. ... The Boeing Co

11/12/15 / #20150326154

Motor control for stability and power supply protection

A method and apparatus for controlling a motor. The motor comprises windings. ... The Boeing Co

11/12/15 / #20150325353

Redundant current-sum feedback actuator

A system and methods for redundant current-sum feedback control of an actuator system is presented. An actuator comprises actuation coils configured to actuate the actuator, and an actuation coil current sensor senses a measured total coil current comprising a sum of coil currents of each of the actuation coils. ... The Boeing Co

11/12/15 / #20150324658

Sensor fusion using detector confidence boosting

A method for detecting one or more target objects is provided including obtaining 2-dimensional imaging information and 3-dimensional point cloud information of a target zone. The method also includes determining a ground plane in the point cloud information and removing the ground plane to generate modified 3-dimensional information. ... The Boeing Co

11/12/15 / #20150324609

Semantically determining a security classification of data

Disclosed herein is a method for determining a security classification for data that includes generating a classification signature for data based on a semantic interpretation of the data. The classification signature is associated with a security classification for the data. ... The Boeing Co

11/12/15 / #20150324472

System and method of reduction of irrelevant information during search

A system including a context-entity factory configured to build a data model defining an ontology of data objects that are context-aware, the model further defining metadata tags for the data objects. The system further includes a storage device storing the data objects as stored data objects, the device further storing associated contexts for corresponding ones of the stored objects. ... The Boeing Co

11/12/15 / #20150323922

Path repeatable machining for full sized determinant assembly

Systems, methods, and apparatus are disclosed for machining a part. The methods may include generating a plurality of spatial representations associated with a plurality of positions identified by a machining pattern associated with the part. ... The Boeing Co

11/12/15 / #20150323647

Methods and apparatus to determine a position using light sources

Methods and apparatus to determine a position using light sources are disclosed. An example method includes processing an output of a photodetector based on anticipated codes to identify multiple light sources from which the photodetector receives light at a first position, determining locations of the identified light sources; and determining a location of the first position based on the locations of the identified light sources.. ... The Boeing Co

11/12/15 / #20150323581

Compact spacecraft antenna field aperture load coupler

An apparatus, method, and system are disclosed that can be used to reduce the peak radiated flux density of a horn antenna or for testing the electronics associated with a horn antenna. A horn antenna with narrow and wide ends can have disposed within it a surrogate waveguide. ... The Boeing Co

11/12/15 / #20150323501

Extended reach inspection apparatus

An extended reach inspection apparatus may include a scanner device and a robotic manipulator arm. The robotic manipulator arm may include a plurality of arm segments including a distal end arm segment and a proximal end arm segment. ... The Boeing Co

11/12/15 / #20150323477

Backscatter inspection systems, and related methods

Inspection systems employing radiation filters with different attenuation characteristics to determine specimen irregularities, and related methods are disclosed. An inspection system includes a radiation emitter configured to emit a radiation beam along a radiation trajectory. ... The Boeing Co

11/12/15 / #20150323437

Apparatus and method to measure durometer hardness at, above, and below room temperature

An apparatus and its method of use to measure indentation hardness of rubber materials at, above or below room temperature according to the standard test method astm d2240.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/12/15 / #20150321768

Aircraft interior monitoring

A system for monitoring an aircraft interior may include a multiplicity of sensors each placed at a selected location of a plurality of locations within the aircraft interior. Each sensor is configured to monitor a condition in an associated area of the aircraft interior. ... The Boeing Co

11/12/15 / #20150321766

Nacelle-to-pylon fairing

A nacelle-to-pylon fairing formed over at least a portion of an inter-region between a nacelle and a pylon of an aircraft may include a longitudinal axis, a lateral axis and a transverse axis, an upper end incorporated to the pylon at a fairing-to-pylon interface, and a lower end incorporated to the nacelle at a fairing-to-nacelle interface, wherein the fairing defines a surface between the upper end and the lower end.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/12/15 / #20150321761

Cart control systems and methods for controlling cart caster direction

Cart control systems and methods of controlling cart caster direction allow for operation of carts near walls without caster jamming. Cart control systems comprise a cart with one or more swivel casters, a wall, and a guide surface proximate the wall that is configured to swivel outwardly at least one of the swivel casters to be directed toward the wall when the swivel caster traverses the guide surface in a direction substantially parallel to the wall. ... The Boeing Co

11/12/15 / #20150321441

Thermoplastic composite structures embedded with at least one load fitting and methods of manufacturing same

Manufacturing a thermoplastic composite tubular structure embedded with a first load fitting comprising the steps of braiding a first plurality of inner layers of thermoplastic composite material around a soluble, expandable mandrel. A first load fitting is positioned on the first plurality of inner layers of thermoplastic composite material. ... The Boeing Co

11/12/15 / #20150321428

Composite layer forming system

A method and apparatus for forming a stack of composite layers into a desired shape is present. The stack of composite layers may be positioned on a tool and a number of compressible supports such that the stack of composite layers may be substantially flat on the tool and the stack of composite layers may be substantially flat on the number of compressible supports. ... The Boeing Co

11/12/15 / #20150321322

Method and apparatus for applying torque

One example of the present disclosure relates to a wrench for applying torque to an object threadably engaging a part. The wrench includes a first handle, a second handle, a drive, a planetary gear mechanism, a first pawl, and at least one second pawl. ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150319881

Conduction cooled module

In one aspect, conduction cooled modules are described herein. In some implementations, a conduction cooled module comprises first and second external support structures arranged in facing opposition to one another, forming a component envelope therebetween. ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150319832

System and method for quantifying x-ray backscatter system performance

A system for quantifying x-ray backscatter system performance may include a support, a plurality of rods mounted on the support, the rods of the plurality of rods arranged in parallel to each other, having generally curved outer surfaces, and being arranged in groups of varying widths, each group of the groups having at least two of the rods of a same width, and a user interface configured to be connected to receive a backscatter signal from an x-ray backscatter detector associated with an x-ray tube, and generate a display representing photon counts of x-ray backscatter for each rod of the plurality of rods from x-rays transmitted by the x-ray tube.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150319216

Transferring files between different operating systems

Disclosed herein is a method for transferring files between different operating systems that includes sending one or more files from a first computing device executing a first operating system to a second computing device executing a second operating system. The first operating system is incompatible with the second operating system. ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150318914

Hitless rearrangement of a satellite-hosted switch via propagated synchronization

An apparatus includes an analog front end to receive an analog input including user data, and an analog-to-digital converter to convert the analog input to digital signals including the user data. A digital channelizer may process the digital signals to generate frequency slices of user data, and a digital combiner may assemble the frequency slices to form output sub-bands of user data. ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150317501

Systems and methods for use in authenticating an object

A system for use in authenticating an object is provided. The system includes a radio-frequency identification tag coupled to the object and an interrogation system. ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150317128

Integrated information exchange management and control of design configurations

An apparatus for managing data exchange between tools for multiple products in a product line is provided. The apparatus includes an application launcher configured to create a workspace to support a plurality of applications. ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150316649

Aircraft enhanced reference system and method

A method including placing first and second measurement devices proximate first and second aircraft doors, respectively, and determining a first position of the second measurement device relative to a second position of the first measurement device. The method includes placing first and second pluralities of reflective devices inside the aircraft proximate the first and second doors, respectively. ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150316427

Optical fiber coupled photonic crystal slab strain sensor, system and method of fabrication and use

The present disclosure is generally directed to a strain sensor, system and method of fabrication and use that includes an optical fiber, an optical signal generator that transmits an optical signal through the optical fiber, at least two photonic crystal slabs within the optical fiber separated by a first segment of optical fiber, a photo-detector that detects a reflected optical signal from the at least two photonic crystal slabs, and a processor that computes a mechanical strain over the first segment of optical fiber based on the reflected optical signal detected by the photo-detector.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150316091

Self-indexing nut plate

An aircraft comprises a secondary support structure and a nut plate engaging the secondary support structure. The nut plate includes at least one locator protrusion engaging a mounting hole in the secondary support structure to constrain motion of the nut plate along the secondary support structure. ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150316049

Pneumatic energy harvesting and monitoring

A method and apparatus for monitoring a pneumatic system. A number of parameters are monitored using a monitoring device connected to the pneumatic system, an energy harvesting unit configured to generate electrical energy from a gas in the pneumatic system, and a controller. ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150315999

Self-sealing apparatus that adjusts a throat area of a nozzle

A flow control panel in an aircraft engine two-dimensional, convergent/divergent nozzle adjusts a throat area of the nozzle and is configured to be self-sealing, thereby requiring fewer parts and providing a more simplified construction of the throat area of the nozzle.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150315972

Methods and apparatus for noise attenuation in an engine nacelle

An acoustic liner includes a first core that has a plurality of first core cells defined by a corresponding plurality of first core cell walls. The first core has a first core thickness. ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150315966

Hypersonic vehicle base drag reduction and improved inlet performance through venting forebody bleed air to base area using open core ceramic composites

A system and method of air routing for an air-breathing engine is disclosed. Air enters the front of a scramjet engine via an inlet region. ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150315449

Composite material containing graphene

In one aspect, a composite material is disclosed herein that includes graphene platelets dispersed in a matrix. In some cases, the graphene platelets are randomly oriented within the matrix. ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150314892

Apparatus, system, and method for supporting a wing assembly

A method and apparatus for supporting a structure. The apparatus may comprise a support, a load-balancing structure associated with the support, and a set of connection devices associated with the load-balancing structure. ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150314891

Metrology system for positioning assemblies

A method and apparatus for maintaining a selected configuration for a structure during a manufacturing process for forming a product using the structure. Metrology data for a support system is received. ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150314890

Mobile automated overhead assembly tool for aircraft structures

A method and apparatus for performing an operation on a work surface of a structure. The apparatus may comprise a motion platform and an overhead support system. ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150314889

Flexible manufacturing system for aircraft structures

A method and apparatus for manufacturing an aircraft structure. A drivable support may be driven from a first location to a second location to bring the drivable support together with at least one other drivable support to form a drivable support system. ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150314888

System and method for positioning an automated assembly tool relative to a structure

A method and apparatus for positioning an end effector relative to a structure. The apparatus may comprise the end effector and a sensor system. ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150314882

Aircraft engine nacelle bulkheads and methods of assembling the same

An engine nacelle includes an exterior wall and an interior wall. A forward bulkhead is coupled between the interior wall and the exterior wall, wherein the forward bulkhead comprises a curvilinear body portion that extends between the interior wall and the exterior wall. ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150314876

Aircraft having a recessed cavity in an aft pressure bulkhead wall surface and a galley moved rearwardly into the recessed cavity increasing floor space in front of the galley

An aircraft cabin has been reconfigured with a rear fuselage galley and a modified aft pressure bulkhead that enables the galley to be moved rearwardly to provide additional floor space in the aircraft cabin.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150314874

Optimally configured air-flow galley cart

A galley cart has a rear wall with an inlet port and an outlet port. A first divider has a first edge, wherein a first distance is defined between the first edge and a front wall. ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150314869

Power management method and system for an unmanned air vehicle

Power management method and system for an unmanned air vehicle, wherein the unmanned air vehicle comprises a plurality of power demanding subsystems and a plurality of power sources. The invention establishes mission oriented fixed parameters. ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150314850

Lipskin for a nacelle and methods of making the same

A lipskin for a nacelle includes a generally annular first lipskin segment that extends generally upstream from a first lipskin edge to a forward edge. The forward edge is proximate to a hilite of the nacelle. ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150314584

System and method for automated initial separation of composite ply backing

A method for initial separation of an adhered backing film from an uncured pre-impregnated composite lamina having an edge includes exposing and supporting the edge of the composite lamina, and applying an impact force to the exposed edge with an automated tool. The impact force is sufficient to cause delamination of the backing film from the composite lamina without damaging the lamina.. ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150314577

Structural integrated repair method and system tool device for repairing delaminated composite structures

A system for repair of damaged holes in composite structures incorporates a repair system tool device having a sleeve sized to be closely received in a hole in a composite structure. The sleeve has a central bore for receiving parent resin and an array of orifices for radial expulsion of the parent resin into the hole. ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150314545

Aircraft foam insulation method and apparatus

Methods and apparatus for manufacturing a foam insulation panel to include a panel feature conforming to a first feature of an aircraft sidewall assembly include compressing opposed first and second surfaces of a foam block, advancing a cutter transversely through the foam block to separate the foam block into an excess layer and the foam insulation panel, and translating the foam block by an offset distance determined from the aircraft sidewall assembly first feature to form the panel feature.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150314446

Crawler robot and supporting platform

A method and apparatus for installing a fastener in a surface of a structure. A crawler robot may comprise a first movement system and a second movement system. ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150314436

Mobile automated assembly tool for aircraft structures

A method and apparatus for performing an operation on a surface of a structure. An assembly system may comprise a motion platform and a mobile platform. ... The Boeing Co

11/05/15 / #20150313356

Method and apparatus for cooling an airline galley cart using a skin heat exchanger

A system for cooling a thermally insulated galley cart in an aircraft incorporates a skin heat exchanger configured to transfer heat to an aircraft skin. A cooling system is in communication with the skin heat exchanger and is configured to be removably coupled with a thermally insulated galley cart.. ... The Boeing Co

10/29/15 / #20150312449

Apparatus and method for monitoring performance characteristics of a component of a vehicle

An apparatus for monitoring at least one performance characteristic of a component of a vehicle may include a tripod connected to an exterior surface of the vehicle, the tripod includes a plurality of airfoils defining an aerodynamic surface of the tripod, a camera positioned on the tripod at a predetermined viewing angle directed toward the component of the vehicle and a camera fairing connected to the tripod and surrounding the camera, the camera fairing includes a sidewall defining an aerodynamic surface of the camera fairing, an aperture disposed through the sidewall and aligned with the camera and a plurality of protrusions positioned proximate the aperture.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/29/15 / #20150312395

Perform an action based on dialed digits

A method includes receiving, via an input interface of a mobile communication device, user input corresponding to dialed digits. The method includes causing a transmitter of the mobile communication device to transmit a connection signal to a communication network device based on the dialed digits. ... The Boeing Co

10/29/15 / #20150312099

Network revision evaluator

A process may include a step of receiving a request to perform a revision on plural network devices. The process may include a step of identifying at least a first group of the plural network devices according to a first predetermined criterion including at least a first feature with a same first predefined characteristic. ... The Boeing Co

10/29/15 / #20150311832

Systems and methods for the control and operation of a parallel motor controller architecture

A method for real time power control over a plurality of motor controllers by at least one processor on a computer system may include determining a power load demand from a first set of motors, selecting a combination of motor controllers to match the power load demand, assigning a first set of system-wide priorities, configuring a power switching network to connect the first set of motors to the motor controllers, receiving from a control unit a power request for a motor, determining a priority designation for that motor, assigning a second set of system-wide priorities, determining a second power load demand from a second set of motors, wherein the second plurality of active motors comprises the first plurality of active motors and the first motor, selecting a second combination of motor controllers necessary to match the second power load demand, and configuring the power switching network in accordance with the second set of system-wide priorities.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/29/15 / #20150311586

Flexible low impedance power bus

Systems, methods, and apparatus are disclosed for implementing power buses. Apparatus may include a first plurality of connectors, a second plurality of connectors, and a first plurality of conductive sheets configured to electrically couple the first plurality of connectors with the second plurality of connectors. ... The Boeing Co

10/29/15 / #20150310359

System for modeling production of a product

A method is provided that includes receiving process-related information describing a logical sequence of tasks to produce respective internal products of a process for production of a product. At least some of the tasks have a precedence relationship whereby the internal product produced by one task is an input utilized or required by another task. ... The Boeing Co

10/29/15 / #20150308935

Z-axis test coupon structure and method for additive manufacturing process

A z-axis test coupon structure and method for additive manufacturing process are disclosed. An example method of fabricating z-axis test coupons for additive manufacturing processes, includes fabricating tensile specimens, the fabricating of the tensile specimens including providing a web between adjacent ones of the tensile specimens, and the fabricating of the tensile specimens including using an additive manufacturing process, removing the web from between the adjacent ones of the tensile specimens, and testing a tensile strength of one of the tensile specimens.. ... The Boeing Co

10/29/15 / #20150308907

Witness material and method for monitoring the environmental history of an object

A witness material for monitoring an environmental history of an object may include a material containing a dye of a type that fluoresces in response to actinic radiation in one or both of a shift in color and a change in intensity when subjected to a predetermined stress above a predetermined level; and the material forming a coating on one or more of an outer container for the object, an inner container for the object, a tape that is applied to an outer container for the object, a tape that is applied to an inner container for the object, a shrink wrap enclosing the object, an outer surface of the object, and an inner surface of the object.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/29/15 / #20150308684

Dual stream system and method for producing carbon dioxide

A system for producing carbon dioxide from a process gas that includes a hydrocarbon, the system including a combustion subsystem configured to combust the hydrocarbon and output a combustion effluent, wherein the combustion effluent includes carbon dioxide and water, a first separation subsystem configured to separate a first quantity of carbon dioxide from the combustion effluent, and a second separation subsystem configured to separate a second quantity of carbon dioxide from the combustion effluent.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/29/15 / #20150308535

Damping mechanical linkage

A mechanical linkage includes first and second end members and a pair of generally parallel arcuate beams, interconnecting the end members and defining a lateral space therebetween. A plurality of alternating fingers extend from each beam into the lateral space, and a damping member is attached between each adjacent pair of fingers within the lateral space.. ... The Boeing Co

10/29/15 / #20150308377

Thrust-reverser assemblies that utilize active flow-control and systems and methods including the same

Thrust-reverser assemblies that utilize active flow-control and systems and methods including the same are disclosed herein. The thrust-reverser assemblies define a forward-thrust configuration and a reverse-thrust configuration. ... The Boeing Co

10/29/15 / #20150307211

Automated assembly of panelized aircraft fuselages

A facility for assembling aircraft fuselages comprises a plurality of movable cradles. Each cradle is configured to support a fuselage keel structure and assemble a panelized fuselage from the keel structure to obtain a full fuselage contour in a single upright build position.. ... The Boeing Co

10/29/15 / #20150307202

Boundary layer flow sensor

Apparatus and methods described herein provide for boundary layer flow sensor and corresponding determination of the flow characteristics of an ambient airflow over an aerodynamic surface. According to one aspect of the disclosure provided herein, the boundary layer flow sensor includes a body configured for mounting within or below the aerodynamic surface, a pressure port configurable between an open state for taking pressure measurements within the boundary layer of the ambient airflow and a closed state that protects the pressure port from contaminants when not in use.. ... The Boeing Co

10/29/15 / #20150307201

Energy recovery of an aircraft

An apparatus for energy recovery of an aircraft, an aircraft comprising the apparatus and a method of energy recovery are disclosed. The apparatus comprises a turbine having a body and rotor blades. ... The Boeing Co

10/29/15 / #20150306859

Molybdenum composite hybrid laminates and methods

A method of forming a molybdenum composite hybrid laminate is disclosed. The method includes treating a surface of each of a plurality of molybdenum foil layers. ... The Boeing Co

10/22/15 / #20150304861

Radio performance calculator

A radio performance analyzer is provided comprising a cloud-accessible user communications interface and a radio performance calculator configured to compute a measure of performance for a plurality of networked radios operable in a geographic region, wherein the user communications interface is configured to receive a selection of a number of radios in the plurality of networked radios, wherein a selection is formed, the radio performance calculator computes the measure of performance of the selection for a plurality of locations in the geographic region spanning a selected period of time, and the radio performance calculator computes the measure of performance based on calculations of bit error rate and signal-to-noise ratio.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/22/15 / #20150303586

Modular antenna assembly

Embodiments of the present disclosure provide an antenna assembly that includes a plurality of separate and distinct antenna modules that are interconnected together to form an antenna layer. Each of the antenna modules may include a support structure including a core frame connected to a core support, and a backskin connected to one or both of the core frame and the core support. ... The Boeing Co

10/22/15 / #20150303527

Control system for a battery

A method and apparatus for operating a battery system. The apparatus comprises a housing, a plurality of battery cells, and a bypass circuit. ... The Boeing Co

10/22/15 / #20150303316

Layered bonded structures formed from reactive bonding of zinc metal and zinc peroxide

A system, method, and apparatus for layered bonded structures formed from reactive bonding between zinc metal and zinc peroxide are disclosed herein. In particular, the present disclosure teaches a layered bonded structure wherein two structures are bonded together with a layer including zinc oxide. ... The Boeing Co

10/22/15 / #20150303005

Shaft assembly for rotary switch

Described herein is a shaft assembly for a rotary switch that includes a shaft made from an electrically non-conductive material. The shaft includes at least one circumferential groove that has a generally t-shaped cross-section. ... The Boeing Co

10/22/15 / #20150302753

Landing alerts for preventing runway excursions

A landing alert system and method for preventing runway excursions may include determining, during an approach of an aircraft to landing on a runway, a target touchdown point on the runway, determining a boundary descent path configured to permit safe approach and touchdown of the aircraft on the runway at or before the target touchdown point, and, in response to the aircraft crossing within a selected margin of the boundary path, alerting an operator of the aircraft.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/22/15 / #20150302572

Method for improving linear feature detectability in digital images

The present disclosure is generally directed to of method linear feature detection in a structure by providing a first digital image of the structure, creating a second corresponding digital image of the structure from the first digital image and determining a direction to shift pixels of the second corresponding digital image. A pixel shift value may be input to shift pixels of the second corresponding digital image, and pixels of the second corresponding digital image are shifted by the input pixel shift value in the determined direction. ... The Boeing Co

10/22/15 / #20150302355

Systems and methods for managing job candidate information and proposals

A method for managing job candidate information is provided. The method is performed by a computing device coupled to a database. ... The Boeing Co

10/22/15 / #20150302187

Apparatus and method for managing multiple user accounts on a memory card

A memory card having a memory resident on the memory card and having stored thereon multiple isolated user accounts each having an associated user account data, and a firmware stored in memory, the firmware including coded instructions, which when executed, selectively manages each isolated user account so that an account access data for a predetermined isolated user account is accessed from the associated user account data when the firmware determines a predetermined condition is satisfied.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/22/15 / #20150302168

Method and system for tuning a musculoskeletal model

A computer-implemented method and system for modifying a musculoskeletal model is provided. Test data for a set of ergonomic tests performed by a number of test subjects fitting a profile is obtained. ... The Boeing Co

10/22/15 / #20150300787

Method and system for electronically shaping detonated charges

A method of controlling the shape and direction of an explosion may include embedding a plurality of detonators in an explosive, and arranging the detonators in the explosive to produce a shaped explosion of the explosive in a pre-set direction and having a pre-set intensity when triggered in a selected sequence; sensing a direction of an incoming threat relative to a protected region, calculating an intercept vector for the incoming threat, and sending a signal in response thereto by a sensor; receiving information from the sensor pertaining to the intercept vector and determining a sequential firing pattern for the detonators in response to the information from the sensor by a firing sequence calculator connected to trigger the detonators; and activating the firing sequence calculator to trigger the detonators in the sequential firing pattern to generate a counteracting force substantially along the intercept vector.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/22/15 / #20150298857

Dis-bond membrane for a lined pressure vessel

A dis-bond membrane prevents co-mingling between a thermoplastic liner and a fiber reinforced thermoset outer wall of a pressure vessel during thermal curing of the outer wall.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/22/15 / #20150298825

Automated apparatus for use in selectively installing temporary fasteners in an assembly

An automated apparatus for use in selectively installing temporary fasteners in an assembly is provided. The apparatus includes an end effector, a cutting mechanism coupled to the end effector and that forms an opening in the assembly when a potential opening location is substantially aligned with a cutting mechanism center point. ... The Boeing Co

10/22/15 / #20150298824

Modular stanchion system

An apparatus for supporting a wing assembly at a wing assembly support height. Base sections are provided, each having a different predetermined height with respect to one another. ... The Boeing Co

10/22/15 / #20150298820

Apparatus for preventing lightning strike damage to a structural component

Preventing damage to a metal component or reducing manufacturing assembly steps. An initial channel, defined by an inner surface, is formed through the metal component. ... The Boeing Co

10/22/15 / #20150298807

Modular pod system for aircraft

A mission pod system for an aircraft set to perform a mission includes a fixed portion that is fixedly secured to an exterior surface of the aircraft. The mission pod system also includes a modular portion that is removably secured to the fixed portion and spaced away from the exterior surface of the aircraft via the fixed portion. ... The Boeing Co

10/22/15 / #20150298793

Wing fold system rotating latch

An apparatus and method of a wing fold system may include a latch assembly rotating an unfixed portion of a wing, with respect to a fixed portion of the wing, between a flight position of the wing and a folded position of the wing. A first portion of the wing may hold a rotating portion of the latch assembly. ... The Boeing Co

10/22/15 / #20150298790

Symmetric wing rib with center plane fastened shear ties

A symmetrical rib structure and methods are presented. A structural web comprises a web center plane and a plurality of web stiffeners, and is symmetrical about the web center plane. ... The Boeing Co

10/22/15 / #20150298423

Structural inserts for honeycomb structures

A method and apparatus for manufacturing a sandwich structure. A cavity is formed in a core of the sandwich structure. ... The Boeing Co

10/22/15 / #20150298398

Method for forming a fabric preform insert for a composite tank y-joint

A method and apparatus for forming a joint. A composite insert may be placed into a joint region for a first structure. ... The Boeing Co

10/22/15 / #20150298388

Joining composite components using low temperature thermoplastic film fusion

Composite components are joined together by an amorphous thermoplastic film forming a fused thermoplastic joint between the components. Fusion of the film may be achieved at relatively low temperatures that are sufficient to cure thermoset composite components, but are below the melting point of semi-crystalline thermoplastic components.. ... The Boeing Co

10/22/15 / #20150298335

Automated apparatus for use in selectively cutting side walls of a honeycomb core

An automated apparatus for use in selectively cutting side walls of a honeycomb core is provided. The apparatus includes an end effector, a cutting tool coupled to the end effector, wherein the end effector is configured to position the cutting tool in an initial cutting position based on a schematic geometry of the honeycomb core. ... The Boeing Co

10/22/15 / #20150298297

Clamping method and apparatus

One example of the present disclosure relates to a method of processing first and second workpieces. The method includes constraining the second workpiece; abutting first and second workpieces together to form a joint; applying first and second selectively adjustable forces against the first workpiece to bias the first workpiece against the second workpiece; friction stir welding the first and second workpieces along the joint; maintaining the forces equal to each other while friction stir welding; and automatically varying at least one of the forces responsive to thermal size variations of the first and second workpieces. ... The Boeing Co

10/22/15 / #20150297923

Fire-retarding apparatus and methods of their manufacture

A fire-retarding apparatus includes a composite. The composite includes a face layer attached to a fire-retarding layer.. ... The Boeing Co

10/01/15 / #20150281629

Three-dimensional stereoscopic projection on complex surfaces

A method of displaying. The method includes using a system including three-dimensional stereoscopic projection equipment to project an image onto a complex surface of a physical object disposed in an area. ... The Boeing Co

10/01/15 / #20150280390

Self-monitoring controlled optical component system

A self-monitored controlled optical component system may include an electrostrictive actuator, a capacitor matched in capacitance to the electrostrictive actuator, a current source connected to the electrostrictive actuator and to the capacitor that supplies an electric current to the electrostrictive actuator and to the capacitor, an optical element connected to be moved by the electrostrictive actuator, and a comparator connected to receive a first output current from the electrostrictive actuator and a second output current from the capacitor, and output a differenced sensoriactuator signal proportional to the difference between the first output current and the second output current, the sensoriactuator signal representing a current associated with movement of the optical element by the electrostrictive actuator.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/01/15 / #20150279539

Positioning system for an electromechanical actuator

Provided is a shaft positioning system for an electromechanical actuator. According to various examples, the positioning system includes a shaft coupled to an electromechanical actuator. ... The Boeing Co

10/01/15 / #20150279218

Aircraft fuel optimization analytics

Method and system for providing optimal, achievable flight plans for a flight of an aircraft and for providing accurate fuel load calculations. The method and system can check for and correct inaccurate assumptions in a flight plan. ... The Boeing Co

10/01/15 / #20150278411

Establishing availability of a two-engine aircraft for an etops flight or an etops flight path for a two-engine aircraft

A method is provided for establishing availability of a two-engine aircraft for a predefined etops flight. The method may include calculating a probability of a dual independent engine shutdown sequence for each of a climb phase, a plurality of cruise phases including an etops phase, and a descent phase into which the predefined etops flight is divisible. ... The Boeing Co

10/01/15 / #20150277442

Ship course obstruction warning transport

An unmanned aquatic surface vehicle for detecting and locating hazards is disclosed. The vehicle includes a propulsion system configured to impart a propulsive force to the vehicle and a steering system configured to impart a change in the direction of travel of the vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

10/01/15 / #20150277441

Method for controlling aircraft time of arrival

A method for controlling aircraft time of arrival at a flight trajectory waypoint decouples the various parts of the flight for flight plan, speed scheduling, and trajectory predictions. Adjustments to the speed during a first cruise phase of the flight reduce the deviations between the actual and estimated arrival times throughout the flight, and particularly reduce the amount of speed adjustments necessary during the later descent phase.. ... The Boeing Co

10/01/15 / #20150277391

Methods and apparatus to detect and control plasma fires

Methods and systems to detect and control plasma fires are disclosed. An example method includes monitoring an optical fiber using a sensor, the optical fiber being positioned proximate a conductor through which electricity is to flow, the optical fiber not being coupled to a signal generator or a light source; identifying a change in the optical fiber, the change associated with a change in the optical fiber or a casing surrounding the optical fiber due to a plasma fire; and controlling the flow of electricity through the conductor based on identifying the change.. ... The Boeing Co

10/01/15 / #20150276881

Model-independent battery life and performance forecaster

A method includes determining parameters of a rechargeable battery during an effective power cycle of the rechargeable battery. The parameters include a current provided by the rechargeable battery, a voltage across the rechargeable battery, and a temperature of the rechargeable battery. ... The Boeing Co

10/01/15 / #20150276627

Systems and methods for radiation monitoring

Systems and methods for radiation monitoring with a fuel-based liquid scintillant are disclosed. Fuel-scintillant compositions according to this disclosure may serve dual purposes of a fuel to power an engine and a scintillator to detect radiation. ... The Boeing Co

10/01/15 / #20150276376

Quasi-virtual locate/drill/shim process

A method for determining characteristics of a shim fittable between first and second bodies, comprising: (a) placing optical targets in respective sets of holes in the first and second bodies; (b) scanning respective surfaces of the first and second bodies using a three-dimensional scanner to acquire point cloud scan data, measured hole vector data and other discrete feature data; (c) processing the point cloud scan data, measured hole vector data and other discrete feature data to derive first deviation values representing the deviation of the surface of the first body from a nominal surface of the first body and second deviation values representing the deviation of the surface of the second body from a nominal surface of the second body; (d) correlating the first deviation values with the second deviation values based on a best fit position of the first body relative to the second body; and (e) computing shim gap values based on the correlated first and second deviation values.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/01/15 / #20150276101

Bulkhead fitting assembly

A bulkhead fitting assembly may include a tube; a mounting flange attachable to a bulkhead; a thermal shell joining the mounting flange and the tube and having a portion spaced away from the tube forming an air pocket between the tube and the thermal shell; a plurality of mounting studs extending from the mounting flange away from the thermal shell; a plurality of bushings positioned between the mounting studs and the bulkhead, the plurality of bushings each shaped to complete a current path from the tube to the plurality of mounting studs, from the plurality of mounting studs to the plurality of bushings, and from the plurality of bushings to the bulkhead; and a plurality of nuts received on the adapter to lock the fitting assembly in place by sandwiching the bulkhead between the mounting flange and the nuts, wherein the nuts are in engagement with the bushings.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/01/15 / #20150275959

Systems, methods, and apparatus for internally supported shafts

Systems, methods, and apparatus are disclosed for transferring a rotational force. For example, apparatus may include a shaft member that may include a first end configured to receive the rotational force from a first mechanical component. ... The Boeing Co

10/01/15 / #20150275953

Blind tack bolt with higher clamp-up strength

A blind tack fastener includes a pull stem having an elongated shaft with an extended tail portion. The blind tack fastener also includes a crush-initiating washer, a crush sleeve, and a swage collar, surrounding the elongated shaft of the pull stem. ... The Boeing Co

10/01/15 / #20150275823

Propulsion system and launch vehicle

A rocket engine having a co-axial, bidirectional flow arrangement is described herein. The rocket engine receives fuel and an oxidizer into the rocket engine in a first direction, whereby a portion of the fuel is combusted in a pre-burner. ... The Boeing Co

10/01/15 / #20150275769

Bleed air systems for use with aircraft and related methods

Bleed air systems for use with aircraft and related methods are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a compressor having a compressor inlet, a compressor outlet, and a first drive shaft. ... The Boeing Co

10/01/15 / #20150275758

Bleed air systems for use with aircraft and related methods

Bleed air systems for use with aircraft and related methods are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a compressor having a compressor inlet and a compressor outlet. ... The Boeing Co

10/01/15 / #20150275488

Circular galley drain strainer

A drain strainer assembly includes a housing having a circular cross-section, with an inlet port, an outlet port, and a plurality of first engagement tabs. The drain strainer assembly also includes a strainer member assembly having a circular cross-section. ... The Boeing Co

10/01/15 / #20150274934

Three-dimensional filament network for a composite laminate

A method and apparatus for forming a composite structure. The apparatus comprises a fiber layer. ... The Boeing Co

10/01/15 / #20150274304

Structure and method for reducing air flow in a wall volume of an aircraft

An aircraft including a fuselage defining an upper lobe and a lower lobe, the fuselage including a wall structure that includes an outboard boundary and an inboard boundary spaced from the outboard boundary, wherein the outboard boundary and the inboard boundary define a wall volume therebetween, and a barrier sheeting member extending into the wall volume.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/01/15 / #20150274303

Structure and method for reducing air flow in a wall volume of an aircraft

An aircraft including a fuselage defining an upper lobe and a lower lobe, the fuselage including a wall structure that includes an outboard boundary and an inboard boundary spaced from the outboard boundary, wherein the outboard boundary and the inboard boundary define a wall volume therebetween, and at least one sealing member positioned in the wall volume.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/01/15 / #20150274289

Vertically landing aircraft

An aircraft takes off, lands, or hovers with at least one wing-mounted thrust-producing device attached to at least one wing of the aircraft and at least two fuselage-mounted thrust-producing devices attached to a fuselage of the aircraft both providing vertical thrust. The aircraft is flown while the at least one wing-mounted thrust-producing device provides horizontal thrust and with the at least two fuselage-mounted thrust-producing devices not providing any thrust.. ... The Boeing Co

10/01/15 / #20150274281

Pneumatic positioning system

Provided are mechanisms and processes for a pneumatic shaft positioning system. According to various examples, the pneumatic shaft positioning system includes a pyrotechnic valve that is configured to control the flow of gas from a pressurized gas source into a pressure chamber. ... The Boeing Co

10/01/15 / #20150274280

Air vehicle, actuator assembly and associated method of manufacture

An air vehicle, an actuator assembly and a method of manufacture are provided in order to incorporate the actuator assembly within the outer mold line of the air vehicle. In regards to an air vehicle, the air vehicle includes a primary structure and a movable structure configured to be controllably moved relative to the primary structure. ... The Boeing Co

10/01/15 / #20150273809

Apparatuses and methods for efficient sealing of vacuum bag seams

Apparatuses and methods of the present disclosure relate to efficient sealing of vacuum bag seams for vacuum bag processing of composite parts. Vacuum bags may enclose a composite part and form a first sealed region around the composite part. ... The Boeing Co

10/01/15 / #20150273787

System and method for reducing core of a metallic honeycomb panel structure

A method and system for forming a honeycomb panel structure. The method includes the steps of compressing the honeycomb panel structure in a first panel region and reinforcing the first panel region. ... The Boeing Co

10/01/15 / #20150273761

Heating system for composite rework of aircraft

A machine and process for a heating system for a composite patch comprising a light beam and a controller. The controller is configured to command the light beam to heat the resin in the composite patch to a desired level for curing while avoiding overheating a fiber in the composite patch.. ... The Boeing Co

10/01/15 / #20150273760

Method and apparatus for reworking inconsistencies on parts

A method and apparatus for reworking an inconsistency on a part. Information about the inconsistency on the part may be identified using data generated by a nondestructive evaluation system. ... The Boeing Co

10/01/15 / #20150273713

Verifying calibration points against mark lines on workpiece surfaces

Methods for verifying calibration points against mark lines on workpiece surfaces are disclosed. Other embodiments including related systems are also disclosed. ... The Boeing Co

09/24/15 / #20150271960

Method and apparatus for covering a fastener system

A method and apparatus for covering a fastener system. In one illustrative embodiment, an apparatus comprises a cover. ... The Boeing Co

09/24/15 / #20150271885

Lighting device to simulate natural motion

A method and device for generating natural motion lighting patterns on the ceiling of an aircraft cabin are disclosed. The device includes at least two lighting elements, each outputting light. ... The Boeing Co

09/24/15 / #20150270985

Wireline communication system and method employing a military standard 1553 bus

A wireline communication system and method are provided that utilize a military standard 1553 bus to transmit both military standard 1553 communication signals and other communication signals, such as those transmitted in accordance with another communications protocol. A wireline communication system may include a military standard 1553 bus and a military standard 1553 node configured to communicate with military standard 1553 communication signals at a first predefined range of frequencies. ... The Boeing Co

09/24/15 / #20150270897

Bandwidth optimization and hitless transport in dynamic free space optical communications networks

A system for optical communications may include a multiplicity of optical communications relay platforms that each move above a surface of the earth. Each relay platform may include a relay link for communications between adjacent relay platforms. ... The Boeing Co

09/24/15 / #20150269846

Arrival traffic scheduling system incorporating equipage-dependent in-trail spacing

Systems and methods for generating arrival traffic schedules incorporating equipage-dependent in-trail spacing (time or distance). An arrival management system has a ground-based scheduling tool that applies customized spacing buffers between in-trail aircraft depending on the types of fms equipage onboard aircraft sequence pairs.. ... The Boeing Co

09/24/15 / #20150269787

Vehicle maintenance using identification tags and onboard data processing system

A method and apparatus for maintaining a vehicle. Identification information for a part on the vehicle is read from an automated identification technology tag, wherein the automated identification technology tag is on the vehicle and associated with the part. ... The Boeing Co

09/24/15 / #20150269699

System and method for monitoring a traveling passenger requiring assistance

A system and method for monitoring a passenger requiring assistance during travel, such as an unaccompanied minor, a disabled passenger, or an elderly passenger, on a common carrier. The system includes a machine-readable tag such as a quick response code (qr code) or a rfid tag that references passenger information, including itinerary information. ... The Boeing Co

09/24/15 / #20150268469

Systems and methods for providing interactive production illustration information

Systems and methods for providing interactive production illustration information are provided. One system includes a machine vision system configured to attach to a user, wherein the machine vision system when attached to the user is aligned with a line of sight of the user towards a physical location. ... The Boeing Co

09/24/15 / #20150268349

Interference geolocation using a satellite constellation

A system includes a plurality of satellites including respective antennas and circuitry. The satellites form a satellite constellation and revolve around a rotating astronomical object from which a source radiates interference toward a target satellite for at least some period of time as the target satellite revolves in a target orbit. ... The Boeing Co

09/24/15 / #20150268090

Self charging door sensor system

A method and apparatus for identifying a position of a deployable system. An apparatus comprises a sensor device. ... The Boeing Co

09/24/15 / #20150268074

Method and apparatus for measuring static pressure

A method and apparatus for measuring static pressure. A tube is positioned within a hole in a structure. ... The Boeing Co

09/24/15 / #20150268033

Relative object localization process for local positioning system

Systems and methods for performing relative object localization using a local positioning system. The process in accordance with one embodiment solves the problem of determining the location (i.e., the position and orientation) of an object relative to a previous location of the object, or relative to another object, without the need for known 3-d data point positions in the environment. ... The Boeing Co

09/24/15 / #20150267846

Bulkhead fitting assembly and method of making

A method of making a bulkhead fitting assembly may include joining a tube to a thermal shell of a mounting flange, the mounting flange shaped to be attached to a bulkhead and including an adapter; forming the thermal shell to have a portion spaced away from the tube to form an air pocket between the tube and the thermal shell adjacent the mounting flange; and placing a bushing on the adapter such that the bushing completes a current path from the tube to the adapter, from the adapter to the bushing, and from the bushing to the bulkhead.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/24/15 / #20150267845

Bulkhead fitting assembly and method of sealing a bulkhead opening

A method of sealing an opening in a bulkhead with a fitting assembly having a tube, a mounting flange, a thermal shell, an adapter, a bushing, and a jam nut may include inserting the tube through the opening; placing the mounting flange against the bulkhead, the mounting flange attached to the thermal shell, the thermal shell attached to the tube, and the mounting flange attached to the adapter so that the adapter extends away from the mounting flange and from the thermal shell through the opening; forming an air pocket by spacing a portion of the thermal shell away from the tube; placing the bushing on the adapter; and tightening the jam nut on the adapter to sandwich the bulkhead between the mounting flange and the bushing to form a seal between the mounting flange and the bushing to seal the opening.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/24/15 / #20150267644

Integrated primary nozzle

Apparatus, systems and methods provide for an integrated primary nozzle. The integrated primary nozzle defines an annular vent and includes an integrated panel that includes an acoustic treatment. ... The Boeing Co

09/24/15 / #20150267593

System and method for forming elongated perforations in an inner barrel section of an engine

Certain embodiments of the present disclosure provide an acoustic inlet barrel of an engine. The acoustic inlet barrel may include an inner barrel configured to provide a boundary for directing airflow through the engine. ... The Boeing Co

09/24/15 / #20150266670

Systems and methods for controlling a fuel tank environment

A system for controlling an environment within a fuel tank is provided. The system includes a conduit with a plurality of vents, wherein the conduit defines a path through the fuel tank, and wherein the conduit is configured to direct a flow of air along the path and out the plurality of vents.. ... The Boeing Co

09/24/15 / #20150266595

Spacecraft docking system

A method and apparatus for docking a spacecraft. The apparatus comprises elongate members, movement systems, and force management systems. ... The Boeing Co

09/24/15 / #20150266593

Multi-stage space launch systems with reusable thrust augmentation and associated methods

Systems and methods for launching space vehicles into outer space are disclosed. Systems include a launch vehicle with at least two stages. ... The Boeing Co

09/24/15 / #20150266592

Air-ground detection system for semi-levered landing gear

A method and apparatus for air-ground detection. A truck beam of a semi-levered landing gear is mounted on a pivot pin. ... The Boeing Co

09/24/15 / #20150266590

Short landing warning

A method can include determining that an aircraft is on approach to a runway. The method can include determining a flight path vector (fpv) location of the aircraft based at least in part on a projected landing location with respect to the runway and determining a current airspeed of the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

09/24/15 / #20150266586

Hybrid structure including built-up sandwich structure and monolithic spf/db structure

A hybrid structure comprises a metallic built-up sandwich structure, and a monolithic superplastic formed and diffusion bonded structure joined to the built-up sandwich structure.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/24/15 / #20150266563

Flight control surface seal

A system and method for reducing aerodynamic drag is disclosed. A compression seal is attached to the inboard edges of the stabilizer and elevators of an airplane. ... The Boeing Co

09/24/15 / #20150266561

Seal design for vehicle and structure application

Provided is a captured seal assembly that can be positioned between a first surface and a second surface of a structure or vehicle, such as an aircraft. The captured seal assembly includes a geometric-shaped seal such as a bulb-shaped seal that can be secured to an outer perimeter of the first surface and a receiving land capture that can be secured to an outer perimeter of the second surface. ... The Boeing Co

09/24/15 / #20150266268

Fabrication of composite laminates using temporarily stitched preforms

A composite structure is fabricated using a preform comprising a stack of unidirectional prepreg plies that are stitched together. During curing of the prepreg, the stitches melt and dissolve.. ... The Boeing Co

09/24/15 / #20150266174

Apparatus and method for remote fastener installation

A tool configured to install and torque multiple fasteners, such as nuts and/or bolts, positioned in confined and/or hard to reach areas. The tool includes a body portion, a plurality of fastener retainers, and a structure which permits both the remote tightening and torquing of such fasters. ... The Boeing Co

09/24/15 / #20150266147

System and method for assembly manufacturing

A system for assembly manufacturing may include at least one tacking cell configured to perform at least one tack fastening operation on a workpiece, at least one fastening cell configured to perform at least one final fastening operation on the workpiece and a material-handling system linking the tacking cell and the fastening cell, wherein the material-handling system positions the workpiece within the tacking cell and wherein the material-handling system transfers the workpiece from the tacking cell to the fastening cell.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/17/15 / #20150263872

Method and apparatus for detecting and classifying signals

A method and apparatus for detecting signals. According to an embodiment, energy waves are received at a first receiver system and a second receiver system. ... The Boeing Co

09/17/15 / #20150260775

Electromagnetic effect testing

A device comprises a circuit board, a rogowski coil on the circuit board, persistent data storage on the circuit board, and a control circuit on the circuit board for collecting values representing current sensed by the coil, and storing the values in the persistent memory.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/17/15 / #20150260749

Airspeed calculation system for an aircraft

An airspeed calculation system for determining the airspeed of an aircraft includes a static pressure device, a global positioning system device, an inertial measurement unit device, an angle of attack device, a total pressure sensor, a total air temperature sensor, at least one processor, and a memory. The at least one processor is in electronic communication with the memory, the static pressure device, the global positioning system device, the inertial measurement unit device, the angle of attack device, the total pressure sensor, and the total air temperature sensor. ... The Boeing Co

09/17/15 / #20150260634

Apparatuses and methods for testing adhesion of a seal to a surface

One example of the disclosure relates to an apparatus for testing adhesion of a seal to a surface. The apparatus includes a first member and a second member movable relative to the first member. ... The Boeing Co

09/17/15 / #20150260592

Method and apparatus for measuring a preload of a fastener

A method and apparatus for measuring a preload of a fastener. The method, which may be practiced at least in part by the apparatus, includes establishing an initial value associated with an absence of the preload of the fastener and providing an adapter and a transducer rotatably coupled to the adapter. ... The Boeing Co

09/17/15 / #20150260498

Calibration of sensor arrays

Systems and methods for calibrating sensor arrays. An exemplary system measures a distance to a target object with the sensors. ... The Boeing Co

09/17/15 / #20150260217

Temporary clamp up system for sealant squeeze out in lock bolt installations

A joint fastening system employs a lock bolt having a pull stem and locking threads inserted through a bore in a joint having fay sealant between layers. A collar is received over the pull stem to engage the threads, the collar producing tension on the threads to generate clamp force sufficient for fay sealant squeeze out.. ... The Boeing Co

09/17/15 / #20150260171

Method and system for producing electricity from airport acoustical energy

A system and method for generating electricity from acoustic energy from an aircraft on a runway. Acoustic wave collectors mounted along the runway collect the acoustic energy and direct such acoustic energy to an associated acoustic converter assembly. ... The Boeing Co

09/17/15 / #20150260104

One piece inlet lip skin design

An aircraft engine inlet incorporates a lip skin having a skin web with a plurality of stiffeners integrally extending from the skin web. An aft edge land integrally extends from the skin web at an outer rim and an inner edge land integrally extends from the skin web at an inner rim. ... The Boeing Co

09/17/15 / #20150260099

Enhanced temperature control anti-ice nozzle

Systems, methods, and apparatus are disclosed for preventing formation of ice on an engine. Apparatus may include a nozzle housing coupled to a compression stage of the engine and further coupled to a leading edge housing of the engine. ... The Boeing Co

09/17/15 / #20150259081

Integrated armor for hypervelocity impacts

Apparatus and methods described herein provide for a structural armor configured to provide load-bearing capabilities to a structure, as well as to provide protection from hypervelocity impacts. According to one aspect of the disclosure provided herein, the structural armor may include two armor facesheets, with an angular member core disposed between. ... The Boeing Co

09/17/15 / #20150259079

Method and apparatus to construct metal securement member for an aircraft

The invention relates to a mounting device in an aircraft. In one aspect of the invention, a method is disclosed for assembling a metal securement member of the mounting device. ... The Boeing Co

09/17/15 / #20150259068

Electronic display mounting apparatus

A mounting apparatus includes a cradle, a stand, a cradle attachment member, and a rotation member. The cradle includes an electronic display attachment member which is configured to removably attach an electronic display to the cradle. ... The Boeing Co

09/17/15 / #20150259062

Latching apparatus and methods

Latching apparatus and methods are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a first latch portion including a first tooth and a first pin disposed in a first aperture defined by the first tooth and a second latch portion including a second tooth and a second pin disposed in an second aperture defined by the second tooth. ... The Boeing Co

09/17/15 / #20150258765

Composite structure and method for inspecting a pre-bond surface of a composite structure

A composite structure may include a composite substrate, the composite substrate including a surface, a peel ply, the peel ply including a surface, and an identifiable marking agent, wherein the surface of the peel ply includes the identifiable marking agent, and wherein the peel ply is connected to the composite substrate such that the identifiable marking agent is in contact with the surface of the composite substrate.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/17/15 / #20150258646

Method and system for installing fasteners with electromagnetic effect protection

A method and system for installing a fastener. A fastener installation system comprises a fastener, a cooling system, and a tool. ... The Boeing Co

09/17/15 / #20150258529

Monolithic contactor and associated system and method for collecting carbon dioxide

A monolithic contactor for collecting target molecules, the monolithic contactor may include a monolithic body having an inlet end and a longitudinally opposed outlet end and a plurality of cells extending from proximate the inlet end to proximate the outlet end, wherein the target molecules are adsorbed to a surface of the body.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/10/15 / #20150257308

Graphene-based thermal management systems

In one aspect, thermally managed electronic components are described herein. In some implementations, a thermally managed electronic component comprises an electronic component and a thermal management coating disposed on a surface of the electronic component. ... The Boeing Co

09/10/15 / #20150256124

Method and apparatus for calibrating a micro-concentrator solar array

A method and apparatus for calibrating a reflector in a solar array. A switch device is switched from a first state to a second state. ... The Boeing Co

09/10/15 / #20150256115

Wirelessly powered electric motor

A method and apparatus for controlling an electric motor. Power is transmitted to windings of the electric motor by wireless magnetic coupling between transmission coils and the windings.. ... The Boeing Co

09/10/15 / #20150256099

Six-phase supplied transformer rectifier unit

A method and apparatus for forming a direct current power supply. An apparatus comprises a transformer and a rectifier. ... The Boeing Co

09/10/15 / #20150255862

Lightning protected radome system

A radome system including an antenna, the antenna operating within a predetermined frequency band, and a radome defining an enclosed volume, wherein the antenna is housed within the enclosed volume, the radome including a layered structure having an external surface and an internal surface, the layered structure including an external structural layer proximate the external surface and a core layer below the external structural layer, the core layer including a faraday cage layer positioned between artificial dielectric layers.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/10/15 / #20150255184

Graphene coated electronic components

In one aspect, coated electrical components are described herein. In some implementations, a coated electrical component comprises an electrical component and a graphene coating layer disposed on a surface of the electrical component. ... The Boeing Co

09/10/15 / #20150254835

Composite inspection and structural check of multiple layers

Provided are methods, systems, and computer program products for inspecting composite items. Specifically, a method involves analyzing an image of or, more generally, data characterizing condition of a top layer, which is disposed over a bottom layer. ... The Boeing Co

09/10/15 / #20150254564

Smart process management

The disclosure provides a computer-implemented method of processing information to use when producing a mission plan to accomplish a mission. The example method includes obtaining one or more mission goals to be achieved during execution of the mission and obtaining information relating to one or more resources to be used during execution of the mission. ... The Boeing Co

09/10/15 / #20150254385

System and method to predict whether a protection circuit is likely to prevent a latent failure within a monitored circuit

A method includes measuring a plurality of latchup release parameter values of a monitored circuit to generate data. Each latchup release parameter value of the plurality of latchup release parameter values is associated with the monitored circuit exiting a latchup state. ... The Boeing Co

09/10/15 / #20150253805

Locking system for an actuator device

A method and apparatus for operating a locking system for an actuator device. The apparatus comprises a lock collar and a locking device. ... The Boeing Co

09/10/15 / #20150253779

Aircraft intent processor

Example aircraft intent processors are described herein that can be used both for the prediction of an aircraft's trajectory from aircraft intent, and the execution of aircraft intent for controlling the aircraft. An example aircraft intent processor includes an aircraft intent input to receive aircraft intent data representative of aircraft intent instructions, an aircraft state input to receive state data representative of a state of the aircraft, and a residual output. ... The Boeing Co

09/10/15 / #20150253202

Device for emulating temperature of a composite structure through a thermal cure cycle

A temperature emulator may include a stack assembly having a pair of end plates positioned at an uppermost and lowermost location of the stack assembly, a plurality of heat sink plates disposed between the pair of end plates, each of the heat sink plates having a plurality of heat sink cutouts, a plurality of shim plates separating adjacent pairs of the end plates and the heat sink plates, each of the shim plates having a shim cutout, an open cavity formed by a plurality of adjacent heat sink cutouts and shim cutouts, thermal insulation disposed within the cavity, and at least one temperature sensor coupled to at least one of the plurality of heat sink plates.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/10/15 / #20150253160

Flexible chassis interface device

An apparatus including an environmentally protective chassis configured to house and environmentally protect a test chassis having one or more module interfaces, the environmentally protective chassis having an interface device seating surface with sealable apertures formed in the interface device seating surface; and at least one interface device configured for connection to the test chassis and including at least one interface connector corresponding to connectors of a unit under test, the at least one interface device being configured for insertion through one or more of the sealable apertures and direct coupling to the interface device seating surface of the environmentally protective chassis without any intervening environmental interface or environmental interface plane located between the interface device seating surface and the test chassis.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/10/15 / #20150253061

Co2 ventilation bulb seal for insulated galley cart

A galley cart system employs a dry ice compartment and a refrigeration compartment in a galley cart in flow communication with the dry ice compartment. A ventilation system is in interruptible flow communication with at least the refrigeration compartment and configured to receive gas discharged from at least the refrigeration compartment.. ... The Boeing Co

09/10/15 / #20150252977

Light assembly having light homogenizer

A light assembly is configured to provide a uniform light pattern onto a target, and may include a housing, a light source retained within the housing, wherein the light source is configured to generate a generated light beam, and a light homogenizer retained with the housing and disposed within a light path downstream from the light source. The light homogenizer includes a main body having an input end and an output end, and is configured to receive the generated light beam at the input end. ... The Boeing Co

09/10/15 / #20150252864

Motion-damping systems and methods including the same

Motion-damping systems and methods that include motion-damping systems are disclosed herein. The motion-damping systems are configured to damp relative motion between a base structure and an attached component that define a gap therebetween. ... The Boeing Co

09/10/15 / #20150252753

Antivortex device and method of assembling thereof

An antivortex device for use in suppressing formation of a vortex created by fluid flowing through multiple outlet ports defined in a sump is provided. The antivortex device includes a plurality of center plates extending through a central axis of the sump, an extension plate substantially aligned with one of the plurality of center plates and extending substantially radially outward from the central axis, and a top plate coupled to the plurality of center plates.. ... The Boeing Co

09/10/15 / #20150252480

Chromium-free conversion coating

A conversion coating composition including a conducting polymer dispersion, at least one silane and inorganic metallic salts, wherein a ph of the composition is between 1.0 and 6.0, and wherein the inorganic metallic salts include at least one zirconium salt and at least one cerium nitrate salt.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/10/15 / #20150251772

System and method of mapping user notes to flight charts

A particular embodiment, a method includes receiving, at an electronic flight bag device, input corresponding to a user note. The method further includes generating, at the electronic flight bag device, data that maps the user note to a flight chart identifier associated with a flight chart. ... The Boeing Co

09/10/15 / #20150251767

Systems and methods for passive deicing

Global icephobic performance of a passive deicing structure may be achieved by including one or more ice nucleating zones that are configured, preselected, and/or arranged to promote selective formation of ice. Ice nucleation zones may be configured, preselected, and/or arranged to form ice that is weakly adherent and, hence, may be removed by sufficient shear force. ... The Boeing Co

09/10/15 / #20150251766

Turbo-compressor system and method for extracting energy from an aircraft engine

A turbo-compressor (tc) system for extracting energy from an aircraft engine. The tc system has a tc assembly with a turbine mechanically coupled to at least one compressor. ... The Boeing Co

09/10/15 / #20150251761

Dry ice draw through galley cooling

A galley cart system employs a dry ice compartment and a refrigeration compartment in a galley cart in flow communication with the dry ice compartment. A ventilation system is in interruptible flow communication with at least the refrigeration compartment and configured to receive gas discharged from at least the refrigeration compartment.. ... The Boeing Co

09/10/15 / #20150251759

Control module unit for services systems for a vehicle

A cabin service system may include a control module unit, a pair of power rails, the power rails being configured to provide mechanical attachment and electrical power to the control module unit, and a plurality of cabin services, wherein the control module is communicatively coupled to the plurality of cabin services to provide control of the plurality of cabin services. The control module unit may include a plurality of communication ports, and a plurality of relays coupled to at least one communication port of the plurality of communication ports, wherein each communication port of the plurality of communication ports corresponds to at least one cabin service of the plurality of cabin services, and wherein each relay of the plurality of relays provides discrete control of an associated cabin service of the plurality of cabin services.. ... The Boeing Co

09/10/15 / #20150251758

Controlling flow of dry ice sublimation inside a galley cart

A galley cart system employs a housing with a door coupled to the housing, the door configured to be moved between a closed position and an open position. A vent plate in the housing communicates between a first compartment and a second compartment. ... The Boeing Co

09/10/15 / #20150251756

System and method for commanding a payload of an aircraft

A system and method is provided for commanding a payload of an aircraft. A plurality of flight segments, which comprise trajectory information of the aircraft, are received. ... The Boeing Co

09/10/15 / #20150251741

Autonomous power generation in submersible environments

Embodiments provide for safely and reliably operating a generator in a submersible environment utilizing an autonomous control system. One embodiment is a power generation system that includes a generator, a water-tight enclosure surrounding the generator, an intake valve, an exhaust valve, and a controller. ... The Boeing Co

09/10/15 / #20150251401

Repair apparatus and method for composite panels having a conductive layer

A repair apparatus for an electrically conductive layer of a composite structure includes a dielectric layer, having a perimeter, secured to the structure, and a conductive layer, secured over the dielectric layer and to the structure around an entirety of the perimeter of the dielectric layer, the conductive layer being treated along a perimeter region thereof to improve a conductive path between the conductive layer and the structure.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/10/15 / #20150251291

Method and system for vibratory finishing of composite laminate parts

A method for vibratory finishing of a composite laminate part includes placing particles of a vibratory media, comprising titanium oxide abrasive in a synthetic binder, into a trough of a vibratory finishing machine, placing a composite laminate part into the trough and substantially immersed in the vibratory media, and operating the vibratory finishing machine at a vibrational frequency of 40 hz to 50 hz with the vibratory media and composite laminate part disposed in the trough.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/03/15 / #20150249399

Power frequency converter and associated method

A power frequency converter and an associated method are provided to convert an ac input signal at a first frequency, such as a first frequency that is permitted to vary within a range, to an ac output signal at a second frequency that is different than the first frequency and that may be fixed. The power frequency converter includes a plurality of power rectification modules. ... The Boeing Co

09/03/15 / #20150248781

Automatic window placement

A method for rendering data on a display device is described. Data representative of graphics objects rendered on the display device is received. ... The Boeing Co

09/03/15 / #20150247712

Passive control fin stops for air launched boosted (two stage) high speed vehicles

A temporary control fin stop system employs a housing coupled to a vehicle. At least one tang is coupled to the housing and positioned to engage a trailing edge of a fin. ... The Boeing Co

09/03/15 / #20150246803

Bung plug extractor and methods for transferring fluid with a pressurized tank

An apparatus for exchanging fluid with a tank through a tank port includes a bung extractor casing that has a first end configured to removably couple to a tank port. The tank port is configured to be sealingly coupled to a bung plug. ... The Boeing Co

09/03/15 / #20150246734

Systems and methods for containing ignition within equipment dry bays

An equipment dry bay is provided. The equipment dry bay includes at least one partition that subdivides the equipment dry bay into a plurality of compartments, wherein the at least one partition includes a plate, and at least one flame arrestor positioned within the plate and providing vapor and fluid communication between a first compartment and a second compartment of the plurality of compartments, the at least one flame arrestor configured to vent combustion gases in the first compartment into the second compartment.. ... The Boeing Co

09/03/15 / #20150246730

Systems and methods for predicting and controlling ice formation

A system and method for operating an ice detection and deicing system are provided herein. The ice detection and deicing system may use changing magnetic properties of various components caused by temperature changes to detect conditions conducive to, or indicating, ice formation. ... The Boeing Co

09/03/15 / #20150246729

Air conditioning system and methods of assembling the same

An air conditioning system includes a first mix manifold and a second mix manifold. A first air conditioning pack is coupled in flow communication with the first mix manifold, wherein the first air conditioning pack is configured to channel a supply of fresh air to the first mix manifold. ... The Boeing Co

09/03/15 / #20150246723

Systems and methods for locking a control lever

Systems and methods for locking a control lever are provided. One system includes a locking device having a body configured to couple to a control lever within an aircraft to prevent the control lever from moving. ... The Boeing Co

09/03/15 / #20150246522

Method and apparatus for contouring composite pre-preg articles

A forming tool and method for its use with flat pre-preg composite laminate assemblies which incorporates a mandrel segmented into multiple forming blocks, the forming blocks sized to receive a draped composite laminate assembly with all portions of the composite laminate assembly spaced from a shaping surface on each block. A spline plate engages the shaping surface of the forming blocks to provide a neutral axis for maintaining the entire composite laminate assembly in tension during forming. ... The Boeing Co

08/27/15 / #20150244462

Inline optoelectronic converter and associated methods

An inline optoelectronic converter configured to convert electrical signals to optical signals and to convert optical signals to electrical signals. The converter is external to the avionic computer and connected to the avionic computer at a location spaced apart from the avionic computer. ... The Boeing Co

08/27/15 / #20150244316

Dynamically setting a threshold output level for a solar array

A method and apparatus for managing a solar array. Light is measured using a threshold sensor to generate sensor data. ... The Boeing Co

08/27/15 / #20150244310

Micro-concentrator solar array using micro-electromechanical systems (mems) based reflectors

A method and apparatus for focusing light onto a plurality of solar cells. The apparatus comprises a plurality of solar cells, a plurality of groups of reflectors corresponding to the plurality of solar cells, and a control module in communication with the plurality of solar cells and the plurality of groups of reflectors. ... The Boeing Co

08/27/15 / #20150244303

Method and system for controlling synchronous machine as generator/starter

A synchronous brushless machine having a single exciter field stator winding. The single exciter field stator winding is energized by a high frequency alternating current to provide a single excitation field to magnetically couple with the exciter field armature winding in both the starter mode and the generator mode. ... The Boeing Co

08/27/15 / #20150244005

Alternative path cooling of a high temperature fuel cell

Systems and methods provide for the thermal management of a high temperature fuel cell. According to embodiments described herein, a non-reactant coolant is routed into a fuel cell from a compressor or a ram air source. ... The Boeing Co

08/27/15 / #20150243822

Modular self-tracking micro-concentrator for space power

Technologies for a micro-concentrator modular array. The micro-concentrator modular array may include two or more micro-concentrator solar modules. ... The Boeing Co

08/27/15 / #20150243819

Micro-concentrator solar array using micro-electromechanical systems (mems) based reflectors

A micro-concentrator solar array is provided, and includes a plurality of solar cells and a plurality of micro-electromechanical systems (mems) based reflectors. Each solar cell includes a focal point. ... The Boeing Co

08/27/15 / #20150243296

Effecting voice communication in a sound-restricted environment

A headset is provided for use by a user to effect voice communication in a sound-restricted environment. The headset includes a microphone that converts the user's voice at a first sound level to produce a first audio signal. ... The Boeing Co

08/27/15 / #20150243077

Two-dimensional model of triangular sectors for use in generating a mesh for finite element analysis

A method and apparatus for analyzing a joint. The apparatus comprises a graph generator and a model generator. ... The Boeing Co

08/27/15 / #20150242472

Remote data delivery system

A method and apparatus for delivering engineering data to a portable device for use in performing an operation. Engineering data for each part in a set of parts is stored in a file system on the portable device. ... The Boeing Co

08/27/15 / #20150241870

Portable computer and associated method of modeling a sealant spraying process

A portable computer, a method and a computer-readable storage medium are provided to facilitate modeling of a sealant spraying process. In the context of a method, a portable computer is provided that is configured to receive a plurality of parameters related to the sealant spraying process and to determine instructions regarding the sealant application. ... The Boeing Co

08/27/15 / #20150241198

Movement detection of hanging loads

Embodiments described herein provide for detecting an angle of a cable attached to a rotorcraft for transporting a hanging payload using a pair of linear displacement sensors that are coupled to both the rotorcraft and the cable. One embodiment is a cable angle detector mounted to an underside of a rotorcraft. ... The Boeing Co

08/27/15 / #20150240987

Method and apparatus for removably attaching photogrammetric targets to a surface

A method and apparatus for removably attaching a magnetic target for a photogrammetry system to a surface of a structure. A retaining member may comprise a body, an engagement material associated with the body, and a magnetic material associated with the body. ... The Boeing Co

08/27/15 / #20150240793

Temperature control system for shape-memory alloy

Described herein is an apparatus for controlling an actuator made from a shape-memory alloy includes a first layer made from a thermally conductive material and a second layer. The second layer is made from a thermally conductive material. ... The Boeing Co

08/27/15 / #20150240378

Direct electrochemical synthesis of doped conductive polymers on metal alloys

This disclosure relates generally to the discovery of improved methods of reducing corrosion on metals and metal alloys without using hexavalent chromium reagents. More particularly, the disclosure relates to preparing corrosion resistant metals using doped conducting polymers such as polyaniline (pani) on metal alloys such as aluminum alloys.. ... The Boeing Co

08/27/15 / #20150240132

Thermally conductive flexible adhesive for aerospace applications

Provided are methods of forming thermally conductive flexible bonds for use in electronic boards of unmanned spacecrafts and other types of aircraft. Also provided are methods of preparing adhesive materials to form these bonds including methods of preparing treated filler particles. ... The Boeing Co

08/27/15 / #20150239582

Health-adaptive reaction control system

Methods and apparatuses are provided for managing a state of a platform. The methods and apparatuses comprise receiving a desired state for the platform. ... The Boeing Co

08/27/15 / #20150239580

Systems and methods for movement of objects

Systems and methods for movement of objects are provided. One system includes a plurality of vehicles configured to support the object, wherein each of the vehicles includes omni-directional wheels and a height adjusting device. ... The Boeing Co

08/27/15 / #20150239570

Fluid dynamic vent dam

The disclosure provides in one embodiment for a vent dam for use in a vent stringer in a fuel vent system. The vent dam is configured to mount to and within the vent stringer the vent dam has a contoured guiding surface for guiding fuel flow into and out of an interior of the vent stringer, wherein the vent dam, the vent stringer, and a tube attached to the vent stringer are in fluid communication with one or more fuel tanks. ... The Boeing Co

08/27/15 / #20150239566

Variable thermal resistance device for vehicular seats

A seating assembly comprising: a frame having an opening; a support surface spanning the opening in the frame; a variable thermal resistance device that opposes the support surface when the variable thermal resistance device is in a closed state in which airflow is obstructed, the variable thermal resistance device being movable from the closed state to an open state in which airflow is not obstructed and from the open state to the closed state; and an actuator coupled to the variable thermal resistance device. The actuator is operable to actuate movement of the variable thermal resistance device between the open and closed states.. ... The Boeing Co

08/27/15 / #20150239554

Active landing gear damper

An active landing gear damping system and method for decelerating a vehicle during a terrain impact event, such as an aircraft landing or crash. The system monitors aircraft state data and terrain information to predict an impact of the vehicle with the terrain. ... The Boeing Co

08/27/15 / #20150239552

Plasma-assisted synthetic jets for active air flow control

A plasma-assisted synthetic jet device, an aircraft including a plasma-assisted synthetic jet device, and a method of improving aerodynamic properties are disclosed for providing air flow control at an aerodynamic structure by ionizing one or more gases exiting through an aperture of the synthetic jet device disposed in the aerodynamic structure.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/27/15 / #20150239193

Method and apparatus for making preformed seals

A method of making a preformed seal includes coupling first and second sections of a mold to define a mold cavity. A cross-sectional shape of the mold cavity corresponds to a cross-sectional shape of the preformed seal. ... The Boeing Co

08/27/15 / #20150239021

System and method for surface cleaning

A system for cleaning an object may include an acoustic device configured to deliver acoustic waves to the object, a cleaning medium dispenser configured to deliver a cleaning medium to a surface of the object, a rinsing medium dispenser configured to deliver a rinsing medium to the surface, a vacuum configured to deliver a vacuum airflow proximate the surface, wherein the acoustic waves generate acoustic vibrations in the object to dislodge debris from the surface, acoustically treat the cleaning medium and the rinsing medium, and atomize the cleaning medium, the debris collected by the cleaning medium and the rinsing medium.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/27/15 / #20150239020

System and method for surface cleaning

A system for cleaning an object may include a cleaning medium dispenser configured to deliver a cleaning medium to a surface of the object, wherein the cleaning medium dislodges and captures debris from the surface, an ultrasonic device configured to deliver ultrasonic waves to the object, wherein the ultrasonic waves generate ultrasonic vibrations in the object to atomize the cleaning medium from the surface and a vacuum configured to provide a vacuum airflow, wherein the vacuum airflow collects atomized cleaning medium and debris from the surface.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/20/15 / #20150236414

Antenna array system for producing dual circular polarization signals utilizing a meandering waveguide

An antenna array system for directing and steering an antenna beam is described in accordance with the present invention. The antenna array system may include a feed waveguide having a feed waveguide length, at least two directional couplers in signal communication with the feed waveguide, at least two pairs of planar coupling slots along the feed waveguide length, and at least two horn antennas.. ... The Boeing Co

08/20/15 / #20150236413

Adaptive interference suppression via subband power measurements of a phased-array antenna

A phased-array antenna system includes an array of antenna feed elements that produces a radiation pattern to provide spot beams within which to receive a signal in a frequency band and carrying communication from a terminal at a known geographic location. A beamformer forms the spot beams; and a channelizer divides the frequency band into frequency subbands, and measures power levels of the signal over respective frequency subbands. ... The Boeing Co

08/20/15 / #20150236365

System and method for fuel cell degradation management

A system and method for operating a fuel cell system to control an amount of degradation to the fuel cell system. The fuel cell system is operative to switch between two or more power sources to provide power to a load. ... The Boeing Co

08/20/15 / #20150235560

Systems and methods for providing landing exceedance warnings and avoidance

Systems and methods provide sloped landing exceedance warning and avoidance. One system includes a surface slope determination system configured to measure a plurality of distances between an aircraft and a surface. ... The Boeing Co

08/20/15 / #20150233709

System and method for testing compression panels

An alignment apparatus for aligning a test panel with a testing machine may include a laser measuring system and an adjustment mechanism. The laser measuring system may include at least one laser measuring device coupled to a test fixture and/or a testing machine. ... The Boeing Co

08/20/15 / #20150233605

Electronics operation for temperature controlled systems

An apparatus and method of controlling temperatures of a plurality of locations on a structure. A temperature at each of the plurality of locations is identified. ... The Boeing Co

08/20/15 / #20150233363

Apparatus, controller and method for controlling the cool down of an aircraft engine rotor

An apparatus, system, and method for reducing the warpage of a rotor of an aircraft engine. When the aircraft engine is placed in standby mode, a solenoid-operated bypass valve may receive a control signal to open. ... The Boeing Co

08/20/15 / #20150231849

Composite filler

A method and apparatus is presented. A layer of composite material is laid up on a forming tool. ... The Boeing Co

08/20/15 / #20150231848

Composite filler

A method and apparatus is presented. Layers of composite material are laid down on a forming tool. ... The Boeing Co

08/20/15 / #20150231837

Verifiable quick patch repair for composite structures

A composite structure comprising a parent structure having a hole, an insert in the hole, and a first patch bonded by adhesive to one side of the parent structure and one side of the insert. The first patch comprises a first multiplicity of pre-stressed members arranged in side-by-side relationship around a perimeter of the first patch. ... The Boeing Co

08/20/15 / #20150231834

Method of fabricating fiber reinforced composite structure having stepped surface

Fiber reinforced composite structures having curved stepped surfaces are fabricated by laying up plies of fiber reinforced material over a tool having a stepped tool feature. The plies are rotated about a fixed axis as they are laid up to substantially form a fixed axis rosette pattern. ... The Boeing Co

08/20/15 / #20150231818

Formation of thermoplastic parts

A method and apparatus is presented. A portion is cut from a thermoplastic sheet of a first thermoplastic material based on a three dimensional model. ... The Boeing Co

08/20/15 / #20150231792

Systems and methods of separating tubing sleeves from a tubing holder

A method includes selecting a cutting wheel assembly of a plurality of cutting wheel assemblies of a cutting system. Each cutting wheel assembly includes a different number of cutting blades. ... The Boeing Co

08/20/15 / #20150231775

Adhesive scoop

A method and apparatus for removing a viscous material from a structure. The apparatus may comprise a base section. ... The Boeing Co

08/20/15 / #20150231733

Friction stir weld plugs and methods of using thereof

In one aspect of the disclosure, an article for filling an opening in an object includes a plug having a body, a first flange, and a second flange. The plug has a trailing end. ... The Boeing Co

08/20/15 / #20150231578

Method and apparatus for atomizing a deposition mixture

A method and apparatus for forming an aerosol. An apparatus may comprise an inner chamber, an outer chamber located around the inner chamber, and a wave generating device associated with the outer chamber. ... The Boeing Co

08/20/15 / #20150230664

Multifunction programmable foodstuff preparation

Systems, methods, and devices are disclosed for preparing food. In some embodiments, a food preparation device may include a container that includes a cavity that may define an internal volume of the container. ... The Boeing Co

08/13/15 / #20150228196

Prediction of flight path privacy

A method of predicting an achievable level of privacy of a flight path can include receiving an indication of a flight route of an aircraft, receiving an indication of one or more privacy enhancement techniques, estimating an air traffic density for one or more airspaces along or near the flight route where the estimating is based on information obtained from one or more aviation information databases, and estimating an achievable level of privacy of the flight path based, at least in part, on the air traffic density for one or more airspaces and the one or more privacy enhancement techniques. The method can further include using the estimated achievable level of privacy of the flight path as a privacy layer in one or more flight planning and optimization problems.. ... The Boeing Co

08/13/15 / #20150227647

Virtual aircraft network

A system and method for performing a simulation of aircraft networks. Characteristics of components of the aircraft networks are identified. ... The Boeing Co

08/13/15 / #20150226833

Geo-location using known target co-calibration

Systems, methods, and apparatus for geo-location using known target co-calibration are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, a method for geo-location of a target involves receiving, by at least three elements on a vehicle, at least one station signal from at least one station in a known direction from the vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

08/13/15 / #20150226576

Predicting aircraft trajectory

The present invention provides a computer-implemented method of producing a description of aircraft intent expressed using a formal language. The description may be used to predict aircraft trajectory, for example by air traffic management. ... The Boeing Co

08/13/15 / #20150226369

Automated mobile boom system for crawling robots

A system comprising a multi-functional boom subsystem integrated with a holonomic-motion boom base platform. The boom base platform may comprise: mecanum wheels with independently controlled motors; a pair of sub-platforms coupled by a roll-axis pivot to maintain four-wheel contact with the ground surface; and twist reduction mechanisms to minimize any yaw-axis twisting torque exerted on the roll-axis pivot. ... The Boeing Co

08/13/15 / #20150226359

Methods of manufacturing a fluid distribution system assembly

Methods and an assembly for manufacturing a fluid distribution system are provided herein. The method includes providing a first distribution line configured to channel a fluid in a first direction and coupling at least one internal support member to an outer surface of the first distribution line. ... The Boeing Co

08/13/15 / #20150226189

Thruster grid clear circuits and methods to clear thruster grids

Thruster grid clear circuits and methods to clear thruster grids are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a low voltage grid clear circuit to apply first energy to a grid at a first voltage, and a high voltage grid clear circuit to detect a failure of the applied energy to clear a short circuit condition of the grid and to apply second energy to the grid at a second voltage higher than the first voltage.. ... The Boeing Co

08/13/15 / #20150225575

Ir absorbing coatings comprising fluorinated nanoparticles

The present disclosure relates to solution processed nanomaterials, and methods for their manufacture, with activity in the infrared (ir) region for a variety of commercial and defense applications, including conformal large-area ir coatings, devices and pigments that necessitate an absorption band edge in the mwir or lwir.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/13/15 / #20150225093

Combined pressure and thermal window system for space vehicles

A window system for a vehicle comprising a pressure and thermal window pane, a seal system, and a retainer system. The pressure and thermal window pane may be configured to provide desired pressure protection and desired thermal protection when exposed to an environment around the vehicle during operation of the vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

08/13/15 / #20150225090

Methods and apparatus to increase a payload capacity of an aircraft

Methods and apparatus to increase a payload capacity of an aircraft are disclosed herein. An example method includes receiving a selection via a control display unit to employ a fluid delivery system during takeoff of an aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

08/13/15 / #20150225070

Retaining device for insulation in an aircraft

A method and apparatus for installing insulation. An apparatus comprises an elongate member having a first end and a second end. ... The Boeing Co

08/13/15 / #20150224831

Tire pressure monitoring system

A tire pressure monitoring system for wheeled vehicles is presented that uses a vehicle computer, a vehicle position sensor, a tire pressure sensor, and ambient temperature readings to determine whether the vehicle has remained stationary for a predetermined time period before determining and reporting cold tire pressure.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/13/15 / #20150224736

Composites comprising adhered components

A composite comprising adhered components and method of refurbishing such composites are described herein. The composite includes a first component, a second component, and the first component being adhered to the second component using an adhesive stack. ... The Boeing Co

08/13/15 / #20150224699

Extrusion apparatus and method

One aspect of the disclosure relates to an apparatus including an extrusion nozzle. The nozzle includes an inlet end, an outlet end opposite the inlet end and an axis extending between the inlet end and the outlet end. ... The Boeing Co

08/13/15 / #20150224612

Automated installation of frangible elements

A method and apparatus for installing a frangible collar onto a fastener installed in a hole using an end effector in which rotation of the fastener is not restricted by the hole. Rotation of the fastener may be restricted using the end effector. ... The Boeing Co

08/13/15 / #20150223596

Handheld tool for applying a fluid onto a surface

A method and apparatus for applying a fluid onto a number of surfaces. The apparatus comprises a structure, an applicator associated with the structure, a first control device associated with the structure, and a second control device associated with the structure. ... The Boeing Co

08/06/15 / #20150222350

Wirelessly connecting an aircraft at an airport

Disclosed are ways for wirelessly connecting an aircraft at an airport. For example, a method for wirelessly communicating with an aircraft may include determining a proximity of an aircraft of a directional antenna system for wireless communication, determining availability of the directional antenna system for wireless communication with the aircraft, selecting the directional antenna system based on the determined proximity and availability, and providing instructions for the directional antenna system to communicate with the aircraft.. ... The Boeing Co

08/06/15 / #20150220367

Removal of idle time in virtual machine operation

A computer system for providing virtualization services may execute computer programs by a virtual processor in a virtual machine. The computer programs may be executed as tasks scheduled for execution at respective points in an apparent time tracked by an apparent-time reference. ... The Boeing Co

08/06/15 / #20150220147

Touch surface overlay panel

An application runs on an electronic device having a touch surface, with one or more virtual controls on the touch surface. An overlay panel is attached to the electronic device, with one or more physical actuators mounted within a nonconductive frame. ... The Boeing Co

08/06/15 / #20150219752

Doppler radar test system

A system is provided that includes a doppler radar unit that transmits a first electromagnetic wave having a first frequency, which a test system converts to a first electrical signal having the first frequency. The test system generates a second electrical signal having a second frequency, and mixes the first and second electrical signals to produce a third electrical signal having a third, sum or difference frequency. ... The Boeing Co

08/06/15 / #20150219577

Determination of anisotropic conduction characteristics

A method includes applying a current to a specimen to deposit a material on the specimen. The method also includes determining a quantity of the material deposited at multiple locations of the specimen and determining anisotropic conductive characteristics of the specimen based on the quantity of the material deposited at the multiple locations on the specimen.. ... The Boeing Co

08/06/15 / #20150219554

Oxygen analysis system and method for measuring, monitoring and recording oxygen concentration in aircraft fuel tanks

An oxygen analysis system (oas) for measuring, monitoring and recording oxygen concentration in aircraft fuel tanks. The oas has a rack support structure installed in an aircraft cabin with a plurality of oxygen analyzer devices mounted in the rack support structure. ... The Boeing Co

08/06/15 / #20150219551

System and method for testing a material system

A system and method for testing a material system may include a support structure for mounting the material system, and a electromechanical device operably connected to the support structure, wherein the electromechanical device applies an electromechanical-induced force to the material system, and wherein the electromechanical-induced force causes a displacement in the material system equivalent to material displacement from thermal stress in significantly less time.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/06/15 / #20150219498

Systems and methods for measuring polarization of light in images

Systems capable of acquiring polarimetry data using a single camera with or without a polarizing filter. When a polarizing filter is used, the data acquisition method comprises: (1) maneuvering the aircraft (or other vehicle) to orient the polarizing filter (and camera) in various directions when images are captured, (2) registering the various images to each other, and (3) computing polarimetry values (such as the stokes parameters) for points of interest in the images. ... The Boeing Co

08/06/15 / #20150219258

Pressure vessel penetrator isolation device

An isolation device for use with a pressure vessel penetrator. The isolation device is formed from a high performance thermoplastic having low creep properties and includes a central cylindrical portion, a lower inner flange portion and, preferably, an upper outer flange portion. ... The Boeing Co

08/06/15 / #20150217850

Laminated i-blade stringer

A blade stringer for a composite panel having an inside surface includes a proximal section, comprising a web attached to and extending approximately perpendicularly from the inside surface of the panel, and a free distal end. The web has a thickness and a height, and includes a plurality of continuous composite plies. ... The Boeing Co

08/06/15 / #20150217512

Fitting doublers using gap mapping

An apparatus for fabricating a stack of adhesive plies for attaching a doubler to a surface on a structure includes a digital scanner, configured for scanning the surface and for producing a first set of digital data representing a contour of the surface, and a computer, coupled to the digital scanner, having a processor and system memory. The computer is programmed for mapping a gap between a bonding surface on the doubler and the surface on the structure using the first set of digital data and a second set of digital data representing the bonding surface, and for segmenting the mapped gap into layers corresponding to the adhesive plies.. ... The Boeing Co

08/06/15 / #20150217508

Radius filler and method of manufacturing same

A method of manufacturing a radius filler may include providing a plurality of fibers, braiding the plurality of fibers into a braided preform, shaping the braided preform into a braided radius filler, and cutting the braided radius filler to a desired length.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/06/15 / #20150217487

System and method of vacuum bagging composite parts

A vacuum bag assembly may include a bagging film and a tube bag. The bagging film may have a bagging film length and may be positioned over a composite layup and sealed to a tool surface having an inside corner. ... The Boeing Co

07/30/15 / #in one process, a mechanical stress (quasi-static or dynamic) or thermal stress is introduced into a local area of a structure where damage is suspected. a standard (or high speed for some dynamic stress approaches) video recording is made of the area under test. the video is processed using a motion amplification algorithm which magnifies extremely small motions.

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07/30/15 / #20150215899

Secure aircraft data transmission using multiple communication channels

Provided are methods and systems for terrestrial data transmission between aircraft and external networks, such as airline networks and/or airport networks. While an aircraft is landed, various data domains may need to be transmitted between the aircraft and such networks using two or more communication channels available to the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

07/30/15 / #20150215021

Simultaneous nulling and beamfocusing from disparate antennas

In an antenna array, signals may be manipulated to increase coherency at certain locations (beamfocusing) and reduce or cancel the signals at other locations (nulling). This is accomplished by multiplying the signals received or transmitted by the set of antennas by a weight vector that is generated by determining a covariance matrix based on a vector representing signals at the set of antennas, vectors representing the desired beamfocusing and nulling locations, and a desired nulling depth.. ... The Boeing Co

07/30/15 / #20150214854

Conversion system for converting direct current into alternating current

A method and apparatus for converting direct current into alternating current. An initial voltage level of an input voltage source is changed using a dual converter to form a plurality of voltage sources. ... The Boeing Co

07/30/15 / #20150214832

Three-phase inverter with a repositioned choke

A method and apparatus for converting direct current into alternating current. The direct current is converted into a number of alternating currents using a switch system. ... The Boeing Co

07/30/15 / #20150214615

Two-dimensionally electronically-steerable artificial impedance surface antenna

A method and apparatus for electronically steering an antenna system is provided. A surface wave is propagated along each of a number of surface wave channels formed in each of a plurality of radiating elements to form a radiation pattern. ... The Boeing Co

07/30/15 / #20150212113

Eddy current probe rotator

Provided is an inspection apparatus that includes a rotation disk configured to spin about an axis of rotation. The rotation disk includes a probe bushing configured to securely hold a standard eddy current probe a predetermined distance above a surface to be examined by the probe. ... The Boeing Co

07/30/15 / #20150211755

Pressure equalization vent for use in an aircraft assembly

A pressure equalization vent for use in an aircraft assembly is provided. The pressure equalization vent includes an opening having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, and a first side and a second side opposite the first side. ... The Boeing Co

07/30/15 / #20150211668

Tube fitting

A tube fitting including a first fitting member having a cylindrical body including a flange, a second fitting member having a cylindrical body including a plurality of tines extending from the cylindrical body, the plurality of tines being configured to engage the flange where the plurality of tines and the flange are configured to secure the first and second fitting members to each other, and at least one seal disposed between the first fitting member and the second fitting member.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/30/15 / #20150211566

Systems for in-process quality control during drill-fill assembly

A fastener insertion system, for use with an assembly stack-up, includes a fastener and an end effector. The end effector includes a drill bit for drilling a hole through the stack-up, a probe for determining a stack-up parameter, and a fastener feed head for installing the fastener into the hole and applying rotational torque to complete fastener installation. ... The Boeing Co

07/30/15 / #20150210405

Method for modeling aircraft performance through adaptive aircraft performance models

A method for modeling aircraft performance including (a) introducing aircraft degradation coefficients in a nominal aircraft performance model of an aircraft and obtaining a degraded aircraft performance model, (b) calculating computed trajectory data in a trajectory computation infrastructure using as inputs aircraft intent which represents trajectory data, weather data, and the degraded aircraft performance model; (c) comparing the trajectory data with the computed trajectory data; (d) obtaining an enhanced aircraft performance model by considering the degraded aircraft performance model as the enhanced aircraft performance model, when the result of the comparison is less than a previously established threshold; and (e) modifying, when the result of the comparison is higher than the previously established threshold, the aircraft degradation coefficients and executing steps (a) to (e) of the method, until the result of the comparison is less than the previously established threshold.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/30/15 / #20150210398

Dehumidification system for use in a vehicle and method of assembling thereof

A dehumidification system for use in a vehicle is provided. The system includes a thermally conductive member coupled to an outer skin of the vehicle, and a duct at least partially circumscribing the thermally conductive member such that an air flow passage is defined between the duct and the thermally conductive member. ... The Boeing Co

07/30/15 / #20150210397

Remote controlled air nozzles and methods of assembling the same

An aircraft includes a plurality of seats and an input device coupled to each of the plurality of seats. The aircraft also includes a remotely controlled nozzle positioned proximate each seat of the plurality of seats. ... The Boeing Co

07/30/15 / #20150210388

Unmanned aerial vehicle

An unmanned aerial vehicle adapted for hover and short/vertical take-off and landing (s/vtol) is disclosed. The vehicle comprises: a body having an aspect-ratio less than two and having therein a payload volume, at least one propeller located forward of the body, at least one rudder. ... The Boeing Co

07/30/15 / #20150210377

System for latching and locking a folding wing

A folding wing comprises a fixed section, a folding section, and a latch system for latching the folding section to the fixed section. The latch system includes a plurality of latch pins, and a corresponding plurality of non-backdriveable mechanical actuators for extending the latch pins to engage the folding section.. ... The Boeing Co

07/30/15 / #20150210162

Baffle configuration for a liquid storage tank

A tank system may include a tank having a tank volume and mounted in a vehicle having a system cg and a system cg offset limit. The tank system may further include at least one outer baffle having an outer baffle port and dividing the tank volume into an inner compartment and at least one outer compartment. ... The Boeing Co

07/30/15 / #20150209927

System and method for processing a workpiece

A system for processing a workpiece, including a rotary drive having a path along which a flow of a fluid is established during operation, a sensor in communication with the path, to generate a signal responsive to the flow of the fluid and not to generate the signal responsive to an absence of the flow, and a controller communicatively coupled to the sensor to enable the operation of the rotary drive subsequent to a termination of the signal if a duration interval thereof is greater than or equal to a predetermined value, and to prevent the operation if the duration interval of the signal is less than the predetermined value. The rotary drive may include a drill.. ... The Boeing Co

07/30/15 / #20150209895

Apparatus for friction stir welding

One aspect of the disclosure relates to a friction stir welding apparatus. The friction stir welding apparatus includes a spindle housing and a pin tool concentric with an axis and rotatable relative to the spindle housing about the axis. ... The Boeing Co

07/30/15 / #20150209203

Method of transporting a patient

A method of transporting a patient may include providing a medical pod having a pallet forming a floor structure and including sidewalls extending upwardly from the pallet to a roof section to form a container. The method may additionally include coupling a patient restraint system to the floor structure using a transport system located on the floor structure, and moving the patient restraint system from a first position to a second position using the transport system.. ... The Boeing Co

07/23/15 / #20150207987

Systems and methods for tracking location of movable target object

An automated process uses a local positioning system to acquire location (i.e., position and orientation) data for one or more movable target objects. In cases where the target objects have the capability to move under computer control, this automated process can use the measured location data to control the position and orientation of such target objects. ... The Boeing Co

07/23/15 / #20150207805

Executing unprotected mode services in a protected mode environment

Disclosed herein is a method for executing unprotected mode services in a protected mode computing environment includes initiating a protected mode service that is configured to execute in a protected mode. Further, the method includes verifying an integrity of one or more unprotected mode services configured to execute in an unprotected mode. ... The Boeing Co

07/23/15 / #20150207465

System and method to remove heat from a power amplifier

In one aspect a satellite comprises a body, a solid state power amplifier, a heat acquisition and transfer device positioned proximate at least one heat generating element on the solid state power amplifier, and a heat rejection device in thermal communication with the heat acquisition and transfer device to reject heat acquired from the solid state power amplifier. Other aspects may be described.. ... The Boeing Co

07/23/15 / #20150207327

Systems and methods for estimating net solar energy production for airborne photovoltaic systems

A method for predicting electrical energy production of a photovoltaic system included in at least one aircraft is described. The method includes determining a first predicted amount of solar irradiance for each of a plurality of geographical points, determining a second predicted amount of solar irradiance received by the at least one aircraft along a flight path of the at least one aircraft, wherein the flight path includes a subset of the plurality of geographical points, and wherein the second predicted amount is based at least in part on the first predicted amount, and determining a predicted amount of electrical energy produced by the photovoltaic system along the flight path, based at least in part on the second predicted amount.. ... The Boeing Co

07/23/15 / #20150207214

Aircraft antenna mounting system

A method of manufacturing is provided comprising forming a mounting plate adaptable to a plurality of models of aircraft, forming an adapter plate configured for use with the mounting plate, forming a radome configured to attach to the mounting plate, configuring a shape of the adapter plate to encompass at least one footprint of at least one antenna, and providing a plurality of hole patterns through the adapter plate corresponding to known hole patterns of the at least one antenna.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/23/15 / #20150205910

Structure placement using prior design location identification and feedback

A system and method for placing a structure in a design for an interior of an aircraft. An initial placement for the structure is received by a processor unit. ... The Boeing Co

07/23/15 / #20150205049

Optical switch using optical fibers

A method and apparatus for routing light signals. A light signal is sent into a first optical fiber core in an optical coupler having an input region, a coupling region, and an output region. ... The Boeing Co

07/23/15 / #20150205008

Systems and methods for simulating time phased solar irradiance plots

A method for calculating solar irradiance over a predetermined time period for a geographical area including a plurality of geographical points is described. The method is implemented by a computing device coupled to a weather database. ... The Boeing Co

07/23/15 / #20150203203

Waste disposal system for aircraft

A method and apparatus for disposing of waste in an aircraft. An apparatus comprises a receptacle system. ... The Boeing Co

07/23/15 / #20150203194

Optimized real-time antiskid control initialization for travel surfaces as a function of wheel spinup

Systems, methods, and apparatus for optimizing real-time antiskid control initialization for a vehicle on a travel surface are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, a method involves determining when at least one wheel of the vehicle touches ground. ... The Boeing Co

07/23/15 / #20150203190

Winglet attach fitting and method for attaching a split winglet to a wing

A winglet attach fitting may include a wing attachment portion, an upper winglet attachment portion, and a lower winglet attachment portion. The upper winglet attachment portion may be coupled to the wing attachment portion and may be configured to support an upper winglet. ... The Boeing Co

07/23/15 / #20150203187

Continuously curved spar and method of manufacturing

There is provided in an embodiment an airfoil. The airfoil has one or more fuel containment regions disposed in the airfoil and one or more continuously curved spars extending from a root end of the airfoil toward a tip end of the airfoil. ... The Boeing Co

07/23/15 / #20150203185

Joints between a composite skin and a load-bearing component and methods of forming same

A method of forming a direct bearing joint includes providing a load bearing structure including a first structural feature having an arcuate shape and providing a composite skin including a second structural feature also having an arcuate shape. The method also includes coupling the first structural feature to the second structural feature such that the first and second structural features are mated against each other to facilitate distributing compressive loads induced into the load bearing structure into the composite skin.. ... The Boeing Co

07/23/15 / #20150202696

Systems and methods for forming an opening in a stack

One aspect of the disclosure relates to a cutting tool for forming a final opening in a stack that includes at least two layers and a pilot opening having a pilot-opening dimension and extending through at least one of the at least two layers. The cutting tool includes a shank. ... The Boeing Co

07/16/15 / #20150200517

Conductive sleeved fastener assembly

A conductive sleeved fastener assembly includes an electrically-conductive fastener having a fastener head and a fastener shank extending from the fastener head and an electrically-conductive fastener sleeve receiving the fastener shank of the fastener and a fastener sleeve flange provided on the fastener sleeve and disposed in direct contact with the fastener head of the fastener. A method of preparing a conductive sleeved fastener for use is also disclosed.. ... The Boeing Co

07/16/15 / #20150200321

Directly bonded, lattice-mismatched semiconductor device

A semiconductor device may include a first subassembly and a second subassembly. The first subassembly may include a first bonding layer. ... The Boeing Co

07/16/15 / #20150199891

Smoke detector sensor network system and method

A system and method for detecting smoke in a compartment that includes a first set of sensors, a second set of sensors and a processor. Each sensor in the first set is configured to sense particles. ... The Boeing Co

07/16/15 / #20150199802

System and methods of inspecting an object

A system for use in inspecting an object is provided. The system includes at least one array of visual imaging devices configured to capture a plurality of two-dimensional images of the object. ... The Boeing Co

07/16/15 / #20150199470

Method and system for managing aircraft parts

A system and method for managing a desired part. A manufacturing system comprises a product lifecycle management tool configured to retrieve from a database based on a number of search parameters. ... The Boeing Co

07/16/15 / #20150198656

Self-healing array system and method

Failure in a self-healing array may be handled by: detecting a failing element of the self-healing array by monitoring characteristics of the failing element; auto-correcting a failing element of the self-healing array by adjusting characteristics of the failing element to compensate for a portion of the failing element which is failing; or correcting performance of the self-healing array when one or more elements of the self-healing array fail by detecting and modeling an impact of the one or more elements of the self-healing array which failed on the performance of the self-healing array.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/16/15 / #20150198520

Systems and methods for creating altered adhesive bonds

Disclosed are systems and methods of creating altered adhesive bonded joints between metal or composite substrates, including bonds that are weaker in strength than selected reference bonds. One method of creating an altered adhesive bond includes providing a first substrate and a second substrate, selecting a manufacturing process having a plurality of steps designed to produce a desired, or reference, adhesive bond having a desired strength, and selectively altering at least one of the plurality of steps during performance of the manufacturing process to produce an altered bond between the first substrate and the second substrate, the altered bond having an altered strength that is weaker than the strength of the desired adhesive bond. ... The Boeing Co

07/16/15 / #20150198514

Methods and apparatus to determine integrity of composite structures

Apparatus and methods to determine structural integrity of composites are described herein. One described example method for determining sufficiency of structural integration of a composite structure for an aircraft includes applying a fluid droplet to a surface of the composite structure, determining a three-dimensional contact angle between the surface and a portion of the droplet, comparing the three-dimensional contact angle to a threshold angle, and determining whether the structural integration of the composite structure is sufficient based on the comparison.. ... The Boeing Co

07/16/15 / #20150198433

Laser metrology system and method

A laser metrology system may include a modulated measurement beam, a beam splitter for splitting the measurement beam into a local oscillator beam and a transmitted beam, an optical assembly for projecting the transmitted beam to a measured area on a surface of a target structure and for receiving a reflected beam from the measured area, a beam combiner for combining the reflected beam and the local oscillator beam into a detection beam, a detector for processing the detection beam, the detector including a micro-lens for projecting the detection beam, a photodetector for carrying out coherent detection of the detection beam and detector electronics in communication with the photodetector for generating informational data from the detection beam, and a range processor for computing dimensional data about the measured area from the informational data.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/16/15 / #20150198432

Mandrel configuration monitoring system

A method and system for monitoring a mandrel. A first plurality of transmitting devices is positioned with respect to the mandrel. ... The Boeing Co

07/16/15 / #20150198278

Tube fitting

A tube fitting includes a first coupling member having at least a snap coupling, a second coupling member having a first quick-connect side with a mating snap coupling disposed at a first end of the second coupling member, and at least one elastomeric seal disposed on the second coupling member, and a sleeve member configured to interface with the first coupling member and the at least one elastomeric seal, wherein the sleeve member is disposed between and retained by the first coupling member and the second coupling member and the snap coupling and mating snap coupling effect coupling of the first coupling member and the second coupling member.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/16/15 / #20150198273

Tube fitting

A tube fitting including a first coupling member having at least a snap coupling, and a second coupling member having a first quick-connect side having a mating snap coupling disposed at a first end of the second coupling member, and a second quick-connect side configured for threaded engagement disposed at a second end of the second coupling member, the second end being opposite the first end, wherein the mating snap coupling is configured to engage the snap coupling to effect coupling of the first and second coupling member.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/16/15 / #20150198204

Swaging features that lock retaining elements for bearings

Apparatus and methods are provided for locking retaining elements in place. One embodiment is a bearing having an outer race. ... The Boeing Co

07/16/15 / #20150198195

Optical measurement of fastener preload

A fastener comprises a head, and a shank having an outer surface and an axially-extending channel in the outer surface. Optically transmissive, strain-sensitive fills the channel.. ... The Boeing Co

07/16/15 / #20150198093

Bracket for mounting/removal of actuators for active vibration control

An active vibration control actuator mount including at least one actuator bracket having an actuator interface member configured to hold one or more active vibration element thereon in one or more predetermined orientations, and an engine mounting structure interface member connected to the actuator interface member, the engine mounting structure interface member being configured to couple the at least one actuator bracket to an engine mounting structure, wherein the at least one actuator bracket is configured for the installation and removal of a respective active vibration element to and from the actuator interface member while a respective one of the at least one actuator bracket remains coupled to the engine mounting structure.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/16/15 / #20150198061

Aircraft anti-icing systems having deflector vanes

Apparatus and methods to lower peak temperatures and improve performance of aircraft anti-icing systems are described herein. One described example apparatus includes a skin on an inlet side of a nacelle of an aircraft defining an annular chamber, a gas delivery system disposed within the annular chamber to provide a first gas to mix with and entrain a second gas in the annular chamber to define a flow through the annular chamber, and a deflector vane disposed within the annular chamber to redirect the flow through the annular chamber. ... The Boeing Co

07/16/15 / #20150197350

Methods and apparatus for controlling a plurality of satellites using node-synchronous eccentricity control

A first inclination vector associated with a first satellite of the plurality of satellites is established. A second inclination vector associated with a second satellite of the plurality of satellites is established. ... The Boeing Co

07/16/15 / #20150197347

Monitoring of high-lift systems for aircraft

Monitoring of high-lift systems for aircraft. In one configuration, a method for monitoring a high-lift system includes monitoring a first current draw of a first drive station of the high-lift system, and monitoring a second current draw of a second drive station of the high-lift system. ... The Boeing Co

07/16/15 / #20150197340

Active vibration control system

An active vibration control system includes a plurality of actuators corresponding to and disposed adjacent each engine of an aircraft, at least one sensor located within a passenger cabin of the aircraft and configured to detect a magnitude and frequency of one or more of vibration and sound produced by a respective engine and generate one or more of a vibration and sound feedback signal, and a controller connected to each of the plurality of actuators and each of the at least one sensor, the controller being configured to effect control of no more than two of the plurality of actuators for a respective engine based the feedback signal where the no more than two actuators effect suppression of one or more of vibration and sound of a respective engine due to rotating axis of the respective engine.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/16/15 / #20150197339

Aircraft environmental control system and method

An environmental control system including a turbomachine assembly having a shaft, motor, turbine and compressor, the compressor outputting a compressed air stream, a first valve that splits the compressed air stream into first and second compressed air streams, a heat exchanger to cool the first compressed air stream and output a cooled air stream, a second valve positioned to receive the cooled air stream and split the cooled air stream into first and second cooled air streams, wherein the first cooled stream is expanded in the turbine to produce an expanded air stream that is combined with the second compressed air stream and the second cooled air stream to provide a combined air stream having a temperature and a flow rate, and a controller that communicates control signals to the compressor, motor and first and second valves to control the temperature and flow rate of the combined air stream.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/16/15 / #20150197329

Methods and apparatus of notification of a flight asymmetry influencing an aircraft

Methods and apparatus of notification of a flight asymmetry influencing an aircraft are disclosed herein. An example method includes monitoring a roll characteristic of an aircraft and determining an output of an autopilot system of the aircraft to control the roll characteristic. ... The Boeing Co

07/16/15 / #20150197065

Device for transporting, placing and compacting composite stiffeners

A device for compacting a contoured elongate composite layup includes flexible first and second fiber reinforced resin flexible sections flexible along their lengths. The first section is flexible within a first plane and the second section is flexible within the first plane as well as within a second plane.. ... The Boeing Co

07/09/15 / #20150195947

Translating equipment rack system

An apparatus and method comprising a rack and a translation mechanism. The rack may be configured to hold components. ... The Boeing Co

07/09/15 / #20150194241

Electrical conductors and methods of forming thereof

An electrical conductor is provided. The electrical conductor includes a graphite intercalation compound and at least one layer of electrically conductive material extending over at least a portion of the graphite intercalation compound. ... The Boeing Co

07/09/15 / #20150193925

System and method for determining whether an apparatus or an assembly process is acceptable

An apparatus is scanned to obtain a 3-dimensional image of the apparatus. A 2-dimensional cross-sectional image for a section of the 3-dimensional image is generated using a processor. ... The Boeing Co

07/09/15 / #20150192415

Gyro quadrature stabalization with demodulation phase error nulling

A gyroscope system may include a disc resonator gyroscope including a plurality of electrodes embedded in the disc resonator gyroscope. The electrodes may be configured for at least applying a drive voltage and a tuning voltage to the disc resonator gyroscope and for sensing operating parameters of the disc resonator gyroscope. ... The Boeing Co

07/09/15 / #20150192410

Electronic gage apparatus

A gage apparatus includes a probe, a processor, and a memory. The probe includes a plurality of transmitters and a plurality of receivers both aligned in an axial direction along the probe. ... The Boeing Co

07/09/15 / #20150192224

Tube hangers and systems for very early smoke detection

Systems for very early smoke detection are disclosed, including details of tube hangers that may be used to hang sampling tubes for very early smoke detection systems. The systems and components thereof may be temporarily installed in aerospace vehicles during manufacturing. ... The Boeing Co

07/09/15 / #20150192162

Track fitting assembly having a visible indicator to confirm engagement with a track

A track fitting assembly having an engaged position and an unengaged position. The track fitting assembly may include a lower track fitting, a cam member, a button, and a biasing member. ... The Boeing Co

07/09/15 / #20150191831

Composition and method for inhibiting corrosion

A corrosion inhibiting composition including a liquid carrier having a surface tension of at most about 35 dynes/cm and an electrically conductive nanomaterial dispersed in the carrier.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/09/15 / #20150191604

Composition and method for inhibiting corrosion of an anodized material

A method for inhibiting corrosion of an anodized material including applying to the anodized material a corrosion inhibiting composition that includes a liquid carrier and an electrically conductive nanomaterial dispersed in the liquid carrier.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/09/15 / #20150191253

Duct apparatus for use with aircraft and related methods

Duct assembly apparatus for use with aircrafts and related methods are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a unitary ring and a duct having a longitudinal gap to define a first longitudinal edge and a second longitudinal edge. ... The Boeing Co

07/09/15 / #20150191242

Jam protection and alleviation for control surface linkage mechanisms

An aircraft comprising: a flight control surface and a rigid hinged panel both pivotably coupled to a wing; a drive linkage which links the flight control surface to the panel so that rotation of the former drives rotation of the latter, the drive linkage comprising first and second links, a first joint which pivotably couples the first and second links to each other, and a second joint which pivotably couples the first link to the flight control surface; and a cam track structure mounted to the wing, the cam track structure comprising first and second cam surfaces having extra run-out space at both ends thereof to prevent jamming. At least one of the links comprises a weakened portion which is designed to fail when a structural overload is produced due to jamming. ... The Boeing Co

07/09/15 / #20150191075

Augmented situation awareness

Methods and systems for augmenting situational awareness using a controllable window are described. An environmental condition within a field of view of the controllable window is determined light transmissivity of the controllable window is selectively changed based on the determined environmental condition. ... The Boeing Co

07/09/15 / #20150190987

Fire resistant sustainable aircraft interior panels

The present invention relates to fire resistant sustainable sandwich panels comprising a thermoplastic foam core in between outer skins made of natural fibres set within a natural thermoset biopolymer. The sandwich panels are provided with a fire resistant protective coating on an outer surface. ... The Boeing Co

07/09/15 / #20150190973

Method of making fire resistant sustainable aircraft interior panels

The present invention relates to method of manufacturing an aircraft interior panel comprising a core sandwiched between first and second skins, wherein both of the first and second skins are formed from natural fibres containing non-halogenated fire-retardant and set within an inorganic thermoset resin, thereby forming a fire-resistant sustainable aircraft interior panel. The method comprises impregnating the natural fibres with non-halogenated fire retardant and an inorganic thermoset resin, and laying up the resin-impregnated natural fibres to sandwich the core. ... The Boeing Co

07/09/15 / #20150190836

Masking plug

A masking plug may including a retainer having a longitudinal axis, the retainer including a central portion and an axially aligned anchor portion, the anchor portion being outwardly biased relative to the longitudinal axis, and a plug body disposed around the central portion, wherein the anchor portion is configured to exert an axial force upon the plug body when inserted within an opening.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/02/15 / #20150186814

Supplier technical oversight risk assessment

A system is provided that may receive assignment of quantitative risk ratings to respective characteristic elements and respective technical-profile elements based on applicability of the respective characteristic elements to a particular product and a particular manufacturing supplier. And the system may generate a technical risk assessment of the particular manufacturing supplier for the particular product, with the technical risk assessment including a plurality of risk factors each of which may be related to one or more characteristic elements and technical-profile elements. ... The Boeing Co

07/02/15 / #20150185128

Detection and assessment of damage to composite structure

A method for monitoring structural integrity of a repaired aircraft component made of composite material. The method comprises: (a) placing a multiplicity of plies of repair composite material over a repair site on the component with a sensor disposed between two plies; (b) curing the plies of repair composite material so that the repair composite material, with the sensor embedded therein, is bonded to the repair site; (c) acquiring first sensor data from the sensor before a flight of the aircraft; (d) acquiring second sensor data from the sensor during or after the flight; (e) comparing the first sensor data to the second sensor data; (f) identifying differences between the first and second sensor data indicative of structural change; and (g) determining whether the identified differences indicate structural change in excess of a specified threshold. ... The Boeing Co

07/02/15 / #20150183522

Short takeoff and landing aircraft

Short takeoff and landing aircraft are disclosed. An example fixed wing aircraft includes a primary powertrain to provide power to a propulsion unit, a secondary powertrain to provide power to the propulsion unit, and a detachable power coupling to transfer power to the secondary powertrain from a source external to the fixed wing aircraft during takeoff.. ... The Boeing Co

07/02/15 / #20150183385

Electric system stabilizing system for aircraft

A power stabilizing device in a system includes as a portion of a power converter section, a second pwm converter provided between a second primary ac bus and a second dc bus in an electric system and configured to perform mutual conversion between dc power and ac power. A power stabilizing control section in the power stabilizing device controls charging and discharging of a secondary battery based on a voltage and a frequency in the second primary ac bus, thereby stabilizing the electric system.. ... The Boeing Co

07/02/15 / #20150183326

Charging system for battery-powered unmanned aerial vehicles

A rack system is provided that includes a plurality of trays configured to hold a respective plurality of battery-powered uavs, and a frame configured to support the plurality of trays in a vertical arrangement. Each tray of the plurality of trays includes a platform, bumper and first plurality of electrical contacts. ... The Boeing Co

07/02/15 / #20150183181

Sandwich structure having arrestment feature

A composite sandwich structure comprises a core sandwiched between composite laminate facesheets. The core includes a plurality of core sections spliced together at joints that incorporate integral features for arresting the propagation of irregularities in the facesheets.. ... The Boeing Co

07/02/15 / #20150183171

Method and apparatus for reducing ply wrinkling of composite laminates during forming

Ply wrinkling during hot drape forming of a composite laminate is reduced at outside corner radii of a forming tool. First and second tensioning materials placed between a composite laminate charge and the forming tool maintain the laminate charge in tension at the radius corners as the charge is formed down over corner radii.. ... The Boeing Co

06/25/15 / #20150180122

Integral rf-optical phased array module

An integral phased array module may include a substrate and a radio frequency (rf) element provided in relation to the substrate. The rf element being configured to at least one of transmit and receive rf signals. ... The Boeing Co

06/25/15 / #20150179862

Avalanche photodiode detector

An avalanche photodiode detector is provided. The avalanche photodiode detector comprises an absorber region having an absorption layer for receiving incident photons and generating charged carriers; and a multiplier region having a multiplication layer; wherein the multiplier region is on a mesa structure separate from the absorber region and is coupled to the absorber region by a bridge for transferring charged carriers between the absorber region and multiplier region.. ... The Boeing Co

06/25/15 / #20150177381

Optical angle of arrival sensors and methods for determining an angle of arrival of incident light

Optical angle of arrival sensors and methods for determining an angle of arrival of incident light are provided, wherein one sensor includes a focusing lens and an array of lateral-effect position sensing detector (lepsd) elements. The focusing lens is configured to focus light on the array, wherein each of the lepsd elements includes an absorber region that absorbs light of a first wavelength range that is focused on the lepsd elements. ... The Boeing Co

06/25/15 / #20150176501

Bleed air systems for use with aircrafts and related methods

Bleed air systems for use with aircrafts and related methods are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a turbo-compressor including a compressor having a compressor inlet fluidly coupled to a low-pressure compressor of the aircraft engine and a compressor outlet fluidly coupled to a first system of an aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

06/25/15 / #20150176490

Aircraft engine anti-icing (eai) barrier assembly, system and method

There is provided an aircraft engine anti-icing (eai) barrier assembly. The aircraft eai barrier assembly has a slip joint subassembly having a forward end and an aft end. ... The Boeing Co

06/25/15 / #20150175250

Disbond resistant composite stiffener runout

The disclosure herein provides for disbond resistant stringer runouts. Various aspects may be used independently or in combination to mitigate disbonding associated with the stiffener runout under operational loads. ... The Boeing Co

06/25/15 / #20150174874

Aircraft interior panels and methods of panel fabrication

A multifunctional fully integral panel system design, a unique material configuration, and a process for fabricating a net shape (or nearly net shape) panel in one production cycle. The panel may comprise a base facing with an outer perimeter, a decorative film applied to the exterior of the base facing, an aft facing having an outer perimeter fused to the base facing, and a reinforcement core disposed between the unfused portions of the base and aft facings, which reinforcement core also acts as acoustic insulation (i.e., a noise attenuator). ... The Boeing Co

06/25/15 / #20150174825

Clamps and methods of forming clamps

Apparatuses include first and second monolithic members that are coupled together, that are configured to move relative to each other, and that are configured so that they cannot be decoupled from each other without destruction of one or both of the two monolithic members. Apparatuses further include a third monolithic member configured to be selectively coupled to at least one of the first monolithic member and the second monolithic member. ... The Boeing Co

06/25/15 / #20150174712

Graphene nanoplatelet metal matrix

A metal matrix composite is disclosed that includes graphene nanoplatelets dispersed in a metal matrix. The composite provides for improved thermal conductivity. ... The Boeing Co

06/18/15 / #20150171254

Group-v doping of gaas-based layers to improve radiation tolerance of solar cells

Methods for improving the performance and lifetime of irradiated photovoltaic cells are disclosed, whereby group-v elements, and preferably nitrogen, are used to dope semiconductor gaas-based subcell alloys.. . ... The Boeing Co

06/18/15 / #20150171253

Solar cell structure and composition and method for forming the same

A semiconductor structure including a bonding layer connecting a first semiconductor wafer layer to a second semiconductor wafer layer, the bonding layer including an electrically conductive carbonaceous component and a binder component.. . ... The Boeing Co

06/18/15 / #20150170523

Assessing feasibility of an aircraft trajectory

The present disclosure relates to a method of assessing the feasibility of a desired four-dimensional trajectory to be flown by an aircraft. The method comprises converting a description of the desired trajectory into a kinematic description of aircraft intent that corresponds to the desired trajectory, and providing a trajectory computation engine with the kinematic description of aircraft intent, aircraft performance data that describes the performance of the aircraft and atmospheric data that describes the atmospheric conditions along the desired trajectory, and using the trajectory computation engine to attempt to calculate the desired trajectory from the kinematic description of aircraft intent, the aircraft performance data and the atmospheric data, and reporting whether or not the desired trajectory was calculated.. ... The Boeing Co

06/18/15 / #20150170492

Selective notam notification

Methods, systems, and computer-readable storage media provide for selective notice to airmen (notam) notifications to be made to the crew of an aircraft according to the relevance of the notam to a selected phase of flight of the aircraft. According to embodiments described herein, notams are received and parsed for subject and status codes. ... The Boeing Co

06/18/15 / #20150169200

Customizable situational awareness dashboard and alerts, and associated systems and methods

A customizable situational awareness system is described that allows a user to customize the type of information that the user receives through a user interface, e.g., a dashboard, displayed by the system. In particular embodiments, the system can allow the user to configure alerts that are sent to the user's mobile or other device based on situational awareness events. ... The Boeing Co

06/18/15 / #20150168152

Methods and systems for use in indicating directions for direction finding systems

An article is worn by a user. A plurality of indicating devices are coupled to the article. ... The Boeing Co

06/18/15 / #20150167777

Motion-damping systems and methods including the same

Motion-damping systems and methods that include motion-damping systems are disclosed herein. The motion-damping systems include a flexible body that is configured to extend within a gap that is defined between a base structure and an attached component. ... The Boeing Co

06/18/15 / #20150167170

Gradient thin films

An article comprising a thickness of a first film from a surface of the article, the first film having a gradient chemical composition within at least a portion of the thickness of the first film in a vertical and/or horizontal direction relative to the surface of the article, and methods and systems for producing same.. . ... The Boeing Co

06/18/15 / #20150167110

Tooling system for processing workpieces

Methods for processing workpieces. A first temperature of a first section of a workpiece having a non-uniform thickness may be maintained. ... The Boeing Co

06/18/15 / #20150166187

Air cycle machine pack system and method for improving low inlet pressure cooling performance

An air cycle machine (acm) pack system for an aircraft with an improved low inlet pressure cooling performance is provided. The acm pack system has an air cycle machine (acm) with at least one compressor mechanically coupled to at least one turbine in series on an acm shaft. ... The Boeing Co

06/18/15 / #20150166177

Uav capture of micro cargo aloft

A system of transporting micro-cargo incorporates an unmanned aerial vehicle (uav) having a tether capture device. A tether is connected to and suspends a micro cargo container with a suspension system to vertically extend the tether. ... The Boeing Co

06/18/15 / #20150166176

Methods and systems for retrieving personnel

A method for retrieving personnel is provided. The method includes receiving a radio signal indicating a real-time position of personnel to be retrieved, deploying an unmanned aerial vehicle to the real-time position, receiving an indication that the personnel to be retrieved is on-board the unmanned aerial vehicle, and operating the unmanned aerial vehicle to move the personnel to a different location.. ... The Boeing Co

06/18/15 / #20150165990

Electric system stabilizing system for aircraft

An electric system of an aircraft includes a power stabilizing device connected to a primary ac bus and a secondary battery. The secondary battery has a rated voltage which allows the secondary battery to absorb regenerative power from a control surface actuator. ... The Boeing Co

06/18/15 / #20150165746

System and method of joining components

A method of forming a structural assembly may include providing a first component and a second component to be joined together. The method may additionally include scanning a contour of a first mating surface of the first component and scanning a contour of a second mating surface of the second component. ... The Boeing Co

06/18/15 / #20150165080

High temperature decontamination of aircraft compartments

Provided are methods for decontamination of compartments, such as aircraft compartments and other types of compartments, and systems for implementing these methods. In some embodiments, a method involves detecting presence of one or more contaminants in a compartment. ... The Boeing Co

06/11/15 / #20150162955

Near-field connectivity for hosted payloads

A system and method for wirelessly communicating between a host bus of a spacecraft and a secondary payload. In one configuration, the host bus and secondary payload each include a wireless interface for establishing a radio or optical communications link thereby allowing for the elimination of a complex wiring harness connected between the host bus and the secondary payload.. ... The Boeing Co

06/11/15 / #20150161618

Aircraft configuration and software part management using a configuration software part

A system and method of using a configuration software part for an aircraft. A processor unit on the aircraft identifies software parts for the aircraft from a list of approved software parts for an approved software configuration for the aircraft in the configuration software part. ... The Boeing Co

06/11/15 / #20150159925

Thermoelectric devices and methods of manufacture

Thermoelectric devices are provided. In one embodiment, a thermoelectric device may include a glass wafer defined by conductive vias, a second wafer, and a plurality of metal film disposed between the glass wafer and the second wafer and against solid, conductive, integral, end surfaces of the conductive vias. ... The Boeing Co

06/11/15 / #20150159909

Method, system, and device for liquid drainage

A method, system, and device for liquid drainage are provided. The system includes a drain tube coupled to the air distribution system, a sump coupled to the drain tube and configured to receive liquid from the drain tube, and a suction system in flow communication with the sump. ... The Boeing Co

06/11/15 / #20150159539

Engine cooling system

An engine cooling system may include a housing forming an enclosed duct having an air intake opening, an air intake door, an exhaust opening, and an exhaust door; at least one heat exchanger positioned within the duct such that ambient air entering the air intake opening flows through the duct to contact the at least one heat exchanger and exits the duct through the exhaust opening; and a controller connected to vary a degree that one or both of the air intake door and exhaust door is open to modulate a mass flow rate of ambient air contacting the at least one heat exchanger to vary a heat transfer from the at least one heat exchanger to the ambient air in the duct to maintain a temperature of a fluid within the at least one heat exchanger within a preferred temperature range.. . ... The Boeing Co

06/11/15 / #20150158601

End effector for cleaning objects having multiple surfaces

A method and apparatus for cleaning surfaces of an object. A platform may be moved along a path relative to the object using a robotic device. ... The Boeing Co

06/11/15 / #20150158576

Methods and apparatus to cooperatively lift a payload

Methods and apparatus to cooperatively lift a payload are disclosed. An example method to control a lift vehicle includes determining a first positional state of the lift vehicle with respect to a payload controlled by a plurality of lift vehicles including the lift vehicle, determining a second positional state of the lift vehicle with respect to a goal location, detecting distances to the other ones of the plurality of lift vehicles, determining a third positional state of the lift vehicle based on the distances to the other ones of the plurality of lift vehicles, and calculating a control command to control the lift vehicle based on the first positional state, the second positional state, and the third positional state.. ... The Boeing Co

06/11/15 / #20150158272

Ceramic matrix composite component and method of forming thereof

A method of forming a ceramic matrix composite component is provided. The method includes applying a first amount of adhesive across a surface of a release film, providing a first ceramic foam panel including a plurality of channels formed on a first side of the first ceramic foam panel, contacting the first ceramic foam panel and the release film such that adhesive transfers to the first side of the first ceramic foam panel, and coupling the first ceramic foam panel to a second ceramic foam panel.. ... The Boeing Co

06/11/15 / #20150158258

Systems and methods for on-aircraft composite repair using double vacuum debulking

An in-situ double vacuum debulk (dvd) composite repair system designed to produce partially or fully cured autoclave-quality hot-bond composite repairs on contoured structures. The system provides vacuum pressure for hot bond repairs to be performed on flat and contoured structures using one set-up capable of debulking (partially curing) and then fully curing composite repairs on composite and metallic aircraft structures. ... The Boeing Co

06/11/15 / #20150157884

Oxygen enriched user compartment on an aircraft

A system for providing an oxygen enriched localized environment in a user compartment on an aircraft that can include a gas separation system having an oxygen output channel that outputs a flow of oxygen enriched air, and a duct network coupled to the oxygen output channel and to direct the flow of oxygen enriched air to the user compartment, localized volume.. . ... The Boeing Co

06/11/15 / #20150157883

Aircraft air supply system for reducing an effective altitude experienced at a selected location

A system directing oxygen enriched air to locations on an aircraft. A nitrogen generating system may be configured for generating nitrogen enriched air and oxygen enriched air.. ... The Boeing Co

06/04/15 / #20150153728

System and method for operating a machine and performing quality assurance

A method for operating a numerical control machine including generating monument point data having a plurality of reference points representing a plurality of monument points on a machine bed, generating part data having plurality of reference points representing a part with respect to the plurality of monument points, generating theoretical machined part data having a plurality of reference points representing a theoretical machined part, generating control data by integrating the part data and the theoretical machined part data, generating machine control data by integrating the control data and the monument point data, and executing the machine control data for controlling operation of a numerical control machine to form a machined part.. . ... The Boeing Co

06/04/15 / #20150153436

Systems and methods of transmitter location detection

A method includes controlling a plurality of rotors to cause a plurality of antennas to traverse a flight path. Traversing the flight path includes concurrent translation of a body in a horizontal plane and rotation of the body about an axis. ... The Boeing Co

06/04/15 / #20150153177

Environmental waypoint insertion

The different advantageous embodiments provide a system and method for suggesting significant environmental waypoints along a trajectory to improve the efficiency of a flight plan. Desired information is identified, wherein the desired information is information needed to perform at least one of completing a flight plan and updating a flight plan. ... The Boeing Co

06/04/15 / #20150151850

Methods and assembly for illuminating a surface of an aircraft passenger cabin

A method of making a light guide for an aircraft passenger cabin is provided. The method includes determining, for each of a plurality of points on an interior surface of the cabin, a corresponding fixture angle from a light fixture receptacle, a distance, and an angle of incidence at the point. ... The Boeing Co

06/04/15 / #20150151847

Non-propulsive utility power (npup) generation system for providing secondary power in an aircraft

An aircraft may include at least one secondary power system requiring secondary power, at least two main engines, and at least three non-propulsive utility power (npup) generation systems. The npup generation systems may each be configured to provide full-time secondary power during operation of the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

06/04/15 / #20150151495

Method and apparatus for compression molding fiber reinforced thermoplastic parts

A fiber reinforced thermoplastic part with integral fittings is compression molded. A slug of pre-consolidated, fiber reinforced thermoplastic is heated until flowable and then injected into a mold tool to form both the part and the fitting.. ... The Boeing Co

06/04/15 / #20150151467

Thermoplastic composite support structures with integral fittings and method

A compression molded composite structure includes an elongated thermoplastic composite part having integral thermoplastic composite fittings.. . ... The Boeing Co

06/04/15 / #20150151458

Shape-distorting tooling system for curing composite parts

A tooling system may include a cure tool and a biasing element. The cure tool may have a cure tool coefficient of thermal expansion (cte) and may be configured for curing a composite article formed of two or more components having dissimilar component ctes. ... The Boeing Co

05/28/15 / #20150149124

Aircraft system verification

A verification method for an aircraft system comprises retrieving logical design data associated with the system, and physical design data associated with the system; extracting data from a computer model of the system; converting the retrieved logical and physical design data and the extracted data into a common data format; and performing a difference analysis of the logical and physical design data with the extracted data from the model to identify any non-conformances between the logical design data, the computer model and the physical design data.. . ... The Boeing Co

05/28/15 / #20150147959

Integrated resource planning for satellite systems

A system, method, and apparatus for integrated resource planning for satellite systems are disclosed. The method involves obtaining user communication demand for at least one region. ... The Boeing Co

05/28/15 / #20150147602

Methods of inerting lithium-containing batteries and associated containers

The present disclosure is related to articles (e.g., containers, battery packs, etc.) including a lithium material (e.g., one or more lithium-containing batteries) housed therein. The articles include sulfur hexafluoride located within an interior compartment of the article to provide an inert atmosphere within the interior compartment. ... The Boeing Co

05/28/15 / #20150145703

Methods to monitor components of an aircraft landing system

Methods to monitor components of an aircraft landing system are disclosed herein. An example method includes determining a brake assembly temperature and determining a wheel temperature. ... The Boeing Co

05/28/15 / #20150144848

Low radio frequency loss, static dissipative adhesives

Low radio frequency loss, static dissipative adhesives are disclosed that have at most 2 percent by weight amorphous carbon dispersed in a cyanate ester resin. The adhesive has an electrical conductivity that dissipates static charge with an electrical resistivity of about 3.0×105 ohms to about 3.0×1010 ohms, and low radio frequency loss with a dielectric constant of about 1.3 to about 1.7 and a loss tangent of at most 0.006 measured at 2 gigahertz.. ... The Boeing Co

05/28/15 / #20150144739

Cryogenically cooled radiation shield device and associated method

A cryogenically cooled radiation shield device and method are provided to shield an area, such as the capsule of a space vehicle, from radiation. A cryogenically cooled radiation shield device may include at least one first coil comprised of a superconducting material extending about an area to be shielded from radiation. ... The Boeing Co

05/28/15 / #20150143684

Aircraft window and installation method

An aircraft window has an inner window assembly retained on an outer window assembly by a plurality of interlocking clips and receptacles positioned around the perimeter of the window. The interlocking clips and receptacles produce a retention force that compresses a seal against an outer structural the window to seal an internal cavity between the inner and outer window assemblies.. ... The Boeing Co

05/21/15 / #20150143001

Computer architectures using shared storage

An enterprise service bus (esb) system includes a shared storage that stores data corresponding to files, a file system, and esb infrastructure functions. The esb system includes a metadata registry storing metadata associated with the esb infrastructure functions, separate from the esb infrastructure functions, and includes storage location information of the esb infrastructure functions. ... The Boeing Co

05/21/15 / #20150142402

Safety analysis of a complex system using component-oriented fault trees

A safety-analysis system for a complex system such as an aircraft includes a system modeler and model-analysis system. The system modeler is configured to receive component fault-based models of respective components of which a system is composed, such as from a library of component fault-based models in storage. ... The Boeing Co

05/21/15 / #20150142298

Relative trajectory cost

Methods and systems for determining routes in a collaborative trajectory options program (ctop) enabled air traffic management system are disclosed. A first trajectory with a lowest network cost and having an assumed ground delay is identified. ... The Boeing Co

05/21/15 / #20150138920

Modulated echo underwater communications and energy harvesting

A system is provided that includes a gateway node and terminal node. The gateway node may be configured to produce a continuous acoustic wave for propagation through a fluid such as water, and detect an echo thereof. ... The Boeing Co

05/21/15 / #20150138355

Visual detection of volcanic plumes

A system for detecting volcanic plumes using a camera on an aircraft, a distant point-like source of light, and a computerized method of processing images acquired by the camera to detect phenomena indicative of the presence of volcanic plumes in a volume of space intersected by light from the light source. A computer system is programmed to determine whether the image data from the camera has characteristics indicating that the imaged light had passed through a volcanic plume or not. ... The Boeing Co

05/21/15 / #20150137430

Over-molded vacuum barrier and inner mold line bag carrier with soluble details in trapped closed mold tooling

A vacuum barrier system for curing a composite part may include a bag carrier and a compliant, relatively thin film bladder formed over the bag carrier to function as a vacuum barrier. The bag carrier may be configured complementary to the composite part. ... The Boeing Co

05/21/15 / #20150137427

Consolidation of complex contoured thermoplastic structures

A method and apparatus for forming a stiffened thermoplastic panel is presented. The method may comprise placing a number of forming tools within a number of concave areas of a thermoplastic preform. ... The Boeing Co

05/21/15 / #20150137424

System and method for manufacturing monolithic structures using expanding internal tools

A tooling system may include an outer mold line (oml) tool and one or more inner mold line (iml) tools. The oml tool may have an oml tool surface. ... The Boeing Co

05/21/15 / #20150136928

Stowable computer workstation

A stowable computer workstation (“scw”) for a workplace within a vehicle is described, where the workplace has an inner sidewall of the vehicle. The scw may include a video display mount assembly and a deployment support attached to the video display mount assembly. ... The Boeing Co

05/21/15 / #20150136328

Apparatus for applying film material to elongate members

An apparatus including a carriage adapted to be mounted on and movable along the elongate composite stringer, and a compaction roller mounted on the carriage for compacting film material against the flange surface as the carriage moves along the stringer. The apparatus also includes a film feed roll assembly on the carriage adapted to hold a quantity of film material and to dispense the film material to the compaction roller. ... The Boeing Co

05/21/15 / #20150136327

Method and apparatus for making fiber reinforced composite tubes

A composite tube is made by applying a mixture of individual reinforcing fibers and a resin onto the interior cylindrical wall of the spinning mandrel.. . ... The Boeing Co

05/21/15 / #20150135536

Method of making a modular off-axis solar concentrator

A method of making a solar concentrator may include forming a receiving wall having an elongated wall, a first side wall and a second side wall; attaching the first side wall and the second side wall to a reflecting wall to form a housing having an internal volume with an opening; forming a lip on the receiving wall and the reflecting wall; attaching a cover to the receiving wall and the reflecting wall at the lip to seal the opening into the internal volume, thereby creating a rigid structure; and mounting at least one receiver having at least one photovoltaic cell on the elongated wall to receive solar radiation entering the housing and reflected by the receiving wall, the receiver having an axis parallel with a surface normal of the photovoltaic cell, such that the axis is disposed at a non-zero angle relative to the vertical axis of the opening.. . ... The Boeing Co

05/07/15 / #20150127139

Real-time numerical control tool path adaptation using force feedback

A method for machining a workpiece using a cutting tool attached to a spindle. The method comprises: (a) defining an initial tool path of the cutting tool relative to a workpiece using part definition data; (b) causing the cutting tool to cut along the defined initial tool path relative to the workpiece; (c) receiving sensor data representing machining process conditions during said cutting along the defined initial tool path; (d) processing the sensor data to determine a value of a machining process force parameter; and (e) causing the cutting tool to cut along a modified tool path relative to the workpiece such that the radial cutting depth changes and values of the machining process force parameter does not exceed a machining process force constraint. ... The Boeing Co

05/07/15 / #20150125937

Infectious disease detection system

A method and apparatus for managing a zone. Information is obtained about an environment in the zone with a sensor system. ... The Boeing Co

05/07/15 / #20150125655

Laminated composite radius filler with geometric shaped filler element and method of forming the same

A laminated composite radius filler for a composite structure has a stacked ply assembly having a plurality of stacks of laminate radius filler plies cut to a desired width and having a desired ply orientation. The laminated composite radius filler further has a geometric shaped filler element positioned at a desired location on a first portion of the stacked ply assembly. ... The Boeing Co

05/07/15 / #20150125607

Trowel

A trowel may include a main body including at least one working edge, the working edge including an edge radius, a plurality of radial teeth extending from the working edge, each radial tooth of the plurality of radial teeth including a radial edge and a tooth radius. A distance between the edge radius and the tooth radius at any point along the working edge is the same.. ... The Boeing Co

05/07/15 / #20150125565

Resin infusion of composite parts using a perforated caul sheet

Resin infused composite parts are fabricated using a caul sheet having perforations therein for optimizing the flow of resin through the parts and allowing a simplified tooling and consumable arrangement for complex parts while achieving a smooth, aerodynamic caul-side or bag-side finish.. . ... The Boeing Co

05/07/15 / #20150125254

Low profile cargo handling system

Different advantageous embodiments provide a method and apparatus to increase a clearance of a cargo area of an aircraft. The apparatus and method may comprise an aircraft with a cargo area. ... The Boeing Co

05/07/15 / #20150123912

Flight deck touch screen interface for interactive displays

A system and method for controlling a display on an aircraft. An operator interaction with an edge area of a touch screen is identified by a processor unit when a first format of the display is displayed on the touch screen. ... The Boeing Co

05/07/15 / #20150123617

Virtual cell for battery thermal management

A system, method, and apparatus for virtual cells for battery thermal management are disclosed. The disclosed method involves sensing, with at least one temperature sensor, a temperature of at least one battery cell in a battery pack. ... The Boeing Co

05/07/15 / #20150123309

Methods and tools for forming contoured composite structures with shape memory alloy

Methods and tools for forming contoured composite structures are disclosed. Methods include positioning a sheet of composite material relative to a structure of shape memory alloy, heating the structure of shape memory alloy to deform the structure of shape memory alloy to a deformed conformation and thereby conform the sheet of composite material to a desired contour corresponding to the deformed conformation of the structure of shape memory alloy. ... The Boeing Co

05/07/15 / #20150122904

Fan nozzle drive systems that lock thrust reversers

Systems and methods are provided that lock thrust reversers and also drive fan nozzles of an aircraft. One system includes a coupling configured to selectively engage and disengage. ... The Boeing Co

05/07/15 / #20150122579

Elevated platform system including restraining systems and vision system

An elevated platform system comprises a platform, a vision system configured to detect a number of people on the platform, and a plurality of restraining systems onboard the platform. Each restraining system includes a passive rfid tag secured to the platform and a reader configured to perform near field detection of the tag.. ... The Boeing Co

05/07/15 / #20150122327

Photodiode and method for making the same

A method for manufacturing a photodiode including the steps of providing a substrate, solution depositing a quantum nanomaterial layer onto the substrate, the quantum nanomaterial layer including a number of quantum nanomaterials having a ligand coating, and applying a thin-film oxide layer over the quantum nanomaterial layer.. . ... The Boeing Co

05/07/15 / #20150122055

Methods and systems for non-destructive inspection

Disclosed non-destructive inspection methods comprise non-contact determination of the location of a non-destructive inspection probe and identification of the location on a test structure where test data is acquired by the probe. Determination may include capturing the positions of the probe and the test structure with one or more electronic cameras. ... The Boeing Co

05/07/15 / #20150121905

Continuous flow thermodynamic pump

A thermodynamic pump for provides gaseous hydrogen employing a plurality of liquid hydrogen (lh2) tanks sequentially pressurized with gaseous hydrogen (gh2) from an accumulator. A heat exchanger receiving lh2 from each of the plurality of tanks as sequentially pressurized returns pressurized gh2 to the accumulator for supply to an engine.. ... The Boeing Co

05/07/15 / #20150121711

Edge distance gauge

A method and apparatus for identifying locations for holes for a stackup of parts. In one illustrative example, a required edge distance for a hole for the stackup of the parts is identified. ... The Boeing Co

04/30/15 / #20150120363

Product chemical profile system

A computer-implemented system and method for obtaining product related information. Information related to a product obtained from a plurality of different sources is transformed into processed product data with a plurality of levels. ... The Boeing Co

04/30/15 / #20150120271

System and method for visualization and optimization of system of systems

A system for visualizing and optimizing the operation of a system of systems. A design of experiments is conducted for a particular system of systems architecture using a simulation engine based upon a predefined set of inputs. ... The Boeing Co

04/30/15 / #20150120099

Airplane off ground advisory system

An airplane off ground advisory system employs at least one position sensor attached for detection of an extended condition and a compressed condition of a main landing gear. A control system receives an input from the position sensor. ... The Boeing Co

04/30/15 / #20150120098

Aircraft stopping performance display and warning

A system and method for determining a predicted stopping performance of an aircraft moving on a runway. A predicted stopping force acting on the aircraft to stop the aircraft is determined by a processor unit as the aircraft is moving on the runway. ... The Boeing Co

04/30/15 / #20150117945

Clamp device for use with a decompression panel in an aircraft assembly

A clamp device includes a clamp portion defining a threaded opening therein. The clamp portion is configured to contact a first side of a beam. ... The Boeing Co

04/30/15 / #20150116481

Mapping damaged regions on objects

Systems and methods for mapping a damaged region on an object. An exemplary system captures an image of the damaged region with a camera, selects target points around a boundary of the damaged region on the image, and determines 2d image coordinates for the target points on the image. ... The Boeing Co

04/30/15 / #20150115108

Aircraft electric motor system

A method and apparatus for controlling an electric aircraft is presented. An apparatus comprises a controller. ... The Boeing Co

04/30/15 / #20150115104

Decompression panel for use in an aircraft assembly

A decompression panel for use in an aircraft assembly is provided. The decompression panel includes a body portion including a top edge and a bottom edge, and a front surface and a rear surface opposing the front surface. ... The Boeing Co

04/30/15 / #20150115103

Decompression panel for use in an aircraft assembly

A decompression panel for use in an aircraft assembly is provided. The decompression panel includes a body portion including a top end and a bottom end, and an array of openings formed in the body portion. ... The Boeing Co

04/30/15 / #20150115102

Decompression panel for use in an aircraft

A decompression panel includes a body portion having a first end and a second end opposing the first end. The decompression panel also includes a tab extending along the first end and a flange coupled to the body portion. ... The Boeing Co

04/30/15 / #20150115096

Convertible compounded rotorcraft

A compound rotorcraft including a rotary wing aircraft having a fuselage and at least one rotor and a fixed-wing aircraft coupled to the rotary wing aircraft, wherein the rotary wing aircraft can fly on the rotor or the fixed-wing aircraft, and wherein the fixed-wing aircraft is detachable from the rotary wing aircraft to fly independently.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/30/15 / #20150114481

Inlet system having dual inlets

A method and apparatus for supplying air to a precooler. Air flow is created through a fan duct in an engine system. ... The Boeing Co

04/30/15 / #20150114124

Apparatus and method for inspecting a laminated structure

Disclosed is an apparatus, method and system for inspecting structures, and more particularly for evaluating the condition of a structure. The disclosed nondestructive inspection testing method and apparatus enables an operator to assess the condition of a structure, such as a composite laminate part and determining the location and depth of anomalies. ... The Boeing Co

04/30/15 / #20150114071

Cold working holes in a composite and metal stack

A hole in a metal and composite stack is cold worked. An interference is formed between a cold working tool and the metal layers results in a radial force that is applied only to the metal layers.. ... The Boeing Co

04/30/15 / #20150113999

Inlet system for a precooler

An apparatus comprises a leading edge of an inlet. The leading edge of the inlet is positioned relative to a direction of air flow such that a total pressure of air along the leading edge of the inlet is equalized within selected tolerances.. ... The Boeing Co

04/30/15 / #20150113946

Methods and apparatus for passive thrust vectoring and plume deflection

A flow vectoring turbofan engine employs a fixed geometry fan sleeve and core cowl forming a nozzle incorporating an asymmetric convergent/divergent (con-di) and/or curvature section which varies angularly from a midplane for reduced pressure in a first operating condition to induce flow turning and axially symmetric equal pressure in a second operating condition for substantially axial flow.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/30/15 / #20150113764

T-style grommet attachment system and method

A grommet is provided for protecting and securing a conveyance system component routed through an aperture in a structure. The grommet includes a strap having a first and second side and two or more pairs of ribs formed along at least a portion of the first side of the strap. ... The Boeing Co

04/23/15 / #20150112657

Analyzing structural durability in the frequency domain

A method of analyzing the durability of a structure. Load-controlled testing is performed on samples of a composite material of the structure to relate critical strain invariants of the material to cyclic rates of strain invariant accumulation and frequencies associated with the cyclic rates. ... The Boeing Co

04/23/15 / #20150112635

Datum reference frame for mechanical parts

A method of establishing a datum reference frame for a manufactured detail part used in an assembly comprises establishing a primary datum reference plane, identifying first and second mating surfaces of the part, identifying first and second functional features of size on the first and second mating surfaces, using a coordinate measuring machine (cmm) probe to identify a first point at an intersection of a centerline of the first feature and the first surface, using the cmm probe to identify a second point at an intersection of the centerline of the second feature and the second surface; and establishing a secondary compound datum reference plane through the intersection points and perpendicular to the primary datum reference plane.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/23/15 / #20150112518

Variable aperture phased array incorporating vehicle swarm

In one aspect a system for acoustic testing comprises a plurality of acoustic sensors mounted to a plurality of vehicles, a control system to control the plurality of vehicles, and a data acquisition system to receive data generated by the plurality of acoustic sensors in response to noise from a noise source proximate the plurality of vehicles. Other aspects may be described.. ... The Boeing Co

04/23/15 / #20150112468

Managing the manufacturing lifecycle of fasteners of a product

A system is provided that is configured to receive a manufacturing process plan for a product including a plurality of component parts joined by fasteners, with the manufacturing process plan including process definitions that describe process operations in which component parts are worked to manufacture of the product. The system is configured to generate graphical views for respective process operations of the manufacturing process plan in which fastener locations are worked for installation of respective fasteners to join component parts of the product, and output the graphical views. ... The Boeing Co

04/23/15 / #20150111584

Overlapping cells for wireless coverage

A system is provided for overlapping cells for wireless coverage in a cellular communication system. The system includes a beam-weight generator and beamformer coupled to the beam-weight generator. ... The Boeing Co

04/23/15 / #20150111058

Method of coating a composite material and a coated edge of a composite structure

A method of coating a composite material and an associated coated composite structure are disclosed to provide increased wear resistance and surface protection. The edge of the composite material may be coated so as to provide protection for the edge. ... The Boeing Co

04/23/15 / #20150109662

Unstable imaging resonator

In one aspect a power amplifier comprises a first plurality of laser disks disposed in a first vertical plane and a second plurality of laser disks disposed in a second vertical plane, opposite the first vertical plane, wherein the plurality of laser disks are disposed in a central horizontal plane, and a first plurality of reflecting mirrors disposed in the first vertical plane and a second plurality of reflecting mirrors disposed in the second vertical plane, wherein a first set of reflecting are disposed in a lower horizontal plane and a second set of reflecting mirrors are disposed in an upper horizontal plane, wherein respective laser disks and reflecting mirrors adjacent along an optical axis are positioned to provide a 1:1 imaging system therebetween. Other aspects may be described.. ... The Boeing Co

04/23/15 / #20150109177

Multi-band antenna

A compact multi-band antenna structure consisting of overlapping elements formed like tree rings is described. A dipole multi-band antenna includes a first arm having a first conductive cylinder with a predetermined length corresponding to a first frequency and a second conductive cylinder having a predetermined length corresponding to a second frequency positioned over the first conductive cylinder without contact between the first conductive cylinder and the second conductive cylinder. ... The Boeing Co

04/23/15 / #20150108685

Self-centering sealant applicator

A method and apparatus for applying sealant. The apparatus may comprise a shaping portion, a centering portion, and a support system. ... The Boeing Co

04/23/15 / #20150108333

Method and system for enhancing spectrometer function

A method and system for enhancing spectrometer function may include initially exposing an array of photosensors of the spectrometer to spectral radiation and recording a first data set of photosensor counts within a predetermined measurement range; making a plurality of successive exposures of the photosensors to the radiation, and for each, progressively increasing an intensity of the radiation from the previous exposure, recording counts from the photosensors within the predetermined measurement range, disregarding counts from photosensors that already have recorded counts within the measurement range from a previous exposure to the radiation to make a data set of measured counts, and rescaling the data set of measured counts to adjust for the increasing an intensity of the spectral radiation to form a rescaled data set; and stitching together the first data set and each rescaled data set of measured counts to form a resultant data set of spectral irradiance.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/23/15 / #20150108283

Wingtip control system

A method and apparatus for a wingtip control system. The wingtip control system comprises a switch system for a flight deck of an aircraft and a controller. ... The Boeing Co

04/23/15 / #20150108274

Decompression panel assembly and method of equalizing air pressure differential

Decompression panel assemblies and methods of equalizing air pressure differential are provided. The decompression panel assembly includes a panel comprising an opening defined therein, a vent cover coupled across the opening, and a latching mechanism. ... The Boeing Co

04/23/15 / #20150108271

Differential throttling control enhancement

A system for enhancing movement of a multi-engine flight vehicle about either of pitch or yaw axes. The engines are oriented relative the centerline of the flight vehicle and a portion of the engines have a positive tangential cant and the remaining engines have a negative tangential cant. ... The Boeing Co

04/23/15 / #20150108233

Anti-icing system for aircraft

A method and apparatus for heating a surface of an aircraft. A flow of air is received from a portion of an engine in a tube system. ... The Boeing Co

04/23/15 / #20150108155

Portable cleco type fastener dispenser

An apparatus for containing, transporting, dispensing and keeping an inventory of a plurality of same size cleco type fasteners has a tubular housing with an interior bore dimensioned to receive the plurality of cleco type fasteners through a proximal opening on the housing that is closed by a removable closure device. The distal end of the housing has a retention device that retains the forward most cleco type fastener inserted into the housing interior bore with a sufficient force that prevents the forward most cleco type fastener from being unintentionally removed from the housing distal end, but allows the forward most cleco type fastener to be manually grasped and pulled from the housing distal end.. ... The Boeing Co

04/23/15 / #20150107775

Vacuum bag sealing system and method for composite parts

A vacuum bag sealing system may include a composite bagging sheet, and at least one interlocking strip connected to a surface of the composite bagging sheet, wherein the interlocking strip is configured to join a first section of the composite bagging sheet to a second section of the composite bagging sheet to form a sealed vacuum bag.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/23/15 / #20150107094

Battery cell isolation system

A method and apparatus comprising a number of battery cells, a housing having a plurality of channels, an assembly, and a number of grooves. The housing is configured to hold the number of battery cells. ... The Boeing Co

04/16/15 / #self-aligning fitting assemblies and systems and methods including the same are disclosed herein. the self-aligning fitting assemblies include a barrel-side fitting that includes a plurality of barrel-side attachment holes and a floor-side fitting that includes a plurality of floor-side attachment holes. the self-aligning fitting assemblies also include an alignment pin recess and a fitting alignment recess.

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04/16/15 / #20150106039

Methods and systems for estimation of propellant transfer in an ion propulsion system

Methods and systems for estimating propellant transfer in an ion propulsion system are disclosed. One example is a method for estimating transfer of a propellant between a first tank and a second tank in an ion propulsion system during a transfer event. ... The Boeing Co

04/16/15 / #20150105945

Control interface for leading and trailng edge devices

A system for controlling a high-lift device of an aircraft may include an interface for placement in a flight deck of an aircraft. The interface may include an edge control device for controlling a position of the high-lift device. ... The Boeing Co

04/16/15 / #20150104998

Apparatus, system and method for aero-contouring a surface of an aerodynamically functional coating

An aero-contouring apparatus is provided. The aero-contouring apparatus has a housing assembly and a motor assembly disposed therein. ... The Boeing Co

04/16/15 / #20150104310

Frequency response and health tracker for a synthetic jet generator

A jet generator is controlled by providing an input signal at a variable frequency to the jet generator and to a simulated electrical load of the jet generator, measuring a difference in signals between the jet generator and the simulated electrical load to identify an optimum flow of a jet generated by the jet generator, and tuning the frequency of the input signal to maintain the jet at the optimum flow.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/16/15 / #20150104289

Methods and apparatus to adjust bleed ports on an aircraft engine

Methods and apparatus to adjust bleed ports on an aircraft engine are disclosed. An example apparatus for bleeding air from a multi-stage compressor of an aircraft engine includes a compressor case having a plurality of bleed ports. ... The Boeing Co

04/16/15 / #20150103867

Methods and apparatus for detecting ice formation on aircraft

In one aspect, methods of detecting ice formation on an aircraft are described herein. In some implementations, a method of detecting ice formation on an aircraft comprises disposing an ice detector on an exterior surface of the aircraft, the ice detector comprising a probe surface and a pyroelectric material layer disposed on at least a portion of the probe surface. ... The Boeing Co

04/16/15 / #20150103458

Modular equipment center integrated truss sensors

A modular truss assembly for mechanically and electrically mounting system components of a modular equipment center (mec). A plurality of mecs is spatially distributed throughout the vehicle to service equipment loads. ... The Boeing Co

04/16/15 / #20150103457

Modular equipment center solid state primary power switching network

A solid state primary power switching network for modular equipment centers (mecs) distributing primary power throughout a vehicle. The solid state primary power switching network includes multiple primary power switch network devices (ppsnds) of a mec for controlling and distributing primary power to other mecs spatially distribute throughout a vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

04/16/15 / #20150103447

Modular equipment center distributed independent protections

Distributed electronic protections and control architecture enabling simultaneous fault clearance without conflicting fault isolation logic. A plurality of modular equipment centers (mecs) is spatially distributed throughout a vehicle to service equipment loads with power and data. ... The Boeing Co

04/16/15 / #20150102663

Remote modular equipment center architecture

A plurality of remote module equipment centers (rmecs) distributed throughout a vehicle to aggregate sensor and control information into localized areas of the vehicle. The rmecs provide power and bidirectional communications to vehicle subsystems thereby localizing the computing and networking functions close to the associated electrical components of the subsystem. ... The Boeing Co

04/16/15 / #20150102662

Modular equipment center zonal standalone power system control architecture

A plurality of modular equipment centers (mecs) spatially distributed throughout a vehicle servicing equipment loads. Each mec independently provides localized power and communication to service the equipment loads. ... The Boeing Co

04/16/15 / #20150102661

Modular equipment center distributed primary power architecture

A plurality of modular equipment centers (mecs) spatially distributed throughout a vehicle servicing equipment loads. Each mec independently provides localized power and communication to service the equipment loads and each equipment load is serviced by the nearest mec. ... The Boeing Co

04/16/15 / #20150102660

Modular equipment center distributed equipment packaging truss

A modular truss assembly configured to be placed in small or narrow spaces such as within the floor, sidewall, or crown of a vehicle for mechanically and electrically mounting system components of a modular equipment center (mec). A plurality of mecs is spatially distributed throughout the vehicle to service equipment loads. ... The Boeing Co

04/16/15 / #20150102659

Modular equipment center lightning threat reduction architecture

A composite vehicle architecture without a current return network for reducing lightning threats. A plurality of modular equipment centers (mecs) are spatially distributed throughout the vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

04/16/15 / #20150102169

Joint assembly and method of assembling same

A joint assembly for an aircraft is provided. The joint assembly includes a single main fitting including a first flange, a second flange, and a third flange, an external spar component coupled to the first flange using at least one fastener, an internal spar component coupled to the second flange using at least one fastener, and a body rib coupled to the third flange using at least one fastener.. ... The Boeing Co

04/16/15 / #20150102167

Method and apparatus for attaching a trim to a cover of a bin assembly

A method and apparatus for attaching a trim member for a stowage bin to a structure associated with the stowage bin. A bonding member of an attachment element may be bonded to the trim member. ... The Boeing Co

04/16/15 / #20150102166

System and method for reducing the stopping distance of an aircraft

A system for reducing a stopping distance of an aircraft may include an edge control system configured to control a leading edge device mounted to a wing of an aircraft. The edge control system may be configured to automatically command extension of the leading edge device from a first position to a second position in response to deployment of a spoiler if a ground speed of the aircraft is greater than a threshold ground speed.. ... The Boeing Co

04/16/15 / #20150102165

Method and apparatus for changing a deployed position for a tail skid assembly

A method and apparatus for positioning a tail skid assembly for a maximum rotation angle for an aircraft may be provided. A determination may be made as to whether the tail skid assembly is to be deployed for takeoff or landing. ... The Boeing Co

04/16/15 / #20150102162

Quiet landing gear door

A quiet landing gear door and methods are presented. A landing gear door comprises a trailing edge and a leading edge and is operable to deploy to a landing gear door deployed position. ... The Boeing Co

04/16/15 / #20150102161

Method for a leading edge slat on a wing of an aircraft

A method for managing a flight control surface system. A leading edge device is moved on a leading edge from an undeployed position to a deployed position. ... The Boeing Co

04/16/15 / #20150101886

Synthetic jet muffler

A synthetic jet muffler includes an exit end, a propagation path for conducting a first sound wave emitted by a synthetic jet generator to the exit end, and a shroud for conducting a second sound wave emitted from the synthetic jet generator in a direction opposite to the first sound wave to the exit end, wherein the shroud is disposed so that the first and second sound waves travel different distances to effect noise cancellation at the exit end.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/16/15 / #20150101860

Electronic device protection

A method includes permitting a first signal having a first electromagnetic waveform to pass through an apparatus. The method further includes blocking a second signal having a second electromagnetic waveform at the apparatus, wherein the second electromagnetic waveform is different than the first electromagnetic waveform. ... The Boeing Co

04/16/15 / #20150101738

Bends in composite panels

A method and apparatus for forming a bend in composite panel. A method for forming a bend in a composite panel comprises forming a slot having a curved flange in the composite panel, inserting a sheet into the curved flange, and bending the composite panel with the slot and the sheet within the curved flange about a longitudinal axis of the slot to form the bend.. ... The Boeing Co

04/16/15 / #20150101478

Aircraft missile launcher cover

A cover for an empty rail missile launcher that can be used in flight. The cover is shaped to reflect radar signals transmitted by a radar transmitter away from the radar transmitter to reduce detectibility by radar. ... The Boeing Co

04/16/15 / #20150101452

Ratcheting shape memory alloy actuators and systems and methods including the same

Ratcheting shape memory alloy actuators and systems and methods including the same are disclosed herein. The ratcheting shape memory alloy actuators include a ratcheting assembly that is operatively coupled to a first bracket and a shape memory alloy element that is operatively coupled to the ratcheting assembly and to a second bracket. ... The Boeing Co

04/16/15 / #20150101176

Method and apparatus for fitting a sleeve

Illustrative embodiments may provide for an apparatus and method for fitting a first tube to a second tube. The apparatus may have a first section and a second section. ... The Boeing Co

04/09/15 / #20150100571

System and method for utilizing a three dimensional model for accessing databases

A database access computing device for utilizing a three dimensional model to access databases for information regarding one or more parts in a vehicle is provided. The database access computing device includes at least one processor. ... The Boeing Co

04/09/15 / #20150100291

Horizon night view simulation

Methods, systems, and computer-readable media are described herein for simulating a view of a horizon at night. The positions of a number of light sources may be determined from the perspective of a viewer location. ... The Boeing Co

04/09/15 / #20150100198

Health management of rechargeable batteries

A vehicle includes a body and at least one propulsion unit operatively coupled to the body. The vehicle also includes an electrical power system at least partially disposed within the body. ... The Boeing Co

04/09/15 / #20150099677

Redox couple-based mitigation of fluid-flow-driven electrochemical surface degradation

The present disclosure relates to methods, systems, hydraulic fluids and additives for reducing the rate of surface current degradation for components in a hydraulic system, wherein the hydraulic system is exposed to phosphate-ester-based hydraulic fluid.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/09/15 / #20150099444

Systems and methods for controlling airflow in a vehicle

An airflow control system for use in a vehicle is provided. The airflow control system includes a manifold and a recirculation duct in flow communication with the manifold. ... The Boeing Co

04/09/15 / #20150099425

Automated sanding system

A method and apparatus for sanding a number of surface features on a surface of an object. A first type of operation may be performed on the number of surface features on the surface of the object using a first end effector. ... The Boeing Co

04/09/15 / #20150099133

High temperature hybridized molecular functional group adhesion barrier coating and method

There is provided a high temperature hybridized molecular functional group adhesion barrier coating for a composite structure. The coating has one or more hybridized molecular functional groups attached to a composite surface of the composite structure, wherein the one or more hybridized molecular functional groups are hybridized through a chemical derivatization process. ... The Boeing Co

04/09/15 / #20150099096

Pre-formed thermoplastic filler for thermoset structure

An apparatus includes a first thermoset layer that includes a first fibrous material embedded in a first thermoset matrix. The apparatus also includes a second thermoset layer that includes a second fibrous material embedded in a second thermoset matrix. ... The Boeing Co

04/09/15 / #20150097746

Additive manufacturing for radio frequency hardware

A method and apparatus is presented. A structure having an interior channel is formed using additive manufacturing equipment. ... The Boeing Co

04/09/15 / #20150097530

Recharging an aircraft battery

And aircraft recharging station is provided for recharging an aircraft provided with a rechargeable battery. The recharging station includes a parking surface with conductive tiles selectively connected to an electrical power supply. ... The Boeing Co

04/09/15 / #20150097467

Strain amplification structure and synthetic jet actuator

A strain amplification structure has a frame with a hexagonal structure incorporating a plurality of rigid beams that are connected to opposing end beams by a plurality of flexible joints. A piezoceramic actuator assembly is connected to the opposing end beams having a collar including an opening. ... The Boeing Co

04/09/15 / #20150097399

Heated flight attendant jumpseats for commercial airplane applications

The disclosure provides systems and methods for a heating system with a seat having a first heating element, a floor heating panel located at least partially under the seat, and a controller operatively coupled to the first heating element and the floor heating panel and configured to implement control logic that receives at least one input and thereby control the first heating element and the floor heating panel.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/09/15 / #20150097087

Swing wing tip system, assembly and method with dual load path structure

A swing wing tip system for an air vehicle is provided. The swing wing tip system has a swing wing tip assembly with an unfixed wing tip portion movably connected to a fixed wing portion of a wing. ... The Boeing Co

04/09/15 / #20150097076

Aircraft wing-to-fuselage joint with active suspension and method

An aircraft includes a fuselage, a wing, and a decoupled joint interconnecting the fuselage and the wing. The decoupled joint can be an active suspension system. ... The Boeing Co

04/09/15 / #20150096788

Ecological method for constructing circuit boards

A method for fabrication of a circuit board using the disclosed embodiments relies on a cad model of a multilayer circuit board with conductive elements defined by layer. A first granular conductive material layer is introduced into a mold. ... The Boeing Co

04/09/15 / #20150096631

Methods and systems for channeling aircraft hydraulic fluid

Methods and a fluid separation fitting for channeling hydraulic fluid in an aircraft are provided herein. The fluid separation fitting includes a first tube section and a second tube section. ... The Boeing Co

04/09/15 / #20150096293

Smart susceptor for a shape memory alloy (sma) actuator inductive heating system

A system for heating a shape memory alloy (sma) actuator may include an sma actuator, a smart susceptor, a plurality of induction coils, and a control module. The sma actuator may have at least one layup. ... The Boeing Co

04/09/15 / #20150096288

Systems and methods for heat balance and transport for aircraft hydraulic systems

A thermal management system is provided. The thermal management system includes a first hydraulic system for circulating a first hydraulic fluid at a first temperature, a second hydraulic system for circulating a second hydraulic fluid at a second temperature that is higher than the first temperature, and a heat exchanger coupling the first hydraulic system to the second hydraulic system, wherein the heat exchanger is configured to exchange heat between the first hydraulic fluid and the second hydraulic fluid.. ... The Boeing Co

04/09/15 / #20150096175

Static dissipative fluid conveying coupler and methods of assembling the same

A rigid coupler for use in electrically isolating an electrically conductive fluid conveyance system is described. The rigid coupler includes a nonconductive liner having a first end configured to couple to a first adjoining section of the fluid conveyance system, and a second end, opposite said first end, configured to couple to a second adjoining section of the fluid conveyance system. ... The Boeing Co

04/09/15 / #20150096166

Method for preparing highly-deformable titanium and titanium-alloy one-piece fasteners

A method of forming a fastener may include inserting a blank precursor into a bore of a forming die having an enlarged bore portion. The method may further include applying a first axial compression force to the blank precursor, and forming a cold-worked head section and an enlarged shank portion on the blank precursor corresponding to the enlarged bore portion. ... The Boeing Co

04/09/15 / #20150096118

Modular lavatory system

A method and apparatus are presented. An apparatus comprises a wall and a urinal. ... The Boeing Co

04/02/15 / #20150096019

Software network behavior analysis and identification system

A particular method includes detecting, at a detection module, an indicator corresponding to a suspicious software component, where the indicator is detected based on monitored network data of a network system and based on a plurality of network behavior profiles. At least one of the network behavior profiles includes an ordered sequence of network actions. ... The Boeing Co

04/02/15 / #20150091491

Reluctance motor system

A method and apparatus for controlling operation of an electric motor. A controller is configured to identify a position of a disc relative to a plate with coils physically associated with the plate. ... The Boeing Co

04/02/15 / #20150091375

Systems, methods, and apparatus for an emergency power generator

Systems, methods, and apparatus are disclosed for generating power for a vehicle. A power generator may include a first loop configured to be deployed from a portion of a vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

04/02/15 / #20150091293

Apparatus for preventing spark propagation

A hydraulic joint is disclosed. The hydraulic joint includes a tube, a hydraulic fitting, and a tip seal. ... The Boeing Co

04/02/15 / #20150090838

Stowage bin systems

Provided are stowage bin systems for use on aircrafts and other like vehicles. A stowage bin system may include two disjoint supporting panels and a stowage bin bucket disposed between and pivotally supported by these panels after installation. ... The Boeing Co

04/02/15 / #20150090836

Electromagnetic energy surface protection

An electromagnetic energy protection system and method disclosed herein that includes a plurality of conductive sheets ohmically connected by conductive interconnects. The conductive interconnects can be metal formed by a metal deposition process. ... The Boeing Co

04/02/15 / #20150090527

Restraining system including near field rfid detection

A restraining system comprises a restraining device including first and second interlockable parts that, when interlocked, restrain the system. The restraining system further comprises a passive rfid tag attached to the first part, and a passive rfid reader coupled to the second part for near field detection of the tag within a prescribed range of the second part.. ... The Boeing Co

04/02/15 / #20150090392

Automated production and installation of patches for reworking structures

An area of a composite laminate structure is reworked by scarfing the area, generating a 3-d map of the scarfed area, and installing a rework patch that is built based on the 3-d map.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/02/15 / #20150090390

Printed circuit board assembly methods

A method includes aligning a first portion of a magnetic core with respect to a first side of a pcb using a first alignment device. The method includes applying a first bonding material to a surface of at least one of the first portion of the magnetic core and a second portion of the magnetic core. ... The Boeing Co

04/02/15 / #20150090356

Vortex generators

Vortex generators are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a housing including a surface. ... The Boeing Co

04/02/15 / #20150090005

Leak detection in composite structures

A leak through the thickness of a structure is detected from one side of the structure using a leak detection layer. The leak detection layer exhibits visually observable changes when exposed to an air leak.. ... The Boeing Co

04/02/15 / #20150090001

Gas sensing system and method

Systems and methods for sensing gas are disclosed. In one aspect, a system to monitor an output of a gas source comprises a chamber comprising a plurality of input ports to receive inputs from a plurality of gas sources, and means for repeatedly blocking one of the plurality of input ports for a period of time, detecting which one of the plurality of input ports is blocked, collecting data from a plurality of samples from the enclosure while the one of the plurality of input ports is blocked, and storing the data in a memory in association with an indicator of which one of the plurality of input ports is blocked. ... The Boeing Co

04/02/15 / #20150089879

Engine cowl and inlet cover

A method for covering an end of a housing for an engine. A cover is positioned relative to the end of the housing for the engine. ... The Boeing Co

04/02/15 / #20150089786

Method of using a retention clip to close hardware

A method of using a retention clip to secure hardware is provided. The retention clip may include a support surface having an aperture extending through the support surface. ... The Boeing Co

04/02/15 / #20150089771

Airplane shade handle and sliding mechanism

A window shade handle system includes a handle section and a post configured on each end of the handle section. Each post has four sides that are restrained by a post channel in a track section. ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150088373

Optical communications and obstacle sensing for autonomous vehicles

A system and method is provided that permits optical communication between vehicles or vehicles and transportation fixtures by modulating an optical source located on either a vehicle or a transportation fixture. The optical source is modulated to include information about the vehicle or fixture. ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150088371

Brake load alleviation functions

A system, method, and apparatus for brake load alleviation amongst at least one first brake and at least one second brake is disclosed. The method involves sensing an amount of brake pedal application in response to engagement of at least brake pedal. ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150088340

Optimized flap positioning for go-around operations

A system for optimizing a flap setting of an aircraft may include a flap optimizing computer configured to compute an optimum flap setting for one or more flaps of an aircraft. The system may further include a flap control system communicatively coupled to the flap optimizing computer. ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150087299

Interference suppression in a satellite communication system using onboard beamforming and ground-based processing

A satellite is configured to communicate with a ground base station to provide coverage for communication in a first geographic region, and suppress from the communication, interference from a second geographic region. The satellite includes an onboard beamformer (obbf), feed array and feeder-link antenna. ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150087217

Grille for vehicle wall opening

A grille for a vehicle wall opening may comprise a frame, a pair of first louvers, and a second louver. The frame may be receivable on the vehicle wall in an installed position extending around the opening, and may have an inboard side and an outboard side. ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150086797

Corrosion-resistant, chromium-free, self-priming coatings curable by ultraviolet light

Corrosion-resistant, self-priming coatings that are curable by ultraviolet energy and methods for coating surfaces using such coatings have been provided. In an exemplary embodiment, a method for coating a surface includes formulating a chromium-free, self-priming coating, applying the chromium-free, self-priming coating to the surface, and curing the chromium-free, self-priming coating with ultraviolet light.. ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150086788

Spectrally selective coatings and associated methods for minimizing the effects of lightning strikes

A coating composition for reducing structural damage to a substrate resulting from interaction between the substrate and lightening plasma is disclosed. The coating composition includes a binder having a plurality of pigment particles that have a size distribution of a first portion of pigment particles that are relatively large compared to ultraviolet (uv) wavelengths from lightning plasma thereby backscattering uv energy, and a second portion of pigment particles that are relatively small compared to infrared (ir) wavelengths thereby forward scattering ir energy.. ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150086745

Composite textiles including spread filaments

An article comprises a multi-directional textile of first reinforcing fiber tows extending in a first direction and second reinforcing fiber tows extending in a second direction. Filaments in the first fiber tows extend past a boundary of the textile and are spread. ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150086358

Rotorcraft rotor including primary pitch horns and secondary horns

A rotorcraft rotor comprises a blade having a pitch axis, a primary pitch horn for the blade, and a secondary horn opposite the primary pitch horn with respect to the pitch axis.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150086333

Concentric nozzles for enhanced mixing of fluids

An article for mixing ambient fluid with a motive fluid comprises a conduit, and thermally conductive concentric inner and outer nozzles extending from the conduit. The conduit is configured to supply the motive fluid to the outer nozzle and the ambient fluid to the inner nozzle. ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150086295

Systems and methods for use in covering a portion of a fastener protruding from a surface

A cap for use in covering a portion of a fastener protruding from a surface is provided. The portion includes threads. ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150086285

Automated drilling through pilot holes

A method and apparatus for drilling a hole through a first part and a second part. An image of a first pilot hole in the first part may be generated using an imaging system. ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150085691

Communication effects in network simulations

A method for a system that runs a platform simulation and a network simulation of a radio network comprises probing the network simulation to determine effects produced between transmitter-receiver pairs represented within the network simulation; computing communication effects in response to the probing and saving the communication effects for later use; and when a communication event involving a transmitter-receiver pair occurs in the platform simulation, using the saved communication effects to simulate the communication effects for that event.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150085112

System and method for graphically entering views of terrain and other features for surveillance

A surveillance system is disclosed that includes one or more data acquisition devices, an image database, and a processing system. The data acquisition devices are configured to acquire surveillance data from one or more geographic locations, and the image database stores image data for the one or more geographic locations. ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150084989

Portable augmented reality

The different illustrative embodiments provide a method for augmenting reality that may be applied to repairs performed on a composite structure. An image may be recorded of a first layer of a composite component. ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150084561

Electric motor signature reduction system

A method and apparatus for controlling a group of electric motors. A controller is configured to identify a group of switching frequencies for a desired signature for the group of electric motors. ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150084558

Electric motor phase control system

A method and apparatus for controlling an electric motor. A controller is configured to identify a start time for a signal based on a back electromotive force present in an electric motor during operation of the electric motor. ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150083867

Leading edge variable camber system and method

A system for varying a wing camber of an aircraft wing may include a leading edge device coupled to the wing. The leading edge device may be configured to be actuated in an upward direction and a downward direction relative to a retracted position of the leading edge device.. ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150083866

Apparatus and methods to operate laminar flow control doors

Apparatus and methods to operate laminar flow control system doors with improved reliability and serviceability are described herein. One described example apparatus includes a fin of an aircraft, a door assembly on a first side of the fin having a first door defining a first opening and second door defining a second opening. ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150083865

Multiple spacecraft launch system

A system and method for propelling spacecraft is disclosed. An electrical propulsion system is mounted on a base stage. ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150083864

System and method for indicating pressure in aerial refueling assembly

An aerial refueling assembly includes, for example, a pressure transducer, a processor, and one or more light sources. The processor is coupled to the pressure transducer. ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150083855

Leading edge system and method for approach noise reduction

A slat control system for an aircraft may include a flight control computer configured to generate a gap command in response to an occurrence of a gap-command condition. The slat control system may further include an edge control system including an edge control device having a plurality of control device positions including at least one designated control device position. ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150083853

Adaptive trailing edge actuator system and method

An adaptive trailing edge system for an aircraft may include an adaptive trailing edge element mounted to a trailing edge. An electric motor actuator having an electric motor may be configured to actuate the adaptive trailing edge element. ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150083852

Variable camber flap system and method

A variable camber system for an aircraft may include a variable camber trim unit (vctu) positioned between an inboard device and an outboard device. The inboard device and the outboard device may be mounted to at least one of a leading edge and a trailing edge of a wing. ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150083851

Leading and trailng edge device deflections during descent of an aircraft

An system for increasing the descent rate of an aircraft may include a flight control computer, an edge control system, and a speedbrake control device. The flight control computer may be configured to compute a first setting for a leading edge device and/or a trailing edge device of an aircraft wing. ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150083850

System and method for optimizing performance of an aircraft

A system for optimizing performance of an aircraft may include a flight control computer for computing an optimum flap setting based on aircraft data. The system may further include a flap control system having a flap control device. ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150083258

Efficient fluid dynamic and structural design and integration method to achieve extended hybrid laminar flow control

Systems and methods for secondary suctioning for an aerodynamic body are presented. A primary surface is configured along a leading edge of an aerodynamic body, and at least one secondary suction device comprising an elongated shape is configured at least a first distance from the primary surface. ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150083037

Isoelectronic surfactant induced sublattice disordering in optoelectronic devices

A method of disordering a layer of an optoelectronic device including; growing a plurality of lower layers; introducing an isoelectronic surfactant; growing a layer; allowing the surfactant to desorb; and growing subsequent layers all performed at a low pressure of 25 torr.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150082605

Automated installation of frangible elements

A method and an end effector for installing an element over a member associated with an object. An end effector may be attached to the object. ... The Boeing Co

03/26/15 / #20150082603

Systems and methods for use in covering a portion of a fastener protruding from a surface

A system for use in covering a portion of a fastener protruding from a surface is provided. The system includes a cap that includes an interior, a base that at least partially delimits the interior, and pawls on the interior. ... The Boeing Co

03/19/15 / #20150082431

Detection of infected network devices and fast-flux networks by tracking url and dns resolution changes

A system and method for detecting fast-flux malware are presented. Domain name system (dns) lookup requests to dns servers from a local area network (lan) to a wide area network (wan) are monitored. ... The Boeing Co

03/19/15 / #20150081198

Systems and methods for controlling aircraft arrivals at a waypoint

Example systems and methods for controlling aircraft arrivals at a waypoint are disclosed. An example method for controlling aircraft arrivals at a merging waypoint includes defining a tie waypoint at a first distance from the merging waypoint and generating a first parameter set of flight instructions for aircraft arriving at the tie waypoint. ... The Boeing Co

03/19/15 / #20150081197

Visual flight rules approach to airports

A method includes receiving visual flight rules (vfr) data and determining a suggested path of approach for an aircraft based on the vfr data. The suggested path of approach may correspond to a flight path of the aircraft to a runway of an airport. ... The Boeing Co

03/19/15 / #20150081143

Systems and methods for assuring the accuracy of a synthetic runway presentation

Automated systems and methods that utilize high-accuracy landing system data to correct the position of a synthetic runway presentation on a pilot display. This is achieved by first computing the “synthetic” lateral and vertical rectilinear deviations of the airplane from an ideal beam using the airplane's gps position and barometric altitude, the runway location and orientation contained in an airborne database, and approach angle information. ... The Boeing Co

03/19/15 / #20150081142

On-ground braking alerts for airplanes

Systems and methods for reducing the number of runway excursions (i.e., airplanes going off the end of a runway). An alerting system is provided which alerts pilots when computer calculations indicate that current airplane braking is insufficient to keep the airplane from going off the end of the runway. ... The Boeing Co

03/19/15 / #20150081073

Robotic object coating system

A method and apparatus for coating a group of objects may be provided. A three-dimensional model of the group of objects may be generated. ... The Boeing Co

03/19/15 / #20150080494

Fiber-reinforced resin composites and methods of making the same

A fiber-reinforced resin composite and method of making the same. The fiber-reinforced resin composite includes a polymeric resin matrix and a plurality of fibers coated with a first distortional polymeric resin. ... The Boeing Co

03/19/15 / #20150079338

Bead-stiffened composite parts

A beaded composite panel is fabricated using composite plies. An opening is formed in each of plies, and each ply is laid up on a bead feature and drawn down over the bead feature in the area of the opening so as to widen the opening into a gap allowing the ply to conform to the contour of the bead feature. ... The Boeing Co

03/19/15 / #20150079314

Joining curved composite sandwich panels

A curved composite structure, comprises at least two curved composite panel segments joined together. Each of the panel segments includes a fluted core sandwiched between first and second facesheets. ... The Boeing Co

03/19/15 / #20150078888

Contra-rotating open fan propulsion system

In one aspect a propulsion system comprises an engine and a drive assembly coupled to the engine, comprising a first driveshaft rotatable in a first direction about a first axis, a first fan coupled to the first driveshaft to rotate in the first direction, and a clutch assembly to selectively disengage the first fan from the first driveshaft. Other aspects may be described.. ... The Boeing Co

03/19/15 / #20150078847

Adjustable fixture for a multi-spindle machine

A method and apparatus for processing workpieces to form parts. Tools associated with a multi-spindle machine may be positioned with respect to a plurality of workpieces on a fixture comprising a plurality of platforms and an adjustment system. ... The Boeing Co

03/19/15 / #20150078845

Laser signature vision system

The different advantageous embodiments may provide an apparatus comprising a vision system, a drilling tool, and a system controller. The vision system may be configured to generate data about a number of laser signatures on a surface of a workpiece. ... The Boeing Co

03/19/15 / #20150077290

Systems and methods for interference geolocation and mitigation using a phased array receiving antenna

A method for mitigating interference using a phased array receiving antenna is provided. The method includes perturbing a first communications beam and a second communications beam received at the phased array receiving antenna to generate a first composite beam and a second composite beam, cross-correlating the first composite beam and the second composite beam, receiving communications data using the first composite beam and the second composite beam, and determining a direction of a received interference signal based on the cross-correlation of the first composite beam and the second composite beam.. ... The Boeing Co

03/19/15 / #20150077084

High current event mitigation circuit

A protection circuit includes a first resistive element configured for coupling to a protected circuit. The first resistive element has a particular resistance value. ... The Boeing Co

03/19/15 / #20150076960

Ferrofluid motor

A ferrofluid electric motor and methods are presented. A magnetic field is generated by an electromagnet, a flow of a ferrofluid is induced in response to the magnetic field, and a turbine is rotated by the flow of the ferrofluid.. ... The Boeing Co

03/19/15 / #20150076198

Carbon fiber reinforced polymer cargo beam with integrated cargo stanchions and c-splices

A cargo beam assembly for an aircraft including a carbon fiber reinforced polymer (cfrp) cargo beam and a plurality of cfrp stanchions and cfrp c-splice plates each connected to the cfrp cargo beam by overlapping cfrp plies. The flanges of the cargo beam assembly may all be facing a single direction. ... The Boeing Co

03/19/15 / #20150075823

Scalable cargo fire-suppression agent distribution system

A scalable cargo-fire-suppression agent distribution system and method is disclosed. A supply source unit subset of a set of fire-suppression agent supply source units is selected based on an operation condition to provide a selected supply source unit subset, and a fire-suppression agent from the selected supply source unit subset is distributed during the operation condition.. ... The Boeing Co

03/19/15 / #20150075712

Method using low volume autoclave having configurable shape

An autoclave may be reconfigured to accommodate differently shaped parts by relatively rotating portions of the autoclave.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/19/15 / #20150075633

Valve and method of relieving overpressure in a fluid supply system

A valve is provided. The valve includes a housing including an interior and a side wall at least partially delimiting the interior, a valve element within the interior of the housing and configured to be selectively operable between an open position and a closed position. ... The Boeing Co

03/19/15 / #20150075248

Method and apparatus for impacting metal parts for aerospace applications

An apparatus and method are provided for changing physical characteristics of a workpiece which may have been pre-loaded before being further processed. The workpiece is supported in a fixed position during processing. ... The Boeing Co

03/19/15 / #20150075240

Control feedback loop for real-time variable needle peen forming

Method and apparatus are provided for processing and changing the physical characteristics of a metal workpiece into a final metal component. Predetermined processing parameters are established for achieving a final metal component. ... The Boeing Co

03/19/15 / #20150074963

Manufacturing method and robotic assembly system

A manufacturing method employing a robotic assembly system includes first and second fastener system components that are positioned by a robotic assembly on opposite sides of at least two structural pieces that are to be fastened together. The first system component includes a particular tool of a plurality of different types of tools, where the particular tool installs a particular fastener of a plurality of different types of fasteners. ... The Boeing Co

03/12/15 / #20150074764

Method of authorizing an operation to be performed on a targeted computing device

A method of authorizing an operation to be performed on a targeted computing device is provided. The method includes generating a request to perform an operation on the targeted computing device, signing the request with a private key of a first private, public key pair, transmitting the request to an authentication server, receiving an authorization response from the authentication server that includes the request and an authorization token, and transmitting the authorization response to the targeted computing device.. ... The Boeing Co

03/12/15 / #20150074745

Mobile communication device and method of operating thereof

A mobile communication device is provided. The mobile communication device includes a first trusted platform module, a second trusted platform module, a processor, and a storage medium. ... The Boeing Co

03/12/15 / #20150074300

Mobile computing device and method of transmitting data therefrom

A mobile computing device is provided. The device includes a first port having a pinout configuration that is configured to support at least one data format, a data source configured to provide data of a second data format that is different from the at least one data format, and a first multiplexer configured to selectively direct data from the data source towards the first port. ... The Boeing Co

03/12/15 / #20150072726

Mobile communication device and method of operating thereof

A mobile communication device is provided. The mobile communication device includes a housing and an input device operable with the housing. ... The Boeing Co

03/12/15 / #20150072596

Tool support

A support accessory is disclosed for a hand tool, such as a grinder or polisher. The support accessory is configured to be detachably fastened to the hand tool. ... The Boeing Co

03/12/15 / #20150072257

Modularized electrochemical cell system

A method for assembling an electrochemical cell stack may include arranging a plurality of electrochemical cells into an electrochemical cell stack, the electrochemical cell stack including at least a first substack and a second substack; connecting the first substack and second substack such that reactant fluid flows in series from the first substack to the second substack; and coupling the first substack to a first electrical control device such that the first electrical control device selectively electrically reconfigures the first substack to operate in series and in parallel with the second substack.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/12/15 / #20150071754

Method and apparatus for supporting an aircraft structure during repair

Systems and methods for jacking an aircraft structure using beams coupled to seat tracks attached to a floor beam grid structure. Mechanical load distribution plates can have offset lift pin location to allow a certain percentage of the load to be applied to specific seat tracks. ... The Boeing Co

03/12/15 / #20150071489

Isotropic feature matching

A computer-implemented method and apparatus for detecting an object of interest. An edge image is generated from an image of a scene. ... The Boeing Co

03/12/15 / #20150071459

Flat panel loudspeaker system

A flat panel speaker system is provided. The system includes, a modified panel having a front surface and a rear surface, wherein the modified panel acts as a diaphragm for the flat panel speaker system; a supporting member coupled to the rear surface of the modified panel; and a detachable driver operationally coupled to the supporting member.. ... The Boeing Co

03/12/15 / #20150070062

Filtered radiation hardened flip flop with reduced power consumption

A flip flop circuit has a first stage and a second stage. The first stage and the second stage each have interleaved filters.. ... The Boeing Co

03/12/15 / #20150069184

Cryogenic fuel tanks for use in aircraft structures

Cryogenic fuels tanks for use in aircraft structures are disclosed herein. An example apparatus disclosed herein an airfoil-shaped structure disposed outboard of a fuselage of an aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

03/12/15 / #20150069178

Fuselage-mounted landing gear assembly for use with a low wing aircraft

An aircraft comprises at least one wing comprising a trailing edge flap that is selectively moveable between a stowed position and an extended position. The aircraft also includes a fuselage comprising a first gear door on a side of the fuselage and a second gear door on a bottom of the fuselage. ... The Boeing Co

03/12/15 / #20150069069

Fire-retaining containers

A fire-retaining container is disclosed which includes a first fire-retarding layer and a second fire-retarding layer connected to the first fire-retarding layer. Another fire-retaining container is disclosed which includes a fire-retarding layer and a reinforcement material reinforcing the fire-retarding layer. ... The Boeing Co

03/12/15 / #20150069068

Containers for fire containment

A container includes a fire-retarding material, a substantially airtight cavity, and a reinforcement material. The substantially airtight cavity is formed by the fire-retarding material and is sized to hold at least one item. ... The Boeing Co

03/12/15 / #20150068704

Cooling system for aerospace vehicle components

A cooling system for removing heat generated by electrical components onboard aerospace vehicles flows coolant between an evaporator that removes heat from the component, and a condenser within the skin of the vehicle. The skin is formed from facesheets comprising multiple layers of polymer resin reinforced with meshes of single and double wall nanotubes. ... The Boeing Co

03/12/15 / #20150068691

Multilayer aircraft shade material

In one aspect, a multilayer material comprises a first layer formed from a thermoplastic elastomeric material, a second layer formed from a fabric and secured to a first side of the first layer, and a third layer formed from a fabric secured to a second side of the first layer. The multilayer material may be incorporated into a window shade for use in a vehicle, e.g., an aircraft or the like.. ... The Boeing Co

03/12/15 / #20150068322

Device and method for determining fluid streaming potential

A method (e.g., for characterizing a fluid) includes rotating an electrode assembly in a fluid at a rotation speed. The electrode assembly includes first and second electrodes. ... The Boeing Co

03/12/15 / #20150068008

Automated tube straightening apparatus

A shaft straightening or tube straightening apparatus performs accurate measurements of the linear profile of a metal tube, and then corrects small and large deviations of the tube profile from the ideal centerline along the length of the tube. The tube straightening apparatus is operable to accurately measure a linear profile of the tube positioned in the apparatus. ... The Boeing Co

03/05/15 / #20150067746

Metadata for compressed video streams

Systems and methods are provided for adding or extracting metadata for video streams. The system receives a video stream compressed according to a video encoding standard, and generates a packet for transmission across a packet-switched network. ... The Boeing Co

03/05/15 / #20150066870

Correlation of maximum configuration data sets

A method of correlating data for multiple product configurations is provided comprising enhancing, by a processor, data set definition to accommodate data models of data sets describing multiple product configurations. The method also comprises comparing, by the processor, values of the data sets utilizing at least one matching algorithm and effectivity expressions identifying relevant rows for comparison in the data sets. ... The Boeing Co

03/05/15 / #20150066363

Method and system for estimating aircrft course

A method of estimating a course of an aircraft includes: receiving a time series of location data indicating a plurality of locations along a route take by an aircraft; defining a trajectory function for representing a path of the aircraft; fitting the trajectory function to at least a portion of the time series; defining a position that identifies the location of the aircraft along the route; projecting the defined position onto the trajectory function; and estimating a course of the aircraft as being a tangent of the trajectory function at the projected defined position.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/05/15 / #20150066254

Method and system for calculating aircraft speed changes

Methods and systems for determining a change of speed of an aircraft for enabling the avoidance of conflicts between aircraft trajectories. The method of determining a change in speed of an aircraft, comprises the steps of: defining a merge point and a tie point; monitoring a first aircraft; determining when the first aircraft passes the tie point; providing trajectory data; predicting a trajectory of a second aircraft using the trajectory data; defining a minimum permissible longitudinal spacing; predicting a longitudinal spacing between the first and second aircraft at the merge point based on the predicted trajectory; and if the minimum permissible longitudinal spacing is greater than the predicted longitudinal spacing then calculating a proposed change in speed of the second aircraft that will result in the longitudinal spacing between the first and second aircraft at the merge point being greater than or equal to the minimum permissible longitudinal spacing.. ... The Boeing Co

03/05/15 / #20150065024

Systems and methods for refrigerating galley compartments

A refrigeration system for providing cooled air to a plurality of galley compartments. The refrigeration system includes a plurality of galley compartments configured to receive therein at least one galley cart, a refrigeration unit configured to supply cooled air to the plurality of galley compartments, and an airflow supply and return system coupling the refrigeration unit to the plurality of compartments. ... The Boeing Co

03/05/15 / #20150064357

Tool for applying a fluid onto a surface

A method and apparatus for applying a fluid onto a number of surfaces. In one illustrative example, an apparatus may comprises a base having a number of channels, a number of flexible members extending from the base, and an applicator extending from the base on a same side as the number of flexible members. ... The Boeing Co

03/05/15 / #20150064299

Three dimensional printing of parts

A method and apparatus is presented. The apparatus comprises a parts library, a database, and a parts management system. ... The Boeing Co

03/05/15 / #20150063995

Air diffuser systems, methods, and apparatuses

Aircraft, air conditioning systems, and air diffusers that may be used to create a quiet, comfortable environment within an aircraft cabin are disclosed. The systems and apparatuses are configured to flow air at a rate that meets and/or exceeds the faa minimum requirement of 0.55 lbs/min (about 250 g/min) per occupant. ... The Boeing Co

03/05/15 / #20150063965

Mechanism for translation/rotation in x-y directions

A mechanism is disclosed for controlling the position of a heavy object, such as a part of a vehicle, in an x, y, z coordinate plane. The mechanism includes linear positioners, such as rail-guided carriage assemblies spanning the width of the mechanism, as well as longitudinal rails and blocks running the length of the mechanism. ... The Boeing Co

03/05/15 / #20150063959

Vehicle base station

A method includes positioning a vehicle on a vehicle base station such that a first payload is aligned with an aperture in the vehicle base station. The method includes aligning an empty docking station of a payload advancing assembly with the aperture. ... The Boeing Co

03/05/15 / #20150063932

System and method for forming perforations in a barrel section

A drilling system may include a plurality of robotic drilling units. Each one of the robotic drilling units may include a drill end effector positioned inside a barrel section. ... The Boeing Co

03/05/15 / #20150063627

Methods and apparatus to identify components from images of the components

Methods and apparatus to identify components from images of components are disclosed. An example method includes generating first keypoint signatures of an object from at least one image of the object and identifying the object using the first keypoint signatures. ... The Boeing Co

03/05/15 / #20150061947

Integrated antenna transceiver for sensor and data transmission on rotating shafts

A method and system for communication with assemblies comprising shafts (e.g., drive shafts, or other rotating objects) comprising use of helical antenna based components. In this regard, a helical antenna based component may comprise one or more helical antennas surrounding or wound around a shaft, with the one or more helical antennas being electrically decoupled from the shaft, and with the helical antenna based component being configurable to communicate the signals when the shaft is stationary or rotating.. ... The Boeing Co

03/05/15 / #20150060629

Adjustable clamp

A clamp includes a mounting base, a clamp arm, and an adjustable device. The mounting base includes an attachment device for securing the mounting base to a surface. ... The Boeing Co

03/05/15 / #20150060161

Locomotion system for robotic snake

A serpentine body includes a first portion, a first wheel coupled to the first portion, a second portion, a second wheel coupled to the second portion, and at least one sensor coupled to the first portion and/or the second portion. The first wheel is rotatable in a first direction. ... The Boeing Co

03/05/15 / #20150059988

Retractable shade and method sealing an over-wing exit in an aircraft

A heated roller shade system is provided. The heated roller shade system includes a roller located in a cavity defined between an inner wall of a vehicle and an outer wall of the vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

03/05/15 / #20150059840

Solar cells having a transparent composition-graded buffer layer

A solar cell includes a first layer having a first-layer lattice parameter, a second layer having a second-layer lattice parameter different from the first-layer lattice parameter, wherein the second layer includes a photoactive second-layer material; and a third layer having a third-layer lattice parameter different from the second-layer lattice parameter, wherein the third layer includes a photoactive third-layer material. A transparent buffer layer extends between and contacts the second layer and the third layer and has a buffer-layer lattice parameter that varies with increasing distance from the second layer toward the third layer, so as to lattice match to the second layer and to the third layer. ... The Boeing Co

03/05/15 / #20150059479

Transducer with dry adhesive couplant

A transducer for stimulating an article under test with ultrasonic vibration may include a transducer body having a transmitting face and configured to generate ultrasonic vibration through the transmitting face, and an couplant mounted on the transmitting face, the couplant having a multiplicity of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes extending therefrom in a direction substantially normal to the transmitting face.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/26/15 / #20150058993

System and method for discovering optimal network attack paths

A computer-implemented method for discovering network attack paths is provided. The method includes a computer generating scoring system results based on analysis of vulnerabilities of nodes in a network configuration. ... The Boeing Co

02/26/15 / #20150058929

System and method for trusted mobile communications

Systems and methods for trusted mobile communications are described. A network system provisions a mobile client system with a collection of security parameters on a per application basis and a per device basis. ... The Boeing Co

02/26/15 / #20150057915

Using aircraft trajectory data to infer aircraft intent

A method is provided for inferring the aircraft intent of an aircraft from an observed trajectory. Aircraft performance data relating to that type of aircraft is retrieved from memory, along with atmospheric conditions along the observed trajectory. ... The Boeing Co

02/26/15 / #20150057902

Stopping energy based selection logic for taxi brake release

The present disclosure provides a system, method, and apparatus for distributing energy amongst at least one forward brake and at least one aft brake for a vehicle. The method involves determining, with at least one processor, an energy for at least one first brake and an energy for at least one second brake. ... The Boeing Co

02/26/15 / #20150056031

5-axis hole transfer system and method

A system is disclosed that accepts portable power feed drilling equipment and enables the mechanical determination of an existing hole vector and duplication of the hole on the same vector in a new production part. The system allows for extremely accurate match drilling of parts with multiple, variable hole vectors. ... The Boeing Co

02/26/15 / #20150056030

Automated inspection system

A drilling system includes a drilling machine, configured to drill a hole in a work piece along a drilling axis, a deployment mechanism, attached to the drilling machine, a measuring probe, attached to the deployment mechanism, and a controller, coupled to the drilling machine, the measuring probe, and the deployment mechanism. The measuring probe is configured to produce a signal indicative of an actual geometric parameter of the hole when inserted therein. ... The Boeing Co

02/26/15 / #20150055819

Dual coil loudspeaker system

A dual coil loudspeaker system having a voice coil having a first coil configured to receive a first electrical signal from a first source, and a second coil configured to receive a second electrical signal from a second source different from the first source; a field magnet configured to generate a magnetic field that interacts with magnetic fields created by the first coil and the second coil; and a diaphragm connected to the voice coil such that the diaphragm is displaced in response to energization of at least one of the first coil and the second coil.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/26/15 / #20150055757

Method and system for non-destructively evaluating a hidden workpiece

A method and system are provided for non-destructively evaluating a workpiece hidden by an overlying structure. In the context of a method, a workpiece is interrogated with radiation, such as x-ray radiation, that also propagates through the overlying structure. ... The Boeing Co

02/26/15 / #20150055129

Method of supporting an item in a mounting apparatus

A method of supporting an item in a mounting apparatus includes providing an item having first, second, and third members that are at least partially-spherical. The method additionally includes supporting the first member with a first mount configured to constrain the first member against movement along three mutually-orthogonal directions. ... The Boeing Co

02/26/15 / #20150054674

Vehicle position validation

Methods and computer-readable media are described herein for providing an automated validation of vehicle positioning and corresponding error notification. According to various aspects, a first position of a vehicle may be determined using a first positioning system. ... The Boeing Co

02/26/15 / #20150054663

Aircraft monitoring system

A method and apparatus for monitoring an aircraft. A pilot control input signal is received. ... The Boeing Co

02/26/15 / #20150054394

Translating stowage bin and method of assembly

A stowage bin is provided. The stowage bin includes a bucket, a support assembly, and at least one translating pivot mechanism rotatably coupling the support assembly to the bucket, the at least one translating pivot mechanism including a first component fixedly coupled to the bucket and comprising a first pin and a first slot, and a second component fixedly coupled to the support assembly and including a second pin and a second slot, wherein the first and second components engage one another such that the first pin is received in the second slot and the second pin is received in the first slot.. ... The Boeing Co

02/26/15 / #20150054287

Sail-based electrical generation system and method

An energy generating system includes a first pair of sails, configured for opposing reciprocal swinging motion in response to a flow of fluid therepast, and a first generator assembly, mechanically coupled to the first pair of sails, configured to generate electrical energy from the opposing reciprocal swinging motion of the first pair of sails.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/26/15 / #20150053818

Upper joints between outboard wing boxes and wing center sections of aircraft wing assemblies

An upper joint of a wing assembly of an aircraft includes an outboard upper wing panel, a center upper wing panel, a rib, and an upper joint assembly operatively interconnecting the outboard upper wing panel, the center upper wing panel, and the rib. In some embodiments, outboard upper stringers may be configured differently than center upper stringers. ... The Boeing Co

02/26/15 / #20150053787

Method and apparatus for exchanging nozzles and tips for a fluid dispensing system

A method and apparatus for attaching a nozzle to a fluid dispensing system and a tip to the nozzle. In one illustrative example, the fluid dispensing system may be moved by a robotic device towards a nozzle retaining structure having nozzle retaining areas holding nozzles. ... The Boeing Co

02/26/15 / #20150053333

Method for fabricating thermoplastic composite parts

A system and method for forming a composite part. The apparatus comprises a sleeve that molds a composite material. ... The Boeing Co

02/26/15 / #20150053015

Apparatus for non-destructive inspection of stringers

A multi-sensor ndi probe having means for self-alignment of the ndi sensors in conjunction with the movement of the sensor suite along the length of a hollow elongated stiffener having a rounded cap. The apparatus comprises a large-radius curved ultrasonic transducer array with cylindrical focus, which provides complete coverage for the rounded cap, two small-radius convex curved transducer arrays for ndi of the lower outside radii, and two linear transducer arrays for ndi of the sides of the stiffener. ... The Boeing Co

02/26/15 / #20150053014

Apparatus for inspecting a tube

An apparatus for inspecting a tubular workpiece may include a probe assembly and a rotation mechanism. The probe assembly may include a transducer array positionable adjacent to an inner surface of the tubular workpiece. ... The Boeing Co

02/26/15 / #20150052705

Slam latch bolt dampener

A slam latch mechanism employs an actuation lever rotatable from a first position to a second position and having a prong extending therefrom. A bolt, resiliently retractable from an extended position with the actuation lever in the first position, has a land with a slip surface engaging the prong in the second position to retract said bolt. ... The Boeing Co

02/19/15 / #20150051874

Quality factor estimation of a reverberant cavity

A method comprises collecting a data set of field characterization measurements at a location inside a reverberant cavity excited by signals having multiple discrete electromagnetic frequencies; and performing a number (n) of circular shifts on the data set by a frequency step (Δf) and computing a covariance-based coefficient at each shift until the coefficient indicates a lack of correlation. The method further comprises computing a quality factor (q) of the reverberant cavity as fc/(Δf×n), where fc is center frequency of the data set.. ... The Boeing Co

02/19/15 / #20150051788

Methods and systems for communicatively coupling vehicles and ground systems

Methods and systems for communicating data between a vehicle and a ground system are described. The system includes an integrated power and communications connector that couples to the vehicle so that power is supplied to at least selected systems on-board the vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

02/19/15 / #20150051786

Systems and methods for detecting aircraft maintenance events and maintenance intervals

A computing device for use in detecting maintenance events and maintenance intervals is provided. The computing device is configured to receive aircraft usage data for at least one carrier, identify at least one potential maintenance event in the usage data, identify at least one actual maintenance event in the usage data at least by comparing the usage data for a first aircraft of the at least one carrier to a second aircraft of the at least one carrier during each potential maintenance event, determine an indicator used by each carrier for scheduling maintenance events, determine a maintenance interval for each carrier for an aircraft model associated with at least the first aircraft.. ... The Boeing Co

02/19/15 / #20150051756

Aircraft system control and reporting via a mobile device

A method and apparatus for controlling a plurality of different systems on an aircraft. A mobile device is connected to an aircraft network on the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

02/19/15 / #20150050516

Apparatuses and methods for manipulating curved sheets

In one aspect of the disclosure, an apparatus for manipulating a plurality of curved sheets is provided. Each of the plurality of curved sheets includes an upper surface and a lower surface. ... The Boeing Co

02/19/15 / #20150050093

Fluid-fed vacuum cutters

In one aspect of the disclosure, a system for processing a location of a workpiece is disclosed. The system includes a tool, including a first passage, configured to supply a vacuum to the location, and a second passage formed along the first passage, where the second passage is configured to supply a fluid to the location. ... The Boeing Co

02/19/15 / #20150049386

Spectral balancing technique

A spectral instrument including a light source configured to produce a light beam, the light beam comprising a plurality of wavelengths, and the light beam being about collimated or pseudo-collimated. The spectral instrument also includes a spectral dispersion device in optical communication with the light source. ... The Boeing Co

02/19/15 / #20150048553

Additive-manufacturing systems, apparatuses and methods

Additive-manufacturing systems, surface-processing apparatuses, and methods of forming products using an additive-manufacturing head are provided. In one aspect, an additive-manufacturing system includes an additive-manufacturing head and a surface-processing device coupled to the additive-manufacturing head. ... The Boeing Co

02/19/15 / #20150048212

Unsteady aerodynamics mitigation for multi-body aerospace apparatus

A multi-body aerospace apparatus includes a first aerospace body, a second aerospace body, and a flow separation member. The second aerospace body is attached adjacent to the first aerospace body with a gap disposed between the first aerospace body and the second aerospace body. ... The Boeing Co

02/19/15 / #20150048080

Methods for fabrication of thermoplastic components

A method of fabricating a thermoplastic component using inductive heating is described. The method includes positioning a plurality of induction heating coils to define a process area for the thermoplastic component, wherein the plurality of induction heating coils comprises a first set of coils and a second set of coils. ... The Boeing Co

02/19/15 / #20150047923

Hybrid acoustic barrier and absorber

A hybrid acoustic absorption and reflection resonator can includes a rigid structure defining a cell, a membrane with at least one orifice attached to the rigid structure, and a back sheet attached to the rigid structure and covering the cell. The membrane is configured to reflect acoustic waves in a predetermined range of frequencies. ... The Boeing Co

02/19/15 / #20150047684

Methods for recovering waste energy from bleed air ducts

A thermal energy harvester and power conversion system employs a bleed air duct containing the flow of high temperature air from an engine. A lower temperature air source is included with an energy conversion device having a hot interface operably engaged to the bleed air duct and a cold interface operably engaged to the lower temperature air source. ... The Boeing Co

02/12/15 / #methods and formulations for distortional thermosets are disclosed that display enhanced composite mechanical performances and robust sorption resistance. the composition includes an epoxy resin of formula (i):

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02/12/15 / #20150046643

Clustering with virtual entities using associative memories

A system including an associative memory and a first input device in communication with the associative memory. The first input device is configured to receive an attribute value relating to a corresponding attribute of a subject of interest to a user. ... The Boeing Co

02/12/15 / #20150045995

Demand based field of view (fov) allocation for remote sensing systems

The present disclosure provides a system, method, and apparatus for collecting sensor data by a remote vehicle. The method involves determining, by at least one first processor, at least one scene to collect by using information in a demand map. ... The Boeing Co

02/12/15 / #20150045976

Advanced energy monitoring and control in a complex system

A system includes a plurality of smart outlets and a backend system in wireless communication with the smart outlets. The smart outlets are configured to provide electrical power from an electrical system to respective power loads, and configured to measure power consumption characteristics thereof the respective power loads. ... The Boeing Co

02/12/15 / #20150044430

Wrinkle diffuser system for composites

A system for diffusing wrinkles in a composite laminate may include at least one wrinkle diffuser. The wrinkle diffuser may include a diffuser body may be mounted to a tool in a manner such that a composite ply at least partially overlaps the wrinkle diffuser. ... The Boeing Co

02/12/15 / #20150044420

Coatings, coating compositions, and methods of delaying ice formation

A coating includes at least one coating layer containing first particles, second particles, and third particles distributed throughout a cross-linked, continuous polymer matrix. An outer surface of the coating layer includes surfaces of at least first particles extending outward from a top periphery of the polymer matrix. ... The Boeing Co

02/12/15 / #20150044376

Method and apparatus for concurrently dispensing and fairing high viscosity fluid

A method and apparatus for forming and shaping a fillet at an interface. A fluid may be dispensed from a nozzle onto the interface as the nozzle is moved along the interface to form the fillet. ... The Boeing Co

02/12/15 / #20150044369

High-viscosity sealant application system

A method and apparatus for applying a sealant material. A nozzle system may be positioned relative to a structure using a robotic device. ... The Boeing Co

02/12/15 / #20150044030

Long-duct, mixed-flow nozzle system for a turbofan engine

A long-duct mixed-flow nozzle system for a turbofan engine, the nozzle system may include an inner housing configured to enclose a core and form a core flow duct, the inner housing terminating in a core nozzle having a core exit aperture, an outer housing forming a fan flow duct and terminating in a fan exit aperture at a location downstream of the core exit aperture, the fan exit aperture having a plurality of chevrons, and the core exit aperture having a plurality of chutes separated by radially extending lobes configured to mix exhaust gas from the core flow duct with bypass gas flow in the fan flow duct, the radially extending lobes varying in profile from each other.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/12/15 / #20150043424

Wired ethernet adaptor for portable electronic devices

A cover is provided for a portable electronic device having a device wireless antenna. The cover includes a housing configured to accommodate the portable electronic device, as well as a cover wireless antenna located within the housing. ... The Boeing Co

02/12/15 / #20150043119

Electrical power distribution network monitoring and control

An electrical power distribution network may include a plurality of transformers and a local manager associated with a transformer. Each local manager may be configured to monitor and control a magnetic flux level in a magnetic flux core of the associated transformer. ... The Boeing Co

02/12/15 / #20150042494

Exterior aircraft display system

A method and apparatus for displaying information is presented. The information is sent from a number of sources to a display unit. ... The Boeing Co

02/12/15 / #20150042351

Method and system for characterizing battery cells for use in battery packs

A system and method for use characterizing battery cells. Charging and/or discharging characteristics for each of a plurality of battery cells may be determined, the battery cells may be marked based on the determined charging and/or discharging characteristics, and grouped based on the marking—e.g., such as battery cells having similar or near similar charging and/or discharging characteristics are grouped together. ... The Boeing Co

02/12/15 / #20150042019

Method for forming an angled flange

A method and apparatus comprising a structure and a locking magnet. The structure comprises a retaining portion and a magnetic portion. ... The Boeing Co

02/12/15 / #20150041728

Methods for making static dissipative coatings

The present disclosure relates generally to the field of static dissipative coatings. More specifically, the present disclosure relates to the methods of making static dissipative, preferably non-chromium-containing, coatings comprising carbon nanotubes, the coatings themselves, and structures comprising such coatings.. ... The Boeing Co

02/12/15 / #20150041591

Multipurpose flying boom

Embodiments provide a flying boom that is capable of refueling both receptacle-equipped aircraft and probe-equipped aircraft. In one embodiment, a flying boom includes a refueling tube at an end of the flying boom that is adapted to extend from the end of the flying boom to refuel receptacle-equipped aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

02/12/15 / #20150041589

Aircraft side of body joint

An aircraft includes a wing and a wing box. The wing is joined to the wing box at a side of body joint. ... The Boeing Co

02/12/15 / #20150041330

Method of removing a metal detail from a substrate

A method of removing a metal detail from a dielectric material of an article may include placing the article in an electrolyte bath such that at least a portion of the metal detail is submerged. The metal detail may be coupled to a dielectric material. ... The Boeing Co

02/12/15 / #20150041058

Systems and methods for assembling conformal arrays

Systems and methods according to the present disclosure for assembling conformal arrays utilize an outer tool for insertion into an open cell of a conformal array, an inner tool for insertion into the outer tool, and an adhesive source for delivering adhesive to the edges of the open cell via the inner tool and the outer tool. An assembled conformal array includes adhesive extending along the edges of the open cell.. ... The Boeing Co

02/12/15 / #20150041048

Method and apparatus for fabricating contoured laminate structures

Apparatus for forming composite plies on a contoured tool includes a forming head for forming the composite plies on the tool. The forming head is mounted on a manipulator and includes a compliant nosepiece adapted to conform to the contoured tool.. ... The Boeing Co

02/12/15 / #20150041044

Peel-resistant mechanism for use in bonding components

A peel-resistant mechanism includes a body and a plurality of arms extending from the body such that a recess is defined between each pair of adjacent arms. At least one of the arms is positionable to facilitate restricting an edge disbond from spreading across the body of the patch.. ... The Boeing Co

02/12/15 / #20150040994

Systems and methods for duct protection of a vehicle

Methods and systems for duct protection of a vehicle are provided. The methods and systems provided include an apparatus for directing flow discharged from a facture in a duct. ... The Boeing Co

02/12/15 / #20150040799

Reduction of chromium waste water in an aluminum conversion coat processing line

The present disclosure relates generally to the field of conversion coating. More specifically, the present disclosure relates to improved methods for improving efficiency of chromium conversion coat processing lines.. ... The Boeing Co

02/12/15 / #20150040680

Circumferential shear test method and apparatus for a sandwich structure

A test fixture for determining circumferential shear properties of an arcuate test specimen may include an outer fixture and an inner fixture. The outer fixture may be coupled to an outer side of the test specimen, and may be rotatably mounted on a central pin and may include a rocker arm. ... The Boeing Co

02/05/15 / #20150040066

Attendant control panel virtual trainer

The present disclosure provides a system, method, and apparatus for a virtual trainer for a control panel for a vehicle. In one or more embodiments, the disclosed system comprises a device with a screen, where the virtual trainer is loaded onto the device, and the virtual trainer is to display, on the screen of the device, available selections relating to different functions for the vehicle, as shown on the control panel for the vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

02/05/15 / #20150039177

Maintenance systems and methods for use in analyzing maintenance data

Methods and maintenance systems for use in analyzing data related to maintenance of at least one vehicle are disclosed. One example method includes retrieving, by a computing device, a plurality of diagnostic entries associated with at least one fault message from a database of diagnostic entries, each diagnostic entry including an identified corrective action and a date on which the identified corrective action was taken; identifying a plurality of groups of diagnostic entries, wherein the diagnostic entries in a group have a same corrective action, and each group has a confidence level associated with its corrective action; and weighting the confidence level for each group based on an age of the plurality of diagnostic entries in the group.. ... The Boeing Co

02/05/15 / #20150039123

Machine tool for removing an out-of-tolerance area in a composite structure

An apparatus for removing for removing an out-of-tolerance area in a composite structure may include a machine tool having a machine head movable along at least one axis over the composite structure. The machine tool may include at least one of a video camera and a non-destructive inspection (ndi) scanner mounted to the machine head for scanning the composite structure and locating the out-of-tolerance area. ... The Boeing Co

02/05/15 / #20150037541

Natural-path tearstraps and stiffeners for spherical composite pressure bulkheads

A bulkhead employs a substantially spherical dome having a periphery and an apex with an axis perpendicular to the dome at the apex. A first plurality of straps emanate from a periphery of the dome on geodesics defined by a first pair of virtual poles beyond the periphery of the dome. ... The Boeing Co

02/05/15 / #20150037115

Self-indexing nut plate

An aircraft comprises a plurality of spanner bars. Each spanner bar has a pattern of mounting holes separated by lands. ... The Boeing Co

02/05/15 / #20150037046

Plastic optical fiber bus network

An optical network architecture can include a first pair of tapered mixing rods and a second pair of tapered mixing rods. The optical network architecture can also include a first plurality of plastic optical fibers communicatively coupled from the first pair of tapered mixing rods to a first plurality of line replaceable units and a second plurality of plastic optical fibers communicatively coupled from the second pair of tapered mixing rods to a second plurality of line replaceable units. ... The Boeing Co

02/05/15 / #20150036974

Plastic and glass optical fiber bus network

An optical network architecture can include a first pair of tapered mixing rods and a second pair of tapered mixing rods. A first plurality of plastic optical fibers is communicatively coupled from the first pair of tapered mixing rods to a first plurality of line replaceable components, and a second plurality of plastic optical fibers is communicatively coupled from the second pair of tapered mixing rods to a second plurality of line replaceable components. ... The Boeing Co

02/05/15 / #20150036916

Stereo-motion method of three-dimensional (3-d) structure information extraction from a video for fusion with 3-d point cloud data

According to an embodiment, a method for generating a 3-d stereo structure comprises registering and rectifying a first image frame and a second image frame by local correction matching, extracting a first scan line from the first image frame, extracting a second scan line from the second image frame corresponding to the first scan line, calculating a pixel distance between the first scan line and the second scan line for each pixel for a plurality of pixel shifts, calculating a smoothed pixel distance for each pixel for the pixel shifts by filtering the pixel distance for each pixel over the pixel shifts, and determining a scaled height for each pixel of the first scan line, the scaled height comprising a pixel shift from among the pixel shifts corresponding to a minimal distance of the smoothed pixel distance for the pixel.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/05/15 / #20150036870

Automated graph local constellation (glc) method of correspondence search for registration of 2-d and 3-d data

According to an embodiment, a 2-dimensional (2-d) image of a geographical region is transformed via a regional maxima transform (rmt) or an edge segmenting and boundary filling (esbf) transform to produce a filtered 2-d image. The filtered 2-d image is iteratively eroded and opened to produce a processed eo 2-d image, 2-d object shape morphology is extracted from the processed eo 2-d image, and 2-d shape properties are extracted from the 2-d object shape morphology. ... The Boeing Co

02/05/15 / #20150035632

Clamp assembly including permanent magnets and coils for selectively magnetizing and demagnetizing the magnets

A clamp assembly comprises a first clamp including a plurality of magnet devices. Each magnet device includes a permanent magnet and a coil surrounding the permanent magnet. ... The Boeing Co

02/05/15 / #20150035594

Method and apparatus for improving leakage performance of a multi-port amplifier

A method and apparatus for managing a multi-port amplifier. In one illustrative embodiment, an apparatus comprises the multi-port amplifier and a controller. ... The Boeing Co

02/05/15 / #20150034770

Vented launch vehicle adaptor for a manned spacecraft with "pusher" launch abort system

A system, method, and apparatus for a vented launch vehicle adaptor (lva) for a manned spacecraft with a “pusher” launch abort system are disclosed. The disclosed lva provides a structural interface between a commercial crew vehicle (ccv) crew module/service module (cm/sm) spacecraft and an expendable launch vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

02/05/15 / #20150034395

Modal acoustic aircraft weight system

A method includes receiving characteristic information from a sensor. The characteristic information may be representative of a characteristic of a weight bearing structure of an aircraft when a force is applied to the weight bearing structure. ... The Boeing Co

02/05/15 / #20150034247

Automated resin and fiber deposition for resin infusion

A composite structure is fabricated by laying up at least one ply of fiber reinforcement and at least one layer of resin on a tool. The resin film layer is formed by laying strips of resin film. ... The Boeing Co

02/05/15 / #20150034235

Formed sheet metal composite tooling

A method and apparatus for manufacturing a tool for creating composite components. A sheet metal material is secured over a forming tool in an incremental sheet metal forming machine. ... The Boeing Co

02/05/15 / #20150033919

Blade cover

A blade cover may include a cover body defining an interior volume, the cover body being configured to receive a cutting implement within the interior volume, a recess is disposed in the cover body, and a slot is disposed through the recess, the slot defining an opening into the interior volume, wherein the slot is configured to receive at least a portion of a blade of the cutting implement and the recess is configured to expose at least a portion of the blade of the cutting implement.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/05/15 / #20150033634

Door snubber and strike plate

A structure comprises a door, a frame for the door, and a door snubber. One of the frame and the door has an overlapping edge trim, and the other carries the snubber such that the snubber engages the edge trim when the door is closed on the frame.. ... The Boeing Co

01/29/15 / #20150033296

Shared space for crew communication

A predetermined group of users using one or more computing devices are allowed to join a shared collaboration and communication space associated with the predetermined group of users. The shared collaboration and communication space is associated with the predetermined group of users for a specified time period and for a predetermined operation that the predetermined group of users are authorized to work on. ... The Boeing Co

01/29/15 / #20150032325

Structural health management with active control using integrated elasticity measurement

A system and method for actively controlling a structure is disclosed. At least one non-optimal event is identified in real-time based on at least one real-time elasticity measurement, if an event threshold exceeds a predetermined value. ... The Boeing Co

01/29/15 / #20150031276

Auxiliary power unit inlet apparatus and methods

Auxiliary power unit inlet apparatus and methods are disclosed. An example apparatus includes an air inlet for an aircraft including a first air flow path and a second air flow path. ... The Boeing Co

01/29/15 / #20150030803

Composite laminates having hole patterns produced by controlled fiber placement

A composite laminate has a pattern of holes therein. The holes are formed by laying down plies of unidirectional pre-preg material having varying fiber orientations. ... The Boeing Co

01/29/15 / #20150030381

Methods of manufacturing elongate weldments

Methods of manufacture include welding two or more elongate members together to define an elongate weldment, wherein the welding results in a weld region that is in tension and regions adjacent to the weld region that are in compression, and longitudinally stretching the elongate weldment. Tools and systems for manufacturing elongate weldments, as well as apparatuses, such as aircraft, that include elongate weldments, also are disclosed.. ... The Boeing Co

01/29/15 / #20150029824

Fish tracker

An integrated fish detection module/navigation module system that may provide the location of fish over a distance or time is provided herein. The location of fish can be presented on a navigation module display to provide information regarding the location of fish relative to navigational data known to the navigation module. ... The Boeing Co

01/29/15 / #20150029332

Controlling movement of a camera to autonomously track a mobile object

A method is provided that includes receiving from a camera, video depicting a scene having a center bounded by first and second horizontal edges. The scene also includes an identified object of interest (oi) having a region around the identified oi and a motion vector representing a location, and an amount and at least a horizontal direction of movement. ... The Boeing Co

01/29/15 / #20150029045

Method and system for dynamically determining and displaying navigation information

A method and system for dynamically evaluating a quantity of context sensitive information used by an operator of an airborne mobile platform in performing an operational procedure involving said mobile platform, and determining, in real time, a sub-quantity of context sensitive information that pertains to only that sub-quantity of information required by said operator to execute said operational procedure. The sub-quantity of information is then displayed on a display in real time for the operator. ... The Boeing Co

01/29/15 / #20150029044

Systems and methods for locating and prioritizing cargo

Methods and systems for use in locating and prioritizing cargo are provided. The system includes a communications unit configured to receive location information and content information for each of a plurality of pieces of cargo from a cargo location and classification sensor (clcs). ... The Boeing Co

01/29/15 / #20150028827

Transformer core flux control for power management

An electromagnetic device may include a magnetic flux core and an opening through the magnetic flux core. A conductor winding may be received in the opening and extend through the magnetic flux core. ... The Boeing Co

01/29/15 / #20150028642

Chair for use in a vehicle

A chair for use with a vehicle is provided. The chair includes a base and a chair assembly slidably coupled to the base. ... The Boeing Co

01/29/15 / #20150028051

Feedback control system for performing fluid dispensing operations

A method and apparatus for controlling a dispensing device. Sensor data about fluid that is being dispensed through the dispensing device may be received. ... The Boeing Co

01/29/15 / #20150027807

Acoustic barrier support structure

An acoustic barrier structure can include a support structure that defines a plurality of cells, a weight attached to the support structure, and at least one resonant membrane covering one of the plurality of cells. The at least one resonant membrane can comprise at least one weight. ... The Boeing Co

01/29/15 / #20150027631

Hybrid composite structure having damped metallic fibers and method for making the same

A damped composite structure is formed from a matrix material and a plurality of shape memory alloy wire fibers held in the material matrix for damping the structure. The wire fibers may be embedded in a viscoelastic interlayer to increase damping of the structure. ... The Boeing Co

01/29/15 / #20150027629

Septumization of honeycomb sandwiches

An acoustic liner having a honeycomb core is fabricated by forming septa in a sheet of material, and assembling the sheet of material and the core. During the assembly process, the septa are respectively inserted as a group into cells of the core.. ... The Boeing Co

01/29/15 / #20150027547

Hydraulic valve with helical actuator

A hydraulic spool valve includes a housing, a valve element disposed within the housing, a first piston coupled to the valve element, and a first biasing member. The housing includes a pair of first ports. ... The Boeing Co

01/29/15 / #20150027305

Gas separation systems and methods using membranes

A gas separation method includes contacting a membrane filter with gas feed, permeating the gas from the gas feed through the membrane, and producing filtered gas from the filter. The filtered gas is produced from the filter as a result of the membrane removing any hydrocarbons containing six or more carbon atoms to produce a total of 0.001 ppm w/w or less. ... The Boeing Co

01/22/15 / #20150025797

Precision multiple vehicle navigation system

A method and apparatus for managing movement. A navigation system comprises a first inertial measurement unit enabled global positioning system device having a first inertial measurement unit with a first level of accuracy in a first vehicle and is configured to provide first information that identifies a position of the first vehicle relative to a second vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

01/22/15 / #20150025796

Aircraft location system for locating aircraft in water environments

A method and apparatus for an aircraft location system comprising an aircraft structure and a number of acoustic reflectors associated with the aircraft structure. The number of acoustic reflectors is configured to generate first sound signals in response to receiving second sound signals.. ... The Boeing Co

01/22/15 / #20150024233

Quality control of additive manufactured parts

Methods and apparatuses to fabricate additive manufactured parts with in-process monitoring are described. As parts are formed layer-by-layer, a 3d measurement of each layer or layer group may be acquired. ... The Boeing Co

01/22/15 / #20150024160

Composite structures having composite-to-metal joints and method for making the same

A composite structure comprises stacked sets of laminated fiber reinforced resin plies and metal sheets. Edges of the resin plies and metal sheets are interleaved to form a composite-to-metal joint connecting the resin plies with the metal sheets.. ... The Boeing Co

01/22/15 / #20150023437

Systems and methods for physical security of information flows over a power cable connection

An aircraft includes a first electrical connector configured to couple with a first power cable, a first data communication network and a first modem coupled to first electrical connector and first data communication network and is configured to transmit data received at first electrical connector through first power cable to first data communication network and to transmit data from first data communication network to first power cable through first electrical connector. The aircraft additionally includes a second electrical connector configured to couple with a second power cable, a second data communication network and a second modem coupled to second electrical connector and to second data communication network and is configured to transmit data received at second electrical connector through second power cable to second data communication network and to transmit data from second data communication network to second power cable through second electrical connector.. ... The Boeing Co

01/22/15 / #20150023399

Direct current signal transmission system

A method and apparatus for sending data. Input signals from input wires are received. ... The Boeing Co

01/22/15 / #20150022932

Fault-tolerant self-indicating surge protection system for aircraft

A fault-tolerant self-indicating surge protector system and methods are presented. An unwanted surge of electrical energy induced by a lightning strike is directed away from a sensitive electrical or electronic component, and the unwanted surge of electrical energy is directed through series connected pairs of varistors. ... The Boeing Co

01/22/15 / #20150022479

Flight deck touch-sensitive hardware controls

Touch or proximity sensors are integrated into control devices such as knobs, dials or wheels incorporated in a user control panel. A control output processor detects whether any of the sensors are outputting signals indicating that a control device is being touched (or nearly touched) by a user. ... The Boeing Co

01/22/15 / #20150022376

Wireless fuel sensor system

A sensor device includes a capacitive probe including a first conductor and a second conductor. The sensor device also includes a radio to generate a signal based on a measurement associated with the capacitive probe and to provide the signal to the first conductor for transmission using the capacitive probe as a transmission antenna.. ... The Boeing Co

01/22/15 / #20150022373

Wireless fuel sensor system

A method for generating sensor data is presented. A number of wireless power signals is sent to a group of sensor units. ... The Boeing Co

01/22/15 / #20150022245

Parallel transistor circuit controller

A method for controlling a circuit control system. Currents are sensed at outputs of transistors in the circuit control system. ... The Boeing Co

01/22/15 / #20150021994

Power converter having emi filter common to multiple converters

A power supply system is disclosed that includes a first interleaved power supply, a second interleaved power supply, and a common electromagnetic interference filter. The common electromagnetic interference filter is configured to provide dc power from a dc power source to both the first interleaved power supply and the second interleaved power supply. ... The Boeing Co

01/22/15 / #20150021983

Aircraft universal power converter

A power supply system suitable for use by an aircraft is disclosed. The power system converts power from an unregulated dc power source to multiple ac and dc voltage outputs. ... The Boeing Co

01/22/15 / #20150021873

Wheel system for a vehicle

A wheel assembly for use with a vehicle is provided. The wheel assembly includes a first inner wheel portion, a second inner wheel portion positioned adjacent to the first inner wheel portion, a first wheel bladder coupled to the first inner wheel portion, and a second wheel bladder coupled to the second inner wheel portion.. ... The Boeing Co

01/22/15 / #20150021441

Redundant current-sum feedback actuator

A system and methods for redundant current-sum feedback control of an actuator system is presented. An actuator comprises actuation coils configured to actuate the actuator, and an actuation coil current sensor senses a measured total coil current comprising a sum of coil currents of each of the actuation coils. ... The Boeing Co

01/22/15 / #20150021006

Methods and device for mixing airflows in environmental control systems

Methods and a device for mixing airflows in an environmental control system are provided. The device includes a duct configured to receive a first airflow and a second airflow, and a plurality of guide vanes disposed within said duct. ... The Boeing Co

01/22/15 / #20150020975

Apparatus for curing a composite part layup

A composite part layup is cured using a set of tools adapted to hold the layup and which include at least one tool face contacting the layup. Means are provided for heating the tool face to cure the part layup, and for selectively cooling sections of the tool face.. ... The Boeing Co

01/22/15 / #20150020603

Apparatus, system and method for compression testing of test specimens

There is provided an apparatus for compression testing. The apparatus has a base assembly having an end load element attached to the base assembly, the base assembly being rigid. ... The Boeing Co

01/22/15 / #20150020396

Method to fixture and inspection contoured aerodynamic surfaces

A method to fixture and inspect contoured aerodynamic surfaces of a part, such as an engine inlet lip skin, is provided. A controlled preload is applied to one or more discrete locations along the contoured surface to constrain the lip skin at the locations the lip skin would be constrained upon assembly on the airplane. ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150020066

Systems and methods of analyzing a software component

A particular method includes receiving, at a device, a request to analyze a software component. The request indicates a target operating system. ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150019915

Systems and methods of analyzing a software component

A particular method includes initiating, at an analyzer, execution of a software component at a first computing device. The first computing device includes hardware components and sensors. ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150019687

Server system for providing current data and past data to clients

A method and apparatus for handling a server request received at a data server. The data server comprises a policy request handler. ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150019187

System and method for assessing cumulative effects of a failure

A failure-effect validation system includes an effects modeler configured to develop a cumulative effects model for failure modes of the complex system, and by which a model of the complex system is extendible to form an extended complex-system model. The effects modeler is also configured to develop search targets each of which includes logical expressions of notable hazards and other factors that contribute to the cumulative effects, such as crew workload, safety margin and/or physiological effects. ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150019175

Electrical power system stability

A method and apparatus for establishing a validated stable design for a stable electrical power system. An initial design for an electrical power system is established. ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150017429

Methods and apparatuses for forming large-area carbon coatings

In one aspect, methods of making a carbon coating are described herein. In some implementations, a method of making a carbon coating comprises applying a first adhesive material to a substrate surface to provide an adhesive surface; rolling a carbon source over the adhesive surface to provide a carbon layer on the adhesive surface; and rolling an adhesive roller over the carbon layer to remove some but not all of the carbon of the carbon layer to provide the carbon coating.. ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150017420

Methods of making large-area carbon coatings

In one aspect, methods of coating a surface with carbon are described herein. In some implementations, a method of coating a surface with carbon comprises electrically charging carbon particles; directing the charged carbon particles toward an electrically charged surface; and contacting the charged carbon particles with the electrically charged surface. ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150017362

Thermoplastic and titanium sandwich structures

A method and apparatus for forming a sandwich structure is presented. A sandwich structure comprises a metallic core layer and a thermoplastic layer on a first side of the metallic core layer. ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150016271

Systems and methods for broadband over power line multiple interface devices and systems

An aircraft systems interface unit includes a multiplexer and a broadband over power line (bpl) modem. The multiplexer includes a plurality of inputs and an output for outputting data received through the plurality of inputs. ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150016248

System for communication in a tactical network

A system is described for communication in a tactical network. A gateway is communicatively couplable to one or more tactical nodes and to one or more other gateways. ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150016009

Electrostatic charge dissipation system

An electrostatic charge dissipation system including an electrostatic discharge assembly configured to connect to a conductive article, the electrostatic discharge assembly including a conductor, an insulator positioned between the conductor and the conductive article, and an indicator electrically connected to the conductor and the conductive article, the indicator being configured to indicate a discharge of an electrostatic charge.. . ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150015941

Method for extracting optical energy from an optical beam

A method includes generating a primary beam using light emitted by a light-source. The method includes generating a secondary beam using a portion of the light using a lens of a telescope. ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150015174

Active-active redundant motor gear system

A fault tolerant virtual elliptical electric motor has at least four coil elements constrained in a stator case. A drive plate is supported by a fulcrum for nutating motion and has at least four core segments each associated with a respective one of the at least four coil elements for attraction upon activation. ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150014933

Method and apparatus for installing a seal cap

A method and apparatus for installing a seal cap. The seal cap may be adhered to a fastener element using a material. ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150014537

Systems and methods for detecting multiple infrared bands

A dual-band infrared detector is provided. The dual-band infrared detector includes a first absorption layer, a barrier layer coupled to the first absorption layer, and a second absorption layer coupled to the barrier layer. ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150014484

Apparatus and methods for joining composite structures of aircrafts

Apparatus and method for joining composite structures of aircrafts are disclosed. An example apparatus disclosed herein includes an inboard composite wing panel having a first end portion configured to be coupled to upper and lower inboard fittings composed of a metallic material and an outboard composite wing panel having a first end portion configured to be coupled to upper and lower outboard fittings composed of a metallic material. ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150014481

Rail mounted beverage dispenser for commercial airplanes

A galley cart is suspended from a rail or track that extends along the length of an aircraft cabin above the aisle and rows of passenger seats of the aircraft. The galley cart is automated to move along the track above the aisle in response to movements of a flight attendant that is serving passengers from the suspended galley cart. ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150014479

Independent power generation in aircraft

A method includes generating thrust at one or more engines of an aircraft. The method includes generating first electricity at a first power unit concurrently with generating second electricity at a second power unit. ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150014478

Wing fold controller

Illustrative embodiments may provide for an apparatus and method of controlling the folding of a wing. The apparatus may include a sensor, an actuator, and a wing fold controller. ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150014308

Edge seals for composite structure fuel tanks

Edge seals for composite structure fuel tanks are disclosed herein. One disclosed apparatus includes a seal covering an exposed edge of a carbon fiber reinforced composite fuel tank, where the seal comprises a layer of dielectric material to insulate carbon fibers at the exposed edge from fuel in the tank.. ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150014304

Induction welding system

A method and apparatus for performing induction welding. A number of protective layers are positioned between a susceptor layer and at least one of a plurality of workpieces at a weld location. ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150013954

Systems and methods for heat balance and transport for aircraft hydraulic systems

A thermal management system includes a first hydraulic system for circulating a first hydraulic fluid at a first temperature and a second hydraulic system for circulating a second hydraulic fluid at a second temperature that is higher than the first temperature. The thermal management system also includes a sealed heat transfer device coupled between the first hydraulic system and the second hydraulic system. ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150013894

Metallic bladders

A method and apparatus is presented. A method may comprise positioning a metallic bladder within a tool, the tool having a number of die liners that generate heat when exposed to a magnetic field; applying the magnetic field to the number of die liners to heat the metallic bladder; and pressurizing the metallic bladder.. ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150013892

Short course fiber placement head

A composite automation method and apparatus for the generation of short path course application of a composite lamina is realized by reconfiguring the functional mechanisms of the fiber placement head. Separating the fiber advance and retract functions, nesting the activation cylinders, and making use of push only activation results in a simplified, compact afp delivery head. ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150013888

Thermoplastic structures

A method of forming a consolidated structure. The method comprises placing a thermoplastic material onto a forming tool to form a structure; positioning the structure within a tool; and consolidating the structure to form the consolidated structure. ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150013883

Thermoplastic sandwich structures

An apparatus and method are presented. An apparatus comprises a composite structure, a plurality of cavities extending into the composite structure, and a plurality of mandrels located within the plurality of cavities. ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150013819

Tubular composite strut having internal stiffening and method for making the same

A system and method for forming a strut. A strut comprises a laminated composite tube having a substantially hollow interior and a pair of longitudinal stiffeners attached to opposite sides of the laminated composite tube.. ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150013463

Ultrasonic inspection system for non-planar surfaces

A method and apparatus for inspecting a test object. A sound signal is sent from a first portion of a curved transducer array through the test object in a direction towards a second portion of the curved transducer array. ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150013423

Apparatus and method for momentum-balanced forging

An apparatus for forging may include a moveable first tooling member configured to form a workpiece upon impact with the workpiece, a moveable second tooling member configured to form the workpiece upon impact with the workpiece, wherein the first tooling member and the second tooling member are each moveable relative to one another, and wherein a net momentum of a simultaneous impact with the workpiece by the first tooling member and the second tooling member is approximately zero.. . ... The Boeing Co

01/15/15 / #20150013162

Apparatus and method for moving a structure in a manufacturing environment

A mobile fixture configured to move a structure in a manufacturing environment may include a motorized base configured to move on a surface and a support system connected to the motorized base, the support system being configured to support the structure, the support system being configured to position the structure along at least one of an x-axis, a y-axis, and a z-axis, the support system being configured to position the structure about the z-axis, and the support system being configured to provide free rotation of the structure about at least one of the x-axis and the y-axis.. . ... The Boeing Co

01/08/15 / #20150012210

System and method for journey planning, finding k shortest paths through a time/space network

A method and apparatus for selecting a path defining a journey through a time-tabled transportation network comprises determining forming a data set comprising a sequence of k shortest paths through the transportation network from an origin location “o” to a destination location “d”, each path with an increasing cost; and selecting a path from the k shortest paths based upon a filter criteria which may be one not used in the determination of the k shortest paths. The network comprises a public transportation network. ... The Boeing Co

01/08/15 / #20150012162

Robotic-mounted monument system for metrology systems

A method and apparatus for aligning a number of measurement systems to a reference coordinate system. In one illustrative example, an apparatus may comprise a number of robotic vehicles and a number of monuments associated with the number of robotic vehicles. ... The Boeing Co

01/08/15 / #20150012156

System and method for configuring a direct lift control system of a vehicle

Systems and methods for configuring a direct lift control system of a vehicle are disclosed. An example system provided herein includes a spoiler coupled to an aircraft, a direct lift control schedule to generate a plurality of spoiler deflection commands and a controller to control an actuator coupled to the spoiler to actuate the spoiler based on the spoiler deflection commands to modulate lift of the aircraft without using a short-period pitch control.. ... The Boeing Co

01/08/15 / #20150011168

Integrated circulator for phased arrays

A circulator/isolator assembly to operate within a first frequency range is disclosed. The assembly includes a first magnetic substrate having a first surface and a second surface and a first ground plane formed on the first surface, a dielectric layer disposed adjacent the first magnetic substrate, the dielectric layer comprising a multi-port junction circuit disposed on a first side of the dielectric layer and dimensioned to be resonant within the first frequency range, the multi-port junction circuit comprising a conductive disk coupled to a plurality of rf transmission traces, a first rf transmission trace forming an input port and a second rf transmission trace forming an output port, a ground plane disposed on a second side of the dielectric layer, and a first magnetic cylinder disposed proximate the multi-port junction circuit of the dielectric layer.. ... The Boeing Co

01/08/15 / #20150010774

Methods and apparatuses for mitigating tin whisker growth on tin and tin-plated surfaces by doping tin with germanium

The present disclosure generally relates to the field of tin electroplating. More specifically, the present disclosure relates to methods for mitigating tin whisker formation on tin-plated films and tin-plated surfaces by doping the tin with germanium.. ... The Boeing Co

01/08/15 / #20150010368

Pressure foot offset nose piece

A nose piece assembly for an automated spar assembly tool incorporates a base and an engaging member. An offset member extends between the base and the engaging member. ... The Boeing Co

01/08/15 / #20150009071

Two-dimensionally electronically-steerable artificial impedance surface antenna

An apparatus comprising a plurality of radiating elements and a plurality of surface wave feeds. Each radiating element in the plurality of radiating elements comprises a number of surface wave channels in which each of the number of surface wave channels is configured to constrain a path of a surface wave. ... The Boeing Co

01/08/15 / #20150009068

Two-dimensionally electronically-steerable artificial impedance surface antenna

A method and apparatus for electronically steering an antenna system. The apparatus comprises a dielectric substrate, a plurality of radiating spokes, and a number of surface wave feeds. ... The Boeing Co

01/08/15 / #20150008854

Quadrant change control in brushless dc motors

A method and apparatus for controlling a change in a quadrant of operation of a brushless direct current motor. A quadrant change in an operation of a motor is identified. ... The Boeing Co

01/08/15 / #20150008849

Motor control for stability and power supply protection

A method and apparatus for controlling a motor. The motor comprises windings. ... The Boeing Co

01/08/15 / #20150008624

Vacuum bag processing of composite parts using a conformable vacuum bag assembly

A vacuum bag assembly is used to process the composite part. The vacuum bag assembly includes a stretchable vacuum bag attached to a stretchable breather.. ... The Boeing Co

01/08/15 / #20150008375

Conductive water-borne coatings and methods for enhancing coating conductivity

The present disclosure is directed to conductive, translucent water-borne conductive coatings comprising a water-borne lubricant coating base material, an amount of pedot:pss solution, and an amount of metal-containing nanowire, methods for making the same, and articles coated with such coatings.. . ... The Boeing Co

01/08/15 / #20150008292

Flow control structure and associated method for controlling attachment with a control surface

A wing assembly, a wing applique and an associated method for controlling the flow of air over a wing are provided. A wing assembly may include a wing having leading and trailing edges. ... The Boeing Co

01/08/15 / #20150008284

Pressure panels

Anisotropic pressure panels are disclosed. The pressure panels include at least two distinct regions, with one region yielding to lateral deformation more than at least one other region. ... The Boeing Co

01/08/15 / #20150008131

Methods and apparatuses for mitigating tin whisker growth on tin and tin-plated surfaces by doping tin with gold

The present disclosure generally relates to the field of tin electroplating. More specifically, the present disclosure relates to methods for mitigating tin whisker formation on tin-plated films and tin-plated surfaces by doping the tin with gold.. ... The Boeing Co

01/08/15 / #20150007864

Adhesive bonded solar cell assembly

A solar cell assembly including a first solar cell component, a second solar cell component, an adhesive layer positioned between the first solar cell component and the second solar cell component, and a contact extending through the adhesive layer to electrically couple the first solar cell component to the second solar cell component.. . ... The Boeing Co

01/08/15 / #20150007634

Modal impact testing assembly, system and method

There is disclosed an assembly, a system and a method for modal impart testing. The assembly has a first set of components. ... The Boeing Co

01/08/15 / #20150007585

Systems and methods for maintaining pressure in cryogenic storage tanks

A system for maintaining a substantially constant pressure within an ullage space of a cryogenic storage tank is provided. The system includes a compressor configured to receive fuel gas from the cryogenic storage tank, and compress the fuel gas to produce heated fuel gas. ... The Boeing Co

01/01/15 / #20150006078

Handle bar route extension

A handle bar route extension mechanism for creating or modifying a flight route. The handle bar route extension mechanism can allow a user to create or modify a flight route using a destination point. ... The Boeing Co

01/01/15 / #20150005945

Real-time feedback control for performing tooling operations in assembly processes

A method and apparatus for controlling a tooling operation to be performed by a tooling system in an assembly process. A current set of parameter values for a set of parameters for the tooling system are modified iteratively, until the current set of parameter values are determined to result in the tooling operation producing an output that meets a set of criteria, to form a final set of parameter values. ... The Boeing Co

01/01/15 / #20150004834

Truss interconnect

An interconnect for transferring signals herein includes one or more signal contacts to transfer the power or data to or from an integrated truss system. An interconnect may be configured to transfer power or data between layers of the integrated truss system or within the same layer of the integrated truss system. ... The Boeing Co

01/01/15 / #20150004392

Whisker-reinforced hybrid fiber by method of base material infusion into whisker yarn

A hybrid fiber consists of a continuous phase base material that permeates the length of the hybrid fiber and a plurality of fibrils or nanotubes that are dispersed throughout the hybrid fiber interior in the form of a yarn woven from the plurality of fibrils or nanotubes. The method of making the hybrid fiber involves coating the yarn with the continuous phase base material and infusing the continuous phase base material into the plurality of fibrils or nanotubes that form the yarn.. ... The Boeing Co

01/01/15 / #20150004347

Aircraft skin attachment system

A method for forming a structural member and a structural member produced thereby includes positioning a first composite section and a second composite section within a tool. The tool has an inner surface and a wall intersection and is supported by a tool platform. ... The Boeing Co

01/01/15 / #20150004272

Collection of process data using in-situ sensors

A system is provided for collecting data during vacuum molding of a composite part using a mold including an air tight, flexible membrane sealed to a tool. The system comprises a plurality of mems sensors coupled with the interior of the mold at different locations over the part. ... The Boeing Co

01/01/15 / #20150004047

Binderless metal injection molding apparatus and method

A metal injection molding apparatus includes a metal injection mold die having first and second die halves, a first set of features provided in the first die half, a second set of features provided in the second die half and complementary to the first set of features provided in the first are half and an ultrasonic transducer disposed in contact with the metal injection mold die. A binderless metal injection molding method is also disclosed.. ... The Boeing Co

01/01/15 / #20150003927

Magnet sensing hole driller and method therefor

A portable device to drill holes has a platform. A plurality of wheel sets is coupled to the platform. ... The Boeing Co

01/01/15 / #20150003639

Flat panel loudspeaker system

A flat panel loudspeaker system may include a panel having a core, an inner sheet coupled to an inner surface of the core and an outer sheet coupled to an outer surface of the core, the panel having a weakened area defined by at least one slot formed through the outer sheet, and an exciter that is detachable for replacement purposes, is attached to the panel at the weakened area and configured to vibrate the panel to generate sound energy.. . ... The Boeing Co

01/01/15 / #20150003229

Aircraft communication bus fault isolator apparatus

A structure and a first panel are operably disposed with respect to the structure. A first plurality of nodes is disposed within the first panel, including a first plurality of power distribution network nodes in a first power distribution network, and wherein the first plurality of nodes further comprises a first group of nodes. ... The Boeing Co

01/01/15 / #20150002920

Integrated photonic frequency converter and mixer

A system and methods for electro-optical modulation are presented. A first optical signal and a second optical signal are optically coupled to produce a local oscillator signal propagated in two signal paths. ... The Boeing Co

01/01/15 / #20150002368

Modular reflector assembly for a reflector antenna

An modular reflector assembly may include a shell and a support frame. The modular reflector assembly may also include a plurality of support links that mechanically couple the shell to the support frame. ... The Boeing Co

01/01/15 / #20150002257

System and method for vehicle power system isolation

A linear optimized isolation transformer may include a magnetic core having a primary side and a secondary side; a primary side winding on the primary side; a primary side terminal electrically coupled to the primary side winding; a secondary side winding on a the secondary side; a secondary side terminal electrically coupled to the secondary side winding; an isolation dielectric placed between the primary side winding and the secondary side winding and having a shape that fills all of the space between the primary side and the secondary side that is not occupied by the core, the isolation dielectric including a permanent high-q material selected to maintain a high value isolation independent of pressure differences resulting from operation at different altitudes; and wherein the primary side terminal and the secondary side terminal are positioned on opposing ends of a long axis of the magnetic core.. . ... The Boeing Co

01/01/15 / #20150001348

Multiple space vehicle launch system

A multiple space vehicle launch system that may be adapted to be disposed within a payload region of a launch vehicle fairing is disclosed. The vehicle launch system may include a first space vehicle including a first core structure and a second space vehicle including a second core structure. ... The Boeing Co

01/01/15 / #20150001003

Systems and methods for acoustic resonance mitigation

Systems and methods for acoustic feedback or resonance mitigation are provided. The systems and methods include an exhaust acoustic noise reduction apparatus having an exhaust port comprising an exhaust aperture, a first vane extending at least partially across the exhaust aperture, and a second vane extending at least partially across the exhaust aperture and intersecting the first vane, such that the first and second vanes are oriented to interfere with formation of an acoustic feedback loop and reduce an acoustic noise signature of the exhaust port.. ... The Boeing Co

01/01/15 / #20150000780

Sealed bladder assembly and method

A bladder assembly including a body, a bladder received in the body, the bladder defining an internal volume and including an annular sealing bead, the sealing bead defining an opening into the internal volume, and a sealing member including a shaft having a first end and a second end, and an engagement portion connected proximate the second end, the sealing member being partially received within the internal volume and being moveable between at least a first position, wherein the engagement portion is spaced from the sealing bead, and a second position, wherein the sealing bead is compressed between the engagement portion and the body.. . ... The Boeing Co

01/01/15 / #20150000523

Aircraft fuel tank flammability reduction methods and systems

An aircraft fuel tank flammability reduction method includes feeding pressurized air into an air separation module containing an oxygen separation membrane. The method includes contacting the separation membrane with the air feed, permeating oxygen from the air feed through the separation membrane, and producing nitrogen-enriched air from the air separation module as a result of removing oxygen from the air feed. ... The Boeing Co

01/01/15 / #20150000305

Pivoting ring petal actuation for variable area fan nozzle

A variable area fan nozzle comprising an array of rigid petals and a petal actuation system comprising left and right assemblies, each assembly comprising: a multiplicity of tracks attached to or integrally formed with respective petals; a curved pivoting ring segment; an actuator coupled to the ring segment; and a multiplicity of sets of cam followers spaced along the ring segment and aligned with respective tracks. Each ring segment is pivotable between first and second angular positions depending on how the state of the actuator changes. ... The Boeing Co








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