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Device and a method for detecting and analyzing signals in the ultrasounds frequency spectrum for electronic communications devices

. . A device and a method for monitoring continuously the activity of a microphone and a speaker of an electronic communications device, filtering any emitted or received signal in the ultrasound frequency spectrum (signals ≧17 khz) and assessing whether the emitted or received signal is malicious or benign, in order to detect and avoid malicious transmissions established on the ultrasounds frequency spectrum. If a malicious transmission is detected, the user is alerted and can allow or deny said transmission. ... The Boeing Co

Reducing call setup delay in geomobile satellite networks

In some embodiments, a disclosed method involves receiving, by a source gateway, a call request from a source user terminal for establishing a call with a destination user terminal. The method further involves determining, by a source client proxy of the source gateway, a capability related to a parameter(s) of the source user terminal and a capability related to a parameter(s) of the destination user terminal. ... The Boeing Co

Apparatus and method for in-situ charging of superconductors

An apparatus and method for charging a superconductor, such as a high temperature superconductor (hts), in-situ, including a superconductor that is magnetized by a magnet. A surface area of the magnet is smaller than a surface area of the superconductor and the magnet scans the surface area of the superconductor to magnetize the superconductor one portion at a time. ... The Boeing Co

Utilizing phase change material, heat pipes, and fuel cells for aircraft applications

A heat transfer system includes a fuel cell module that produces heat and water, and a thermal energy storage module that stores the heat produced by the fuel cell module. The thermal energy storage module includes a phase-change material. ... The Boeing Co

Ventilation systems for use with a plasma treatment system

A gas containment apparatus for use with an end effector including at least one plasma head includes at least one enclosing structure coupled to the end effector. The enclosing structure is configured to capture a gas produced by the at least one plasma head. ... The Boeing Co

Methods and systems for controlling the flight of aircraft

Methods and systems for controlling the flight of aircraft are disclosed. An example method includes in response to a first time of arrival at a first waypoint, determining first cruise speeds and corresponding first descent speeds for the first waypoint at the first time of arrival; in response to a second time of arrival at a second waypoint, determining second cruise speeds and corresponding second descent speeds for the second waypoint at the second time of arrival, at least one of the first waypoint or the second waypoint being in a descent phase of a flight; identifying a third cruise speed and a third descent speed based on the first cruise and descent speeds and the second cruise and descent speeds, the first cruise and descent speeds including the third cruise speed and the third descent speed, the second cruise and descent speeds including the third cruise speed and the third descent speed; and identifying a trajectory of an aircraft that satisfies the third cruise speed and the third descent speed.. ... The Boeing Co

Method and system of controlling a flight of an aircraft subjected to a required time of arrival constraint

Example systems and methods for controlling a flight of an aircraft subjected to a required time of arrival constraint at a target waypoint and to an additional flight criterion are disclosed herein. An example method includes calculating combinations of cruise speed and descent speed for estimated times of arrival (etas) at the target waypoint and determining a subset of the combinations that introduce substantially a same amount of time change in the eta when changing the corresponding cruise speed to a cruise speed limit as when changing the corresponding descent speed to a descent speed limit. ... The Boeing Co

Communication system, method and computer program product for transferring an electronic file

A system for providing products to a customer operates with an open purchase order having an acceptable inventory range bounded by a lower and an upper limit for each product supplied to the customer. The system includes a storage unit, a first processing unit that maintains a product inventory count, and a second processing unit that monitors the product inventory count. ... The Boeing Co

Cursor enhancement effects

According to an embodiment, a method includes detecting, at a computing device, a sustained repetitive actuation of an input device operatively connected to the computing device, the sustained repetitive actuation being above a first predetermined threshold period of time and magnitude, the input device being associated with a cursor on a display screen of one or more output devices in a first condition and operatively connected to the computing device, and activating one or more cursor enhancement effects associated with the one or more output devices into a second condition, wherein at least one property of the one or more cursor enhancement effects is based on at least one attribute of the detected sustained repetitive actuation.. . ... The Boeing Co

Volume measuring station

Systems and methods according to one or more examples are provided for determining a flow rate of a fluid. In certain examples, a fluid volume flow rate measurement station may be provided. ... The Boeing Co

Mobile robotic system

A mobile robotic system may include an automated guided vehicle, and a floor assembly including a support surface and a reconfigurable pathway, wherein the automated guided vehicle is configured to travel on the support surface and follow the reconfigurable pathway.. . ... The Boeing Co

Management of a display of an assembly model

A method and apparatus for managing a display of an assembly model. The assembly model is displayed in an initial state within a first display area in a graphical user interface. ... The Boeing Co

Method and system for automatically sequencing hole drilling operations supporting one-up assembly

A method, a device, and a computer-readable storage medium is provided for performing the method for automating an assembling sequence operation for a workpiece using an one-up assembly process that uses adjacent hole clamping. The method can include obtaining an adjacency list from points for the workpiece to be assembled; controlling an assembly machine for assembling the workpiece using a sequence of assembly operations based on the adjacency list; identifying potential errors in the sequence of assembly operations; determining a revised sequence of assembly operations based on the potential errors that are identified; and controlling the assembly machine based on the revised sequence of assembly operations.. ... The Boeing Co

Systems and methods for automatically inspecting wire segments

A wire inspection system is provided. The wire inspection system includes a mirror assembly including an odd number of sides arranged to form a pyramid structure configured to surround a wire segment, wherein a plurality of the sides include a mirror, a light source configured to illuminate the wire segment, and at least one camera configured to acquire a plurality of images of the wire segment that are reflected by the plurality of mirrors, wherein each image of the plurality of images shows a different side of the wire segment.. ... The Boeing Co

12/29/16 / #20160377424

Automated resin ridge reduction system

An apparatus comprises an automated guided vehicle that moves on a surface of a composite structure during operation of the apparatus to inspect the composite structure, a surface inspection sensor system associated with the automated guided vehicle, and an automated guided vehicle and surface inspection sensor system controller in communication with the automated guided vehicle and the surface inspection sensor system.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/29/16 / #20160377342

System and method for high pressure, passive condensing of water from hydrogen in a reversible solid oxide fuel cell system

A method for passively removing water from a stream of hydrogen gas includes receiving a stream of hydrogen gas that is water-saturated, having an initial pressure below about 1 psig and an initial temperature above about 25° c., compressing the stream of hydrogen gas to an elevated pressure, chilling the compressed stream of hydrogen gas to a low temperature, and condensing water from the compressed and chilled stream of hydrogen gas until the water content of the stream of hydrogen gas is below about 100 ppm.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/29/16 / #20160377316

Apparatus for drainage of condensate in mixing duct exposed to sub-freezing air

An apparatus and system and method for mixing airflow and draining condensate in a duct exposed to sub-freezing air are disclosed. An example mixing duct apparatus includes a recirculation duct and a pack duct having a first end and a second end. ... The Boeing Co

12/29/16 / #20160377143

Magneto rheological fixture damping system

A vibration damping system for machining parts uses magneto rheological radial squeeze film damper technology to reduce part vibration, enhance tool lifecycles, and to improve part surface finish. In the described embodiment, the damping system includes a pair of damping cylinders affixed to a machine tool fixture, each cylinder containing a solid core concentrically situated within an internal sleeve portion of the cylinder. ... The Boeing Co

12/29/16 / #20160377100

Flow straightener apparatus and systems for ducted air

A flow-straightener apparatus and associated systems for converting a rotating airflow into a substantially longitudinally directed airflow is presented. A first annular frame is provided and a second annular frame arranged concentrically within the first annular frame. ... The Boeing Co

12/29/16 / #20160376987

Supersonic caret inlet system leading edge slat for improved inlet performance at off-design flight conditions

An engine inlet for efficient operation at both design mach number and off-design mach numbers with an inlet having a caret configuration with rotatably extending effective leading edges on the inlet from a retracted position aligned with a nominal mach number shock wave to an extended position aligned with an off-design mach number shock wave.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/29/16 / #20160376477

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

12/29/16 / #20160376035

Efficient stationkeeping design for mixed fuel systems in response to a failure of an electric thruster

Apparatus and methods for stationkeeping in a satellite. The satellite includes a north electric thruster and a south electric installed on a zenith side, an east chemical thruster installed on an east side, and a west chemical thruster installed on a west side. ... The Boeing Co

12/29/16 / #20160376033

Efficient stationkeeping design for mixed fuel systems

Apparatus and methods for stationkeeping in a satellite. The satellite includes a north electric thruster and a south electric installed on a zenith side. ... The Boeing Co

12/29/16 / #20160376024

Structurally embedded lighting for display panels

A method and an apparatus for forming an embedded light source in a composite panel. A first electrode and a second electrode are associated with a first layer of material. ... The Boeing Co

12/29/16 / #20160376020

Aircraft receptacle

A system and method for an aircraft receptacle. The aircraft receptacle comprises an actuator connected to a number of latches and a tension spring connected to the number of latches. ... The Boeing Co

12/29/16 / #20160376009

Flight deck takeoff duct and trim air mix muff

Example ventilation air mixers and example air conditioning systems including ventilation air mixers are provided. One example ventilation air mixer comprises a branch air duct having an inlet that is configured to be coupled to a takeoff port of a main air source duct. ... The Boeing Co

12/29/16 / #20160375987

System and method for enhancing the high-lift performance of an aircraft

A drag reduction system for an aircraft may include an air ejector having an ejection port located between an aft portion of an airfoil main element and a forward portion of a trailing edge device. The air ejector may be configured to discharge an air jet from the ejection port in such a manner that the air jet passes over the upper surface of the trailing edge device.. ... The Boeing Co

12/29/16 / #20160375986

Method and apparatus for robust lift generation

A system and method for robust lift generation through flow separation suppression are presented. A fluid flow is ejected over a lifting surface from a fluid ejection orifice, and a flow direction of the fluid flow over the lifting surface is directed using a plurality of vanes configured in the fluid ejection orifice. ... The Boeing Co

12/29/16 / #20160375977

Apparatuses and methods for flexurally controlling elongated structures

A flexurally controlled system (100) comprises an elongated structure (102), a tendon (112) attached to the elongated structure (102), and an actuator (118) operable to apply a tensile load to the tendon (112). The actuator (118) is operable to apply the tensile load to the tendon (112) when at least one of the first side (108) of the elongated structure (102) is under a first tensile stress or the second side (110) of the elongated structure is under a first compressive stress. ... The Boeing Co

12/29/16 / #20160375675

Method and apparatus for forming contoured stiffeners

A composite structure such as a stringer is produced by laying up composite charges at a layup station, spooling the charges onto a roll and transporting the roll to a forming station where the charges are unrolled and formed into individual components of the stringer. The components are then transferred to an assembly station where they are assembled together and vacuum bagged in preparation for curing.. ... The Boeing Co

12/29/16 / #20160375661

Composite sandwich panel and associated methods of manufacture

Disclosed herein is a composite sandwich panel that includes a first face portion with fully consolidated comingled first fibers and a first thermoplastic matrix. The composite sandwich panel also includes a second face portion with fully consolidated comingled second fibers and a second thermoplastic matrix. ... The Boeing Co

12/29/16 / #20160375635

Systems and methods for additive manufacturing processes

Techniques are disclosed for additive manufacturing systems and methods to form reinforced additive manufactured objects. A method for forming a reinforced additive manufactured object includes forming a first structural layer with a first void that extends partially through the first structural layer, forming a second structural layer with a second void that extends fully through the second structural layer to a border between the first structural layer and the second structural layer, where the first void and the second void align to form a cross-load void across the border between the first and second structural layers, and filling the cross-load void with a reinforcing material to form a cross-load member.. ... The Boeing Co

12/29/16 / #20160375631

System and method for manufacturing a stiffened composite structure

A system for manufacturing a stiffened composite panel may include a stiffener tooling assembly, a caul plate, and a rotatable strongback. The stiffener tooling assembly may include stiffener tooling configured to support a plurality of composite stiffeners. ... The Boeing Co

12/29/16 / #20160375629

Welding thermoplastic structures

A method and apparatus for welding a thermoplastic structure. The apparatus comprises a base, a cover, and a channel. ... The Boeing Co

12/29/16 / #20160375394

Air filter monitoring tab

An apparatus and method for monitoring reduced fluid flow through a filter. A filter, more particularly a fluid flow filter or an air filter when contaminated can suffer from a reduced fluid flow, which will often deform to match the fluid flow or more particularly in the case of an air filter—the air flow.. ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160373535

Mapping network service dependencies

Example methods and systems for mapping network service and/or application dependencies are provided. Some examples may visualize a large, complex network of network services and/or applications (e.g., internet services and applications) and their dependencies over time. ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160373367

System and method for identifying performance characteristics in asynchronous networks

A system for determining a worst case latency for a specific information flow that is part of a plurality of information flows and a worst case backlog for a specific queue that is part of a plurality of queues is disclosed. The plurality of information flows and plurality of queues are part of a configuration. ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160373188

Free space optical communications network with bent pipe channel and pilot channel

A method for a plurality of nodes in a free space optical communications network comprises using a bent pipe channel to relay data between at least some of the nodes of the network; and using a pilot channel for pointing, acquisition and tracking to continuously maintain line-of-sight between all of the nodes even when the bent pipe channel is not active.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160372877

Vme p2 five row interface adapter assembly, system, and method

A versa module europa (vme) adapter assembly is configured to operatively couple a subsystem to a five row vme64x chassis. The vme adapter assembly includes an adapter circuit board having a mating contact area proximate to a chassis-mating edge, and at least one area proximate to a system-connecting edge that is configured to couple to the subsystem. ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160372813

Power division and recombination netwrokf 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

12/22/16 / #20160371989

Computer-implemented method and system for estimating impact of new operational conditions in a baseline air traffic scenario

A computer-implemented method, system and computer program product for estimating the impact of new operational conditions in a baseline air traffic scenario. The system comprises: an intent inference module for retrieving flight track data and associated aircraft type information of a flight in a baseline air traffic scenario, and inferring an aircraft intent that fits the flight track data; an intent generation module for, using an alternative air traffic scenario based on the baseline air traffic scenario with new operational conditions, generating an aircraft intent for each flight in the alternative air traffic scenario that fits the new operational conditions; a trajectory computation module for computing the trajectory of each flight in the baseline and alternative air traffic scenario using their aircraft intent; an evaluation module for computing a trajectory-based analytics on each computed trajectory of the baseline and alternative air traffic scenario using a set of metrics.. ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160371986

Apparatus for planning air refueling for aircraft

A method, apparatus, and computer usable program code for planning refueling. In one advantageous embodiment, the apparatus includes an air refueling plug-in application capable of calculating air refueling routes for a formation of aircraft and a plurality of plug-in applications. ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160371850

Method and apparatus for detecting targets

A method and apparatus for performing target detection. A potential object is detected within a candidate chip in an image. ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160371530

Method and apparatus for tracking targets

A method and apparatus for processing images. A set of candidate targets is identified in a first image and in a second image that corresponds with the first image. ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160371333

System and method for computational planningin a data-dependent constraint management system

A method of determining a conditional computational plan for a data dependent constraint network represented by a bipartite graph containing input variable nodes, output variable nodes, and relation nodes, may include specifying, using a variable node specifier, at least one output variable node for which a plan is desired. The method may further include determining, using a plan determiner, a plan from the input variable nodes to the output variable node using a backward chaining search of the bipartite graph.. ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160370798

Systems and methods for non-destructive testing involving remotely located expert

An integrated and networked system of remote operations is provided that extends remote expert ndt methodology to a variety of manufacturing and in-service processes. The functional elements of the system comprise remote ndt applications, advanced remote ndt, remote administration, remote ndt commercial operations, and remote data analytics, which are all tied together by a remote communications hub. ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160370322

Magnetic characterization of bond strength

A tester for bonded composite materials uses a magnetic source to generate a response signal from wires infused in an adhesive used between layers of the composite material. Acoustic or magnetic response signals, separately or in combination, can be received and analyzed to detect stresses in wires indicative of voids in the adhesive or other defects affecting the bond quality between layers of the composite material.. ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160370309

Methods and systems for determining an allowable moisture content in a composite structure

A method of determining an allowable moisture content of a composite structure includes performing a thermal analysis on the composite structure to determine a surface temperature profile of the composite structure. The surface temperature profile is determined independently of a moisture content of the composite structure. ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160370238

Sensor system for laminated structures

A sensor system for a laminated structure may include a sensor assembly disposed between a first layer and a second layer of the laminated structure. The sensor assembly may include a first anchor member and a second anchor member spaced at a predetermined distance from one another. ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160369907

Pilot valve controlled positive and negative pressure relief valves

Concepts and technologies disclosed herein for relief valves (“relief valves”). A relief valve can include a flow path, a primary valve poppet that is urged or biased into a closed position by a tensioned spring, and a pilot valve in communication with a valve compartment of the relief valve. ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160369830

Composite sandwich shell edge joint

A composite sandwich shell edge joint includes an outboard buildup pad, an inboard buildup pad spaced-apart and adjacent to the outboard buildup pad, an outboard face sheet extending from the outboard buildup pad, an inboard face sheet extending from the inboard buildup pad, bridging plies connecting the outboard buildup pad and the inboard buildup pad and at least one barrel nut installed in the buildup pads.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160369784

Integrated spring and induction coil for shape-memory alloy (sma) apparatus

Apparatus that use shape-memory alloy (sma) materials. An exemplary apparatus includes an sma member that transforms between a first shape and a second shape based on temperature. ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160369705

Aircraft bleed air and engine starter systems and related methods

Example bleed air and engine starter systems are described herein that employ a shaft-driven compressor to start an aircraft engine and/or to supply pressurized air to one or more systems of an aircraft. An example compressor includes a housing and an impeller disposed within a cavity of the housing. ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160369436

Single-layer ceramic-based knit fabric for high temperature bulb seals

Knit fabrics having ceramic strands, thermal protective members formed therefrom and to their methods of construction are disclosed. Methods for fabricating thermal protection using multiple materials which may be concurrently knit are also disclosed. ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160369416

System and method for transitioning a reversible solid oxide fuel cell system between generation and electrolysis modes

A method for transitioning between fuel cell and electrolysis modes in a reversible solid oxide fuel cell (rsofc) system includes measuring and recording sensor data indicating a status of components associated with an rsofc system coupled to an electrical power grid, the system comprising an rsofc unit, a hydrogen compression system, a hydrogen storage system, and a water supply, determining a state of the rsofc system based on the sensor data through a conditional logic algorithm, and transitioning the rsofc system between the fuel cell mode and the electrolysis mode based upon the sensor data and the system state.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160369089

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

12/22/16 / #20160369070

Bonding composite structures using interpenetrating polymer network adhesives

An interpenetrating polymer network (ipn) adhesive comprises an acrylated polymer system curable by radiation, and a flexible epoxy system thermally curable after the acrylated polymer system is cured.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160368617

Methods for sealing an internal composite vent stringer

A method of sealing an aircraft wing vent stringer may include placing a movable sealant sled in a vent stringer cavity of an aircraft wing. The sealant sled may include a sealant source configured to apply sealant to a wing portion within the vent stringer. ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160368609

Dual valve gas pressure equalization system and method

An aircraft gas transport system including a high pressure gas supply line having a supply valve, and an equilibrium gas line joined at junctions with the high pressure gas supply line upstream and downstream from the supply valve, and in flow communication with the high pressure gas supply line, the equilibrium gas line having an equilibrium valve and a flow restrictor, the equilibrium valve having an exit orifice and the flow restrictor being offset from the exit orifice of the equilibrium valve.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160368587

Thermal barrier apparatus

A thermal barrier apparatus for a window system includes a closed curve-shaped plate having a via in a central portion of the closed curve-shaped plate. The closed curve-shaped plate includes a plurality of concentric channels formed on a first surface of the closed curve-shaped plate; a plurality of walls, each of the plurality of walls defining adjacent concentric channels of the plurality of concentric channels, each of the plurality of walls including a plurality of openings between adjacent concentric channels; an outer wall formed on an outer peripheral edge of the closed curve-shaped plate, the outer wall including a plurality of openings; and an inner wall formed on an inner peripheral edge of the closed curve-shaped plate, the inner wall including a plurality of openings. ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160368242

Panel-insert assembly and method

A panel-insert assembly including a panel having a core and a skin layer positioned over the core, wherein the skin layer defines an opening therein, and an insert positioned below the skin layer, wherein the insert is aligned with the opening.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160368226

Composite structure fabrication systems and methods

Composite structure fabrication systems and methods. The systems include a plurality of ply carriers, each of which is configured to support at least one ply segment, and an elongate forming mandrel, which defines an elongate ply forming surface that is shaped to define a surface contour of the composite structure. ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160368174

Method and apparatus for reducing post-cure extraction force of a tooling mandrel

A tooling mandrel for manufacturing a composite structure may include a mandrel body having a fluid passage network formed within the mandrel body for passing a fluid medium through the mandrel body. The fluid passage network may have a passage cross-sectional area shaped to promote thermal conductance between the fluid medium and the tooling mandrel and cause a change in a mandrel cross-sectional shape.. ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160368170

Prepreg compositions, their manufacture, and determination of their suitability for use in composite structures

Pre-impregnated composite fiber materials, methods of manufacturing pre-impregnated composite fiber materials, and methods for determining the suitability of a pre-impregnated composite fiber material for incorporation into a composite structure.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160368144

Compliant end effectors, robots that include compliant end effectors, and methods of utilizing the same

Compliant end effectors, robots that include compliant end effectors, and methods of utilizing the same. The robots include a robotic arm and the compliant end effector. ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160368134

Apparatus for automated maintenance of aircraft structural elements

Devices for maintaining crawler alignment on complex-shaped blades and for enabling the blade crawler to traverse over trailing edge protrusions. Using ball and socket bearings or air pads in place of alignment wheels, the crawler will be able to track along complex-geometry rotor blades, propellers and other airfoils. ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160368083

Hybrid laser machining of multi-material stack-ups

A hybrid laser machining and metrology method that enables one-up assembly of a work piece is disclosed. The hybrid machining and metrology method may include interleaving a first laser output to remove material from the work piece with a second laser output to measure material removed from the work piece.. ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160368032

Cleaning apparatus

A method and apparatus for cleaning a vessel. The apparatus comprises a retractable assembly and a self-propelled cleaning carriage. ... The Boeing Co

12/22/16 / #20160368005

Light-curable material applicator and associated methods

Described herein is an apparatus for applying and curing a light-curable material on a work surface. The apparatus includes a nozzle from which the light-curable material is applied to the work surface to form a layer of light-curable material on the work surface. ... The Boeing Co

12/15/16 / #20160365917

Aircraft communications during different phases of flight

A method and apparatus for exchanging information between a source and an aircraft. In response to a request to exchange the information between the aircraft and the source, a number of aircraft is identified to send microwave signals between the source and the aircraft to form a number of identified aircraft based on a location of the aircraft and a location of the source. ... The Boeing Co

12/15/16 / #20160365634

Liquid crystal filled antenna assembly, system, and method

An antenna assembly may include a ground shield defining an interior chamber, a feed line coupled to the ground shield within the interior chamber, a plurality of dielectric members, and a plurality of liquid crystal members. Each of the plurality of liquid crystal members may be spaced apart from another of the liquid crystal members by at least one of the plurality of dielectric members.. ... The Boeing Co

12/15/16 / #20160365188

Variable core electromagnetic device

An electromagnetic device includes a variable magnetic flux core having a plurality of core sections stacked on one another. At least one core section of the plurality of core sections may include a different selected geometry and/or a different chosen material. ... The Boeing Co

12/15/16 / #20160365177

Method and system for assembling and installing a wire bundle assembly group

A system for assembling and installing a wire bundle assembly group (wbag) may include a fabrication table having first and second assembly panels, each configured to receive a wbag, and an assembly frame having an adjustable pivot connected to the first and to the second assembly panels to hold the assembly panels in a spaced orientation relative to each other, and to pivot about an axis; and a transport tool having a wbag receiving panel configured to receive and support an assembled wbag from the fabrication table, and a transport frame having an adjustable support connected to the wbag receiving panel, and the transport frame is positionable adjacent the fabrication table such that the wbag receiving panel is located beneath the first assembly panel and the second assembly panel, whereby an assembled wbag drops downwardly onto the wbag receiving panel.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/15/16 / #20160364866

Locating light sources using aircraft

Provided are methods and systems for identifying location of light sources from airborne aircraft. Light sources are ground based and may be low power lasers and other like devices. ... The Boeing Co

12/15/16 / #20160364570

Automatic measuring boot process using an automatic measuring processor coupled to a memory

An apparatus includes a first interface configured to be coupled to a storage device via a first bus. The apparatus includes a second interface configured to be coupled to a system processor (e.g., a central processing unit (cpu), a graphics processing unit (gpu), a digital signal processor (dsp), etc.) via a second bus. ... The Boeing Co

12/15/16 / #20160364512

Modeling holes and fasteners for finite element analysis

Method and computer program product for generating a finite element model of a fastener passing through holes in load-bearing plates. Disks of finite elements are arranged in the holes to model the portions of the fastener aligned with each hole. ... The Boeing Co

12/15/16 / #20160364285

Methods and systems for prioritizing replacement of at least one part for vehicle fault analysis

Methods and systems are provided for prioritizing a plurality of maintenance corrective actions in a troubleshooting chart for a device are provided. The method includes receiving, by a processor, an input from a user indicative of a successful corrective action from the plurality of corrective actions on the troubleshooting chart and incrementing a value of a counter associated with the successful corrective action. ... The Boeing Co

12/15/16 / #20160363937

System and method for vehicle attitude control

A dual stage vehicle attitude control system includes a first attitude control module having at least two momentum wheels arranged to provide zero momentum vehicle attitude control, each momentum wheel comprises a limited travel two axis gimbal that pivots the momentum wheel along two of the three axes of the vehicle, a second attitude control module having reaction wheels arranged in a pyramid configuration to provide vehicle attitude control along at least one control axis that is common with a control axis of the at least two momentum wheels, and a controller connected to the first attitude control module and the second attitude control module, the controller being configured to coordinate actuation of the first attitude control module and the second attitude control module to rotate the vehicle in at least one of three axes of a vehicle.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/15/16 / #20160363727

Multilayer system having reconfigurable dynamic structure reinforcement using nanoparticle embedded supramolecular adhesive and method

Methods, systems and apparatuses are disclosed comprising a tunable multilayered array reinforcement system having a supramolecular adhesive embedded with nanoparticles that are reoriented on-demand in response to or in advance of vibrational effects in a moving or stationary structure.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/15/16 / #20160363546

Optimization and integration of thermal and structural analyses

Example systems and methods to optimize and integrate of thermal and structural analyses are described herein. An example method includes performing a thermal analysis of a component using a first mesh representing the component to produce a thermal distribution across the component. ... The Boeing Co

12/15/16 / #20160363543

Automated detection of fatigue cracks around fasteners using millimeter waveguide probe

An automated high-speed method for inspecting metal around fasteners and a computer-controlled apparatus for performing that inspection method. The apparatus comprises a multi-motion inspection head mounted on a scanning bridge, a robotic arm, or a robotic crawler vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

12/15/16 / #20160363505

Wind tunnel for erosion testing

Test systems for simulating an environment for erosion testing. An exemplary system includes a wind tunnel having a fan unit at one end and an exhaust unit at the other, and a test fixture that secures a specimen under test in a path of the air flow created in the wind tunnel. ... The Boeing Co

12/15/16 / #20160363437

Optical scanning assembly and method of inspecting a channel

An optical scanning assembly for use in inspecting a channel is provided. The assembly includes a housing and an inspection probe that selectively advances from the housing along an axis. ... The Boeing Co

12/15/16 / #20160363146

Temporary fastener for simultaneous workpiece and drill jig clamping

A method and temporary fastener for substantially simultaneously clamping a drill jig and a plurality of layers. The temporary fastener may comprise a first system and a second system. ... The Boeing Co

12/15/16 / #20160363097

Thrust reverser apparatus and method

A thrust reverser is adapted to be fixed within a turbofan engine nacelle that extends substantially about an engine core cowl. The nacelle and engine core cowl together define an axially extending annular duct for receiving an aft flowing fan bypass air stream that is forwardly redirected upon deployment of the thrust reverser. ... The Boeing Co

12/15/16 / #20160362905

Fractal stiffening

A structural support having fractal-stiffening and method of fabricating the support is presented where an optimized location of at least three nodes is predetermined prior to fabricating the structural support where a first set of webs is formed on one side of the support and joined to the nodes to form a first pocket region. A second set of webs is formed within the first pocket region forming a second pocket region where the height of the first set of webs extending orthogonally from the side of the support is greater than the second set of webs extending orthogonally from the support.. ... The Boeing Co

12/15/16 / #20160362199

Stand-off panel thermal protection system and method of fabricating the same

A stand-off panel thermal protection system is disclosed. The system comprises a sandwich panel comprising: a first ceramic matrix composite facesheet and a second ceramic matrix composite facesheet. ... The Boeing Co

12/15/16 / #20160362181

Mobile seat systems that utilize seat tracks

Embodiments herein provide an interface that adjusts for distance changes between mobile seats. One embodiment comprises an elongated housing having a bottom side that mounts to a seat track, an opposing top side having an opening, and side walls between the bottom side and the top side. ... The Boeing Co

12/15/16 / #20160362171

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

12/15/16 / #20160361866

Methods of internally insulating a fluted core sandwich structure

A method of partially insulating an interior space of a pre-formed fluted core panel is disclosed herein. The fluted core panel includes a first facesheet, a second facesheet spaced apart from the first facesheet, and webs between the first facesheet and second facesheet. ... The Boeing Co

12/15/16 / #20160361768

Portable drill assist tool

An apparatus and method according to one or more embodiments are provided for a tool that guides a drill in drilling a hole at an angle substantially perpendicular to a non-planar work surface. The tool may be implemented, for example, as a portable drill assist tool that rests unsecured on a non-planar work surface substantially perpendicular to a target hole formed within the non-planar work surface. ... The Boeing Co

12/08/16 / #20160359154

Containment system and method for high energy density devices

. . A containment system including a primary containment layer at least partially defining a primary containment volume, the primary containment layer including a thermal material, a secondary containment layer at least partially defining a secondary containment volume, the secondary containment layer including a gas capturing material, wherein the primary containment layer is positioned in the secondary containment volume, and a tertiary containment layer at least partially defining a tertiary containment volume, the tertiary containment layer including a ballistic material, wherein the secondary containment layer is positioned in the tertiary containment volume.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/08/16 / #20160358498

Method for training crew in a flight simulator

A method for training flight crew in a flight simulator that comprises opening a database of flight events, wherein each flight event has desired flight crew performance (dfcp) data that comprise user data associated with expected user actions; generating a training session by selecting at least one flight event from the database of flight events; running the training session in the flight simulator with at least one student; gathering student data based on student actions during the training session; and comparing the gathered student data to the dfcp data corresponding to the same at least one flight event to produce a comparison result. The obtained comparison result allows establishing whether required flight competencies associated with the generated training session have been reached by the student.. ... The Boeing Co

12/08/16 / #20160358497

System and method for evaluating cyber-attacks on aircraft

A system for evaluating a cyber-attack on an aircraft may include a display associated with the aircraft, a sensor system configured to generate sensor data for a pilot, and a data processing system configured to: (1) generate simulation data, (2) generate a flight simulation from the simulation data, (3) simulate the cyber-attack on at least one aircraft system during the flight simulation, (4) generate virtual flight data during the flight simulation, and (5) present the sensor data and the virtual flight data.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/08/16 / #20160358480

System and method for determining an alternative flight route based on sector geometry

A flight routing system for determining an alternative route for an aircraft based on an airspace partitioned into a plurality of sectors, and an original flight route having an initial point of takeoff and a destination point is disclosed. The flight routing system includes a processor and a memory storing instructions executable by the processor to perform operations including determining a plurality of points within each of the plurality of sectors. ... The Boeing Co

12/08/16 / #20160358372

Identifying a selected feature on tessellated geometry

A method for identifying and measuring a feature on tessellated geometry may include providing an image of a part on a display using an electronic representation of the part. The part may include a tessellated geometry. ... The Boeing Co

12/08/16 / #20160358099

Advanced analytical infrastructure for machine learning

Machine learning systems and computerized methods to compare candidate machine learning algorithms are disclosed. The machine learning system comprises a machine learning algorithm library, a data input module to receive a dataset and a selection of machine learning models derived from the machine learning algorithm library, an experiment module, and an aggregation module. ... The Boeing Co

12/08/16 / #20160357599

Point-of-use-toolkit

An apparatus is provided for implementation of back-end system for providing point-of-use toolkits. The apparatus may receive an assignment of work tasks assigned to a technician for manufacture of a tangible product. ... The Boeing Co

12/08/16 / #20160357192

Autonomous unmanned aerial vehicle decision-making

A method and apparatus for autonomously managing operation of an unmanned aerial vehicle. Sensor data is received by a computer system located onboard the unmanned aerial vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

12/08/16 / #20160357191

Gust compensation system and method for aircraft

A gust compensation system is configured to adaptively reduce gust loads exerted into an aircraft. The gust compensation system may include a first sensor proximate to a front of the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

12/08/16 / #20160356403

Electromagnetic effects-sensitive pass-through mounting assemblies with adjustable offset

Pass-through mounting assemblies include an outer sleeve, an inner sleeve, a bushing component, and a cap that are configured to be assembled onto a partition aperture in a partition to retain a tube as the tube passes through the partition. The outer sleeve is sized to fit into the partition aperture. ... The Boeing Co

12/08/16 / #20160356305

Shanks and methods for forming such shanks

A shank (110) comprises a captive portion (116) comprising a longitudinal central axis (112), a captive end (118), a first set (117) of first structures (120a), and a second set (119) of second structure (120b). The second set (119) of the second structures (120b) is closer to the captive end (118) than the first set (117) of the first structures (120a). ... The Boeing Co

12/08/16 / #20160356299

Ceramic fastener

A ceramic fastener is constructed according to a method where the ceramic fastener has an outer shell of a strong ceramic material such as alumina or zirconia, and the outer shell has an interior bore filled with a glass-ceramic material.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/08/16 / #20160356180

Nacelle inlet having an angle or curved aft bulkhead

A construction of a nacelle inlet aft bulkhead has a curved or angled cross-section configuration between a connection of an outer edge of the aft bulkhead to an outer barrel of the nacelle inlet and a connection of an inner edge of the aft bulkhead to an inner barrel of the nacelle inlet. The curved or angled cross-section configuration of the aft bulkhead gives the bulkhead flexibility to avoid serious damage to the bulkhead in high load cases such as an fan blade off event. ... The Boeing Co

12/08/16 / #20160356078

Door alignment system

A door alignment system may include a door assembly including a first door and a second door, a striker assembly configured to positively align a first mating edge of the first door and a second mating edge of the second door when the first door and the second door are moved into a closed position, the striker assembly including a striker coupled to the first mating edge and a striker receptacle coupled to the second mating edge and configured to receive the striker, and a rail assembly configured to maintain alignment of the first mating edge and the second mating edge when the first door and the second door are in the closed position, the rail assembly including a convex first rail coupled to the first mating edge and a concave second rail coupled to the second mating edge and configured to engage the convex first rail.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/08/16 / #20160355278

Systems and methods for analyzing flutter test data using damped sine curve fitting with the closed form shape fit

System identification from free response time decay history data of a dynamic system employs a new closed form shape fit for solving the dynamic system free response decay equation. The closed form shape fit allows for the treatment of the mode shapes as linear coefficients and allows the mode shapes for each sensor to be computed independently, thereby reducing computation time. ... The Boeing Co

12/08/16 / #20160355273

Quick installation fuel dam

The disclosure generally relates to baffle fuel dams and tank boundary fuel dams having a single-piece or two-piece construction. In one example, a baffle fuel dam is a single piece having slotted holes sized and spaced to accommodate for tolerance variations during installation. ... The Boeing Co

12/08/16 / #20160355255

Spring assembly for aircraft components

A spring assembly elongate along a longitudinal direction includes a first spring that includes a first spring member and a first elongate member that extends from the first spring member along the longitudinal direction. The spring assembly includes a second spring including a second spring member and a second elongate member that extends from the second spring member along the longitudinal direction. ... The Boeing Co

12/08/16 / #20160355254

Method for attaching a split winglet to a wing

A method of securing a split winglet to a wing tip of an aircraft includes fastening an upper winglet to an upper winglet attachment portion of a wing attach fitting having a wing attachment portion. The method further includes fastening a lower winglet to a lower winglet attachment portion of the wing attach fitting. ... The Boeing Co

12/08/16 / #20160355026

Automated system and method for printing images on a surface

A system for printing an image on a surface includes a robot, a printhead having a reference line printing mechanism, and a reference line sensor. The robot has at least one arm. ... The Boeing Co

12/08/16 / #20160354994

Multi-layer plies for improved composite performance

A ply for fabricating composite material which includes a first tow including a plurality of fibers spread in a direction along a width of a cross section of the ply. A first sheet of enhancement performance material extends within the plurality of fibers and between a top and a bottom of the cross section of the ply.. ... The Boeing Co

12/08/16 / #20160354982

Method and apparatus for forming contoured composite laminates

A composite laminate such as a hat-type stringer is formed on a contoured mandrel using a combination of mechanical sweeping and vacuum forming.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/08/16 / #20160354883

Fuselage stuffing building and feeder lines

Methods and means for reconfiguring an aircraft assembly plant that receives fuselages or fuselage sections via a public railroad system. In cases where the aircraft assembly plant comprises a first assembly line for installing (i.e., stuffing) equipment inside fuselages or fuselage sections and a second assembly line for installing equipment on exteriors of internally equipped fuselages or fuselage sections, both assembly lines being housed in the same building, the facility can be reconfigured by moving at least one fuselage stuffing operation of the first assembly line to an auxiliary building which overlies a railroad track connected to the public railroad system. ... The Boeing Co

12/08/16 / #20160354882

System and method for assembly manufacturing

A method for assembly manufacturing may include the steps of: (1) positioning, by a material-handling system, an unassembled workpiece in a first assembly position within a tacking cell, (2) performing, by a first plurality of fastening machines, a tack fastening operation on the unassembled workpiece to form a partially assembled workpiece, (3) transferring, by the material-handling system, the partially assembled workpiece from the tacking cell to a fastening cell, (4) positioning, by the material-handling system, the partially assembled workpiece in a second assembly position within the fastening cell, and (5) performing, by a second plurality of fastening machines, a final fastening operation on the partially assembled workpiece to form an assembled workpiece.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/08/16 / #20160354845

Receivers and methods for forming such receivers

A receiver (130) comprises an interior space (136) comprising a longitudinal central axis (112) and a receiving end (138), a first set (117) of first structures (120a), and a second set (119) of second structures (120b). The first set (117) of the first structures (120a) is positioned closer to the receiving end (138) of the interior space (136) than the second set (119) of the second structures (120b). ... The Boeing Co

12/08/16 / #20160353932

Multifunction programmable foodstuff preparation

Systems, methods, and devices are disclosed for automatically and programmably preparing food. Devices include a container that includes a cavity configured to store at least one food ingredient, where the cavity defines an internal volume of the container. ... The Boeing Co

12/01/16 / #20160350936

Methods and systems for detecting moving objects in a sequence of image frames produced by sensors with inconsistent gain, offset, and dead pixels

Systems and methods of detecting dead pixels of image frames are described including receiving a sequence of image frames, aligning, from the sequence of image frames, pairs of image frames, and for a given pair of image frames, determining differences in intensity of corresponding pixels between the aligned pair of image frames. The method also includes, based on the differences in intensity of corresponding pixels between the aligned pair of image frames, generating mask images indicative of areas in the pairs of image frames having moving objects. ... The Boeing Co

12/01/16 / #20160350891

Concealing data within images

A method and apparatus for concealing data. Frequency information is identified for a number of data object types of a set of data objects in the data using a frequency map. ... The Boeing Co

12/01/16 / #20160350072

Solving a combinatorial problem using a quality metric value of a characteristic solution thereof

A method is provided for solving a given combinatorial problem includes providing a function that has been established for a family of combinatorial problems including the given combinatorial problem. For each problem in the family, the function relates a secondary measure of the problem to a quality metric of a characteristic solution to the problem. ... The Boeing Co

12/01/16 / #20160349542

High temperature range and high strain range transparent composites based on matrices having optically tunable refractive indices

A system may include a composite structure and a light source. The composite structure may include a matrix having a matrix refractive index, a plurality of fibers embedded in the matrix, and a light-reactive material in the matrix. ... The Boeing Co

12/01/16 / #20160349401

Method and apparatus for detecting energetic materials

A method and apparatus for detecting an energetic material on a surface. Electromagnetic radiation is generated. ... The Boeing Co

12/01/16 / #20160349372

Device, system and methods using angle of arrival measurments for ads-b authentication and navigation

The present disclosure is directed to a receiver for automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ads-b) verification of a target aircraft including a first input for receiving flight tracking information from a target aircraft that indicates positional information of the target aircraft. The receiver further includes a second input for receiving positional and heading information indicating the location and orientation of a multi-element array antenna configured to be attached to the receiver, and a processing module that generates a measured bearing derived from angle of arrival data, and an expected bearing of the target aircraft derived from the indicated positional information of the target aircraft and the positional and heading information defining the receiver location and orientation. ... The Boeing Co

12/01/16 / #20160349213

Real-time fusion of ultrasound and eddy current data during non-destructive examination

Apparatus and methods for real-time fusion of data acquired using ultrasonic and eddy current area sensors during nondestructive examination. The ultrasonic data is acquired using an array of ultrasonic transducer elements configured to enable the production and display of a c-scan of a small area. ... The Boeing Co

12/01/16 / #20160349171

Systems and methods for testing internal bonds

A transducer assembly is provided. The transducer assembly includes a magnetic portion, a body, a tensile pulse transmitter, and a pulse and current control unit. ... The Boeing Co

12/01/16 / #20160349160

Pre-strained composite test coupons

A composite test coupon includes a plurality of plies. The plurality of plies include first ply layers and second ply layers. ... The Boeing Co

12/01/16 / #20160349086

Interferometric rotary encoder

A precision optical encoder that utilizes interferometric measurements of displacement to provide angle measurements using a laser which is injection locked to a reference laser having a secondary optical frequency which has been verified with respect to a primary optical frequency standard. The encoder shape encodes distance to rotation angle. ... The Boeing Co

12/01/16 / #20160348976

Airflow in autoclaves

A method and system are presented. The system comprises a plurality of baffles positioned to split an airflow from a door of an autoclave into a counter-rotating flow pattern.. ... The Boeing Co

12/01/16 / #20160348867

Electrically shielded lighting apparatus

In one aspect, apparatus are described herein. In some implementations, an apparatus comprises a housing disposed in or on an exterior surface of a vehicle, a light emitting diode disposed in the housing, and an electrically conductive layer disposed over the light emitting diode and in an optical path of the light emitting diode. ... The Boeing Co

12/01/16 / #20160348580

Aircraft thermal energy harvesting using rotary shape memory alloy apparatus

A thermal energy harvesting system employs a hot flow conduit and a cold flow conduit with a flow routing device interruptibly interconnecting the hot flow conduit and cold flow conduit with a flow casing. At least one shape memory actuator (sma) tube is in fluid contact with the flow casing and fixed at a first end. ... The Boeing Co

12/01/16 / #20160347955

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

12/01/16 / #20160347918

Enhancing z-conductivity in carbon fiber reinforced plastic composite layups

Carbon fiber reinforced plastic (“cfrp”) composite layups and processes for manufacturing cfrp composite layups that integrate z-conductivity features directly into cfrp composite layups during the manufacturing processes for lightning protection, more particularly, inherent edge glow protection from lightning direct effects, and electrical current flow path control. Cfrp composite layups are configured during the manufacturing processes to provide inter-ply electrical connections between composite plies of the cfrp composite layups, therefore avoiding the need for add-on protection features that result in significant cost and weight penalties.. ... The Boeing Co

12/01/16 / #20160347472

Wearable electronic display and method for displaying information to a pilot

A wearable electronic display system detects aircraft flight related conditions, compares the detected flight related conditions with rules or procedures, retrieves flight condition information relating to phase of flight, and displays small amounts of contextually relevant flight condition information on a display screen.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/01/16 / #20160347470

Vehicle health management systems and methods

A method includes receiving first vehicle data from a sensor on a vehicle at one or more processors executing a first software module. The method includes determining a risk value, a confidence value associated with whether the first vehicle data matches a validated vehicle state, and a benefit value associated with providing the first vehicle data to a second software module. ... The Boeing Co

12/01/16 / #20160347465

Positive lock latching mechanism

An apparatus and method according to one or more embodiments are provided for a latching mechanism. The latching mechanism may be implemented, for example, as a positive lock latching mechanism that provides a positive indication when a latch is not engaged. ... The Boeing Co

12/01/16 / #20160347454

Removable seat divider for placement in a seat

Disclosed is a removable seat divider for placement in a seat. The removable seat divider includes a vertical structure configured to be placed on the seat along an approximate center of the seat. ... The Boeing Co

12/01/16 / #20160347453

Energy-harvesting-based control and communication for a cabin services system

A passenger control unit is provided that may include a push-button, power assembly, and control and communication circuitry. The push-button may be for control of a passenger service unit (psu) onboard a passenger vehicle, and may also generate mechanical energy when pushed. ... The Boeing Co

12/01/16 / #20160347436

Interior module installation in an aircraft fuselage

A method of installing interior modules to support structures in an aircraft fuselage comprises attaching fixed ends of a plurality of tie rods to the support structures; and determining installation length of the tie rods, installation spacing between free ends of the tie rods, and installation orientation of the tie rods prior to positioning the interior module for installation. The method further comprises securing tie rod holding fixtures to the tie rods to hold the spacing and orientation at or near final configuration to facilitate installation of the interior modules.. ... The Boeing Co

12/01/16 / #20160347382

Method and apparatus for moving a robotic vehicle

A method and apparatus for moving a robotic vehicle relative to a structure. A set of tracks associated with a base of the robotic vehicle may be deployed. ... The Boeing Co

12/01/16 / #20160347038

Self-sealing bladders and related methods

A self-sealing bladder may automatically seal a puncture wound formed in a bladder wall thereof, such as due to being perforated by a projectile. Self-sealing bladders may be used in containers, such as fuel tanks, in order to prevent loss of fuel or other fluid from the container. ... The Boeing Co

12/01/16 / #20160346995

Method to reduce residual stress in an integrally-stiffened co-bonded structure

A method of reducing residual stress in a composite assembly may include assembling a first composite part to a second composite part to form a detail assembly. The first and second composite part may each have a flange and a web connected by a bend radius. ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160344955

Multi-directional, multi-spectral star tracker with a common aperture and common camera

An optical star tracker system including a single common aperture, a single light-redirecting element, a single imaging sensor and an image processor, wherein the light-redirecting element receives incident light rays from a plurality of objects and forms images of the objects distorted at angles indicative of the multiple directions of the incident light rays from the objects depending on an orientation at which the incident light rays originated from the objects.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160344579

Constant-envelope phase-optimized transmission methods and apparatus

Constant-envelope phase-optimized transmission methods and apparatus are disclosed. An example method includes determining initial values of modulation phases in a first quadrant, the modulation phases associated with binary codes to be transmitted; and optimizing the initial values to second values to enable a product of an objective function to be within a threshold value.. ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160344467

Multiband wireless data transmission between aircraft and ground systems

Provided are methods and systems for multiband wireless data transmission between aircraft and ground systems. The transmission uses different wavelength ranges, each wavelength range corresponding to a different data domain and establishing a different communication channel. ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160344255

Balanced eccentric gear design and method

A wobble plate drive system may include a stator having a central axis, an upper surface perpendicular to the central axis, and a plurality of stator teeth disposed on the upper surface. The system may further include a wobble plate having a wobble axis disposed at a non-zero angle relative to the central axis, a lower wobble surface perpendicular to the wobble axis, and an upper wobble surface perpendicular to the wobble axis. ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160344152

Field-stabilized induction heating

Methods and systems for the uniform induction heating of forming dies, where the forming die may be heated by an induction coil in conjunction with a pair of electromagnetic (em) field stabilizers, each em field stabilizer configured to be adjacent one end of the forming die while the forming die is within the induction heating coil.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160344098

Switchable transmit and receive phased array antenna

A switchable transmit and receive phased array antenna (“strpaa”) is disclosed. The strpaa includes a housing, a plurality of radiating elements, and a plurality of transmit and receive (“t/r”) modules. ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160343258

System and method for defining and predicting aircraft trajectories

The method of the present invention comprises acquiring input data of both aircraft performance characteristics and atmospheric data, and defining trajectory parameters to which the aircraft trajectory must be subjected, the method further comprising defining aircraft trajectory parameters; acquiring a plurality of atmospheric forecast ensembles; calculating a predicted trajectory from each atmospheric forecast of an atmospheric forecast ensemble, said predicted trajectory having associated information regarding a certain figure of merit of the aircraft trajectory, wherein an ensemble of predicted trajectories is obtained from each atmospheric forecast ensemble, each predicted trajectory of the ensemble of predicted trajectories having an associated probability derived from the probability of each atmospheric forecast within an atmospheric forecast ensemble; the system of the present disclosure comprising all the necessary equipment to carry out the method of the present disclosure.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160343257

Aircraft flight control using a required time of arrival index

A method includes receiving, at a flight management system of an aircraft, a required time of arrival (rta) of the aircraft at a first location. The method includes receiving, at the flight management system, an input indicating an rta index value. ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160341857

Apparatus and methods to provide a surface having a tunable emissivity

Apparatus and methods to provide a surface having a tunable emissivity are disclosed. An example method includes tuning a characteristic of one or more resonators in a material to change an absorption of radiation by the one or more resonators and to change an amount of destructive interference caused by the material.. ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160341843

System and method for detecting objects

A system and method for locating an object within a structure includes a magnetically-responsive member coupled to the object. A magnetic field generator generates a magnetic field in the presence of the structure. ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160341283

Bearing apparatus for power transmissions

Power transmissions are disclosed. An example transmission includes a first pericyclic motion converter having a first aperture to receive at least a portion of an output shaft and a second pericyclic motion converter having a second aperture to receive at least a portion of the output shaft. ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160341282

Power transmissions

Power transmissions are disclosed. An example transmission includes a first pericyclic motion converter to wobble at an angle relative to a first reaction control member and a first output shaft gear. ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160341150

Thrust reverser system and method with flow separation-inhibiting blades

An aircraft thrust reverser system including a fan duct including a bullnose, a cascade positioned to direct air outward from the fan duct to generate reverse thrust with respect to a direction of travel, and a flow separation-inhibiting blade positioned within the fan duct proximate the bullnose, wherein the flow separation-inhibiting blade directs the air toward the cascade.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160340522

Carbon nanotube coated structure and associated method of fabrication

A coated structure is provided that has a highly concentrated coating of carbon nanotubes so as to provide integrated thermal emissivity, atomic oxygen (ao) shielding and tailorable conductivity to the underlying surface, such as the surface of an aerospace vehicle, a solar array, an aeronautical vehicle or the like. A method of fabricating a coated structure is also provided in which a surface is coated with a coating having a relative high concentration of carbon nanotubes that is configured to provide integrated thermal emissivity, ao shielding and tailorable conductivity to the surface.. ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160340118

Methods and systems for waste management

A lid assembly for use with a waste management system includes a lid having an opening defined therethrough, wherein the lid assembly is configured to couple to a container. The lid assembly also includes at least one flap assembly including a counterbalance mechanism pivotally coupled to the lid and a flap portion coupled to the counterbalance mechanism. ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160340117

Methods and systems for waste management

A waste containment system for use with a waste management system, having a chute and a container, includes a sensor configured to determine a position of a chute top lid. The waste containment system also includes at least one pivoting mechanism operatively coupled to at least one flap of a container top lid. ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160340116

Methods and systems for waste mangement

A waste management system for transferring waste from an elevated platform to a ground level includes a waste disposal station coupled to the platform such that the waste disposal station is configured to receive the waste from a technician. The waste management system also includes at least one chute coupled to the waste disposal station such that the at least one chute configured to channel the waste downward from the waste disposal station. ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160340055

Systems and methods for detecting a security breach in an aircraft network

A network system of an aircraft implements a target system to attract, detect, log, and mitigate a potential breach by the malicious entities. The target system simulates the systems of the aircraft in order to attract a potential breach. ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160340049

Flight termination for air vehicles

The present disclosure refers to a method and a related system of flight termination for air vehicles. The method and the system of flight termination for air vehicles involve deploying a parachute for flight termination of an air vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160340046

Galley cart and galley system of an aircraft

A galley cart includes walls defining an interior cavity extending between a front and a rear of the galley cart and the interior cavity extending between a top end and a bottom end. A supply port is provided in flow communication with the interior cavity at or near either the top end or the bottom end of the cart. ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160340044

Galley refrigeration system of an aircraft

A galley refrigeration system includes a liquid heat exchange loop and an air heat exchange loop in thermal communication with the liquid heat exchange loop. The air heat exchange loop includes a heat exchanger configured to be coupled in flow communication with at least one galley cart. ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160339682

Bladder system for curing composite parts

A structure comprising a plurality of walls defining a bladder cavity, the bladder cavity comprises an initial cross section size. A first plurality of wave features provided along at least one of the plurality of walls defining the bladder cavity. ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160339652

Remote advanced repair guidance

Systems and processes for enabling an off-site expert to interact with an on-site technician during repair of composite structure. The off-site expert can provide real-time guidance to an on-site technician before and during the performance of repair procedures to avoid errors. ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160339647

High rate production fiber placement system and method

A fiber placement system including a fiber placement station at a first location, the fiber placement station including a tool and a fiber placement assembly configured to construct a reinforcement layup on the tool, the first fiber placement assembly including a compaction roller rotatable about an axis of rotation, the compaction roller at least partially defining a nip, a thermoplastic composite ply extending through the nip and a heating unit positioned to heat the thermoplastic composite ply proximate the nip, and a consolidation station at a consolidation location, the consolidation location being different from the first location, the consolidation station including a consolidation tool and a consolidation system configured to consolidate a reinforcement layup assembly that includes the reinforcement layup.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160339629

Automated fabrication of composite fillers

A composite radius filler having a varying cross-sectional shape is pre-conditioned before being pultruded through forming dies. The composite filler radius filler includes a tab ply having a varying width that is laminated onto a supporting, full width base ply.. ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160339612

Coating soluble tooling inserts

The surface of a tooling insert is coated with a polymer layer having a low surface energy in order to cover surface irregularities and thereby provide a smooth surface against which a composite part may be compression molded.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160339611

Thermoplastic composite part and method of fabrication

An assembly of thermoplastic parts for forming a final composite part is presented where the assembly includes at least two prefabricated shells fabricated of thermoplastic. Each prefabricated shell has substantially the same shape as the final composite part and where the shapes of the prefabricated shells have dimensions that allow the prefabricated shells to be assembled into a nest for placement into a mold.. ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160339605

Fabrication of stiffened composite panels

A stiffened composite panel is fabricated using modular tooling. Composite pre-preg is laid up and formed over forming block modules each of which is assembled by co-linearly arranging a plurality of forming block segments. ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160339551

Adjustable part holding fixture, system and method

There is provided an adjustable part holding fixture, system and method. The fixture has a base assembly with a container and a phase change material contained within the container. ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160339529

Failsafe locating device for drilling holes

The present disclosure generally relates to a drilling tool having one or more locating brackets. The locating brackets include contacts that when engaged by a workpiece or a component adjacent to a workpiece, complete a pneumatic circuits of a pneumatic switch. ... The Boeing Co

11/24/16 / #20160338488

Systems and methods of cooling a galley of an aircraft

A galley includes a cart compartment defining a cavity configured to store at least one galley cart. The galley includes a heat exchanger positioned within the cart compartment and a plenum coupled in flow communication with the heat exchanger. ... The Boeing Co

11/17/16 / #20160337820

Operational network planning

An apparatus is provided for implementation of an operational network planning system. The apparatus may receive importation of a unit task organization (uto) and form waveform(s) based thereon. ... The Boeing Co

11/17/16 / #20160337407

Scalable security architecture systems and methods

Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide a secure federated computing system for mobile structures. A secure federated computing system includes a secure system controller and one or more user modules each implemented with a secure system processor and configured to communicate over one or more system fabrics. ... The Boeing Co

11/17/16 / #20160337394

Newborn domain screening of electronic mail messages

An apparatus is provided for implementation of a system for screening electronic mail messages. The apparatus may receive an electronic mail message, and scan the electronic mail message for a uniform resource identifier (uri) of an internet resource embedded therein. ... The Boeing Co

11/17/16 / #20160336650

Stacks having hermetic capping layers over porous ceramic matrix composite structures

Provided are stacks including cmc structures and capping layers deposited on surfaces of these cmc structures. Also provided are methods for hermetically sealing the surfaces of the cmc structures with the capping layers. ... The Boeing Co

11/17/16 / #20160335899

Terminal area alert system

A method and system for handling a missed approach of an aircraft. A group of signals that indicates a go-around maneuver occurring during an approach of the aircraft to land at an airport is detected on a data bus in the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

11/17/16 / #20160335800

Wire harness assembly

A method and apparatus for an augmented reality vision system. A first input selecting a branch is received. ... The Boeing Co

11/17/16 / #20160335584

Crew pairing reliability analyzer

For analyzing pairing reliability is disclosed, an apparatus, a method, and a computer program product are disclosed. The apparatus may include a pairing schedule module that receives a crew pairing and a history module that retrieves historical performance data for at least one connectable leg in the crew pairing. ... The Boeing Co

11/17/16 / #20160334301

Apparatus for automated maintenance of aircraft structural elements

Automated apparatus for performing maintenance functions on airfoil-shaped bodies having short chord lengths, the apparatus being movable in a spanwise direction along the airfoil-shaped body. In accordance with various embodiments, the apparatus comprises a blade crawler capable of supporting any one of a plurality of end effectors for performing a set of maintenance functions on an airfoil-shaped body, such as a blade component. ... The Boeing Co

11/17/16 / #20160334212

Sensing of a magnetic target

An apparatus comprises a magnetic target for generating a magnetic field that is uniform and concentric about a central axis of the target; an array of three-axis digital magnetic compasses for sensing the magnetic field; and a processor for finding intersection points of vectors from the compasses to the target. The vectors lie in a global x-y plane that is normal to the central axis. ... The Boeing Co

11/17/16 / #20160333960

Energy-absorbing composite tension-shear fitting

An energy absorbing fitting is constructed to absorb tension, shear and compression loads at a joint between two composite material beams of a composite material frame. The fitting is constructed with a band of composite material having an inverted u-shape, a panel of composite material having a u-shaped cross-section configuration that is assembled into the inverted u-shaped configuration of the band, and a sheet of composite material having an inverted l-shape configuration that is secured to the band and to the panel. ... The Boeing Co

11/17/16 / #20160333904

Piezoelectric actuators optimized for synthetic jet actuators

A synthetic jet actuator and a method for optimizing a synthetic jet actuator to meet operating requirements and physical constraints may include estimating dimension and a resonance frequency of an air cavity of the synthetic jet actuator, and using the estimated resonance frequency to the estimate dimensions of a piezoelectric actuator of the synthetic jet actuator. Individual simulations of the air cavity and piezoelectric actuator, and a coupled simulation may be performed using the estimated dimensions, and the dimensions may be revised and simulations re-executed to match the resonance frequencies of the air chamber and the piezoelectric actuator. ... The Boeing Co

11/17/16 / #20160333871

Synthetic vacuum generator

A synthetic vacuum generator has a case enclosing an interior cavity with an aperture through the case in communication with the cavity. A piston and a check valve are mounted in the case in fluid communication with the cavity and the aperture. ... The Boeing Co

11/17/16 / #20160332751

Stringer alignment tool

A method and apparatus for aligning stringers. A tool comprises an index feature, a body, a number of legs, and a biasing member. ... The Boeing Co

11/17/16 / #20160332749

Loading of aircraft landing gear

A method of loading a landing gear in an aircraft comprises accessing an ideal path specifying movement of the landing gear from a starting location to an expected mounting location on the aircraft; determining a difference between the expected mounting location and an actual mounting location on the aircraft; modifying the ideal path to move the expected mounting location to the actual mounting location; and moving the landing gear along the modified path.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/17/16 / #20160332746

Very low profile anti collision light

A light configured to be coupled to a surface, where the light includes a light source configured to emit light in three dimensions and a lens configured to direct a majority of the light emitted by the light source outwardly from the light source in directions along the surface. The light may be an anti collision light for an aircraft.. ... The Boeing Co

11/17/16 / #20160332729

Storage capacity status indicator and associated systems and methods

Described herein is a system for a mobile platform includes a storage compartment that defines an interior space. The storage compartment forms part of the mobile platform. ... The Boeing Co

11/17/16 / #20160332715

Apparatus and methods for attaching panels to support structures

Apparatus and methods for attaching a panel to a supporting structure. Hinged assemblies having open and closed hinge states are attached to at least two elements of the supporting structure. ... The Boeing Co

11/17/16 / #20160332501

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 containing a flow of fluid discharged from a fracture in a duct. ... The Boeing Co

11/17/16 / #20160332434

Laser-reflective compaction roller and associated fiber placement system and method

A fiber placement system including a compaction roller rotatable about an axis of rotation, the compaction roller including a reflective layer that includes a reflective material dispersed in a polymeric material, and a light source positioned to project a beam of electromagnetic radiation proximate the compaction roller, the beam having a wavelength, wherein the reflective material has a reflectance of at least 80 percent at the wavelength.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/17/16 / #20160332413

Systems and methods for forming composite materials

A composite membrane assembly may include a plurality of stacked composite plies. Each composite ply may include a main body of reinforced fibers connected together with a resin. ... The Boeing Co

11/17/16 / #20160332412

Process or system to reduce cost and weight of aerospace interior structural thermoplastic or composite panel constructions

Methods for manufacturing composite panels for use in the interior of an aircraft are disclosed, specifically, methods of manufacturing joggled composite panels comprising metal inserts and the resulting composite panels and inserts.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/17/16 / #20160332394

Compaction method and device for automated fiber placement

A compaction device for use with an automated fiber placement machine includes multiple compaction rollers mounted for independent displacement on a supporting frame. The attitude of the compaction rollers change relative to each other when fiber tows are laid up at an angle over an edge of a tool in order to maintain compaction pressure on the tows and thereby reduce non-compacted areas of the tows.. ... The Boeing Co

11/17/16 / #20160332363

Fiber placement system and method with modulated laser scan heating

A fiber placement system including a compaction roller rotatable about an axis of rotation, the compaction roller at least partially defining a compaction nip region, and a laser heating assembly including a laser that emits a beam of electromagnetic radiation and a scan head defining a scan field, the scan field being aligned with the compaction nip region, wherein the scan head scans the beam within the scan field.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/17/16 / #20160332272

Surface area of fixtures

A method and apparatus. The apparatus comprises a first portion of a tool and a second portion of the tool. ... The Boeing Co

11/17/16 / #20160332238

Back spotfacing system and method

A back spotfacing system having a machining apparatus with a through-hole cutter tool. The tool has an elongate member movable to coaxially extend through a hole in a workpiece from a first side of the workpiece, the workpiece coupled to the apparatus. ... The Boeing Co

11/17/16 / #20160332189

Sealing system for fasteners

A method and apparatus for forming a sealant coating on a fastener are provided. The apparatus comprises a light generator, a light housing, and a forming cup. ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160330489

Distribution of in-flight entertainment content to portable electronic devices

Embodiments herein provide for in-flight entertainment (ife) content distribution onboard an aircraft to personal electronic devices (peds) of passengers over universal serial bus (usb). One embodiment comprises system that includes a media server disposed within the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160330373

Active aperture partitioning for an imaging system

An aperture partitioning element for an imaging system is disclosed. The aperture partitioning element includes a plurality of segments each including a reflective surface and a body. ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160330242

Inline arinc data authenticity inspection module, method and computer program product

An inline arinc data authenticity inspection module, method and computer program product are provided. In the context of a method, arinc data that is transmitted via an arinc bus is received into a buffer partition. ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160329956

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

11/10/16 / #20160329875

Reconfigurable electromagnetic interference filter network

An emi filter network may be used to provide interference filtering for multiple loads (referred to collectively as a dynamic load). In one aspect, the emi filter network includes electrical switches that establish different configurations or arrangements of passive circuit elements (e.g., inductors and capacitors) where each configuration generates a different filter value. ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160329724

Method for configurable usb power management

Within examples, systems for power distribution within the cabin of an aircraft are provided and methods for operation. The system includes a passenger seat of the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160328977

Method and apparatus for building a taxiing route

A method and apparatus for building a route for moving an aircraft within an on-ground environment by identifying route elements. Input that is entered by an operator of an aircraft based on route instructions provided by a controller is received through a character input section of a graphical user interface. ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160328891

Methods and apparatus for operating flight control systems of aircrafts

Methods and apparatus for operating flight control systems of aircrafts are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a flight control system including a processor to: based on data from first and second sensors, determine first and second values; based on the first and second values, determine a location of a jam in the flight control system, the location of the jam being determined based on a summation of the first and second values.. ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160328860

Occlusion-robust visual object fingerprinting using fusion of multiple sub-region signatures

Within examples, methods and systems for occlusion-robust object fingerprinting using fusion of multiple sub-region signatures are described. An example method includes receiving an indication of an object within a sequence of video frames, selecting from the sequence of video frames a reference image frame indicative of the object and candidate image frames representative of possible portions of the object, dividing the reference image frame and the candidate image frames into multiple cells, defining for the reference image frame and the candidate image frames sub-regions of the multiple cells such that the sub-regions include the same cells for overlapping representations and the sub-regions include multiple sizes, comparing characteristics of sub-regions of the reference image frame to characteristics of sub-regions of the candidate image frames and determining similarity measurements, and based on the similarity measurements, tracking the object within the sequence of video frames.. ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160327945

Methods and apparatus to deploy and recover a fixed wing unmanned aerial vehicle via a non-fixed wing aircraft

Example methods and apparatus to deploy and recover a fixed wing unmanned aerial vehicle via a non-fixed wing aircraft are described herein. An example method includes tracking a location of a non-fixed wing aircraft in flight, tracking a location of a fixed wing aircraft in flight, positioning the non-fixed wing aircraft relative to the fixed wing aircraft based on the locations of the non-fixed wing aircraft and the fixed wing aircraft and coupling, via a gripper, the fixed wing aircraft to the non-fixed wing aircraft in mid-flight at a recovery location.. ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160327937

Model-based definition for machining aircraft parts

A method of manufacturing an aircraft part for an assembly includes creating a 3d geometry model for an aircraft part having surface features and holes represented by the 3d geometry model and sized to nominal dimensions. The method includes generating a nc machining program directly from the 3d geometry model, with instructions for a single nc machining apparatus to machine the aircraft part, and including instructions to machine the holes to nominal. ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160327224

Optical modifications for changing power density of solar simulator systems

An apparatus and methods for retrofitting known solar simulator systems to allow the exit beam to be changed in size and location without changing the other fundamental functions of the main optical elements. The solar simulator system is provided with means for de-magnifying the exit beam to provide higher power densities at the illumination plane. ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160327188

Dual walled titanium tubing and methods of manufacturing the tubing

Within examples, a method of manufacturing a double-walled titanium conduit is described. Example methods include stitch welding multiple concentric sheets to form a stitch layer, providing the stitch layer between an inner wall and an outer wall of the double-walled titanium conduit, circumferentially seam welding the inner wall and the outer wall to the stitch layer to create a welded assembly, die forming the welded assembly at temperature and pressure to form inner structures between the multiple concentric sheets according to stitch welding lines and to enable a diffusion bond process among the inner wall, the stitch layer, and the outer wall, and removing the double-walled titanium conduit from the die.. ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160325857

Hybrid ablative thermal protection systems and associated methods

A method of forming a thermal protection system for high speed aircraft is described. The method includes mechanically working an uncured ablator material into a first surface of a felt layer such that the ablator material penetrates a distance into a thickness of the felt layer thereby forming an region that has a mixture of felt and ablator material, adding additional uncured ablator material to the worked ablator material, and curing the combined ablator material.. ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160325853

Automated index pin locking apparatus

An index pin locking apparatus may include an index head including a bore extending through the index head, the bore being sized to receive an index pin, and a pin lock movable relative to the bore between a first position disengaged from the index pin and a second position engaged to the index pin.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160325852

Workbench assembly

The present disclosure generally relates to modular workpiece support assemblies that are well suited for supporting large, irregularly shaped workpieces, such as curved aircraft workpieces. The modular workpiece support assemblies include a plurality of connected modular components which are pivotably attached to one another in order to adjust to the size, shape, and curvature of large, irregularly shaped workpieces. ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160325851

Assembly of an aircraft structure assembly without shimming, locating fixtures or final-hole-size drill jigs

A method is provided for assembling an aircraft structure assembly composed of a plurality of sections, and doing so without use of any shimming, locating fixtures or final-hole-size drill jigs. The method includes supporting the first and second frame sections on respective adjustable supports, and positioning the interconnecting frame section therebetween. ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160325847

Aircraft construction protection apparatus

A protection apparatus employed in the construction of aircraft can be collapsed to a small configuration to enable insertion of the apparatus to access openings in a structure of the aircraft, for example an access opening in a wing of the aircraft, to position the protection apparatus inside the aircraft structure. Once inside the aircraft structure, the protection apparatus can be expanded from its collapsed configuration and positioned over components in the aircraft structure, for example hydraulic tubing or electric wiring, to protect those components from damage by a worker working in the aircraft structure above the components.. ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160325841

Mobile platform thermal management systems and methods

A system for cooling a plurality of electrical equipment components inside a mobile platform may include at least one manifold and a plurality of flexible tubing ducts. The manifold may have an outlet, and a plurality of inlet tubing connections in fluid communication with the outlet. ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160325836

Airplane cabin panoramic view system

A system and method for displaying on a display inside of an aircraft a panoramic view of a view outside the aircraft. The system includes a window plug configured to fit into a window of an aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160325824

Color applications for aerodynamic microstructures

Color applications for aerodynamic microstructures are disclosed herein. One disclosed example apparatus includes an aerodynamic microstructure of a vehicle, sub-microstructures superimposed on the aerodynamic microstructure, and a color application defined on or within the microstructure.. ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160325823

Optical effects for aerodynamic microstructures

Aerodynamic microstructures having sub-microstructure are disclosed herein. One disclosed example apparatus includes an aerodynamic microstructure defining an external surface of a vehicle, and a pattern of sub-microstructures superimposed on the microstructure to convey a representation of an image.. ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160325821

Vibration dampening for horizontal stabilizers

Systems and methods provide for the mitigation of vibrational forces acting on a horizontal stabilizer of an aircraft. According to one aspect, a damper is coupled to a front portion of a horizontal stabilizer to dampen vibrations in a first degree of freedom, with another damper coupled to a mounting point of the horizontal stabilizer to dampen vibrations in a second degree of freedom. ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160325818

Aerodynamic microstructures having sub-microstructures

Aerodynamic microstructures having sub-microstructure are disclosed herein. One disclosed example apparatus includes an aerodynamic microstructure on an external surface of a vehicle, and sub-microstructures superimposed on the aerodynamic microstructure, where the sub-microstructures are spaced to reduce reflections.. ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160325525

Fabric jacketed unidirectional noodle

A composite, radius filler noodle for a co-cured spar or stringer used in aircraft construction has a unidirectional composite core and pluralities of pre-preg fabric strips stacked in layers surrounding the core.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160325509

System and method for manufacturing off-axis prepreg material

An off-axis prepreg material manufacturing machine may include a robot configured to position a prepreg piece adjacent to an end of a prepreg layer. The machine may additionally include an alignment system configured to sense a position of the prepreg piece relative to the prepreg layer and generate a position signal representative thereof. ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160325494

Monolithic part and method of forming the monolithic part

One example of the present disclosure relates to a monolithic part including an exterior wall and a first cavity. The first cavity includes a first aperture in communication with the exterior wall and a first inner surface defining a first shape. ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160325490

Methods 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 heating the bond interface with sound waves. Heating the bond interface may include applying ultrasonic sound waves to the bond interface.. ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160325489

Systems, methods, and apparatus for automated sealant application

Systems, methods, and apparatus are disclosed for shaping sealant applied to a fastener. Tools disclosed herein include a housing that includes a first end, a second end, and a chamber, the first end including a first opening defining a first portion of the chamber, the second end being configured to be coupled to a robotic sealant applicator, the housing further including a second opening configured to transfer a solvent from an external reservoir to the chamber. ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160325362

Method and system for defining the position of a fastener with a peen mark

A method and system are provided to position and drill an opening for a fastener through one or more workpieces. In the context of a method, a peen mark is formed on a workpiece at a location at which the opening is to be drilled. ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160325331

Method and apparatus for hot forming metal parts

A metal part is hot formed by placing a metal part blank on a forming tool and installing a fabric cover over the forming tool, overlying the metal part blank. The fabric is at least partially wrapped around the metal part blank. ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160325307

Systems, methods, and apparatuses for applying viscous fluids to components

Systems, apparatuses, and methods for applying viscous fluid to a component having a primary surface and opposed surfaces perpendicular to the primary surface may include positioning an adjustable nozzle adjacent the primary surface such that first and second contact members of the nozzle, movable relative to each other, contact the opposed surfaces, the first and second contact members being urged toward the opposed surfaces by at least one biasing element of the adjustable nozzle, applying a viscous fluid from a passage in a body of the adjustable nozzle to the primary surface, and moving the adjustable nozzle along the primary surface.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/10/16 / #20160325304

Viscous fluid applicator

A variable-width viscous fluid applicator, and related methods, may include an applicator having wall portions adjustable toward and away from each other, an injection port being formed in a bridge portion that spans upper ends of the wall portions. The applicator may be engaged around the edge of a component such as a panel. ... The Boeing Co

11/03/16 / #20160323198

System and method of determining network locations for data analysis in a distributed ecosystem

A distributed ecosystem including an analysis computing resource and a network is disclosed. The distributed ecosystem also includes at least one sensor for monitoring a characteristic of the distributed ecosystem, at least one localized computing resource in communication with the at least one sensor, and a gateway controller. ... The Boeing Co

11/03/16 / #20160322785

Angled facet broad-ridge quantum cascade laser

A particular quantum cascade laser includes a ridge-guide. The ridge-guide includes an angled facet that extends across a width of the ridge-guide and a flat facet that extends across the width of the ridge-guide. ... The Boeing Co

11/03/16 / #20160321530

Method for tracking a device in a landmark-based reference system

Systems and methods for determining locations of a device in an environment where features are present. Passive code pattern markers are used as unique location landmarks to provide on-demand location information to the user of the device in an abstract, landmark-based reference system that can then be mapped into an underlying physical 3-d coordinate system to give location coordinates that can be used by other tools to determine a viewpoint. ... The Boeing Co

11/03/16 / #20160320630

Method and apparatus for stabilizing a line of sight of a radiant energy system

A method and apparatus for stabilizing a line of sight of a radiant energy system. The line of sight of a main beam is positioned using a first reflector and a second reflector based on a reference beam that is inertially stabilized in a selected direction. ... The Boeing Co

11/03/16 / #20160320350

Bond inspection system and method

A bond inspection system may include a material that reacts to applied activation energy by creating a compression wave, the material positioned adjacent a surface of a structure having a bond to be inspected and shaped in a predetermined pattern, such that reaction of the material causes compression waves to travel through the surface and structure; a source of activation energy capable of directing the activation energy at the material; and a controller programmed to actuate the source of activation energy to direct the activation energy at discrete portions of the predetermined pattern of material in a predetermined sequence selected to create a plurality of the compression waves so that the compression waves reflect from an opposite side of the structure as a plurality of tension waves that combine at substantially the same time at a bondline of the structure to be inspected.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/03/16 / #20160320348

Ultrasound scanning system, assembly, and method for inspecting composite structures

An ultrasound scanning assembly is configured to inspect a structure, such as a composite winglet of an aircraft. The ultrasound scanning assembly may include an outer ultrasound probe configured to be positioned on an outer surface of the structure. ... The Boeing Co

11/03/16 / #20160320204

Methods and systems for performing charting tasks

A method for accessing information on an electronic version of an navigation information display is described. The method includes displaying navigation information in a first portion of a display of a device, the device incorporating a touch screen, sensing a user touch on the touch screen, determining, by the device, a selected location on the touch screen where the user touch has occurred, correlating the selected location on the touch screen where the user touch has occurred with a location on the navigation information display, displaying a magnified area of a portion of the navigation information proximate the location on the touch screen where the user touch occurred, and displaying textual information related to the magnified area in a second portion of the display device.. ... The Boeing Co

11/03/16 / #20160319895

Dynamic shape maintenance of aerospace subsystems using tuned mass dampers

A vibration damping system employs a component having a directionally sensitive element thereon, mounted to an aircraft, which experiences dynamic excitation that induces bending deflection in the component that will reorient the directionally sensitive element. At least one tuned mass damper is mounted on the component in an orientation in which an internal mass of the tuned mass damper is moveable such that the tuned massed damper absorbs and attenuates at least a portion of the deflective motion, to thereby suppress bending deflection of the component in the particular axial direction and generally maintain the linearity of the directionally sensitive element.. ... The Boeing Co

11/03/16 / #20160319668

Textured leading edge for aerospace and nautical structures

A surface area of a structure is fabricated with a textured surface that reduces the surface wear rate or erosion caused by a high speed flow of fluid containing abrasive particles over the surface area. More particularly, a leading edge surface such as a rotor leading edge surface, an aircraft airfoil leading edge surface, a propeller leading edge surface, etc. ... The Boeing Co

11/03/16 / #20160319449

Environmentally friendly aluminum coatings as sacrificial coatings for high strength steel alloys

Electroplating process is described for coating a ferrous alloy steel cathode substrate with an aluminum coating, the process comprises: a) immersing an aluminum anode substrate in a plating bath formulation comprising: a source of aluminum, an ionic liquid, a brightening agent, and a metal-salt compound; b) etching the cathode substrate by immersing it into the aluminum plating bath and conducting an anodic polarization step; c) electroplating the etched cathode substrate with the aluminum plating bath formulation; and d) rinsing with alcohol and water, and drying. Preferably, the process further comprises a heat treatment applied to the aluminum coated ferrous steel alloy obtained in step d).. ... The Boeing Co

11/03/16 / #20160318630

Nose landing gear rigging alignment tool holding fixture

Method and apparatus for providing an alignment indication for a nose landing gear of an aircraft. The apparatus includes surfaces that abut certain features of the nose landing gear. ... The Boeing Co

11/03/16 / #20160318625

Systems and methods for electronically pairing devices

A method for electronically pairing a plurality of control units with a plurality of objects in an aircraft is provided. The method includes identifying a selected control unit from the plurality of control units that will control a selected object from the plurality of objects, placing a hand-held scanner in close proximity to a first machine-readable tag on the selected control unit to acquire a first unique id for only the selected control unit, placing the hand-held scanner in close proximity to a second machine-readable tag on the selected object to acquire a second unique id for only the selected object, and associating the first unique id with the second unique id to pair the selected control unit with the selected object.. ... The Boeing Co

11/03/16 / #20160318618

Segmented aircraft wing having solar arrays

An aircraft wing has a plurality of wing segments mounted on a wing spar by joints that allow relative movement between the spar and the wing segments. Tuning of coefficients of thermal expansion is employed to reduce induced stresses from changes in temperature.. ... The Boeing Co

11/03/16 / #20160318614

Methods and apparatuses for integrated noise control and flow control in an aircraft environmental control system

Aircraft, environmental control systems, and air diffusers that may be used to create a quiet, comfortable environment within an aircraft cabin are disclosed. The air diffusers include a duct, a grille, and a porous flow conditioner positioned at least partially within an outlet plenum of the duct. ... The Boeing Co

11/03/16 / #20160318603

Rigid tipped riblets

A multilayer construction for aerodynamic riblets includes a first layer composed of a material with protuberances, the first layer material exhibiting a first characteristic having long-term durability and a second layer composed of a material, exhibiting a second characteristic with capability for adherence to a surface.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/03/16 / #20160318602

Aerodynamic surface assembly defining a fluidic actuation orifice

An aerodynamic surface assembly is provided to facilitate control of the flow over the aerodynamic surface. The aerodynamic surface assembly includes an aerodynamic surface defining an outer mold line over which a fluid is to flow in a downstream direction. ... The Boeing Co

11/03/16 / #20160318597

Apparatuses and methods for manufacturing a structure

A structure (100) comprises a first panel (102); first stringers (106), coupled to the first panel (102) and comprising stringer pairs a; a second panel (104) opposite the first panel (102); and second stringers (108), coupled to the second panel (104) and opposite the first stringers (106). The second stringers (108) comprise stringer pairs b. ... The Boeing Co

11/03/16 / #20160318596

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

A method of forming a direct bearing joint includes coupling a first load-bearing structure to a second load-bearing structure. The second load-bearing structure includes a first structural feature comprising a first arcuate shape. ... The Boeing Co

11/03/16 / #20160318529

Brake device

An apparatus a housing structure and a magnetic assembly. The magnetic assembly is configured to slide within the housing structure in a first direction associated with a direction of travel of the housing structure and in a second direction that is opposite of the first direction. ... The Boeing Co

11/03/16 / #20160318492

Brake selection system and methods

Methods and apparatuses for selecting a plurality of brake assemblies desired for activation during an aircraft taxi braking event from a total number of brake assemblies are disclosed. One method includes determining an estimated peak temperature for each brake assembly and determining a first subset of the brake assemblies having an estimated peak temperature within a predetermined temperature range. ... The Boeing Co

11/03/16 / #20160318264

Method to cast in place threaded inserts into honeycomb composite panels

A method to cast in place an internally threaded hole in an open cell core of a sandwich structural composite panel enables a threaded fastener to be secured to the sandwich structural composite panel without requiring a separate insert for the fastener.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/03/16 / #20160318144

Locating a workpiece using a measurement of a workpiece feature

A method of determining a pose of a workpiece includes receiving known positions of a plurality of reference features of a workpiece in a first pose in a first coordinate space, determining from the known positions an estimate of the first pose of the workpiece in a second coordinate space in which any pose of the workpiece is defined by six distinct components, and at least one of the six components are known. The method includes receiving a position of a second feature of the workpiece in the second coordinate space when the workpiece is disposed in a distinct, second pose in which the at least one known components remain constant between the first and second pose. ... The Boeing Co

10/27/16 / #20160316522

Method and apparatus for forming a heat-treated material

Described herein is a method of forming a heat-treated material includes positioning the heat-treated material between first and second susceptors. Each of the first and second susceptors includes a tool face shaped according to a desired shape of the heat-treated material. ... The Boeing Co

10/27/16 / #20160315715

Electronic quantum information probability transfer

Digital communication systems utilizing entangled qubits are disclosed. The disclosed systems and component sending devices and receiving devices exploit selective entanglement swapping to transfer an entangled state between the sending device and the receiving device. ... The Boeing Co

10/27/16 / #20160314726

System and method for providing a decorative lighting display

A decorative lighting display system and method are described for providing a halo lighting effect around one or more three-dimensional figures. A panel has a recess formed in a front portion thereof and an aperture formed in a portion of the recess. ... The Boeing Co

10/27/16 / #20160314692

Data driven airplane intent inferencing

Method, system and computer program product for providing a predicted vehicle track and for providing alerts when two predicted vehicle tracks are closer than a threshold amount. A vehicle intent prediction model is generated based on past instance of tracks for a vehicle operation, known vehicle intent data for the past instances, and contextual factors, such as weather, airline operator, air vehicle type or configuration, day of the week, etc. ... The Boeing Co

10/27/16 / #20160314632

System and method for detecting vehicle system faults

A method for detecting vehicle system faults includes receiving, with a processor, a plurality of sensor signals from one or more sensors; thresholding, with the processor, the plurality of sensor signals for each respective sensor substantially in real time; and generating, with the processor, abnormal derivative frequency values for each of the plurality of thresholded sensor signals in real time and determining an operational status of at least each of the one or more sensors based on the abnormal derivative frequency values.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/27/16 / #20160314628

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

10/27/16 / #20160313287

Method and apparatus for identifying shim geometries

A method and apparatus for identifying shim geometries. A first part and a second part are assembled with a couplant positioned between the first part and the second part at a shim location, at which a shim is to be installed, to form an assembly. ... The Boeing Co

10/27/16 / #20160313184

Hyperspectral demixing using foveated compressive projections

The present disclosure generally relates to systems and methods for spectral demixing. An example technique includes obtaining empirical spectroscopic data representing a plurality of frequencies of electromagnetic energy that has interacted with a specimen, accessing a computer readable representation of a hierarchal spectral cluster tree representing a spectral library, demixing, with data on each of a plurality of levels of the hierarchal spectral cluster tree, foveated spectroscopic data derived from the empirical spectroscopic data, identifying at least one node in the hierarchal spectral cluster tree as corresponding to the empirical spectroscopic data, and outputting an endmember abundance assessment of the specimen corresponding to at least the at least one node.. ... The Boeing Co

10/27/16 / #20160312847

Vibration-harvesting, variable-stiffness system and method

A system for modifying a stiffness of a structure of a vehicle using vibrational energy of the vehicle includes a variable-stiffness layer, having a selectively controllable young's modulus, attached to the structure, and a conversion layer, coupled to the variable-stiffness layer, the conversion layer configured to convert vibrational energy from the structure into electrical energy, and to supply the electrical energy to the variable-stiffness layer to adjust a stiffness of the variable-stiffness layer.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/27/16 / #20160312809

System and method for an electrostatic bypass

An electrostatic bypass system and method as disclosed utilizes corona wires extending laterally across the flow path upstream of the section of the flow path of concern. The corona wires can be arranged to form a mesh across the flow path and can be powered by a power source to ionize the air surrounding the wires to thereby apply an electrostatic charge to the particulates as they pass through an ionized section of air proximate the wires.. ... The Boeing Co

10/27/16 / #20160312066

Low temperature segmented copolymer compositions and methods

There is provided a method of synthesizing and using a segmented copolymer that includes mixing one or more α,ω (alpha, omega) amine or α,ω (alpha, omega) hydroxyl terminated polysiloxane first soft segments having an average molecular weight of between about 2500 grams per mole to about 10,000 grams per mole, and one or more diisocyanate species, together to form a first reaction product; mixing the first reaction product and one or more low molecular weight diol or diamine chain extenders each having an average molecular weight of less than 400 grams per mole, together in a solvent to form a segmented copolymer in solution; and applying the segmented copolymer in solution to one or more surfaces via spray coating directly from the solution with the segmented copolymer, wherein the segmented copolymer formed has a high flexibility at an environmental temperature of down to about −100 degrees celsius.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/27/16 / #20160312035

Actuatable microstructures and methods of making the same

Actuatable microstructures and methods of making the same are disclosed. An example a sheet includes a first side including an elastomeric material and a second side opposite the first side. ... The Boeing Co

10/27/16 / #20160311542

Weeping ferrofluid anti-ice system

Method, system, and aircraft for providing anti-ice protection comprising a supply of ferrofluid that is flowed out of orifices along a first region of an aerodynamic surface. The flowed ferrofluid is urged toward an aperture on a second region. ... The Boeing Co

10/27/16 / #20160311535

Method of determining a seating arrangement

A method of determining a seating arrangement for an aircraft cabin includes entering configuration parameters into a processor including a cabin width, a quantity of aisles, a minimum aisle width, and a quantity of columns of seats, wherein each seat is movable between a seated configuration and a bed configuration. The method additionally includes entering seat parameters describing the taper in seat width from a main portion to a footrest, and entering configuration rules wherein in at least one column of an inboard column set and/or an outboard column set, the seats are reversed in direction and/or are staggered. ... The Boeing Co

10/27/16 / #20160311516

Split level forward double deck airliner

An aircraft includes a fuselage, having a crown section and a keel, a first passenger cabin, having a first floor, located in an aft portion the fuselage, and a first cargo deck, located below at least a portion of the first passenger cabin. A forward split level cabin including an upper second cabin having a second floor above the level of the first floor, and a lower third cabin beneath the upper second cabin and having a third floor below the level of the first floor. ... The Boeing Co

10/27/16 / #20160311512

Aircraft frame for tailstrike angle enhancement

A wedge frame for an aircraft that provides tailstrike angle enhancement. The wedge frame has converging, non-parallel faceplanes that tilt a rear portion of the aircraft fuselage upward in order to prevent or reduce risk of the tail of the aircraft striking the ground during takeoff and landing. ... The Boeing Co

10/27/16 / #20160311212

System and method for automated backing film removal

A backing film removal system including a substrate support member configured to support a substrate, where a backing film is attached to the substrate, a backing film separating member arranged operatively with respect to the substrate support member such that at least a portion of the backing film separating member is positionable between at least one portion of the substrate and backing film when the substrate is disposed on the substrate support member, a backing film holding member configured to maintain a separation between the substrate and backing film at the at least one portion of the substrate and backing film, and at least one drive unit connected to one or more of the substrate support member and the backing film separating member and operable to cause relative movement between the substrate support member and the backing film separating member.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/27/16 / #20160311179

Non-vented bladder system for curing composite parts

A composite part charge having an internal cavity is placed on a tool and covered by a vacuum bag for autoclave curing. A bladder is placed in the cavity to react autoclave pressure on the charge. ... The Boeing Co

10/27/16 / #20160311176

Systems and tooling for manufacturing composite parts and related methods

Disclosed systems and tooling for manufacturing flanged ducts may improve upon prior art manufacturing techniques, such as by increasing ease of manufacturing and/or quality of resulting parts formed by the systems and tooling. One example of tooling includes a first tool piece that may be coupled to a base, and a second tool piece that is selectively coupled to and removable from the first tool piece. ... The Boeing Co

10/27/16 / #20160311155

Hybrid structure and methods for forming the same

A method for forming a hybrid structure is provided. The method includes applying a sealant to a first component fabricated from a first material, coupling an isolation sheet to the sealant, and coupling a second component to the isolation sheet. ... The Boeing Co

10/27/16 / #20160311051

Embedded tear straps in metal structures

A method comprises embedding tear straps in a metal aircraft structure having a fully formed contour and thickness. The tear straps include strips of fibers that are substantially stronger and stiffer than the metal aircraft structure. ... The Boeing Co

10/27/16 / #20160311034

Reaction tool and method for forming openings in an aircraft fuselage joint

A reaction tool for forming openings in an aircraft fuselage joint is provided. The joint includes (i) a first side from which a forming tool is to be applied at a plurality of opening locations and (ii) an opposing second side. ... The Boeing Co

10/20/16 / #20160309291

Mobile multilateration systems and related methods

Mobile multilateration systems and related methods are disclosed. An example method includes accessing multilateration data relating to a first aircraft using a time-difference-of-arrival determiner of a second aircraft; processing the multilateration data at the second aircraft to determine a calculated position of the first aircraft; comparing the calculated position of the first aircraft to an asserted position of the first aircraft stored at the second aircraft; and in response to the comparison, determining if the calculated position and the asserted position are within a threshold of one another using the time-difference-of-arrival determiner of the second aircraft to determine an authenticity of the first aircraft.. ... The Boeing Co

10/20/16 / #20160308729

Methods and systems for improved computer network analysis

A computer-implemented method for determining service flow rank based on service flow dependency is provided. The method includes receiving a plurality of data flow information for a plurality of data flows. ... The Boeing Co

10/20/16 / #20160308254

Low energy activation fault tolerant battery cell bypass device and system

A low energy activation, fault tolerant, battery system includes an electrical storage cell having a positive terminal and a negative terminal. The electrical storage cell is provided with a normally open bypass circuit path that is closed in the event of an overdischarged, or open-circuit failure of, the electrical storage cell. ... The Boeing Co

10/20/16 / #20160308191

Fault tolerant battery cell bypass device and system

A fault tolerant battery system includes an electrical storage cell having a positive terminal and a negative terminal. The electrical storage cell is provided with a normally open bypass circuit path that is closed in the event of an overdischarged, or open-circuit failure of, the electrical storage cell. ... The Boeing Co

10/20/16 / #20160306043

Systems and methods for modular ladar scanning

A laser distance and ranging (ladar) array is provided. The ladar array includes a plurality of ladar modules, each ladar module configured to scan a laser beam through a field of view (fov) and output a signal indicative of a distance between each ladar module and objects in the fov that the laser beam is incident upon, and a central processing device communicatively coupled to the plurality of ladar modules, the central processing device configured to generate an output based at least in part on the signals of each ladar module.. ... The Boeing Co

10/20/16 / #20160306000

Electrical monitoring system and assembly

An electrical monitoring system is configured to monitor one or more systems of a vehicle. The electrical monitoring system may include a housing, a loop resistance test (lrt) unit contained within the housing, a network analyzer unit contained with the housing, and a time domain reflectometer (tdr) unit contained within the housing. ... The Boeing Co

10/20/16 / #20160305848

Methods and devices for adaptive autonomous polynomial interpolation of time series data

A method of performing maintenance. Data is received from a plurality of physical sensors that measure parameters of parts of the platform, wherein a data point is missing from the data. ... The Boeing Co

10/20/16 / #20160305826

Methods and apparatus to monitor components of an aircraft landing system

Methods and apparatus to monitor components of an aircraft landing system are disclosed herein. An example method includes determining an initial temperature of at least one of a wheel or a fuse plug based on a temperature value to be provided by a first temperature sensor; estimating a temperature of a brake assembly based on a temperature value provided by a second temperature sensor; after determining the initial temperature, estimating a subsequent temperature of the at least one of the wheel or the fuse plug; and determining if the subsequent temperature is a peak temperature.. ... The Boeing Co

10/20/16 / #20160305816

Integrated part analysis (ipa) weight calculation process

Embodiments of the present disclosure relate to processes and software used to standardize the calculation of the weight and cg of a product. The processes and software integrate data from multiple sources and confirm the accuracy of the data. ... The Boeing Co

10/20/16 / #20160305719

Inline cross flow heat exchangers

Apparatus and methods provide for the exchange of heat in a cross flow heat exchanger having heat exchanger sub-chambers in an inline configuration. According to embodiments described herein, the heat exchanger sub-chambers may be arranged in an inline configuration, where two or more of the sub-chambers are positioned generally along a linear axis. ... The Boeing Co

10/20/16 / #20160305369

Systems and methods for restricting movement in flexible ducts

Methods and systems for restricting movement in a flow mixer including a plurality of lobes that each includes a trough, using a stiffener mechanism, are provided. The stiffener mechanism includes a first end portion configured to be coupled to a first lobe of the plurality of lobes and a second end portion configured to be coupled to a second lobe of the plurality of lobes. ... The Boeing Co

10/20/16 / #20160304729

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

10/20/16 / #20160303839

Systems and methods for constructing complex composite structures

Systems for constructing complex composite structures include a conveyor and two or more stations operatively and sequentially positioned relative to the conveyor. Each station is configured to operatively deposit a layer of composite material on the conveyor. ... The Boeing Co

10/20/16 / #20160303808

Gradient tool system for composite parts

A gradient tool for forming a part, the gradient tool comprising a first tool component comprising a first surface and a second surface. The first surface comprising a first material having a first coefficient of thermal expansion (cte), and the second surface comprising a second material having a second cte. ... The Boeing Co

10/20/16 / #20160303623

Surface materials for decontamination with decontaminants

Reversibly switchable (transformable) surface layer changeable from (super)hydrophobic to (super)hydrophilic surface states are described. Methods of decontamination of surfaces exposed to contaminate are provided. ... The Boeing Co

10/20/16 / #20160302633

Vacuum attachment

A vacuum attachment comprises a base having an upper face and a lower face, and an outer surface and an inner surface. The inner surface defines a first flow passage between the upper face and the lower face. ... The Boeing Co

10/13/16 / #20160302045

Aircraft system and method for indicating available communication channels

An aircraft system including an aircraft and an electronic instrument on the aircraft, the electronic instrument including a wireless connectivity interface providing wireless communication over at least one communication channel and a display, wherein the display provides a visual indication of an availability of the communication channel.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/13/16 / #20160302019

Vibration monitoring systems

A vibration monitoring and analysis system may include a transducer configured to convert sensed vibration into an alternating current. A processing module may analyze the alternating current and produce an output configured to convey information regarding characteristics of the alternating current. ... The Boeing Co

10/13/16 / #20160301711

Device and method for transferring files from a portable storage device

The invention proposes a new device and method that allows scanning and downloading the content of a portable storage device (i.e., usb drive) from any computer with a portable storage device plug and a browser without the risk of having the computer infected by virus or malware resident in the portable storage device. The device can be manufactured in a small and portable device.. ... The Boeing Co

10/13/16 / #20160301546

Method for communication in a tactical network

A method 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

10/13/16 / #20160301481

Methods and systems for communicatively coupling vehicles and ground systems

A vehicle that includes an onboard connector including a conductive portion and an optical communication portion. The vehicle further includes an optical interface coupled in communication with the onboard connector and onboard systems of the vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

10/13/16 / #20160301376

Tunable bandpass filter for communication system

Systems and methods according to one or more embodiments are provided for filtering of communication signals. Filtering may be implemented, for example, as a bandpass filter that is selectively tuned across a communication system frequency range to more effectively utilize the communication system bandwidth. ... The Boeing Co

10/13/16 / #20160300646

Core-shell particles, compositions incorporating the core-shell particles and methods of making the same

A low viscosity polysulfide sealant composition. The composition comprises a curable polysulfide polymer; a crosslinking agent; and a plurality of core-shell particles. ... The Boeing Co

10/13/16 / #20160300354

Automated local positioning system calibration using optically readable markers

An improved mechanism for calibrating a local positioning system through the use of passive or retro-reflective markers is described herein. A plurality of imaging targets with the passive or retro-reflective markers may be attached or affixed on a surface of an object. ... The Boeing Co

10/13/16 / #20160299221

Methods and apparatus to determine relative positioning between moving platforms

Methods and apparatus are disclosed herein to determine relative positioning between moving platforms. An example method includes sending a first signal via a first moving platform to be received by a second moving platform. ... The Boeing Co

10/13/16 / #20160299086

Apparatus and methods of inspecting a wire segment

An apparatus for use in inspecting a wire segment is provided. The apparatus includes a guide tube sized to receive the wire segment, and an array of mirrors positioned about the guide tube. ... The Boeing Co

10/13/16 / #20160299015

Tool with over pressure indicator and lockout

A tool is used in securing or clamping two or more workpieces together provides a visual indication to a user of the tool of an acceptable range of compression pressure exerted by the tool on a work surface of the workpieces and a visual indication of when a maximum compression pressure exerted by the tool on the work surface has been exceeded.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/13/16 / #20160298948

Spring-assisted deployment of a pivotable rocket motor

A rocket comprises at least one propulsion unit including a pivotable rocket motor, a spring-assisted one-time deployment mechanism, and a release mechanism. The pivotable rocket motor is pivotable between a stowed position and a deployed position. ... The Boeing Co

10/13/16 / #20160297679

Method to form fe16n2

Provided is a method and system for making powdered fe16n2. The method can include sealing iron powder and a fixed amount of ammonia (nh3) gas within a pressure vessel. ... The Boeing Co

10/13/16 / #20160297547

Autonomous crawling assembly system

An automated motorized device may be configured to move on a structure for use in assembling of the structure. The automated motorized device may comprise an end effector configured to perform a plurality of assembling related functions; a first movement assembly, comprising a first plurality of dual function movement components; a second movement assembly, comprising a second plurality of dual function movement components; and a pivoting component connected concentrically to the end effector, and to at least one of the first movement assembly and the second movement assembly. ... The Boeing Co

10/13/16 / #20160297542

Lightning damage resistant aircraft skin fasteners

A fastener providing protection against damage to an aircraft resulting from lightning strikes includes an elongated shaft having a head disposed at an upper end thereof, one, the other, or both of the shaft and the head containing a circumferential groove disposed proximate an intersection of the shaft and the head, a lower surface of the head including a plurality of grooves extending radially outward from the circumferential groove and terminating at an outer periphery of the lower surface. A tubular sleeve is disposed concentrically about the shaft and has a plurality of through-slots disposed therein. ... The Boeing Co

10/13/16 / #20160297541

Aircraft wing slat skew detection systems and methods

An apparatus for detecting skew in a slat of an aircraft wing includes an elongated track moveably supported in the wing for longitudinal movement toward and away from a leading edge of the wing. The slat is coupled to a forward end of the track for conjoint movement therewith. ... The Boeing Co

10/13/16 / #20160297540

Aircraft position display system

A method for managing navigation of an aircraft. Positions for the aircraft are identified from position information from sensors. ... The Boeing Co

10/13/16 / #20160297528

Crown cabin configuration for an aircraft

An aircraft configuration having a crown cabin above a main cabin, with the crown cabin having a hanging floor structure. This enables a fuselage design that substantially increases passenger seating capacity relative to traditional single-passenger-deck configurations, while minimizing fuselage perimeter and fuselage wetted area relative to double-passenger-deck configurations.. ... The Boeing Co

10/13/16 / #20160297525

Systems and methods for positioning a section divider assembly within a vehicle

A section divider system is configured to separate sections within an internal cabin of a vehicle. The section divider system may include a first rail secured to a fixed panel within the internal cabin. ... The Boeing Co

10/13/16 / #20160297523

Overhead stowage bin assembly for a vehicle

A stowage bin assembly is configured to be positioned above at least a portion of one or more seats within a vehicle. The stowage bin assembly may include a pivot bin including a forward end panel, an aft end panel that is opposed to the forward end panel, a front panel extending between the forward and aft end panels, and a closeout bracket secured to the forward end panel, the aft end panel, and the front panel. ... The Boeing Co

10/13/16 / #20160297513

High-positioned 2-postion variable camber krueger

A variable camber krueger flap deployment linkage mechanism is presented. A first linkage assembly couples a flap assembly and an airfoil, and comprising a first drive arm, a first drive link, and a support arm. ... The Boeing Co

10/13/16 / #20160297512

Bonded and tailorable composite assembly

An all-composite assembly such as a composite laminate aircraft empennage has vertical and horizontal stabilizers with differing sets of interlaminar fracture toughnesses and differing stiffnesses to improve flight characteristics. Composite laminate skins are bonded to unitized and stiffened understructure to reduce weight and improve damage containment.. ... The Boeing Co

10/13/16 / #20160297511

Rib structure and method of forming thereof

A rib structure for use in an aircraft is provided. The rib structure includes a web portion, a plurality of hat stiffener portions coupled to the web portion, and at least one chord portion coupled to the web portion. ... The Boeing Co

10/13/16 / #20160297108

Method of fabricating a vacuum barrier system

A method of fabricating a vacuum barrier system includes fabricating a soluble forming mandrel, laying up composite material over the soluble forming mandrel, and applying a forming mandrel vacuum bag over the composite material and curing the composite tooling material to form a cured composite bag carrier. The method also includes de-bagging and trimming the cured composite bag carrier.. ... The Boeing Co

10/13/16 / #20160296994

Systems and methods for assembling aircraft wing skins

In one embodiment, a system includes a first end effector configured to press a selected area of an aircraft wing skin panel against a corresponding area of an underlying wing support structure with a downward force, drill a hole within the selected area, the hole extending through the skin panel and the support structure, and insert an elongated shaft of a fastener into the hole. The system includes a mechanism configured to locate the first end effector relative to the selected area. ... The Boeing Co

10/13/16 / #20160296951

Apparatuses, systems, and methods for applying a viscous material

An apparatus (102) for applying a viscous material (162) to a surface (182) of a workpiece (180) is disclosed. The apparatus (102) comprises a channel (104) comprising an inlet (106) and an outlet (108). ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160294829

Secure provisioning of devices for manufacturing and maintenance

Described herein are methods, apparatuses, and systems for secure provisioning of devices for manufacturing and maintenance. A method includes provisioning a sensor device by storing identification data for the sensor device and information used to authenticate the identification data in the sensor device. ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160293828

Integrated compliant boundary for piezoelectric bimorph actuator

A piezoelectric bimorph actuator with an integral compliant boundary employs a first piezoelectric element, a second piezoelectric element and a composite layer intimately engaged between the first and second piezoelectric elements to form a bimorph actuator. The composite layer extends from a peripheral edge of the piezoelectric elements and has a curved interface portion providing a mount for attachment of the bimorph actuator.. ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160293153

System and method for securely connecting portions of a composite structure together

A composite component assembly may include a composite core including a plurality of core cells between first and second ends. A connection joint is formed between the first and second ends. ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160293017

Associative memory system and method for flight plan modification

An associative memory system, method and computer-readable storage medium are provided to modify a flight plan. In regards to an associative memory system, a receiver module is provided that is configured to receive a flight plan of an aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160293016

System and method for calculating a fuel consumption differential corresponding to an aircraft trajectory revision

A method for calculating a fuel consumption differential corresponding to an aircraft changing from an original trajectory (which incorporates the cost model of the airline through speed and altitude parameters within the flight plan) to a revised trajectory, the method including (1) calculating a first total excess energy associated with flying the aircraft at the original trajectory beginning at an execution time, the first total excess energy including excess energy due to climb and excess energy due to deviation of the original trajectory from an efficiency curve of the aircraft; (2) calculating a second total excess energy associated with flying the aircraft at the revised trajectory beginning at the execution time, the second total excess energy including excess energy due to climb and excess energy due to deviation of the revised trajectory from the efficiency curve; (3) comparing the first and second total excess energies to obtain a total excess energy differential; and (4) calculating the fuel consumption differential based on the total excess energy differential.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160292302

Methods and systems for inferred information propagation for aircraft prognostics

Methods and systems are provided for inferred information propagation for aircraft prognostics. The method includes receiving, by a processor, an original time-series of data points for a component as an input; preprocessing the input to divide the original time-series of data into subsets of data by applying a time-window over the original time-series of data points; and computing, by the processor, a mutual information (mi) value for each pair of variables within each subset of data. ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160291159

Tracking measurement system and method

A measurement system including a tracking measurement device, a tracked measurement device, and a positioning unit disposed at least partly on the tracked measurement device. The positioning unit includes a tracking groove formed in a surface of the positioning unit, the tracking groove having a non-repeating pattern, and a positioning target configured to interface with the tracking groove so as to be movable within and along at least a portion of the tracking groove, where the positioning target is configured to interface with the tracking measurement device to effect a position determination of the tracked measurement device in a global coordinate system of the tracking measurement device.. ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160290888

Apparatus and methods for testing suction cups mounted to a track

An apparatus (100) for testing suction cups (138) mounted on a track (162) is disclosed. The apparatus (100) comprises a base (102) comprising a first surface (104) and a second surface (106) opposite the first surface (104). ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160290865

Dual-band infrared detector and method of detecting multiple bands of infrared radiation

A dual-band infrared detector is provided. The dual-band infrared detector includes a first absorption layer sensitive to radiation in only a short wavelength infrared spectral band, a plurality of barrier layers coupled to the first absorption layer, and a second absorption layer coupled to the plurality of barrier layers opposite the first absorption layer. ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160290827

Communication of flight management computer data via a wireless interface of a control display unit

A method includes generating a first flight management computer (fmc) data request at a data capture component of a control display unit (cdu). The method includes sending the first fmc data request from the data capture component of the cdu to the fmc. ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160290688

Condenser apparatus and method

A condenser having passages of varying geometry for cooling of fluid. The condenser apparatus includes substantially parallel tubes each defining a channel and having an inlet at a first end and an outlet at a second end, the first end having a greater hydraulic diameter than the second end. ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160290391

Offset bushing and method of use

An offset bushing for a structural member may include a tubular body having a cylindrical inner surface and a cylindrical outer surface. The cylindrical inner surface may have an inner diameter defining an inner axis. ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160289845

Hybrid structure and methods for forming the same

A method for forming a hybrid structure is provided. The method includes applying a sealant to a first component fabricated from a first material, coupling an isolation sheet to the sealant, and coupling a second component to the isolation sheet. ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160289614

Stripping solution for zinc/nickel alloy plating from metal substrate

The present disclosure relates generally to the field of electroplating and electroless plating. More specifically, the present disclosure relates to plating solutions and plating removal/stripping solutions for stripping zinc/nickel alloy plating from substrates.. ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160288925

Composite tank having joint with softening strip

A composite resin tank includes a wall joined to a dome along a joint. A softening strip is located in the joint.. ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160288924

Self-forming fuel tank sealant system

A self-forming sealant system forms a seal between two parts or between a fastener and a part of a structure. In forming the seal, a first finish having a high surface energy is applied to the joint between the two parts or is applied to the fastener and the part. ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160288921

Motionless flight control surface skew detection system

A motionless skew detection system for an aircraft is disclosed, and includes a flight control surface of an aircraft wing, two drive mechanisms for operating the flight control surface, a first load sensor and a second load sensor for each of the two drive mechanisms, and a control module. Each of the two drive mechanisms are located on opposing sides of the flight control surface and each of the two drive mechanisms include at least a first linkage including a first outer surface and a second linkage including a second outer surface. ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160288920

Method and systems for integrated global view of operations

A computer-implemented method for providing a real-time global view of airline operations situational awareness is provided. The method is implemented using a situational awareness server system in communication with client systems and data sources. ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160288917

Variable-capture supersonic inlet

An engine inlet for efficient operation at both design mach number and off-design mach numbers has a fixed compression surface and a leading edge that is variably extendible over the fixed compression surface to simultaneously vary capture area, compression and shock wave position.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160288912

Ram air system and methods of manufacturing the same

A ram air system includes a bay comprising an exterior wall defining an interior volume that at least partially encloses a ram air duct. The ram air duct includes an outlet configured to discharge an exhaust airflow at a first temperature. ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160288904

Airborne system and method for removing pollutants from a volume of air

An air filter bank may include a housing configured to be coupled to an exterior of an air vehicle. The housing may have an air intake at a forward end and an air exit at an aft end and defining an air path therebetween. ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160288899

Composite rib for an aircraft

A rib is disclosed for use in a torque box of a wing structure provided on an aircraft. The wing structure has a skin panel and a stringer coupled to the skin panel. ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160288896

Tool and method of installing a bulkhead within a structure

A tool for use in installing a bulkhead within a structure is provided. The tool includes a base member configured to couple to the structure, and a positioning member configured to couple to the bulkhead. ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160288433

Method and apparatus for high-temperature post-curing of uv-cured photopolymers

Methods, systems and apparatuses are disclosed for making and post-processing a 3-d printed object for laminate-forming tooling, and components made using post-processed 3-d printed laminate-forming tooling.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160288372

Low-cost tooling and method for manufacturing the same

A tool including a tool body, the tool body including a substrate having a tool-side surface, an intermediate layer positioned over the tool-side surface, and an outer layer positioned over the intermediate layer, the outer layer including a metallic material.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160288331

Automated dynamic manufacturing systems and related methods

Automated dynamic manufacturing systems may provide for alignment of multiple components with respect to one another, such as an apparatus, a robot, and a supply of parts. The alignment may initially be performed roughly, using a global metrology device configured to track the apparatus, robot, and supply of parts, each of which may be movable with respect to the others, such as by being positioned on a respective automated guided vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160288264

Deposition head for additive manufacturing

A deposition head for additive manufacturing may include a material feeder including a first feeder to deposit a first feed material to a growth surface, and a second feeder to deposit a second feed material to the growth surface, and an electromagnetic energy source to direct electromagnetic energy to the growth surface, wherein the electromagnetic energy forms a melt pool on the growth surface, and wherein the melt pool may include at least one of a molten first feed material and a molten second feed material.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160288222

Orbital cutting tool having cutting edges with axially varying circumferential spacing

A cutting tool for use in an orbital drilling machine may include a cutting-tool body having a longitudinal axis and a plurality of cutting edges supported on the cutting-tool body and distributed circumferentially around the cutting-tool body. Each cutting edge may extend along the longitudinal axis in a respective helix. ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160288189

Method and system for incremental sheet forming of tailored blanks

A method of making a sheet metal component from a tailored blank includes altering an initial blank formed from a first material to form the tailored blank by at least one of (i) coupling additional material to a portion of the first material, and (ii) removing the first material from a portion of the initial blank. The method also includes forming the sheet metal component from the tailored blank by an incremental sheet forming process.. ... The Boeing Co

10/06/16 / #20160288174

Method of cleaning a contaminated surface

A cleaning apparatus is provided that includes a first nozzle configured to direct a cleaning jet towards a contaminated surface at a pressure sufficient to remove contaminants from the surface. At least one second nozzle is configured to direct a rinsing jet towards the contaminated surface to remove cleaning fluid therefrom, wherein the rinsing jet is directed at a pressure sufficient to isolate the cleaning jet from an ambient environment.. ... The Boeing Co

09/29/16 / #20160286692

High thermal conductivity joint utlizing continuous aligned carbon nanotubes

Disclosed is a thermal conductive joint between a face-sheet and a heat-pipe on a radiator panel. The thermal conductive joint includes an adhesive layer attached between the face-sheet and the heat-pipe and a plurality of carbon nanotubes (“cnts”) within the adhesive layer.. ... The Boeing Co

09/29/16 / #20160285907

System and method for developing a cyber-attack scenario

A cyber-attack scenario simulation system and method may include an aircraft simulator operable to generate an aircraft simulation, a cyber-attack generator operable to generate a cyber-attack simulation, a cyber defense generator operable to generate a cyber defense simulation, a scenario generator operable to generate a cyber-attack scenario including the cyber attack simulation and the cyber defense simulation and launch the cyber-attack scenario against the aircraft simulation, and a cyber-attack scenario analysis tool operable to assess an impact of the cyber-attack scenario on the aircraft simulation.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/29/16 / #20160285429

Balancing multiple transmission lines forming a single phase of an electrical power distribution system

A device for passively balancing multiple transmission lines forming a single phase of a power distribution system may include a magnetic core in which a magnetic flux is generable and an opening through the magnetic core. The opening is configured for receiving multiple transmission lines that form a single phase of the power distribution system. ... The Boeing Co

09/29/16 / #20160285409

System and method for controlling a dual-axis solar array tracker based on solar array output signals

A solar array tracking system includes a solar array module having at least three separate cells mounted on a platform coupled to a drive mechanism. Each separate cells provides an electrical output in direct current form. ... The Boeing Co

09/29/16 / #20160284469

Methods for manufacturing magnetic composite structures with high mechanical strength

Magnetic fiber structures include a fiber and a plurality of permanent magnet particles carried by the fiber.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/29/16 / #20160284457

Flexible electromagnetic clamp

Embodiments described herein provide a flexible electromagnetic clamp that may be utilized to provide an adjustable clamping force to a wide variety of non-planar surfaces. One embodiment comprises an electromagnetic clamp that includes a pair of electromagnetic members and a current source. ... The Boeing Co

09/29/16 / #20160283902

Advanced logistics analysis capabilities environment

The different advantageous embodiments provide a system for modeling supply chain networks comprising a model manager, a node manager, a pipeline manager, a requisitions manager, and a supply control manager. The model manager is configured to initialize a model. ... The Boeing Co

09/29/16 / #20160282462

Multi-function shared aperture array

A multi-function radio frequency (rf) system may include a shared phased array antenna subsystem for transmitting and receiving radar signals and communications signals. The system may also include an integrated electronics package configured for controlling operation of the shared phased array antenna subsystem. ... The Boeing Co

09/29/16 / #20160282395

Large scale automated test system reconfiguration

A large scale automated test system employs one or more relay boxes that contain and support one or more relay boards. Each relay board is operated to selectively communicate an item being designed, for example a cell phone, an automobile, or an aircraft, with two or more electrical components being considered in the design of the item to evaluate the performance of each electrical component in the item being designed.. ... The Boeing Co

09/29/16 / #20160282288

System and method to map a thermal profile of a composite structure using a thermochromatic witness assembly

There is provided a system and a method to map a thermal profile of a composite structure during curing in at least one of manufacture or repair of the composite structure. The system has a thermochromatic witness assembly having a first series of probes with a thermochromatic material applied either to a composite lay-up, or applied to a removable material adjacent the composite lay-up. ... The Boeing Co

09/29/16 / #20160282198

System and method to monitor a thermal environment of a composite structure using a thermochromatic witness assembly

There is provided a system, a method, and a thermochromatic witness assembly to monitor a thermal environment of a composite structure. The thermochromatic witness assembly has a polymeric material and one or more thermochromatic probes mixed into the polymeric material to form a thermochromatic probe mixture. ... The Boeing Co

09/29/16 / #20160282104

Ring laser measurement apparatus and method

A measurement apparatus including a housing having a first arm and a second arm spaced apart from the first arm to define a measurement zone therebetween, and a laser radar unit, wherein the laser radar unit emits a laser beam that is split into a first beam and a second beam, the first beam travels through the first arm, across the measurement zone and into the second arm, while the second beam travels through the second arm, across the measurement zone and into the first arm, thereby forming a closed optical path, and wherein the closed optical path includes a midpoint that is offset from the measurement zone such that the first beam travels a first optical path and the second beam travels a second, longer optical path when the closed optical path is broken by a part positioned in the measurement zone.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/29/16 / #20160282067

High thermal conductivity composite base plate

Disclosed is a high thermal conductivity composite baseplate (“htccb”) for use with an electronics package on a vehicle. The htccb may include a first boron and carbon fiber layer and a second boron and carbon fiber layer. ... The Boeing Co

09/29/16 / #20160281910

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

09/29/16 / #20160281639

Controlling nozzle areas of variable area fan nozzles

Provided are methods and systems for measuring and controlling nozzle areas of variable area fan nozzles. A control system attached to a nozzle may include a cable having one end connected to a linear displacement measuring device, such as a string potentiometer. ... The Boeing Co

09/29/16 / #20160280867

Rapidly curing adhesives using encapsulated catalyst and focused ultrasound

Methods for making and curing resin-based adhesives are disclosed using encapsulated amine accelerators activated by providing ultrasonic energy.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/29/16 / #20160280400

Spacecraft landing and recovery inflation system

A landing inflation system may include a compressed gas source, an airbag assembly fluidly coupled to the compressed gas source and configured to receive compressed gas, and a command processor configured to: (1) generate an inflation initiation command signal in response to an initiation signal, (2) generate an inflation cessation command signal in response to a nominal fill pressure signal, and (3) generate a vent command signal in response to an impact pressure signal.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/29/16 / #20160280392

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

09/29/16 / #20160279923

Monitoring composite manufacturing and repair processes using chromatic films

A composite structure is processed using heat and pressure. A chromatic film is placed in proximity to the composite structure and is used to monitor at least one of the temperature of the heat and the pressure during processing.. ... The Boeing Co

09/29/16 / #20160279863

Systems and methods for sealant layering

Systems and methods for applying sealant to a seam between a first work piece and a second work piece, including applying a fillet layer of the sealant to cover the seam, applying a first flaring layer of the sealant adjacent the fillet layer and contacting the fillet layer and the first work piece, applying a second flaring layer of the sealant that contacts the second work piece, and applying at least one filling layer of the sealant so that the filling layers of the sealant in combination contact each of the first flaring layer, the fillet layer, and the second flaring layer.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/29/16 / #20160279552

Centrifugal air separators

Centrifugal air separators, systems including the same, and methods of separating gas are disclosed. Centrifugal air separators include a separation section configured to separate an input air stream into a clean air stream emitted from an exit port of the separation section and a waste stream emitted from a waste port of the separation section. ... The Boeing Co

09/22/16 / #20160277901

Spatially mapping radio frequency data in 3-dimensional environments

Embodiments described herein provide for the generation of 3-d rf performance maps of an environment by correlating rf performance data generated from known locations within the environment with spatial data generated of the environment. One embodiment comprises an apparatus that generates spatial data of an environment in a 3-d coordinate system. ... The Boeing Co

09/22/16 / #20160276750

Automated reflector tuning systems and methdos

Methods, apparatus, and systems for automated reflector tuning include combining high precision automated photogrammetric measurement with high precision servo actuator positioning control of a reflector surface using custom optimizing control software to produce a novel, fully automated satellite reflector alignment tuning system. Precise adjustment to the shape of the reflecting surface of an antenna reflector (reflector tuning) can be essential for a satellite reflector antenna to meet electrical performance requirements, usually requiring a shape accurate to within 0.004 inches rms. ... The Boeing Co

09/22/16 / #20160276679

Pre-cured eme edge seal

An aircraft fuel cell seal and methods of its use. The disclosed seal takes the form of a pre-cured, partially hollow elongate member that does not subtend a complete circle, but rather leaves an elongate gap in the member that can be placed over an edge or fillet of a fuel cell. ... The Boeing Co

09/22/16 / #20160276565

Internally heated concentrated solar power (csp) thermal absorber

A system and method are disclosed for internally heated concentrated solar power (csp) thermal absorbers. The system and method involve an energy-generating device having at least one heating unit. ... The Boeing Co

09/22/16 / #20160276099

Multi-phase autotransformer

A transformer comprising a core and a plurality of conductor lines. Each conductor line in the plurality of conductor lines comprises at least three windings wound around the core such that a phase voltage at an output connection point associated with a corresponding conductor line of the plurality of conductor lines is substantially a selected percentage of a line voltage for the corresponding conductor line and such that harmonic currents are reduced to within selected tolerances.. ... The Boeing Co

09/22/16 / #20160275769

System and method for tamper detection using rfid devices

A system for tamper detection includes a security device and a data device. The security device has a first portion disposable on a first side of a separation boundary of a separable object, and a second portion disposable on a second side of the separation boundary. ... The Boeing Co

09/22/16 / #20160275260

Aircraft medical management system

A method and system for providing medical assistance onboard an aircraft is provided. A number of secure wireless connections are established between an onboard device located on the aircraft and a remote device located remotely with respect to the aircraft, to enable communications between a device operator using the onboard device and a medical professional using the remote device. ... The Boeing Co

09/22/16 / #20160274554

Programmable actuator simulation card

An actuator simulator card that is programmable with one or more actuator simulation models is provided. The actuator simulator card may include a first interface configured to communicate with a programmable computer, a second interface configured to communicate with an actuator controller, and a simulation module in communication with each of the first interface and the second interface. ... The Boeing Co

09/22/16 / #20160274066

Variable radius inspection using sweeping linear array

Method and apparatus for enabling ultrasonic inspection of a changing, insufficiently defined or unknown shape (e.g., a variable radius or a noncircular radius caused by the use of soft tooling) at a rate that meets production requirements. The apparatus comprises a linear ultrasonic array (i.e., sensor) incorporated in a toppler, which in turn is slidably supported by an oscillating sensor mechanism carried by a traveling trailer vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

09/22/16 / #20160274063

Method and assembly for inspecting a partially cured repair patch prior to installation

A method and assembly are provided in order to inspect a partially cured repair patch prior to installation. For example, an assembly for inspecting a repair patch is provided that includes a partially cured repair patch comprised of a composite material. ... The Boeing Co

09/22/16 / #20160273943

Sonar system and method using arrays of optical ring resonator sensors

An optical ring resonator sensor array module for a passive sonar system. The module includes a supporting structure; a silicon substrate mounted on the supporting structure, and a top plate mounted over the silicon structure. ... The Boeing Co

09/22/16 / #20160273939

Cable angle sensor

An apparatus that includes a first member pivotably connected to a second member that is pivotably connected to a third member. The second member pivots about a first axis with respect to the first member and the third member pivots about a second axis with respect to the second member. ... The Boeing Co

09/22/16 / #20160273885

System, method, and assembly for adaptively shielding a structure

A system for adaptively shielding a structure includes an armor assembly including one or more armor modules. Each armor module may include one or more electromagnets coupled to a housing that retains a plurality of shielding particles. ... The Boeing Co

09/22/16 / #20160273452

Supersonic caret inlet system

An engine inlet for efficient operation in both subsonic and supersonic flight wherein the inlet has a caret configuration is rotatable about an off-body axis for compression ramp angle and capture area variation and a diffuser is engaged to the inlet in a scrubbing relationship to maintain a seal upon rotation of the inlet.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/22/16 / #20160272420

Methods and assembly for use in storing or transporting vehicle seats

An assembly for use in storing or transporting vehicle seats is provided. The apparatus includes a base portion, an arm portion extending from the base portion, and a conveyor mechanism coupled to the arm portion. ... The Boeing Co

09/22/16 / #20160272301

Methods and apparatus for robust lift generation

Apparatus and methods for robust lift generation through flow separation suppression are disclosed. One example apparatus includes a cowling extending from a surface of a fluid dynamic body to provide an exhaust stream directed over the fluid dynamic body. ... The Boeing Co

09/22/16 / #20160272300

Flight control system command selection and data transport

An apparatus and method for controlling an actuator. A plurality of commands for the actuator are received from a number of primary controllers by a command lane and a monitor lane. ... The Boeing Co

09/22/16 / #20160271844

System 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

09/22/16 / #20160271705

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

09/22/16 / #20160271644

Systems and methods for applying materials to interface areas

Provided are methods and systems for applying materials at interface areas formed by fasteners and parts. Specifically, a material is delivered to an interface area such that at least a portion of a fastener remains free from this material. ... The Boeing Co

09/22/16 / #20160271629

Apparatuses and methods for bead application

An apparatus (100) for applying a substance (200) as a bead (202) to a geometric feature (204) extending along a path (220) is disclosed. The apparatus (100) comprises an outlet end (101) comprising a first edge (104), a second edge (106), and an outlet opening (102) at least partially defined by the first edge (104) and the second edge (106). ... The Boeing Co

09/15/16 / #20160270153

Composite panel with integrated heater system and associated methods for manufacturing

Described herein is a composite panel that includes a first layer made from an electrically non-conductive material. The composite panel also includes a resistance heater printed onto the first layer and a capacitive sensor applied onto the first layer. ... The Boeing Co

09/15/16 / #20160270152

Composite panel with integrated heater and associated methods for manufacturing

Described herein is a composite panel that includes a first layer made from an electrically non-conductive material. The composite panel also includes a resistance heater printed onto the first layer. ... The Boeing Co

09/15/16 / #20160270052

Wireless data concentrators for aircraft data networks

Embodiments described herein provide for a four-channel wireless data concentrator (wdc) for a data network of an aircraft. One embodiment of a wdc includes a printed circuit board (pcb), and a controller. ... The Boeing Co

09/15/16 / #20160269078

Methods and system for increasing data transmission rates across a three-phase power system

A method for providing information by optimizing the data rate to a vehicle over a three-phase power line utilized to provide power to the vehicle is described. The method includes assigning three separate frequency bands to three respective conductors extending between a ground power system and the vehicle, generating carrier signals in three separate frequency bands and modulating various data onto three carrier signals to generate three transmission signals for sending the various data from the ground power system to the vehicle at frequencies within respective ones of the three separate frequency bands. ... The Boeing Co

09/15/16 / #20160268011

Internally heated concentrated solar power (csp) thermal absorber

A system and method are disclosed for internally heated concentrated solar power (csp) thermal absorbers. The system and method involve an energy-generating device having at least one heating unit. ... The Boeing Co

09/15/16 / #20160267632

Apparatus, system, and method for enhancing image data

Described herein is a method for enhancing image data that includes transforming image data from an intensity domain to a wavelet domain to produce wavelet coefficients. A first set of wavelet coefficients of the wavelet coefficients includes low-frequency wavelet coefficients. ... The Boeing Co

09/15/16 / #20160267398

Digital seat ordering and management

A method and system for improved ordering and management of a seat assignment at a venue are provided. The method comprises modifying seat identifiers associated with seat locations and outputting the seat identifiers to a display system. ... The Boeing Co

09/15/16 / #20160267157

System and method for large scale data processing of source data

A system and method for processing source data, which includes a translation processor configured on a server to translate a stream of source data received at the server into a stream of formatted data types based on one or more of parameter definitions for the source data and new parameter information for the source data having an unknown data type. The source data can be received at the server from multiple sources and the data format may not be consistent from one source to another. ... The Boeing Co

09/15/16 / #20160266256

Real time multi dimensional image fusing

Within examples, systems and methods of generating a synthetic image representative of an environment of a vehicle are described comprising generating a first image using infrared information from an infrared (ir) camera, generating a second image using laser point cloud data from a lidar, generating an embedded point cloud representative of the environment based on a combination of the first image and the second image, receiving navigation information traversed by the vehicle, transforming the embedded point cloud into a geo-referenced coordinate space based on the navigation information, and combining the transformed embedded point cloud with imagery of terrain of the environment to generate the synthetic image representative of the environment of the vehicle.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/15/16 / #20160266244

Laser phase diversity for beam control in phased laser arrays

Systems and methods that combine forward-model image reconstruction techniques with tomographic estimation of three-dimensional atmospheric turbulence to enable high-quality anisoplanatic imaging and beam control through the atmosphere over an extended field of view using a phased laser array. The system projects laser energy onto specific locations of extended objects in various geometries, overcomes atmospheric anisoplanatism and backscatter; estimates phase across the full aperture, and reconstructs the target object in great detail to enable high-resolution aimpoint selection and maintenance. ... The Boeing Co

09/15/16 / #20160266228

Systems and methods for detecting light

A light detection system may include a light detecting assembly including a plurality of light detectors. Each light detector may include a substrate, a mirror coupled to the substrate, and a light-receiving tube coupled to the substrate. ... The Boeing Co

09/15/16 / #20160265990

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

09/15/16 / #20160265702

Systems and methods for duct protection

Methods and systems for protecting a duct joint are provided. An assembly for protecting a joint formed between a first duct and an adjacent second duct includes a first coupling element coupled about the first duct and a second coupling element coupled about the second duct. ... The Boeing Co

09/15/16 / #20160265693

Duct assembly and method of assembling thereof

A duct assembly for use in a vehicle is provided. The duct assembly includes a plurality of duct sub-assemblies coupled to each other in series. ... The Boeing Co

09/15/16 / #20160265613

Energy absorbing link

An apparatus and method for a composite structural aircraft transmission support link having an integral energy-absorbing feature is disclosed. The link is a two-force member that can carry structural loads up an ultimate load. ... The Boeing Co

09/15/16 / #20160265477

Valve controller for pressure stabilization

Method and apparatus for controlling pressure in a pressure vessel. A plurality of valves between a pressure source and a pressure vessel can be selectively opened or turned off, singularly or in combinations, to control pressure in the pressure vessel. ... The Boeing Co

09/15/16 / #20160265400

Engine lubrication heating system

A lubrication distribution system for an engine is disclosed. The system includes a source of lubricant for the engine and at least one feed line fluidly connected to the source of lubricant. ... The Boeing Co

09/15/16 / #20160264478

Bonding dissimilar ceramic components

Adhesive compositions and methods for bonding materials with different thermal expansion coefficients is provided. The adhesive is formulated using a flux material, a low flux material, and a filler material, where the filler material comprises particulate from at least one of the two components being bonded together. ... The Boeing Co

09/15/16 / #20160264476

Hybrid sandwich ceramic matrix composite

A hybrid sandwich ceramic matrix composite (cmc) may comprise a first facesheet, a second facesheet, and a core between and bonded to both of the first facesheet and the second facesheet. The first facesheet and the second facesheet may each include filaments in a ceramic matrix. ... The Boeing Co

09/15/16 / #20160264246

Folding galley unit

Method and apparatus for providing a modular unit through a confined entryway. The modular unit includes portions that are foldable between a transit configuration and a deployed configuration. ... The Boeing Co

09/15/16 / #20160264243

Unique system and method of creating scenes within a moving vehicle such as an aircraft

A vehicle projection system that includes a projector positioned adjacent a first portion of a ceiling of the vehicle, the projector being configured to project a first image on the first portion of the ceiling. The image may be a moving image or may be various natural sky scenes such as a starry sky. ... The Boeing Co

09/15/16 / #20160264231

Fused porogen process for acoustic septa fabrication

An example method for manufacturing a multicellular structure for acoustic damping is described that includes applying a porogen material to a solid support, inserting a multicellular frame into the solid support and through the porogen material so as to fill cells of the multicellular frame with the porogen material, fusing the porogen material, removing the multicellular frame from the solid support, and the multicellular frame contains a suspended fused porogen network attached to walls of the cells of the multicellular frame. The method also includes applying a solution to the suspended fused porogen network in the cells of the multicellular frame to percolate the suspended fused porogen network, curing the solution, and removing the suspended fused porogen network from the multicellular frame resulting in porous septum membranes of the cured solution in cells of the multicellular frame.. ... The Boeing Co

09/15/16 / #20160263879

Apparatus and method for automated layup of composite structures

An apparatus for forming a material layer onto a form tool may include at least one nosepiece configured to laterally sweep a ply carrier onto a form tool contour. The apparatus may include a pair of tension arms configured to support opposing lateral sides of a ply carrier having a material layer mounted to a lower surface thereof. ... The Boeing Co

09/15/16 / #20160263877

Apparatuses and methods for creating layered tape composite structures

Apparatuses for creating layered tape composite structures include a frame, a source of first tape, and a first tape placement module configured to receive first tape and place the first tape on a layup surface as the frame translates along the layup surface. Some apparatuses further include a source of second tape, and a second tape placement module configured to receive second tape and place the second tape on the first tape as the frame moves along the layup surface. ... The Boeing Co

09/15/16 / #20160263842

Method for forming and applying composite layups having complex geometries

A composite layup is formed on a tool and placed on a contoured part. The tool is contoured to substantially match the contour of the part. ... The Boeing Co

09/15/16 / #20160263779

Forming highly contoured composite parts

A method of forming a flat composite charge into a contoured composite part reduces wrinkles in the part as the charge is being formed. Dies are used to form a portion of charge to the steepest contour of the part, while tension is maintained on the charge as the remaining portions of the charge are formed.. ... The Boeing Co

09/15/16 / #20160263776

Systems and methods for making indexed prepreg composite sheets and laminated composite articles

A method of making an indexed prepreg composite sheet is disclosed. The method comprises forming discrete regions in a resin film layer. ... The Boeing Co

09/08/16 / #20160262216

Susceptor wire array

A susceptor wire array. The array includes a first susceptor wire comprising an alloy having a first curie temperature point and a second susceptor wire comprising an alloy having a second curie temperature point, the second curie temperature point is different than the first curie temperature point of the first susceptor wire. ... The Boeing Co

09/08/16 / #20160262215

Parallel wire conductor for use with a heating blanket

A wire conductor for receiving alternating current and generating a magnetic field in response thereto. The wire conductor comprises a plurality of wire conductors in a parallel configured circuit extending between a first side of the wire conductor towards a second side of the wire conductor. ... The Boeing Co

09/08/16 / #20160261052

Sleeved fastener assembly

A conductive fastener assembly, system, and method are described. The fastener assembly includes a nut having a counterbore formed therein. ... The Boeing Co

09/08/16 / #20160261040

Approach to improve pointing accuracy of antenna systems with offset reflector and feed configuration

Systems, methods, and apparatus for calibration for an offset antenna are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, the disclosed method involves calculating an estimated gimbal angle between the offset antenna and at least one target. ... The Boeing Co

09/08/16 / #20160260333

Method for optimum economy cruise speed in an aircraft

Method for calculating an optimum economy cruise speed in an aircraft and its use is disclosed herein. The method includes receiving a plurality of flight parameters including a weight of the aircraft, an aircraft bearing and an atmospheric pressure and temperature, a wind speed and a wind bearing at the altitude of the aircraft; calculating a cost index associated with the flight of the aircraft; calculating a weight coefficient of the aircraft, a cost index coefficient, a wind mach number and an absolute value of a difference between the wind bearing and the aircraft bearing. ... The Boeing Co

09/08/16 / #20160259317

Associative templates for machining operations and systems and methods including the same

Associative templates for machining operations and systems and methods including the same are disclosed herein. The methods include defining an electronic model for a feature and defining a tool path to be traveled by a cutting tool to form the feature. ... The Boeing Co

09/08/16 / #20160258909

Ultrasound probe assembly, system, and method that reduce air entrapment

An ultrasound probe assembly includes a transducer configured to transmit and receive ultrasound signals in relation to a structure, and a delay line coupled to the transducer. The delay line is configured to change shapes between an uncompressed state and a compressed state. ... The Boeing Co

09/08/16 / #20160258905

Method for ultrasonic inspection of irregular and variable shapes

System and method for enabling ultrasonic inspection of a variable and irregular shape. The system comprises one or more ultrasonic pulser/receivers, one or more ultrasonic transducer arrays, a shoe or jig to hold and position the array(s), data acquisition software to drive the array(s), and data analysis software to select a respective best return signal for each pixel to be displayed. ... The Boeing Co

09/08/16 / #20160258750

Aerial refueling boom elevation estimation system

An aerial refueling boom elevation estimation (“arbee”) system for estimating an elevation angle of an aerial refueling boom on an aerial refueling aircraft is described. The arbee system may include a data collector, storage unit, optimizer, and comparator.. ... The Boeing Co

09/08/16 / #20160258462

Panel systems and methods of assembling panel systems

A panel system includes a tab panel having at least one tab extending therefrom. The tab panel has a core and a facesheet adjacent the core. ... The Boeing Co

09/08/16 / #20160258459

Non-cylindrical fastening systems and related methods

The present disclosure relates to non-cylindrical fastening systems and related methods, such as methods of installing a non-cylindrical fastening system. Presently disclosed non-cylindrical fastening systems may include a first fastening component and a second fastening component, where the second fastening component includes an elongate shank configured to be inserted through a hole in the first fastening component and through a hole in a structure to which the first fastening component is being secured. ... The Boeing Co

09/08/16 / #20160258385

Dual-cam bellcrank mechanism

A method and system for imparting a linear motion to a flexible shaft is disclosed. The system includes a bellcrank having a first arm, a second arm, and a first pivot pin therebetween. ... The Boeing Co

09/08/16 / #20160258188

Integrated locks with visual indicators for aircraft galley systems

Provided are integrated locks, aircraft galley systems using such locks, and aircraft including such galley systems. An integrated lock has a low profile and provides secure locking and visual indication of the lock status to meet various faa regulations. ... The Boeing Co

09/08/16 / #20160257428

Method of assembling components

A method of assembling a detail to a flexible member includes positioning the detail against a plurality of reader pogos, and axially displacing the plurality of reader pogos to substantially conform to a detail contour. The method additionally includes recording reader pogo position data representing the detail contour, clamping a flexible member against a plurality of positioning pogos, and axially displacing the plurality of positioning pogos complementary to the reader pogo position data. ... The Boeing Co

09/08/16 / #20160257427

Co-curing process for the joining of composite structures

A method of fabricating a composite assembly may include providing a first laminate and a second laminate respectively formed of first and second composite plies, and having a respective first and second cured section and a respective first and second uncured section. The method may further include interleaving the first composite plies in the first uncured section with the second composite plies in the second uncured section to form an interfacial region. ... The Boeing Co

09/08/16 / #20160257420

Method for optimum maximum range cruise speed in an aircraft

A method for calculating an optimum maximum range cruise speed in an aircraft and its use is disclosed herein. The method includes receiving a plurality of flight parameters including weight of the aircraft, an aircraft bearing and an atmospheric pressure, an atmospheric temperature, a wind speed and a wind bearing at the altitude of the aircraft; calculating a weight coefficient of the aircraft, a wind mach number and an absolute value of a difference between the wind bearing and the aircraft bearing. ... The Boeing Co

09/08/16 / #20160257414

Icing condition detection method

A method for detecting an icing condition using an apparatus comprising a piezoelectric material and a vibration detector. The piezoelectric material has a surface proximate to a surface of a vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

09/08/16 / #20160257407

Larder systems having interlocking larder cases

Provided are larders systems, aircraft equipped with such systems, and methods of operating such systems. A larder system includes at least two larder cases removably disposed in the same compartment of a larder enclosure. ... The Boeing Co

09/08/16 / #20160257405

Aircraft galley sink stations having movable sink covers

Provided are sink stations for galleys of aircraft and other vehicles as well as methods of operating such sink stations. Also provided are aircraft equipped with galleys having such sink stations. ... The Boeing Co

09/08/16 / #20160257396

Thermoplastic truss structure for use in wing and rotor blade structures and methods for manufacture

The present disclosure generally relates to thermoplastic truss structures and methods of forming the same. The truss structures are formed using thermoplastic materials, such as fiber reinforced thermoplastic resins, and facilitate directional load support based on the shape of the truss structure. ... The Boeing Co

09/08/16 / #20160257394

Conductive thermoplastic ground plane for use in an aircraft

An aircraft skin panel includes a laminated composite layer and a ground plane coupled to the composite layer, wherein the ground plane is an electrically conductive elastic thermoplastic.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/08/16 / #20160257104

Fabrication of composite laminates having thin interlayers

A method of fabricating a composite laminate comprises forming a stack including first and second fiber beds and an interlayer between the fiber beds. The fiber beds are impregnated with matrix resin. ... The Boeing Co

09/08/16 / #20160257102

Method for achieving low porosity in composite laminates

A method of manufacturing a composite laminate may include laying up bands of composite material in layers to form a composite layup. At least one layer may have at least one gap between an adjacent pair of bands. ... The Boeing Co

09/08/16 / #20160257034

Enclosure for heating three dimensional structure

An enclosure for heating a three dimensional structure. The enclosure comprising a body defining a cavity therein. ... The Boeing Co

09/08/16 / #20160256972

Reconfigurable flexible rail method

A method and apparatus for performing operations on a work piece comprises a flexible rail system and a multi-axis carriage. The flexible rail system may be capable of being attached to a work surface. ... The Boeing Co

09/08/16 / #20160256935

System 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

09/08/16 / #20160256908

Net-shaped duct forming apparatus

A duct-forming apparatus includes an apparatus frame, a forming piston assembly having a cylinder carried by the apparatus frame and a forming piston extendable from the cylinder. A duct-shaping assembly includes a form die having a form die interior and a forming surface provided in the form die interior; a forming assembly having a plurality of expandable forming sections provided in the form die adjacent to the forming surface; and a plurality of piston openings provided in the expandable forming sections, respectively, and adapted to receive the forming piston of the forming piston assembly. ... The Boeing Co

09/01/16 / #20160255253

Aero-wave instrument for the measurement of the optical wave-front disturbances in the airflow around airborne systems

An aero-optical disturbance measurement system includes a mirror supported by a gimbal for receiving a light beam from a light emitting source, reflecting the light beam to a first periscope fold mirror and therefrom reflecting the light beam directly to a second periscope fold mirror. A first concave off-axis paraboloid mirror receives the light beam reflected from second periscope fold mirror and therefrom a first fold mirror receives the light beam reflected directly from first concave off-axis paraboloid mirror. ... The Boeing Co

09/01/16 / #20160253986

Sound attenuation using a cellular core

A method and apparatus for attenuating sound. Air, through which acoustic waves are traveling, is received within a core comprised of a plurality of cells. ... The Boeing Co

09/01/16 / #20160253796

Multiple-scale digital image correlation pattern and measurement

A method and apparatus for digital image correlation. A camera system is used to obtain larger scale images of a larger scale dot pattern on a surface of a workpiece and smaller scale images of a smaller scale dot pattern on the surface of the same workpiece. ... The Boeing Co

09/01/16 / #20160252603

Aero-wave instrument for the measurement of the optical wave-front disturbances in the airflow around airborne systems

The aircraft includes a fuselage and at least one aerodynamic interface surface. It further includes a gimbaled mirror system which includes a mirror supported by a gimbal to receive a light beam from a light emitting source and reflect the light beam to a first periscope fold mirror. ... The Boeing Co

09/01/16 / #20160252468

Detecting gaps between fasteners and openings

A method and apparatus are presented. X-rays are directed at a workpiece. ... The Boeing Co

09/01/16 / #20160252334

Supersonic projectile nose cones with flat tips

Supersonic projectile nose cones with flat tips are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a nose cone for a projectile configured for supersonic flight at velocities of at least mach 2.0. ... The Boeing Co

09/01/16 / #20160251771

Use of a disulfide/dithiol compound in a seal for anodized aluminum

Provided is a method for sealing an article with a non-chrome corrosion inhibitor seal. The method may include applying an aqueous-based suspension comprising a thiol-containing corrosion inhibitor on a surface of an anodized substrate.. ... The Boeing Co

09/01/16 / #20160251091

Systems, methods, and vacuum chucks for transferring flexible elongate bodies

Systems, methods, and vacuum chucks for transferring flexible elongate bodies are disclosed herein. The vacuum chucks include an elongate rigid support, a vertically oriented vacuum surface, a vacuum manifold, and a skirt seal. ... The Boeing Co

09/01/16 / #20160251085

Method of attaching nacelle structure to minimize fatigue loading

A structural system for accommodating the thermal expansion of a nacelle lip skin and supporting structure has a lip skin and a first angle element attached to the lip skin. The first angle element has a free edge that is scalloped to accommodate thermal stresses. ... The Boeing Co

09/01/16 / #20160251074

System and method for operating a droop panel using a pin joint linkage assembly

A system for operating a droop panel on an air vehicle, the droop panel positioned between a fixed structure and a trailing edge flap on the wing. The system includes a pin joint linkage assembly coupled between and to the fixed structure, the droop panel, and the trailing edge flap. ... The Boeing Co

09/01/16 / #20160251073

Backup system

A system and method for a number of backup systems in an aircraft. The apparatus comprises a movement system; a latch system; a lock system; and at least one of a backup valve, a backup actuator, or a backup power source connected to at least one of the movement system, the latch system, or the lock system. ... The Boeing Co

09/01/16 / #20160251071

Splice joints for composite aircraft fuselages and other structures

Structures and methods for joining composite fuselage sections and other panel assemblies together are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a shell structure configured in accordance with the present invention includes a first panel portion positioned adjacent to a second panel portion. ... The Boeing Co

09/01/16 / #20160250828

Fire-resistant, gas permeable decorative laminate

A decorative laminate including a decorative layered structure defining a first surface and a second surface opposed from the first surface, and a gas permeable layer underlying the decorative layered structure.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/01/16 / #20160250813

Apparatus for co-curing composite skins and stiffeners in an autoclave

A composite skin and composite stiffeners are co-cured in an autoclave. Uncured stiffeners are placed in channels of a tool, and an uncured skin is placed on the tool contacting the stiffeners. ... The Boeing Co

09/01/16 / #20160250362

Systems and methods for sanitizing a tray table

A system for sanitizing a tray table may include a sanitation assembly operatively coupled to the tray table. The sanitation assembly includes an ultraviolet (uv) light source configured to emit uv light, and a sanitation control unit operatively coupled to the uv light source. ... The Boeing Co

08/25/16 / #20160248796

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

08/25/16 / #20160247104

System and method for process-based analysis

A method for process-based analysis may include the steps of: (1) defining a process, the process including a set of steps, (2) identifying risks and/or issues associated the process and/or peripheral symbiotic essentials, a risk and/or issue being associated with a step of the set of steps, (3) assessing the risk and/or the issue based on at least one attribute of the risk and/or the issue, and (4) prioritizing the risks and/or the issues for disposition.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/25/16 / #20160245921

Multi-level/multi-threshold/multi-persistency gps/gnss atomic clock monitoring

Methods and apparatus to monitor gps/gnss atomic clocks are disclosed. An example method includes establishing a measured difference between an atomic frequency standard (afs) and a monitoring device. ... The Boeing Co

08/25/16 / #20160245646

Three dimensional manufacturing positioning system

An indoor positioning system employs a target sensor attached to a structure to form an anchor node. A coordinate system of the target sensor is aligned with a coordinate system of the structure. ... The Boeing Co

08/25/16 / #20160245613

Electromagnetic muzzle velocity controller and booster for guns

Systems and methods for electromagnetically controlling the muzzle velocity of a conventional gun using a coil gun on a barrel extension. This method can also provide an electromagnetically induced increase to muzzle velocity beyond that capable by conventional explosives. ... The Boeing Co

08/25/16 / #20160245315

Frictional coupling

A method of forming a coupling between a first part and a second part includes providing a first surface of the first part, wherein the first surface has a first shape and a surface roughness average that is less than or equal to about 500 microinches (13 microns); forming a second surface of the second part, the second surface having a second shape, the first shape and the second shape being substantially complementary shapes, wherein projections, forming at least a portion of the second surface in a preselected pattern, are configured to produce a friction fit between the first surface and the second surface when the first surface and the second surface are biased against each other, the projections having an average elastic compressive range substantially equal to the surface roughness average; and biasing the first surface and the second surface against each other with a force.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/25/16 / #20160244186

Flight test equipment installation system and method

A pallet system for a vehicle may include a cargo pallet having an orthogonal shape. A pallet adapter may be mounted on the cargo pallet. ... The Boeing Co

08/25/16 / #20160244185

Method, system and apparatus for assembling a composite wing skin with stiffeners

A jig apparatus and associated systems and methods for forming a composite wing skin is presented, including providing a frame with a working surface. A plurality of indexing blocks are coupled to the working surface of the frame. ... The Boeing Co

08/25/16 / #20160244177

Flow inlet

An apparatus is formed of a cowl and a flow inlet formed on an interior surface of the cowl. The flow inlet has a supersonic compression section attached to a subsonic diffusion section at a throat. ... The Boeing Co

08/25/16 / #20160244166

Cargo power drive unit with water extraction mechanism

Apparatus and methods provide for a cargo power drive unit (pdu) with a water extraction mechanism. According to one aspect, a pdu includes a pdu housing that is configured for installation within the cargo floor. ... The Boeing Co

08/25/16 / #20160244153

Rotatable wing tip joint and method of making same

A joint for coupling a wing tip to a wing base includes a linking member that extends from a first end to a second end. The linking member first end is coupleable to the wing base, and the linking member second end is coupleable to the wing tip. ... The Boeing Co

08/25/16 / #20160244152

Systems and methods for operating flight control surfaces

Systems and methods for operating flight control surfaces are provided. One system includes a control device having a two piece shaft including a first shaft portion and a second shaft portion, a spline key detachably coupling the first shaft portion and the second shaft portion, and a crankshaft operatively coupling the two piece shaft and a flight control surface. ... The Boeing Co

08/25/16 / #20160244151

Shock absorber assembly for power drive unit of a vehicle

A shock absorber assembly is configured to be operatively connected to a drive shaft of a power drive unit (pdu) of an aircraft. The shock absorber assembly may include a first hub, a second hub, and a bull gear having at least a portion sandwiched between the first and second hubs. ... The Boeing Co

08/25/16 / #20160244143

Composite wing edge attachment and method

A composite edge of an aircraft wing includes a composite wing box skin panel, attached to an outward wing spar in an attachment region, and a composite ramp, upon an outer surface of, and co-cured with, the composite wing box skin panel. The composite wing box skin panel has a proximal end and a distal end, with an overhanging edge, with substantially constant thickness and ply count in the attachment region. ... The Boeing Co

08/25/16 / #20160244141

Single piece fuselage barrel

In accordance with the present invention an aircraft stringerless fuselage structure is provided comprising an impact compliant outer skin having a plurality of resin impregnated skin fibers forming an outer skin surface, an inner stringerless skin surface, and a skin thickness. A plurality of stiffeners is included, each comprising a plurality of resin impregnated stiffener fibers integrated into the inner stringerless skin structure. ... The Boeing Co

08/25/16 / #20160243768

Composite stiffener positioning and vacuum bag installation device

An apparatus for manufacturing composite parts. An expandable tool with a transfer system may be moved on a surface of the expandable tool into an outer mold line tool with a composite material laid up on the outer mold line tool. ... The Boeing Co

08/25/16 / #20160243767

Systems and methods for making prepreg composite sheets including contoured charges

A system (100) for making a prepreg composite sheet (300) comprising contoured charges (308) comprises first means (102) for forming precursor outline regions (206) in a resin film layer (200). The system (100) also comprises second means (106) for impregnating a fiber reinforcement (220), comprising fibers (222), with the resin film layer (200), comprising the precursor outline regions (206), to form the prepreg composite sheet (300). ... The Boeing Co

08/25/16 / #20160243730

Composite mandrel for autoclave curing applications

A composite mandrel includes a generally elongated mandrel body comprising a resilient mandrel core and an elastomeric mandrel outer layer disposed outside the mandrel core. A method for fabricating a contoured stiffened composite panel is also disclosed.. ... The Boeing Co

08/25/16 / #20160243702

Substantially simultaneous manufacturing functions

A method and apparatus for performing manufacturing functions on a workpiece. The apparatus may comprise a base, a plurality of autonomous functional components, and a plurality of autonomous movement systems. ... The Boeing Co

08/25/16 / #20160243586

Drag reduction riblets integrated in a paint layer

A riblet forming system incorporates a print head with an array of print jets. A gantry supports the print head and is positioned and moved over an aerodynamic surface. ... The Boeing Co

08/18/16 / #20160241327

Methods and apparatus to point a payload at a target

Methods and apparatus to point a payload at a target are disclosed herein. An example machine accessible medium having instructions stored thereon that, when executed, causes a machine to at least command a first actuator to move to a first corrected stroke position and a second actuator to move to a second corrected stroke position to point a payload at a target along a line of sight vector without verifying a target pointing direction of a base when the first and second actuators are positioned to the respective first and second corrected stroke positions and without using a feedback to verify the base being at the target pointing direction when the first and second actuators are positioned to the respective first and second corrected stroke positions.. ... The Boeing Co

08/18/16 / #20160241058

System and method for battery management

A system includes a battery and a power management unit connected with the battery. The power management unit controls power to the battery. ... The Boeing Co

08/18/16 / #20160240939

Conductive sleeved fastener assembly

A conductive fastener assembly, system, and method, wherein the fastener assembly includes a fastener, a fastener sleeve, a nut, and a lubricant coating. The lubricant coating is deposited on a distal portion of a fastener shank and is omitted from the rest of the fastener. ... The Boeing Co

08/18/16 / #20160240298

Electro-permanent magnetic attachment of a vehicle to an object

An apparatus and method for attaching a crawler vehicle to the surface of an object. The crawler vehicle may comprise a frame, a number of moveable surface-engaging components attached to the frame, a number of actuators, and an electro-permanent magnet. ... The Boeing Co

08/18/16 / #20160239013

Location calibration for automated production manufacturing

Systems and methods for calibrating the location of an end effector-carrying apparatus relative to successive workpieces before the start of a production manufacturing operation. The location calibration is performed using a positioning system. ... The Boeing Co

08/18/16 / #20160238505

Propellant gauging at microgravity within the pressure - temperature - density inflection zone of xenon

A method that is stored in tangible form and accessible by a data processing system for determination of xenon propellant remaining in a tank for a defined life condition. A heater controller establishes a first stable temperature of a propellant tank. ... The Boeing Co

08/18/16 / #20160237539

Method for manufacturing anodized aluminum alloy parts without surface discoloration

A method for manufacturing a part including steps of providing an aluminum starting material, wherein the aluminum starting material is in an anneal temper, cold working the aluminum starting material to obtain an aluminum cold worked material, and forming the part from the aluminum cold worked material.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/18/16 / #20160237323

Joining a thermoplastic material and a metal

A method and apparatus comprising a sol-gel solution. Zirconium n-propoxide is aged in a solvent to form a first part for the sol-gel solution. ... The Boeing Co

08/18/16 / #20160236798

Aircraft engine inlet assembly apparatus

A method for assembling an aircraft engine nacelle inlet lip includes automatically positioning, with a controller an automated workstation in two degrees of freedom to position an articulated assembly fixture docking station in at least two predetermined joining positions, and effecting, with the controller, an ordered assembly of at least a forward bulkhead joint, a forward bulkhead to lipskin joint, a chord member to lipskin joint, an inner barrel to lipskin joint, an aft bulkhead to lipskin joint and an outer barrel to lipskin joint through an interface between an automated assembly tool and at least one of a plurality of assembly fixtures interchangeably mounted on the docking station, where each assembly fixture corresponds to an assembly step of the aircraft engine nacelle inlet lip and at least one of the assembly fixtures is common to more than one assembly step of the aircraft engine nacelle inlet lip.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/18/16 / #20160236796

Aircraft tipping alarm system and method using fluid pressure measurement on nose landing gear shock strut

There is provided an aircraft tipping alarm system having a nose landing gear (nlg) shock strut containing hydraulic fluid and having an aperture. The system further has an elongated pressure chamber assembly configured to engage to the aperture. ... The Boeing Co

08/18/16 / #20160236785

Aft rest area assembly within an aircraft cabin

An aft rest area assembly is positioned within an aft section of an internal cabin of an aircraft. The aft rest area assembly may include a lavatory section including at least one lavatory, a first galley station positioned on a first outboard side of the lavatory section, and a second galley station positioned on a second outboard side of the lavatory. ... The Boeing Co

08/18/16 / #20160236425

Roughened tool surfaces for thermoset composite layups and systems and methods including the same

Roughened tool surfaces for thermoset composite layups and systems and methods including the same are disclosed herein. The systems include a first tool that includes a first tool body that defines the roughened tool surface and a second tool that defines a second tool surface. ... The Boeing Co

08/11/16 / #20160232797

Methods and systems for dynamically providing contextual weather information

Methods and systems are provided for presenting contextual weather information with respect to a predetermined route of a vehicle. Routing data for a vehicle is integrated with weather data for an area to generate contextual weather information.. ... The Boeing Co

08/11/16 / #20160232424

Systems and methods for temporally-based geospatial data conflation

A method for registering existing vector data associated with a first image of a location to a second image of the location is provided. Typically the images are separated by an increment of time. ... The Boeing Co

08/11/16 / #20160231753

Flight vehicle autopilot

An autopilot for a flight vehicle is described herein. Various configurations of the autopilot may be used in a gyro-less guidance and control system, which can be designed based on translational acceleration measurements only. ... The Boeing Co

08/11/16 / #20160231231

Multi-functional fiber optic fuel sensor system having a photonic membrane

A fuel sensing system utilizes a fiber optic sensor comprising a membrane made of a direct band gap semiconductor material (such as gallium arsenide) that forms an optical cavity with an optical fiber inside a hermetically sealed sensor package located at the bottom of a fuel tank. The optical fiber inside the fuel tank is not exposed to the fuel. ... The Boeing Co

08/11/16 / #20160231137

System and method for providing guidance during a flare maneuver of an aircraft

A system and method for providing guidance during a flare maneuver of an aircraft may include the steps of: (1) generating a primary flare command from a primary flare control law based on an altitude of the aircraft, (2) generating the secondary flare command from a secondary flare control law based on inertial vertical speed of the aircraft, and (3) generating an ultimate flare command by selecting one of the primary flare command when the aircraft is over regular terrain or the secondary flare command when the aircraft is over irregular terrain.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/11/16 / #20160230670

Rupture constraint mechanism

Apparatus and system for containing a rupture of a duct. The apparatus includes an air-permeable sheet, such as a wide-weave fiberglass sheet. ... The Boeing Co

08/11/16 / #20160229558

System to accelerate and decelerate aircraft for take-off and landing

A system for controlling movement of an aircraft includes a platform for supporting an aircraft. A clamp mechanism coupled to the platform to releasably couple the aircraft to the platform. ... The Boeing Co

08/11/16 / #20160229552

Intermetallic and composite metallic gap filler

A structural assembly of an aircraft which includes a structural element constructed of a composite material which includes a matrix material and plurality of fibers positioned to extend through the matrix material, wherein at least a portion of the plurality of fibers are accessible from a surface of the structural element. A fastener secures the structural element to a structural component. ... The Boeing Co

08/11/16 / #20160229540

Cabin pressure outflow valve noise suppression devices and methods

A system and method for regulating pressure inside a vehicle (“cabin pressure”) with reduced noise is disclosed. The system can include a forward gate and an aft gate that can be moved from a closed position to an open position to release cabin pressure in a controlled manner. ... The Boeing Co

08/11/16 / #20160229538

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

08/11/16 / #20160229537

Variable opening overhead stowage bins and related methods

An improved overhead storage system for use in an aircraft may include a variable opening overhead storage bin that is configured to automatically open to an initial open position when a latch mechanism is released and to open further to a second open position when a force is applied to the bin. Such improved overhead storage systems and variable opening overhead storage bins may improve article retention of articles or loads stored within the storage bins during flight. ... The Boeing Co

08/11/16 / #20160229528

Winglet system having upper and lower winglet

A winglet system for an aircraft wing includes an upper winglet and a lower winglet mounted to a wing. The lower winglet has a static position when the wing is subject to an on-ground static loading. ... The Boeing Co

08/11/16 / #20160229524

Methods and apparatus for integrating rotary actuators in flight control systems

Methods and apparatus for reacting rotary actuator and control surface loads into a wing structure using reaction links. The apparatus incorporates a structural interface feature that can facilitate a change of the component(s) in the load loop, such as the path connecting a control surface to a fixed aircraft structure via a rotary actuator. ... The Boeing Co

08/11/16 / #20160229522

Closed loop control of aircraft control surfaces

Closed loop control of control surfaces is described herein. One disclosed example method includes measuring a flight metric of an aircraft during flight and calculating, using a processor, a deflection of a control surface of the aircraft based on the flight metric. ... The Boeing Co

08/11/16 / #20160229519

Shape memory alloy actuator system for composite aircraft structures

Method and apparatus for controlling a shape of a composite structure. A shape memory structure associated with the composite structure is activated. ... The Boeing Co

08/11/16 / #20160229385

Thiol based resin system for removal of copper ions from hydraulic fluid

System and method for removing copper species from a hydraulic fluid are described. The system includes a filter including a thiol resin. ... The Boeing Co

08/11/16 / #20160229094

Staggered bevel for continuous compression molding tooling dies

Continuous compression molding process and apparatus for fabricating thermoplastic composite parts from pre-formed thermoplastic composite laminates with tooling dies have a staggered bevel feature at an entry side of the tooling dies. Staggering the length of the bevel feature in each section between bends in a surface contour along the width of the incoming edge of the tooling dies prevents excess material from being trapped and forming wrinkles in the finished thermoplastic part. ... The Boeing Co

08/11/16 / #20160228997

Dual walled titanium tubing and methods of manufacturing the tubing

Within examples, a method of manufacturing a double-walled titanium conduit is described. Example methods include stitch welding multiple concentric sheets to form a stitch layer, providing the stitch layer between an inner wall and an outer wall of the double-walled titanium conduit, circumferentially seam welding the inner wall and the outer wall to the stitch layer to create a welded assembly, die forming the welded assembly at temperature and pressure to form inner structures between the multiple concentric sheets according to stitch welding lines and to enable a diffusion bond process among the inner wall, the stitch layer, and the outer wall, and removing the double-walled titanium conduit from the die.. ... The Boeing Co

08/11/16 / #20160228904

Method and system for applying a coating

A method and apparatus are presented. A first roller has a sensor that senses a speed of the workpiece while the workpiece is in contact with the first roller and moving relative to the first roller causing the first roller to rotate. ... The Boeing Co

08/11/16 / #20160228807

Stored gas pressure recovery system

A system and method for storing nitrogen-enriched air (nea) comprising an air separation device (asm) and producing nea in the asm. One example implementation may include bleed air being supplied to a pressure intensifier. ... The Boeing Co

08/04/16 / #20160227420

Automated close-loop electromagnetic (em) datalink testing

Systems, methods, and apparatus for automated close-loop electromagnetic (em) datalink testing are disclosed. In some embodiments, the disclosed method involves routing, by a user simulator, at least one user input data and at least one user control command to a controller. ... The Boeing Co

08/04/16 / #20160226514

Adaptive compression of data

A method of encoding data includes determining a magnitude of change between a first value associated with first data and a second value associated with second data based on a comparison of the first value and the second value. The first value is encoded into a first set of bits having a first number of bits. ... The Boeing Co

08/04/16 / #20160226513

Adaptive compression of data

A method of encoding data includes determining a magnitude of change between a first value associated with first data and a second value associated with second data based on a comparison of the first value and the second value. The first value is encoded into a first set of bits having a first number of bits. ... The Boeing Co

08/04/16 / #20160224698

Strength prediction system and method for composite laminates

A method of predicting the strength characteristics of a composite laminate may include loading a structural model of a composite laminate formed of a material system. The method may additionally include comparing strain invariants from loading the composite laminate to critical strain invariant values of the material system. ... The Boeing Co

08/04/16 / #20160223038

Half system torque brakes

Provided are half system torque brakes, aircraft utilizing these brakes, and methods of installing these brakes. A half system torque brake includes an input cam assembly slidably disposed on a compression shaft between first and second output cam assemblies. ... The Boeing Co

08/04/16 / #20160222994

Methods and apparatus to control movement of a component

Methods and apparatus to control movement of a component are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a housing defining a bore and a piston disposed inside the bore. ... The Boeing Co

08/04/16 / #20160222250

Sol-gel coating method and composition

A coating composition and a method for coating metallic substrates, such as aircraft components exposed to elevated temperatures and/or oxidative conditions. The coating composition includes an aqueous mixture having about 2 vol % to about 50 vol % organosilane, about 0.3 to about 25 vol % metal alkoxide, and about 0.1 to about 30 vol % organic complexing agent. ... The Boeing Co

08/04/16 / #20160221829

Methods of making and purifying carbon nanotubes

In one aspect, methods of making semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes are described herein. In some implementations, a method of making semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes comprises providing a plurality of semiconducting nanotube seeds including (n,m) nanotube seeds and non-(n,m) nanotube seeds. ... The Boeing Co

08/04/16 / #20160221319

Gradient curing of composite laminate parts

Composite laminate parts are made using a gradient cured subset of fiber reinforced thermoset resin plies. A portion of the subset is cured to rigidity to thereby maintain the shape of a part layup, while other plies in the subset are actively cooled to prevent them from curing. ... The Boeing Co

08/04/16 / #20160221289

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

08/04/16 / #20160221276

Material placement system

A method for placing material for a composite part. A roller may be positioned relative to a material delivery structure in which the roller is associated with an end of the material delivery structure. ... The Boeing Co

08/04/16 / #20160221257

Installation assembly and asssociated method for forming a bonded joint

An installation assembly and an associated method for forming a bonded join are provided to permit the adhesive attachment of a first workpiece, such as a patch, to a portion of a second workpiece. The installation assembly and the associated method provide for at least partial debulking of the adhesive prior to curing of the adhesive such that the resulting bondline may have improved mechanical properties as a result of having fewer voids and/or porosity. ... The Boeing Co

08/04/16 / #20160221114

Apparatus and method for manufacturing an anti-counterfeit three-dimensional article

An apparatus and method for manufacturing and authenticating a three-dimensional article including the steps of (1) successively building up the article from a metal powder by an additive manufacturing process by scanning a selected portion of the metal powder with electromagnetic radiation, (2) forming an anti-counterfeiting mark in the article during the additive manufacturing process, and (3) determining whether the article includes the anti-counterfeiting mark.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/04/16 / #20160221048

System and method for high speed fod detection

A system for the detection of foreign object debris material on a surface of a composite part being manufactured. A platform is configured to move over the surface. ... The Boeing Co

08/04/16 / #20160220716

Lavatory disinfection system

A method and apparatus for disinfecting a lavatory inside a vehicle in response to a set of criteria being met. A determination is made as to whether a set of criteria for activation of a disinfection system that emits far-ultraviolet radiation to perform a disinfection process inside a lavatory has been met. ... The Boeing Co

07/28/16 / #20160216715

Lightweight gas pressure regulator

The present disclosure provides a lightweight two-stage pressure regulator for controlling the flow of gas from a high pressure source. The two stage pressure regulator comprises a gas inlet, a first piston pressure regulator stage, a second piston pressure regulator stage and a gas outlet. ... The Boeing Co

07/28/16 / #20160216357

Method and apparatus for determining the direction of arrival of a sonic boom

A method and apparatus for determining a direction of arrival of an acoustic event of interest that arrives at an array. Data acquired from the array is received. ... The Boeing Co

07/28/16 / #20160216142

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 method disclosed herein includes providing a frame having an inner surface and an opening therethrough to define a passageway; and mounting laser sensors to the inner surface of the frame, the laser sensors to measure a characteristic of a fluid that is to flow through the passageway of the frame.. ... The Boeing Co

07/28/16 / #20160216091

Fire-retarding artillery shell

An artillery shell is fired out of a gun towards a fire. A trigger releases a fire-retarding material from the artillery shell to retard the fire.. ... The Boeing Co

07/28/16 / #20160214735

Electrical conductor pathway system and method of making the same

The disclosure provides in one embodiment an electrical conductor pathway system for diverting an electric charge. The electrical conductor pathway system includes a substrate having a first surface to be printed on and having one or more grounding points. ... The Boeing Co

07/28/16 / #20160214705

Flap mechanism and associated method

An airfoil, a flap mechanism and an associated method are provided to controllably actuate a flap positioned proximate the trailing edge of an airfoil body. The flap mechanism includes a carrier beam hingedly connected to an airfoil body and also pivotally connected to a flap proximate the trailing edge of the airfoil body. ... The Boeing Co

07/28/16 / #20160214696

Position-locking for a watercraft using an auxiliary water vessel

Apparatus and methods for holding the position of a watercraft stationary. An exemplary method includes measuring a velocity of an auxiliary water vessel relative to the watercraft with a first sensor, where the auxiliary water vessel is deployed at a depth between the watercraft and a ground surface of the body of water. ... The Boeing Co

07/28/16 / #20160214529

Lighting assembly for interior cabin of a vehicle

A lighting assembly configured to be positioned within an internal cabin of a vehicle may include a housing defining an internal lighting chamber, a lens secured within the internal lighting chamber, wherein the lens includes a central longitudinal axis, and at least one light-emitting channel secured within the internal lighting chamber. The light-emitting channel(s) is offset in relation to the central longitudinal axis.. ... The Boeing Co

07/28/16 / #20160214335

Composite structure and method of forming thereof

A composite structure is provided. The composite structure includes a plurality of components coupled together forming a joint, wherein the plurality of components are oriented such that a gap is defined at least partially therebetween. ... The Boeing Co

07/28/16 / #20160214330

Method and apparatus for fabricating contoured laminate structures

A plurality of identical fabrication modules are linked together and configurable to fabricate any of a plurality of differing laminate structures in a family of structures having common features. Each of the fabrication modules is locally adapted to fabricate a section of the laminate structure on a corresponding tool. ... The Boeing Co

07/28/16 / #20160214220

Auxiliary milling unit for a milling machine

An auxiliary milling unit configured to be coupled to a movable main milling unit of a milling machine includes an auxiliary milling tool and a mounting portion configured to couple the auxiliary milling unit to the main milling unit. The mounting portion is movable with the main milling unit. ... The Boeing Co

07/28/16 / #20160214204

Pin tool assemblies for friction stir welding and apparatus and methods including the same

Pin tool assemblies for friction stir welding and apparatus and methods that include the pin tool assemblies. The pin tool assemblies include an outer member, an inner member, and a stop. ... The Boeing Co

07/28/16 / #20160214144

Robotic surface-cleaning assemblies and methods

Robotic surface-cleaning assemblies include a base configured to be operatively coupled to a robotic arm; a supply of cleaning fabric supported relative to the base; an applicator supported relative to the base, wherein the applicator is configured to support a portion of cleaning fabric from the supply of cleaning fabric and operatively and selectively position the portion into engagement with a surface to be cleaned; and a source of cleaning fluid supported relative to the base, wherein the source of cleaning fluid is configured to operatively and selectively (i) deliver cleaning fluid directly to the portion of cleaning fabric supported by the applicator and/or (ii) deliver cleaning fluid directly to the surface to be cleaned. Methods of cleaning a surface with a robotic surface-cleaning assembly also are disclosed.. ... The Boeing Co

07/21/16 / #20160210871

Instructional assessment system for a vehicle

A method and apparatus for assessing performance of an operation for a vehicle. Real-time information is received by a computer system in the vehicle from at least one of a vehicle operator or a group of hardware systems in the vehicle during the operation for the vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

07/21/16 / #20160209339

Systems and methods for aligning an aperture

An alignment system for aligning apertures in an x-ray backscatter system is provided. Additionally, a method for aligning apertures in an x-ray backscatter system is provided. ... The Boeing Co

07/21/16 / #20160209274

Phase measurement by phase transfer

The present disclosure generally relates to techniques for measuring a phase difference between a first set of photons and a second set of photons. The techniques can include directing the first set of photons to a first parametric downconverter, directing the second set of photons to a second parametric downconverter, directing photons output from an exotic photon source to the first downconverter and directing photons output from the first parametric downconverter to a first beam splitter, directing photons output from an exotic photon source to the first beam splitter, directing photons output from the second parametric downconverter to a second beam splitter, directing photons output from the first beam splitter to the second beam splitter, detecting photons output from the second beam splitter, deriving, from the detecting, a phase difference between the first set of photons and the second set of photons, and outputting the phase difference.. ... The Boeing Co

07/21/16 / #20160208053

Nanomodified backbones for polyimides with difunctional and mixed-functionality endcaps

Polyimides containing a backbone with at least one nanoparticle component and made from oligomers having endcaps that are difunctional or a mix of di- and monofunctionality are provided. The endcaps may be nadic or phenylethynyl. ... The Boeing Co

07/21/16 / #20160207840

Extrudable ceramic composition and method of making

An extrudable ceramic composite includes a matrix comprising a refractory ceramic and a plurality of particles embedded in the matrix. The plurality of particles have an aspect ratio ranging from about 1 to about 100, the plurality of particles comprising at least one particle type chosen from structurally reinforcing particles and thermal conductivity modifying particles. ... The Boeing Co

07/21/16 / #20160207638

Systems, methods, and apparatus for automated predictive shimming for large structures

Systems, methods, and devices are disclosed for predictive shimming of large structures. Systems may include a remote device configured to move along a first path relative to a first vehicle structure. ... The Boeing Co

07/21/16 / #20160207637

Mobile unmanned aerial vehicle infrastructure and management system and method

A mobile uav infrastructure and management system for control and management of one or more unmanned aerial vehicles including at least one landing platform to facilitate operational readiness of the unmanned aerial vehicle, radio beacons for localization of the unmanned aerial vehicle, a command and control station in communication with the unmanned aerial vehicle, and an unmanned ground vehicle for deploying the landing platform, the radio beacons and the command and control station.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/21/16 / #20160207616

Hydraulic strut assembly for semi-levered landing gear

A hydraulic strut assembly, for use in a semi-levered landing gear in an aircraft, comprising an actuator and a manifold associated with the actuator. The actuator comprises a housing, a first piston, a second piston, and a third piston. ... The Boeing Co

07/21/16 / #20160207608

Latch pin assembly for folding wing tip system

A folding wing tip system of an aircraft includes a latch pin actuator having a primary mechanical lock and a secondary hydraulic lock. The mechanical lock may include a lock cam movable between a lock position, in which the lock cam engages the latch pin, and an unlock position, in which the lock cam is disengaged from the latch pin, and a first lock actuator mechanically coupled to the lock cam and configured to provide a bias force pushing the lock cam toward the lock position. ... The Boeing Co

07/21/16 / #20160207607

Laminate composite wing structures

A wing may include a wing skin, a laminate composite first stringer, a rib, and at least one fastener. A majority of the first stringer may be characterized by a stacked plurality of generally planar plies of reinforcement material structurally joined as a stack to an interior surface of the wing skin and extending generally parallel to the interior surface and a span-wise direction of the wing along a substantial portion of the interior surface. ... The Boeing Co

07/21/16 / #20160207266

Composite forming apparatus

A system and method for forming a composite structure. The apparatus comprises a base, a plate, a number of movement systems, and a number of sheets. ... The Boeing Co

07/21/16 / #20160207256

Apparatus for void-free debulking of adhesive bonded joints

Methods and apparatus for fabricating adhesive bonded joints while minimizing the voids and/or porosity found in the cured bondline. In accordance with various embodiments, the apparatus comprises an evacuation chamber combined with a pressure inducing device to produce bonded joints that are both void free and thoroughly compacted. ... The Boeing Co

07/21/16 / #20160207202

Tool changer

A system, method, and apparatus for changing a set of old tools for a set of new tools may be presented. The system may comprise a crawler robot, a robotic arm, a tool changer, a vision system, and at least one of a tool rack or a storage area. ... The Boeing Co

07/21/16 / #20160207182

Pre-molded seal cap installation tool

Apparatus and method for applying pre-molded seal caps to fasteners. The apparatus includes an installation tool and a disposable cap holding fixture. ... The Boeing Co

07/21/16 / #20160207181

Torque-wrench apparatuses and methods of assembling the same

A torque-wrench attachment (100) configured to be coupled to a torque-wrench handle (200) is disclosed. The torque-wrench handle (200) defines a first longitudinal central axis (202) and comprises a force-application member (210) rotatable about a click-pivot axis (144). ... The Boeing Co

07/14/16 / #20160205724

System and method for connecting aircraft to networks on ground

A system and method includes a core network located on an aircraft and a gateway included with the core network. The gateway connects with at least two of a wireless link, an optical link, a wired link and a crew wireless link. ... The Boeing Co

07/14/16 / #20160205193

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

07/14/16 / #20160203613

Integrated image distortion correction with motion compensated integration

A motion compensated integration (mci) system is disclosed. The mci system may include a moveable platform, an optical sensor mounted to the moveable platform, an optical sensor line-of-sight measuring device configured to generate optical sensor line-of-sight movement data, and a processor in communication with the optical sensor and the optical sensor line-of-sight measuring device. ... The Boeing Co

07/14/16 / #20160202692

System and method for using an internet of things network for managing factory production

An internet of things (iot) network for managing assembly of a multi-part product in a production environment. A user wears a device that provides a hands-free display of assembly instructions while the user is assembling the product. ... The Boeing Co

07/14/16 / #20160202689

Systems and methods for coordinate transformation using non-destructive imaging

Systems and methods for generating a coordinate transformation are disclosed. The system can include a non-destructive imaging (ndi) device for detecting the location of local surface and subsurface features in an object (e.g., an aircraft). ... The Boeing Co

07/14/16 / #20160202354

Methods and apparatus for providing a dynamic target impact point sweetener

Methods and apparatus for providing a dynamic target impact point sweetener is disclosed. An example method includes identifying a target based on a composite three-dimensional image generated based on data received from a first aerial vehicle acting as a master vehicle and a second aerial vehicle acting as a slave vehicle; changing a role of the first aerial vehicle to the slave vehicle; changing the role of the second aerial vehicle to the master vehicle; and causing, using the second aerial vehicle acting as the master vehicle, a third vehicle to attack the target based on the identity of the target.. ... The Boeing Co

07/14/16 / #20160202148

Rigging methods to calibrate control bodies of vehicles, and related systems

Rigging methods to calibrate control surfaces, and related systems are disclosed. A rotatable control body may steer a vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

07/14/16 / #20160202060

High bandwidth coriolis vibratory gyroscope (cvg) with in-situ bias self-calibration

Provided herein is a method for determining a bias-compensated inertial rotation rate of a coriolis vibratory gyroscope (“cvg”). The method comprises determining an initial mode that the cvg is operating; obtaining average uncompensated inertial rotation rate measurements from a previous mode transition period; obtaining average uncompensated bias measurements from the previous mode transition period; determining a first transition between a agc mode and a ftr mode of a given axis; calculating a first estimate of bias of the cvg based on the first transition that was determined and the average uncompensated bias measurements from the previous mode transition period; and calculating, by a processor, a first bias-compensated inertial rotation rate of the cvg based on the first bias that was calculated and the average uncompensated inertial rotation rate measurements from a previous mode transition period.. ... The Boeing Co

07/14/16 / #20160202059

Approach for control redistribution of coriolis vibratory gyroscope (cvg) for performance improvement

Provided herein is a coriolis vibratory gyroscope (“cvg”). The cvg includes a first plurality of actuators electrically coupled to the vibratory member and arranged about a drive axis of the cvg and operable to obtain a control signal from the controller and provide a voltage sufficient to cause and maintain the vibratory member to vibrate in a first mode of oscillation; a second plurality of actuators electrically coupled to the vibratory member and arranged about a sense axis of the cvg and operable to detect a voltage based on a second mode of oscillation of the vibratory member caused by a rotation of the cvg about an axis of rotation and to provide a counter-balancing signal sufficient to null the voltage based on the second mode of oscillation, wherein the controller is operable to determine a rate of the rotation of the cvg based, in part, on the counter-balancing signal.. ... The Boeing Co

07/14/16 / #20160202034

Inspection apparatuses, systems, and methods

An apparatus (102) for positioning a measurement caliper (138) relative to an exterior surface (190) of a tube (154) for inspecting an interior surface (155) of the tube (154) is disclosed. The apparatus (102) comprises a chassis (104) configured to be coupled to the measurement caliper (138). ... The Boeing Co

07/14/16 / #20160201704

Latch with a built-in adjustment mechanism

A method and apparatus is provided for adjusting a latch. An apparatus comprises a latch body, a first member, and a second member associated with the latch body. ... The Boeing Co

07/14/16 / #20160201654

Integrated high thermal conductive fiber as cooling fin for sma actuator with expandable sleeve

Aspects of the present disclosure generally relate to an sma actuator that includes a cooling device disposed within a torque tube. In one aspect, the cooling device includes a sliding sleeve, an expandable sleeve, and plurality of cooling fins coupled to the expandable sleeve. ... The Boeing Co

07/14/16 / #20160201602

Methods and apparatus to vary reverse thrust of aircraft engines

Methods and apparatus to vary reverse thrust of turbofans are disclosed. An example cascade apparatus disclosed herein includes a fixed frame having a plurality of fixed vanes coupled to the frame, where each of the fixed vanes defines a plurality of slots. ... The Boeing Co

07/14/16 / #20160201601

Methods and apparatus to vary reverse thrust of aircraft engines

Methods and apparatus to vary reverse thrust of aircraft engines are disclosed. An example cascade apparatus disclosed herein includes a cascade frame having a first end, a second end, and a fixed structure extending between the first end and second end, where the cascade frame defines a slot. ... The Boeing Co

07/14/16 / #20160200478

Pallet adapter

A pallet adapter, system and method for restraining air cargo during flight is disclosed. A pallet adapter shifts a shipping container in an inboard direction of an aircraft so that the container does not contact an interior structure of the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

07/14/16 / #20160200460

Spacecraft and spacecraft protective blankets

Protective blankets include a plurality of sheets of material operatively coupled together to define the protective blanket. The plurality of sheets includes at least one sheet composed of carbon nanotube reinforced composite material and at least one sheet composed of a different material. ... The Boeing Co

07/14/16 / #20160200459

Spacecraft and spacecraft radiator panels with composite face-sheets

Radiator panels include two spaced-apart face-sheets including an inside face-sheet and an outside face-sheet that are constructed of a fiber reinforced composite material, a honeycomb core positioned between the two spaced-apart face-sheets, and one or more heat pipes extending through the honeycomb core. Spacecraft include a body and two radiator panels operatively coupled to the body opposite each other.. ... The Boeing Co

07/14/16 / #20160200454

Dual function movement component for automated assembly systems

A pneumatic device may be configured and used to provide multiple movement related functions, such as in an automated assembly system. The pneumatic device may comprise a chamber; a sealing element configurable to contact a surface, to enable creating a seal around the chamber by application of pneumatic suction into the chamber; a biasing element configurable to push the sealing element away from the surface; and a pneumatic cushion configurable to expand by application of pneumatic inflow, thus urging the pneumatic device away from the surface.. ... The Boeing Co

07/14/16 / #20160200419

Methods and apparatus to control aircraft horizontal stabilizers

Methods and apparatus to control aircraft horizontal stabilizers are described herein. One described method includes calculating, using a processor, a desired movement of a horizontal stabilizer of an aircraft to counteract a pitching moment of the aircraft, and controlling the horizontal stabilizer based on the desired movement.. ... The Boeing Co

07/14/16 / #20160200083

Devices and methods for applying surface coverings

Applicator devices for applying a surface covering to a part and methods for applying a surface covering to a part are disclosed. Disclosed applicator devices may include an inflatable bladder and a support structure configured to position the inflatable bladder with respect to the part and/or a support surface on which the part is positioned. ... The Boeing Co

07/14/16 / #20160200054

Optimized cross-ply orientation in composite laminates

A composite laminate has a primary axis of loading and comprises a plurality resin plies each reinforced with unidirectional fibers. The laminate includes cross-plies with fiber orientations optimized to resist bending and torsional loads along the primary axis of loading.. ... The Boeing Co

07/14/16 / #20160200049

Method and system for forming masks

A method and apparatus for protecting a structure. The method comprises identifying an exterior shape of the structure; generating a model of a mask based on the exterior shape of the structure; and forming the mask using a three dimensional printer based on the model.. ... The Boeing Co

07/14/16 / #20160200008

Fuselage mandrel insert and method

An apparatus for use in formation of a composite structure about a mandrel. A generally flexible pneumatic tool and a generally rigid insert are inserted end to end in a cavity of the mandrel. ... The Boeing Co

07/14/16 / #20160199937

Rotating shielding devices and methods of welding

Rotating shielding devices for supplying a shielding gas to a weld pool as a weld joint is formed are disclosed. The rotating shielding device may be configured to be moved continuously along a seam formed between two structures being welded, so as to avoid having to remove the rotating shielding device during, for example, welding around corners. ... The Boeing Co

07/07/16 / #20160197857

Aircraft control domain communication framework

. . This disclosure relates to updating information in devices of remote systems over a network. A method includes receiving, via a first switch, a first selection. ... The Boeing Co

07/07/16 / #20160197571

Wireless power system for electric motors

A method and apparatus for supplying power to a group of wireless motors. A request for the power is received for the group of wireless motors associated with a robot. ... The Boeing Co

07/07/16 / #20160197260

Thermoelectric generator

A thermoelectric generator for powering a load includes a first mounting plate, a second mounting plate, and a plurality of semiconductors positioned between the first and the second mounting plates. The plurality of semiconductors includes one of positive-type or negative-type semiconductor material.. ... The Boeing Co

07/07/16 / #20160196891

Method for mitigating edge glow

Composite structures and methods for mitigating edge glow resulting from lightning strikes on composite structures, such as aerospace structures, containing carbon fiber reinforced plastic components. One or more thin layers of conductive coating material is applied over a cut edge or drop off of the carbon fiber reinforced plastic components to reduce inter-ply voltage potential between composite layers of the carbon fiber reinforced plastic component. ... The Boeing Co

07/07/16 / #20160195495

Magnetic permeability measurement of ferromagnetic wires

Embodiments described herein provide magnetic permeability measurements of ferromagnetic wires. In one embodiment, an apparatus comprises a non-magnetic wire retainer having a circular groove that holds a ferromagnetic wire for measurement. ... The Boeing Co

07/07/16 / #20160195470

Portable device for quantifying thermochromatic coating signatures

A portable device for quantification of thermochromatic coating signatures is provided. The portable device includes a directing component configured to direct light to a target having a thermochromatic coating. ... The Boeing Co

07/07/16 / #20160195437

Systems and methods for monitoring temperatures of batteries

A method for monitoring a temperature of a battery is provided. The method includes applying a thermochromatic coating to a surface of the battery. ... The Boeing Co

07/07/16 / #20160195427

Systems and methods for monitoring ultraviolet light exposure in an environment

Systems and methods for monitoring ultraviolet (uv) light exposure in an environment are disclosed herein. The methods include detecting a uv light intensity within an environment at a plurality of spaced apart node locations and calculating a uv light intensity map based upon the uv light intensity at the plurality of spaced apart node locations. ... The Boeing Co

07/07/16 / #20160195072

Environmental aspect control assembly

An environmental aspect control assembly is configured to control one more environmental aspects. The environmental aspect control assembly may include at least one aspect-controlling portion formed of one or more environmental aspect-controlling materials, and at least one shape-changing actuator operatively connected to the aspect-controlling structure(s). ... The Boeing Co

07/07/16 / #20160195062

Induction consolidation for wind blade fabrication

A method of fabricating a thermoplastic composite tubular structure for use as a wind turbine blade is presented using a combination of induction heating with smart susceptors to consolidate a wrapped mandrel. The method can include overbraiding the mandrel with a continuous fiber thermoplastic composite material to form an overbraided mandrel that is then installed in a ceramic induction oven where the mandrel is pressurized internally to consolidate the thermoplastic overbraid during heating. ... The Boeing Co

07/07/16 / #20160194732

Apparatuses and methods for processing a metal ribbon

An apparatus (102) for processing a metal ribbon (116) comprising a main portion (118) and a sacrificial portion (120) adjoining the main portion (118) of the metal ribbon (116), is disclosed. The apparatus (102) comprises a heater (108), configured to heat the main portion (118) of the metal ribbon (116) to a first temperature, a first cooler (110), configured to cool the main portion (118) of the metal ribbon (116) from the first temperature to a third temperature lower than the first temperature, a second cooler (112), configured to cool the main portion (118) of the metal ribbon (116) at a first rate from the third temperature to a fourth temperature lower than the third temperature, a drive system (124), configured to successively advance the main portion (118) of the metal ribbon (116) from the heater (108) to the second cooler (112) through the first cooler (110), and a guide system (114) configured to route the metal ribbon (116) from the heater (108) to the second cooler (112) through the first cooler (110).. ... The Boeing Co

07/07/16 / #20160194728

Methods of forming a workpiece made of a naturally aging alloy

A method of forming a workpiece having an initial heat treatment and made of a naturally aging alloy to a final shape using an incremental sheet forming (isf) machine having a coordinate system and a tool path corresponding to the final shape of the workpiece is disclosed. The method comprises positioning the workpiece in the isf machine; performing an initial forming operation on the workpiece using the isf machine; performing a final heat treatment on the workpiece; repositioning the workpiece in the isf machine; and, with the workpiece in a final workpiece orientation in the isf machine and the tool path of the isf machine in a final tool-path orientation in the isf machine, performing a final forming operation on the workpiece using the isf machine to achieve the final shape of the workpiece. ... The Boeing Co

07/07/16 / #20160194482

Graphene fiber for aerospace composites

Graphene fibers made from a graphene film formed into an elongated fiber-like shape and composite materials made from the graphene fibers. The graphene film has amine groups formed on at least an outer surface of the graphene film and epoxide groups formed on at least one edge of the graphene film. ... The Boeing Co

07/07/16 / #20160194463

Graphene-augmented carbon fiber for aerospace composites

Composite materials with graphene-augmented carbon reinforcement fibers having a graphene film wrapped about one or more carbon fiber filaments. The graphene film is wrapped about the carbon fiber filaments in a spiral orientation and has amine groups formed on an outer surface of the graphene film and epoxide groups formed on at least one edge of the graphene film. ... The Boeing Co

07/07/16 / #20160194460

Graphene-augmented composite materials

Composite materials are augmented with functionalized graphene having added amine groups, benzoxazine groups, imide groups, or a combination of amine groups and imide groups on a surface of the graphene, epoxide groups formed on at least one edge of the graphene and/or holes formed through the graphene. The functionalized graphene is integrated into a composite material as a supplement to or as a replacement for either the carbon reinforcement material or the resin matrix material to increase strength of the composite materials, and may be in the form of a functionalized graphene nanoplatelet, a flat graphene sheet or film, or a rolled or twisted graphene sheet or film.. ... The Boeing Co

07/07/16 / #20160194459

Soluble nanoparticles for composite performance enhancement

A composition may include a resin and a plurality of polymer nanoparticles in the resin to form a resin mixture. The polymer nanoparticles may be soluble or semi-soluble in the resin. ... The Boeing Co

07/07/16 / #20160194097

Self-contained stud adhesive bonding apparatus and method of use

A self-contained stud adhesive bonding apparatus enables an externally threaded stud to be adhesively attached to a separate surface in an adverse environment for an adhesive, such as the vacuum of space.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/07/16 / #20160194093

System and method of securing a component in position for machining using a fixture assembly

A fixture assembly is configured to securely retain a component, such as an acoustic inlet barrel. The fixture assembly includes at least one component-securing sub-assembly configured to be selectively positioned between a retracted position and a securing position. ... The Boeing Co

07/07/16 / #20160194086

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. For example, an aircraft cabin air diffuser, which may be used in an air conditioning system and/or an aircraft, may include an inlet section, a neck section downstream of the inlet section, an outlet section downstream of the neck section, and a flow controller within the neck section. ... The Boeing Co

07/07/16 / #20160194075

Apparatus and method for arrestment of a flight control surface

A secondary actuation mechanism for arresting movement of a control surface may include a secondary actuator, a drive link coupled to the secondary actuator, and a secondary connecting rod coupled between the drive link and the control surface, wherein the control surface is movable to a default position in response to actuation of the secondary actuator, and the secondary actuator retains the control surface at the default position. . ... The Boeing Co

07/07/16 / #20160194070

Ventilated aero-structures, aircraft, and associated methods

Ventilated aero-structures include a micro-lattice structure operatively coupled to a honeycomb core. The interface between the honeycomb core and the micro-lattice structure is configured to permit air flow to and from the honeycomb core via the micro-lattice structure. ... The Boeing Co

07/07/16 / #20160193819

Forming method for a honeycomb structure

A method and apparatus for forming a ribbon configured for use in forming a honeycomb structure when the ribbon is in a folded state. The ribbon comprises a first edge and a second edge. ... The Boeing Co

07/07/16 / #20160193809

Graphene aerospace composites

Composite prepreg materials made from a plurality of layers of graphene film having a size that spans an entire width and an entire length of the composite prepreg material, each of the layers of graphene film being functionalized with holes formed through the graphene film, amine groups formed on both an upper and a lower surface of the graphene film, epoxide groups formed on at least one edge of the graphene film, amine monomers and/or epoxy monomers. The plurality of layers may be formed by stacking a plurality of layers of graphene film to form a stacked composite prepreg material or by folding a graphene film to form a crumpled composite prepreg material.. ... The Boeing Co

07/07/16 / #20160193806

Skin-stringer design for composite wings

Composite skin-stringer structures which reduce or eliminate the risk of delamination at the skin-stringer interface. This can be accomplished by arranging ply directions (i.e., the angles of the fiber paths of the ply) in a layup in a way such that for the dominant loading, the skin and stringer will each deform in a way that reduces relative opening (fracture mode i) and/or sliding (fracture mode ii) and/or scissoring (fracture mode iii) at the skin-stringer interface. ... The Boeing Co

07/07/16 / #20160193782

System and method of forming a component using a mandrel assembly

A mandrel assembly is configured to receive one or more layers of composite material to form a component. The mandrel assembly may include a tower having an outer forming wall surrounding a central passage, and an upper ring removably secured to the tower. ... The Boeing Co

07/07/16 / #20160193755

Systems and methods for curing composite structures

Systems are disclosed for curing composite parts within a container, wherein a pressurized environment may be created via a body of water. Disclosed systems may include the container, a heating system, and a mechanism for raising and/or lowering the container within the body of water. ... The Boeing Co

07/07/16 / #20160193751

Graphene-augmented composite materials

Composite materials having carbon reinforcement fibers impregnated with a matrix material are augmented with functionalized graphene nanoplatelets having amine groups formed on a surface of the graphene nanoplatelets and epoxide groups formed on at least one edge of the graphene nanoplatelets as a supplement to or a replacement for resin matrix material to increase strength of the composite materials. Related methods of increasing strength of composite materials include mixing the functionalized graphene nanoplatelets into the matrix material prior to impregnating the carbon reinforcement fibers, depositing the functionalized graphene nanoplatelets onto the matrix material to form an interlayer, and depositing the functionalized graphene nanoplatelets onto a bed of carbon reinforcement fibers with no resin matrix material. ... The Boeing Co

07/07/16 / #20160193645

Ceramic refractory insulation block including reinforcing rods

A ceramic refractory insulation block for a hot press is provided that is reinforced in a manner that reduces the likelihood of cracking and, once cracked, reduces the rate at which the crack will propagate through the ceramic refractory insulation block. The ceramic refractory insulation block includes a ceramic body defining a plurality of outer surfaces. ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160174369

Super light weight electronic circuit and low power distribution in aircraft systems

A method and system for applying conductive traces to a structure to complete an electrical circuit. One or more graphene traces is formed on a substrate. ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160173962

Wireless metrology communication

A method of communicating a gauge measurement may include receiving from a gauge a measurement signal representative of a measurement output by the gauge. The method may further include producing a communication signal including the received measurement. ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160173671

Portable communication devices with accessory functions and related methods

Portable communication devices and related methods for use in supporting voice and/or data communication are provided. One example portable communication device includes a housing, an interface connector disposed at the housing. ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160173519

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

06/16/16 / #20160173322

Methodology for re-establishing communication, navigation, and power links in a marine environment

Systems, methods, and apparatus for re-establishing at least one link to a vehicle are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, the disclosed method involves transmitting, by a control station, a deployment control signal to a deployment device located underwater. ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160173241

Detecting and processing weak signals using an array of antennas

A method for detecting and processing signals may include receiving a weak radio frequency (rf) signal by an array of antennas. The method may also include digitally sampling the weak rf signal from each antenna of the array of antennas and storing the digital samples of the weak rf signal from each antenna. ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160173196

System and method for non-contact identification of a passive target

A system and method includes a laser transmitter configured to form a transmitted laser beam and a laser receiver configured to receive a reflected beam based on the transmitted laser beam. An identification (id)-filter includes a substrate, a retarder filter and a reflector, where the transmitted beam passes through the retarder filter and is reflected back through the retarder filter in an opposite direction, to the laser receiver. ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160172929

Reluctance motor with dual-pole rotor system

A method and apparatus for operating a reluctance motor. The apparatus comprises a stator and a rotor device. ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160172928

Reluctance motor with virtual rotor

A method and apparatus for operating a reluctance motor. The apparatus comprises a stator and a plate. ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160172767

Congruent non-uniform antenna arrays

Systems, methods, and apparatus for forming an antenna array are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, the disclosed method involves determining at least one coprime moduli set based upon a differential phase gain requirement and a differential phase range requirement for the antenna array. ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160172756

Feed re-pointing technique for multiple shaped beams reflector antennas

Systems, methods, and apparatus for re-pointing at least one beam are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, the disclosed method involves receiving and/or transmitting, with at least one feed, electromagnetic (em) energy towards a non-parabolic reflector. ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160172755

Switchable transmit and receive phased array antenna

Disclosed is a switchable transmit and receive phased array antenna (“strpaa”). As an example, the strpaa may include a housing, a multilayer printed wiring board (“mlpwb”) within the housing having a top surface and a bottom surface, a plurality of radiating elements located on the top surface of the mlpwb, and a plurality of transmit and receive (“t/r”) modules attached to the bottom surface of the mlpwb. ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160172732

Dielectric slab circular waveguide polarizer

A circular dielectric polarizer can have a cylindrical shape and include a dielectric slab, a dielectric core, and at least one air cutouts portions of the dielectric core. The dielectric slab can include a first dielectric material and have a thickness centered about an axis of the cylindrical shape. ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160171895

Aircraft turns for interval management

A method and apparatus of turning an aircraft for interval management. Interval management information identifying a desired spacing between the aircraft and a target aircraft is received. ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160171124

3d models utilizing 3d markers to indicate engineering requirements

Methods, devices, and systems are used for three-dimensional models for three-dimensional makers to indicate engineering requirements. In an example, operations may be effectuated that include displaying a graphical user interface including an object in a three-dimensional (3d) space and receiving first data that includes a link between a flag and a component of the object. ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160170009

Multicode transmitter

Systems, methods, and apparatus for transmitting and receiving signals are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, the disclosed method involves splitting a signal into low power portions. ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160169736

High resolution thermo-electric nanowire and graphene coupled detector system

A frequency selective electromagnetic apparatus is provided. The apparatus may include at least one nanowire comprising a first end and a second end opposite the first end, at least one 2-dimensional contact disposed adjacent to the first end or the second end and in thermal communication, electrical communication, or both thermal and electrical communication with the at least one nanowire, and at least one nanoscale-sized-diameter thermoelectric junction disposed between the at least one 2-dimensional contact and the at least one nanowire.. ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160169473

Diffuser techniques for searchlights

Systems, methods, and apparatus for improving illumination from a searchlight are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, the disclosed method involves radiating, from the searchlight, light to produce an illuminated beam. ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160169214

Plasma actuating propulsion system for aerial vehicles

A plasma propulsion nozzle incorporates a cylinder having an inlet and an outlet. A plurality of substantially cylindrical planarly disbanded electrodes with sandwiched dielectric spacers is cascaded in an array to be concentrically expanding from the inlet through an interior chamber to the outlet for a nozzle. ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160169213

Scalable multi-element shape memory alloy rotary motor

A scalable multi-element shape memory alloy (sma) rotary motor employs a plurality of sma tubes. A ratcheting gear transmission couples the plurality of sma tubes in parallel to a common output. ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160169121

Speed card-controlled override fuel pump assist

A system and method for supplementing fuel feed pressure and flow within an aircraft fuel system. The fuel system includes boost and override fuel pumps delivering fuel from the tanks to a fuel manifold, and a jettison fuel pump. ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160168724

Polyvinylbutyral coating containing thiol corrosion inhibitors

Formulations, coatings and methods for coating a corrosion inhibiting formulation on a substrate are provided. The corrosion inhibiting formulation includes (a) at least one resin, (b) at least one brønsted acid and (c) at least one thio-containing corrosion inhibitor.. ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160168692

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

06/16/16 / #20160167804

Take-off system and method for unmanned aerial vehicles

An unmanned aerial vehicles take-off system may include at least one winch, at least one towline, at least one dolly on which at least one aircraft is mounted, and at least one battery of the at least one winch. At least one micro-controller unit is connected to the at least one winch, wherein the at least one microcontroller unit is configured to control the activation/deactivation of the at least one winch. ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160167786

Light-limiting header assembly for a transition area within an interior cabin of an aircraft

A header assembly is configured to be secured between an inboard structure and an outboard structure within an internal cabin of an aircraft. The header assembly may include a main body including a first panel connected to an opposed second panel by a base panel. ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160167777

Rotor assembly apparatus

Rotor assembly apparatus are disclosed. An example rotor assembly includes a twist actuator to drive a first rotation of a first shaft about a first axis, the twist actuator positioned at a center of rotation of the rotor assembly; and a first gear assembly to convert the first rotation into a plurality of second rotations of a plurality of second shafts, each of the second shafts to provide torque to a respective blade coupled to the rotor assembly.. ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160167770

Spring assembly for aircraft components

A spring assembly elongate along a longitudinal direction includes a first spring that includes a first spring member and a first elongate member that extends from the first spring member along the longitudinal direction. The spring assembly includes a second spring including a second spring member and a second elongate member that extends from the second spring member along the longitudinal direction. ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160167764

Wing airfoil stiffening for solar powered aircraft

A light-weight stiffened wing airfoil includes at least one wing segment (52). The wing segment comprises an upper (53b) and a lower skin assembly (53a), wherein each of the upper and lower skin assemblies incorporates a plurality of inwardly facing stringer grooves (74); a first rib (64-1) at a distal end of the wing segment and a second rib (64-2) at a proximal end of the wing segment; a plurality of rib trusses (70) extending from the first and second ribs to the opposing skin assembly (53); and a plurality of support members extending from the inwardly facing stringer grooves to the opposing skin assembly.. ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160167762

Structures using composite modules and structures made thereby

A large scale composite structure is fabricated by forming a plurality of composite laminate modules and joining the modules together along their edges using scarf joints.. . ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160167430

Positioning systems

A method and apparatus for positioning a manufacturing tool. A wheel assembly comprises a wheel plate and rollers. ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160167315

Bagging process and mandrel for fabrication of elongated composite structure

A mandrel for composite fabrication includes an open cell foam carrier and at least one vacuum bag enclosing the open cell foam carrier.. . ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160167092

Device and method for electrostatically cleaning a surface

A system for electrostatically cleaning surfaces includes an electrostatically chargeable brush, having conductive polymer bristles, moveably disposed adjacent to a solid surface to be cleaned. The system also includes an actuator, configured to linearly move a solid element toward and through sliding contact along the solid surface, the brush being positioned to contact at least one of the solid surface and the solid element prior to the sliding contact, to electrostatically remove dust and the like therefrom.. ... The Boeing Co

06/16/16 / #20160165813

Systems and methods of inducing rainfall

A system for use in inducing rainfall is provided. The system includes an aircraft configured to travel through an ambient environment at a first temperature, and a precipitation system coupled to the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

06/09/16 / #20160165707

Apparatuses, methods and systems for passive counter-directed energy platform protection

The present disclosure relates to the passive initiation and release of incident energy-dissipating material from locations on an incident energy target surface as a counter measure response for the protection of a platform. The response is activated over a predetermined area or areas on an incident energy target surface in response to an incident directed energy sensed on a target surface.. ... The Boeing Co

06/09/16 / #20160165706

Apparatuses, methods and systems for active counter directed energy platform protection

The present disclosure relates to the active initiation of incident energy-dissipating material from a structure surface coating as a counter measure response for the protection of a structure surface. The active initiation is triggered at a predetermined area or areas on a targeted structure surface in response to incident directed energy sensed on a target surface.. ... The Boeing Co

06/09/16 / #20160164372

Concentric ring generators

A concentric generator usable with a gas turbine engine having a shaft. Disclosed embodiments include a generator with a rotor integral with the gas turbine shaft and a stator mounted concentrically with respect to the rotor. ... The Boeing Co

06/09/16 / #20160163471

Redox polymer energy storage system

An energy storage system includes, in an exemplary embodiment, a first current collector having a first surface and a second surface, a first electrode including a plurality of carbon nanotubes on the second surface of the first current collector. The plurality of carbon nanotubes include a polydisulfide applied onto a surface of the plurality of nanotubes. ... The Boeing Co

06/09/16 / #20160162607

Model for managing variations in a product structure for a product

A product management system comprises a model and a data manager. The model includes design data for a product structure for a product. ... The Boeing Co

06/09/16 / #20160162313

Systems and methods for securing virtual machines

A system includes a first computing device comprising a virtual machine (vm), a second computing device, and a third computing device coupled to the first and second computing devices. The third computing device includes a management module configured to migrate the vm from the first computing device to the second computing device. ... The Boeing Co

06/09/16 / #20160161055

Apparatus and method for coupling an end effector to a structure

A base assembly for coupling an end effector to a structure includes a first side and an opposite second side. The first side configured to couple to the end effector. ... The Boeing Co

06/09/16 / #20160160899

Composite structure and method

A composite part includes a first structural element. The composite part includes a second structural element joined at an intersection with the first structural element to form a fillet. ... The Boeing Co

06/09/16 / #20160160841

Systems, methods, and apparatus for a flow control device for an emergency power generator

Systems, methods, and apparatus are disclosed for generating power for a vehicle. Apparatus may include a power generator configured to generate power based on one or more aerodynamic forces associated with a vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

06/09/16 / #20160160801

Premixed liquid propellant propulsion system and method with anti-flashback quenching liquid injector

A liquid injector system for a combustion engine, having a single feed inlet configured to receive a premixed liquid propellant under pressure or a purge gas under pressure, and having a liquid injector assembly. The assembly has a liquid injector having a hollow dome and injector holes configured to receive and inject the premixed liquid propellant or the purge gas through the liquid injector and into a combustion chamber. ... The Boeing Co

06/09/16 / #20160159468

Multi-position landing gear

A multi-position landing gear for an aircraft may include a first landing skid disposed on a bottom side of the aircraft, and a second landing skid disposed on one of a top side or the bottom side of the aircraft, wherein the first landing skid and the second landing skid are rotatable relative to the aircraft.. . ... The Boeing Co

06/09/16 / #20160159465

Laminar flow panel

An aerodynamic body operable to both promote laminar flow and satisfy structural requirements is disclosed. A perforated panel skin comprises an inner surface and an outer surface of the aerodynamic body. ... The Boeing Co

06/09/16 / #20160159453

Composite blade stringer edge protection and visual damage indication

Systems and methods provide for edge protection and visual damage indication for a composite blade stringer. According to one aspect, an edge protection and visual indication system may be an edge treatment provided over an outer edge of a web of a composite blade stringer. ... The Boeing Co

06/09/16 / #20160159401

Underbody energy absorption device

A blast shield for underbody protection of vehicles is presented that combines energy absorption and deflection in order to provide occupant protection and increased survivability in the event of an underbody explosive blast, especially those caused by improvised explosive devices. Absorption of blast energy is accomplished by a dampening system comprising a plurality of spaced hydraulic dampers position on a hull that deflects forces outward from underneath the vehicle.. ... The Boeing Co

06/09/16 / #20160159276

Ambient lighting system to mitigate the impact of travel across time zones

A system and method for a customized ambient lighting environment for individuals in vehicles travelling rapidly across multiple time zones, that can be automated and/or based on user input and which allows each user to be exposed to light in accordance to selected preferences and circumstances, in order to begin acclimating the user to a new time zone, or avoid acclimating to a new time zone, and/or otherwise mitigate circadian desynchrony.. . ... The Boeing Co

06/09/16 / #20160159057

Forming of staged thermoset composite materials

A method of forming a composite article may include initially curing a composite laminate at an initial temperature to an initial cure stage of 30-50 percent of full cure and beyond a gel point to form an initially-cured composite laminate. The method may initially include heating the initially-cured composite laminate to an intermediate temperature higher than the initial temperature and above a resin glass transition temperature. ... The Boeing Co

06/09/16 / #20160159036

Method of forming a layered composite assembly

A layered composite assembly may include a plurality of composite fiber layers stacked onto one another. Each of the plurality of composite fiber layers may include a main body including a plurality of composite fibers. ... The Boeing Co

06/09/16 / #20160158995

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

06/09/16 / #20160158940

Method and apparatus for multi-stage spar assembly

A method and apparatus for positioning one component relative to another component. First metrology data may be identified for a first component and second metrology data may be identified for a second component. ... The Boeing Co

06/09/16 / #20160158853

Cutting tool

A cutting tool may include a cutter body, and a cutting insert group coupled to the cutter body, wherein the cutter body includes a working length, wherein the cutting insert group forms a continuous cutting edge, and wherein the continuous cutting edge extends continuously through the working length of the cutter body.. . ... The Boeing Co

06/09/16 / #20160158811

Systems for removing lubricants from superplastic-forming or hot-forming dies

A method of cleaning a die having an oxide layer is provided. The method includes discharging electromagnetic energy towards a working surface of the die having a layer of at least one of graphite and boron nitride thereon. ... The Boeing Co

06/09/16 / #20160158810

Systems for removing lubricants from superplastic-forming or hot-forming dies

A method of cleaning a superplastic-forming or a hot-forming die includes exposing a surface of the die having a lubricant thereon to electromagnetic energy. The electromagnetic energy removes the lubricant without removing an oxide layer between the die surface and the lubricant.. ... The Boeing Co

06/09/16 / #20160158588

Embedded, autonomous, stand alone fire detection and suppression apparatus

An autonomous, stand alone fire detection and suppression apparatus has a fire suppression pack that is imbedded or positioned at the center of a three-dimensional array stack of boxes and a plurality of radio-frequency identification transponders on each box of the stack of boxes. The transponders are operable to sense an undesirable event, for example a fire in the stack of boxes and communicate with the fire suppression pack at the center of the stack of boxes causing the fire suppression pack to eject a fire suppressant into the stack of boxes surrounding each box, separating adjacent boxes from each other and other stacks of boxes and from the shipping container containing the boxes.. ... The Boeing Co

06/02/16 / #20160157302

Curing composites out-of-autoclave using induction heating with smart susceptors

A composite part is cured out-of-autoclave using an inductively heated, stand-alone tooling. The part in placed on a tool and is covered by a heating blanket. ... The Boeing Co

06/02/16 / #20160156382

Systems and methods for signal processing using power spectral density shape

A signal processing method is provided. The signal processing method includes receiving, at a signal processing system, a signal of interest, calculating, using the signal processing system, a power spectral density for the signal of interest, calculating, using the signal processing system, a basis vector based on the power spectral density shape, performing, using the signal processing system, a linear regression using the basis vector to generate an estimate for at least one parameter of the signal of interest, and transmitting, based on the at least one generated estimate, a signal that avoids interference with the signal of interest.. ... The Boeing Co

06/02/16 / #20160155644

Removal of defects by in-situ etching during chemical-mechanical polishing processing

Technologies for a process used to reduce the height of a raised profile of a device. One or more raised profiles on one or more layers of a device are removed using a combined chemical-mechanical polishing/etching process. ... The Boeing Co

06/02/16 / #20160155339

Distributed collaborative operations processor systems and methods

Described herein is an apparatus for semi-autonomous vehicle control of a vehicle includes a distributed mission module configured to modify a mission element of a group mission based on availability of data. The group mission involves a plurality of vehicles. ... The Boeing Co

06/02/16 / #20160154642

Aircraft software configuration selection and installation

A system and method for selecting and installing a software configuration for an aircraft. A configuration tool is configured to display configuration options for aircraft software to a user and to receive configuration selections for the aircraft software from the user. ... The Boeing Co

06/02/16 / #20160154384

Integrated upsampler and filtering for multi-rate controller for electromechanical flight actuation system

A multi-rate system for controlling an actuator may include an incremental command limiter that receives a command from a first control system and outputs a limited incremental command; a feed-forward that receives the limited incremental command from the incremental command limiter and outputs a feed forward rate command; a first differentiator that limits the limited incremental command to a maximum allowable command; an upsampler state that outputs a current state back to the differentiator; a first summer that receives the limited incremental command and the current state from the upsampler state, and outputs an incremental position command; and a second summer that combines the incremental position command and the feed forward rate command to produce a rate error output signal.. . ... The Boeing Co

06/02/16 / #20160153913

Automated postflight troubleshooting sensor array

The advantageous embodiments provide an apparatus for identifying anomalies on an object comprising a sensor system and an analysis process. The sensor system is configured to detect a presence of the object, identify a speed of travel for the object, and determine a scan rate for the object using the speed of travel to generate scan results. ... The Boeing Co

06/02/16 / #20160153798

Systems and methods for the determination of a user's 4d trajectory

A system and method for maintaining a user's four dimensional (4d) trajectory is disclosed. The system can comprise a plurality of databases related to the user's personal preferences, historical actions, and travel data, among other things. ... The Boeing Co

06/02/16 / #20160152919

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

06/02/16 / #20160152471

Nanomaterial having tunable infrared absorption characteristics and associated method of manufacture

A quantum nanomaterial having a bandgap that may be tuned to enable the quantum nanomaterial to detect ir radiation in selected regions including throughout the mwir region and into the lwir region is provided. The quantum nanomaterials may include tin telluride (snte) nanomaterials and/or lead tin telluride (pbxsn1-xte) nanomaterials. ... The Boeing Co

06/02/16 / #20160152350

Locating luggage with rfid tags

A device comprises an rfid tag, and an electrolurninescent layer on a surface of the rfid tag. The rfid tag causes the electroluminescent layer to glow in response to an interrogation signal.. ... The Boeing Co

06/02/16 / #20160152343

Cooling system for a center wing tank of an aircraft

A cooling system for a fuel tank of an aircraft includes a temperature sensor, a cooling system, and a control module. The temperature sensor detects a fuel temperature within the fuel tank. ... The Boeing Co

06/02/16 / #20160152317

Splice assembly for joining structural components

A splice assembly may include a first splice bracket including first longitudinal axis, a first connecting member, and a first mating member extending from the first connecting member along the first longitudinal axis, the first mating member including a first mating surface disposed as a non-zero first angle relative to the first longitudinal axis. The disclosed slice assembly may further include a second splice bracket including second longitudinal axis, a second connecting member, and a second mating member extending from the second connecting member along the second longitudinal axis, the second mating member including a second mating surface disposed as a non-zero second angle relative to the second longitudinal axis. ... The Boeing Co

06/02/16 / #20160151992

High-quality flame-retardant decorative finish for interior panels

A high-quality, fire-resistant, decorative finish for panels made of composite material, such as aircraft interior panels. Starting with a flat or complex contoured panel, a flame-retardant filler primer is applied to the panel surface. ... The Boeing Co

06/02/16 / #20160151944

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

Cured flexible sealant may be removed from a substrate if the cured flexible sealant includes within its volume a susceptor such as metal susceptor particles. Removal proceeds by exposing the sealant with the susceptor to radio-frequency radiation sufficient to cause dielectric heating in the susceptor. ... The Boeing Co

05/26/16 / #20160149404

Stable electrical power system with regulated transformer rectifier unit

A method and apparatus for providing power stably for direct current loads. A regulated transformer rectifier unit is controlled to provide regulated direct current power for the direct current loads at an output of the regulated transformer rectifier unit from alternating current power provided by an alternating current power source to an input of the regulated transformer rectifier unit. ... The Boeing Co

05/26/16 / #20160149287

Plasma-integrated switching devices

A switching device includes a first electrode at least partially disposed within a sealed chamber. The sealed chamber encloses a plasma phase change material. ... The Boeing Co

05/26/16 / #20160147236

Engine driven pump (edp) automatic depressurization system

An automatic engine driven pump (edp) depressurization system for an aircraft is disclosed. The aircraft includes at least two edps driven by a main engine for converting mechanical power provided by the main engine into hydraulic power for distribution by a hydraulic system. ... The Boeing Co

05/26/16 / #20160146944

Detecting and removing spoofing signals

A method for detecting and removing spoofing signals may include receiving, by a navigation or communications device, a radio frequency (rf) signal and performing an anti-spoofing assessment to detect a presence of a spoofing signal associated with the rf signal. The method may additionally include generating a replica of the spoofing signal in response to the spoofing signal being detected and subtracting the replica of the spoofing signal from the rf signal to provide a residual non-spoofed signal. ... The Boeing Co

05/26/16 / #20160146926

Range enhancement for lidar systems and ir camera systems

A system includes a light detection and ranging (lidar) device. The system further includes a lidar target. ... The Boeing Co

05/26/16 / #20160146747

Chromatic witness for thermal mapping and certification of heat blankets

A method for heat blanket certification employs a thermochromatic coating containing one or more chromatic probes which is prepared and applied to a measurement surface. A test layup is created with the heat blanket and a vacuum bagging film. ... The Boeing Co

05/26/16 / #20160146741

Multispectral imaging system and method for detecting foreign object debris

A multispectral imaging system and method and a system for composite layup are provided in order to detect foreign object debris during the fabrication of a composite structure. In the context of a method, a surface of a composite material is illuminated with near infrared light. ... The Boeing Co

05/26/16 / #20160146107

Variable supersonic engine inlet

Systems and methods for generating an oblique shock in a supersonic inlet are disclosed. The system can comprise an inlet with a slot disposed at an oblique angle to the main incoming air stream. ... The Boeing Co

05/26/16 / #20160145443

Corrosion-inhibiting sol-gel coating systems and methods

Corrosion-inhibiting coating materials comprise a sol-gel and a corrosion-inhibiting compound with at least one disulfide group. The corrosion-inhibiting compound is contained within the sol-gel. ... The Boeing Co

05/26/16 / #20160144974

Regulated transformer rectifier unit for aircraft systems

A method and apparatus for providing regulated direct current power for a direct current load on an aircraft. A regulated transformer rectifier unit on an aircraft comprises a plurality of converter modules connected in parallel between an input and an output. ... The Boeing Co

05/26/16 / #20160144969

Solar powered airplane

A solar powered aircraft including a modular main wing and a pair of relatively large modular winglets attached to the transverse end portions of the main wing. To collect solar radiation, including relatively low-angle radiation, solar panels are mounted to both the main wing and the winglets. ... The Boeing Co

05/26/16 / #20160144967

Integrated pusher turbofan for aircraft

A propulsion system for a transport aircraft employs a gas turbine core coupled to a wing. A ducted fan is coupled to the core gas turbine extending downstream from and integrated in a trailing edge of the airplane wing.. ... The Boeing Co

05/26/16 / #20160144951

Wing tip device for an aircraft wing

A wing tip device for an aircraft wing may include an upper winglet and a lower element. The upper winglet may extend upwardly from an aircraft wing. ... The Boeing Co

05/26/16 / #20160144950

Wing aerial refueling system

An aircraft comprises a wing assembly, a pod, and a pylon attaching the pod to the wing assembly. The pylon has a swept pylon flap, which is configured to unload the pylon and pod during flight of the aircraft, and also to create downward flow that counters a vortex trailing the pod.. ... The Boeing Co

05/26/16 / #20160144945

Floor panel retention system

A floor panel assembly is used with a floor panel retention system that includes a first retaining element, a second retaining element, and a support element. The floor panel assembly includes a floor panel including a first side edge and an opposing second side edge. ... The Boeing Co

05/26/16 / #20160144943

Composite structure and methods of forming thereof

A composite structure is provided. The composite structure includes a first stiffener, a second stiffener, and an intermediate structure positioned between the first and second stiffeners such that the first stiffener is coupled to a first side of the intermediate structure, and such that the second stiffener is coupled to a second opposing side of the intermediate structure. ... The Boeing Co

05/26/16 / #20160144874

Passive switch for a railway track

A passive switch for a railway track is disclosed. A railway car is moveable along the railway track in a facing direction. ... The Boeing Co

05/26/16 / #20160144873

Rotational joint having preloading element for a railway car

A railway car for traveling within a switch of a railway track is disclosed. The railway car includes a body portion for containing goods and a truck portion that is a framework for carrying a plurality of wheels of the railway car. ... The Boeing Co

05/26/16 / #20160144607

Methods of forming a thinned prepreg sheet

A method of forming a thinned prepreg sheet is disclosed. The method comprises providing a first precursor sheet comprising reinforcement fibers impregnated with a matrix resin in a first state. ... The Boeing Co

05/26/16 / #20160144595

Composite laminate including interlayers with through-plane regions fused to fiber beds

A composite laminate comprises first and second fiber beds, and an interlayer between the fiber beds. The interlayer includes toughened regions that extend between the fiber beds and are fused to the fiber beds.. ... The Boeing Co

05/26/16 / #20160144593

Apparatuses and methods to prevent or minimize the effect of voids in bonded systems

Methods, apparatuses, and systems are disclosed for manufacturing a structure having layers that may operate in low pressure or vacuum environments. More particularly, methods, apparatuses, and systems are disclosed for minimizing the effects of voids by eliminating their contents in layers of bonded structures. ... The Boeing Co

05/26/16 / #20160144578

Apparatus for forming thick thermoplastic composite structures

A method and apparatus are used to pre-consolidate and de-bulk a thermoplastic composite ply stack prior to full consolidation and forming to the final part shape. Pre-consolidation and de-bulking is achieved by heating the ply stack to a temperature below the melting point of the thermoplastic in order to soften the plies, and then compress the ply stack.. ... The Boeing Co

05/26/16 / #20160144558

Folded composite filler

A method and apparatus for forming a composite filler. A composite ply is folded. ... The Boeing Co

05/19/16 / #20160143092

Coaxial smart susceptor

A coaxially arranged smart susceptor conductor, comprising a smart susceptor core comprising an alloy having a first curie temperature point and a first smart susceptor shell coaxially arranged around the smart susceptor core. The first smart susceptor shell comprising a second curie temperature point that is different than the first curie temperature point of the smart susceptor core. ... The Boeing Co

05/19/16 / #20160141988

System and method for generator main field energy extraction

A system and method for controlling the main field current in an electrical generator is disclosed. The system can include a controller to sense the voltages and currents in the system to identify load faults. ... The Boeing Co

05/19/16 / #20160141825

Air cooled laser systems using oscillating heat pipes

Provided are air cooled laser systems, such as portable air cooled laser systems, and methods of operating thereof. An air cooled laser system includes an oscillating heat pipe having one end thermally coupled to one or more laser diodes and the other end being air cooled. ... The Boeing Co

05/19/16 / #20160141773

Composite and nanowire conduit

An electrical wiring system comprises a plurality of electrical conduits, each of which comprises a plurality of electrically conductive wires, a carrier encapsulating and electrically insulating the wires from each other, the carrier being composed of a rigid material, and at least connector carried by the carrier in electrical communication with the wires. The electrical wiring system further comprises a junction box comprising a plurality of interconnecting wires and a plurality of connectors electrically coupled together by the interconnecting wires. ... The Boeing Co

05/19/16 / #20160141063

Laser cooling via stimulated photon emissions

An example laser cooling system may include a first laser to induce a transition of a plurality of electrons in a medium to an excited energy state via absorption of photons. The laser cooling system may also include a second laser to stimulate emission from the medium of emitted photons having a higher energy than an energy of the absorbed photons.. ... The Boeing Co

05/19/16 / #20160140853

Aviation weather and performance optimization system and method

According to an embodiment, a method can include receiving an initial travel plan. The method can also include receiving weather information related to the travel plan. ... The Boeing Co

05/19/16 / #20160140261

Lean product modeling systems and methods

A lean product modeling system (lpm system). The lpm system includes a plurality of modeling objects representing multiple perspectives of the product, a plurality of corresponding modeling object properties identifying characteristics of those product modeling objects which are used to configure product simulations, and a plurality of corresponding modeling object property data items that define those characteristics and are reflected in product simulations and analyses. ... The Boeing Co

05/19/16 / #20160139769

Visualization of an object using a visual query system

A computer-implemented method for visualizing data about an object. A hierarchy of image blocks is generated using an action scheme and a part. ... The Boeing Co

05/19/16 / #20160139254

Short-range point defense radar

A multi-beam frequency-modulated continuous wave (fmcw) radar system designed for short range (<20 km) operation in a high-density threat environment against highly maneuverable threats. The multi-beam fmcw system is capable of providing continuous updates, both search and track, for an entire hemisphere against short-range targets. ... The Boeing Co

05/19/16 / #20160139056

Automated low cost method for illuminating, evaluating, and qualifying surfaces and surface coatings

Systems and methods for inspecting a surface are disclosed. A source, detector, a base, a controller, and a processing device are used to collect image data related to the surface and information relating to the location of the image data on the surface. ... The Boeing Co

05/19/16 / #20160139016

Combined loading in composite materials

A method for determining material failure that includes the steps of: fabricating a coupon made of a material; applying first force and second forces on the coupon, where the second force is different than the first force; and characterizing a material failure due to the application of the first force and the second force to the coupon.. . ... The Boeing Co

05/19/16 / #20160138958

Optical impedance modulation for fuel quantity measurement

Systems and methods that use an optical impedance sensor that eliminates electricity for measuring fuel quantity in fuel tanks. The optical impedance sensor comprises two optical fibers spaced apart inside a meniscus tube, one to transmit light along its length and the other to receive light along its length. ... The Boeing Co

05/19/16 / #20160138913

Detachable protective coverings and protection methods

A detachable hazard detection device includes a protective covering configured to detachably couple to an article. A plurality of proximity sensors are coupled to the protective covering. ... The Boeing Co

05/19/16 / #20160138737

Fireproof flexible hoses with polyimide inner structures

Provided are fireproof flexible hoses, aircraft having fire suppression systems including such fireproof flexible hoses, and methods of forming such fireproof flexible hoses. A fireproof flexible hose includes an inner structure and an outer structure at least partially enclosing and directly interfacing the inner structure. ... The Boeing Co

05/19/16 / #20160138301

Self-contained electronic stowage bin system

A self-contained electronic latching system for a stowage bin is disclosed. The system includes an energy storage device, an electronic latch device, a latch button, and one or more energy harvesting systems. ... The Boeing Co

05/19/16 / #20160138156

Carbon-based barrier coatings for high-temperature polymer-matrix composites

A high-temperature polymeric-matrix composite (htpmc) structure and a method for protecting an htpmc from exposure to high temperatures in the presence of air, and prevent thermo-oxidative degradation. A thin, lightweight layer of a carbon-based barrier is applied onto a surface of the htpmc structure. ... The Boeing Co

05/19/16 / #20160137300

Aircraft interior module support system including shared fittings

An aircraft fuselage comprises a support structure, a first interior module having a first support arm, a second interior module having a second support arm, and a support system for suspending the first and second interior modules from the support structure. The support system includes a shared fitting for releasably attaching to the first and second support arms of the first and second interior modules. ... The Boeing Co

05/19/16 / #20160137287

Structural arrangement and method of fabricating a composite trailing edge control surface

The present disclosure is generally directed to a composite trailing edge control surface including a contiguous one-piece composite control surface skin wrapped around a plurality of stiffening cores, a plurality of hinge fittings, and a plurality of substantially parallel ribs. The contiguous one-piece composite control surface skin provides a control surface on opposing sides of the trailing edge control surface and substantially distributes bending, shear and torsion loads of the trailing edge control surface to the plurality of hinge fittings and the plurality of substantially parallel ribs. ... The Boeing Co

05/19/16 / #20160137285

Enhancing aerodynamic performance of an aircraft wing assembly

Disclosed is a method of enhancing aerodynamic performance of an aircraft wing assembly including a fixed section and a foldable section. The foldable section is hinged to the fixed section at a hinge axis. ... The Boeing Co

05/19/16 / #20160137283

Method and apparatus for wing-to-fuselage integration

A method for wing-to-fuselage integration is disclosed. The method includes attaching a fitting to a wing box assembly of an aircraft at an early stage of integration and then attaching the fitting to a stub beam attached to a fuselage panel of the aircraft at a later stage of integration. ... The Boeing Co

05/19/16 / #20160136941

Installation tool and associated method for applying a patch to a surface

An installation tool and method are provided to apply a patch to a structure while controlling the porosity in the bond line. An installation tool is provided that includes a frame defining an internal cavity. ... The Boeing Co

05/19/16 / #20160136879

Susceptor welding tape

A susceptor welding tape for use in thermoplastic welding. The susceptor welding tape comprising a thermoplastic film and a plurality of non-continuous susceptor conductors imbedded within the thermoplastic film. ... The Boeing Co

05/19/16 / #20160136859

In-situ injection molded fastener cap seal using thermoplastic elastomer materials

A method for sealing a fastener employs a mold which provided with an inlet port for molding material. The mold is then positioned over a fastener and the mold is sealed against a structure. ... The Boeing Co

05/19/16 / #20160136857

Seal molding system

A seal molding system may include a mold body having a mold inner geometry formed complementary to a fitting outer geometry of a fitting. The mold body may have a mold base formed complementary to a panel surface. ... The Boeing Co

05/19/16 / #20160136849

Thermal curing of cell-based structural arrays

Cells of a composite cell array are cured by placing tool blocks in the cells and inserting thermally conductive elements in each of the tool blocks. The thermally conductive elements are convectively heated by a flow of hot air. ... The Boeing Co

05/19/16 / #20160136759

Apparatuses and methods for additive manufacturing

An additive manufacturing apparatus is disclosed. The additive manufacturing apparatus comprises a linear rail having a length. ... The Boeing Co

05/19/16 / #20160136754

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

05/12/16 / #20160134126

Methods for steering a magnetic field for smart wireless power transmission

Systems and methods for mitigating constraints associated with wireless power transmission in applications where the position and orientation of the desired magnetic field changes over time, for example, because the position and orientation of the receiver being powered changes over time or because different receivers having different positions and orientations are being powered at different times. In accordance with some embodiments, the system employs a plurality of wireless power transmitters in a defined space, each transmitter consisting of individual coils oriented orthogonally relative to each other. ... The Boeing Co

05/12/16 / #20160133137

Turbulence detection and monitoring

A turbulence detection and monitoring system may include a data processing system configured to collect and analyze motion-related sensor data from a plurality of personal electronic devices onboard an aircraft in flight. The personal electronic devices may communicate with the data processing system at least in part via an onboard wireless network.. ... The Boeing Co

05/12/16 / #20160132768

Systems and methods for training multipath filtering systems

A method for training a neural network to be configured to filter a multipath corrupted signal is provided. The method includes receiving, at the neural network, real or simulated multipath corrupted signal data, and training the neural network on the multipath corrupted signal data using a complex iterated least square thresholding algorithm (cilst) capable of processing both real and complex signals.. ... The Boeing Co

05/12/16 / #20160132748

Hyperspectral resolution using three-color camera

A method for capturing hyperspectral images using a regular color camera. In the method, the camera takes multiple images of a scene, with the camera oriented differently for each image. ... The Boeing Co

05/12/16 / #20160131734

Systems and methods for coherent signal fusion for time and frequency estimation

A signal processing system is provided. The signal processing system includes a transmission architecture configured to transmit first and second signals, and a receiver architecture including an antenna configured to receive the signals, and a coherent signal fusion processing device communicatively coupled to the antenna. ... The Boeing Co

05/12/16 / #20160131557

Method for creating non-inserted artificial disbonds or delaminations for nondestructive inspection test standards

A method for creation of a non-destructive inspection (ndi) standard employs a coupon of bonded layers or a composite structure having a predetermined thickness. A predetermined pulse width is defined. ... The Boeing Co

05/12/16 / #20160130017

Performing surface treatments using an automated guided vehicle

A low-profile, automated guided vehicle (agv) performs surface treatments over large areas of a structure having limited access, such as an aircraft underbelly. The agv includes a movable gantry provided with automated robot. ... The Boeing Co

05/12/16 / #20160130011

Jet noise suppressor

A jet noise suppressor including a nozzle having a front end and an opposed rear end, spokes extending radially inward from the nozzle, the spokes defining vents, and a center-body connected to the spokes and in fluid communication with the vents, the center-body being positioned centrally within the nozzle and including a closed front end and an open rear end, wherein the front end of the nozzle entrains a first ambient airflow passing through the nozzle and exiting the rear end of the nozzle proximate a periphery of the nozzle, and wherein the vents entrain a second ambient airflow passing through the center-body and exiting the rear end of the nozzle proximate a center of the nozzle.. . ... The Boeing Co

05/12/16 / #20160130006

Systems for multiple zone heaters for rotor craft and methods of operation

Within examples, systems for multiple zone heaters for rotor craft are provided and methods for operation. An example system for a rotor craft comprises multiple blades coupled to a rotor and areas of the multiple blades divided into sections. ... The Boeing Co

05/12/16 / #20160130002

Self-dampening tie-rod

A tie rod assembly which includes a first rod member and an enclosure which defines an opening and contains a fluid with the first rod member affixed to the enclosure. A second rod member extends through the opening with a seal member positioned between the second rod member and the enclosure. ... The Boeing Co

05/12/16 / #20160129986

Fuselage with structural and non-structural stanchions

A fuselage portion of a vehicle (e.g., an aircraft) is disclosed. The fuselage portion comprises a frame; a floor beam attached to the frame and comprising ends; a structural stanchion comprising a first end and a second end; a first structural coupling joining the first end of the structural stanchion and the floor beam; a second structural coupling joining the second end of the structural stanchion and the frame; a non-structural stanchion comprising a third end and a fourth end; a first non-structural coupling joining the third end of the non-structural stanchion and the floor beam; and a second non-structural coupling joining the fourth end of the non-structural stanchion and the frame.. ... The Boeing Co

05/12/16 / #20160129611

Hydraulic composites separator

A method and apparatus for applying a force to an assembly comprising a layup mandrel and a composite part. The apparatus comprises a first gripper and a second gripper. ... The Boeing Co

05/12/16 / #20160128397

Hand-tool brace

A method and apparatus for transferring vibration of a motorized hand tool from a wrist to a forearm of a human operator is disclosed. The apparatus includes a connector that is coupled to the motorized hand tool and also includes a brace that is coupled to the forearm of the human operator and is also coupled to the connector.. ... The Boeing Co

05/05/16 / #20160127718

Method and system for stereoscopic simulation of a performance of a head-up display (hud)

Methods and systems for simulating performance of a head-up display (hud) are provided. An example method comprises receiving images of symbology for display by a head-up display, generating distortions to the images as perceived from observer locations through the head-up display, and the distortions are based on design characteristics of an optical component of the head-up display with respect to a model of a projection of the images. ... The Boeing Co

05/05/16 / #20160127387

Method for combining multiple signal values in the dendritic cell algorithm

Artificial immune systems (ais) including the dendritic cell algorithm (dca) are an emerging method to detect malware in computer systems. A dca module may receive an output or signal from multiple indicators concerning the state of at least a portion of the system. ... The Boeing Co

05/05/16 / #20160126944

P-channel mosfet high voltage driver

In accordance with one or more aspects of the disclosed embodiments, a drive circuit having a source of modulation for producing a modulated signal, a level shifter configured to receive the modulated signal and produce a level-shifted driver signal, an inverter circuit configured to receive the level-shifted driver signal and produce a mosfet control signal, and at least one p-channel metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (mosfet) configured to receive the mosfet control signal and modulate an application of high current to a load, where the mosfet control signal is supplied directly to the p-channel mosfet through the inverter circuit.. . ... The Boeing Co

05/05/16 / #20160126731

Programmable alternating current (ac) load having regenerative and dissipative modes

A programmable ac load in communication with an equipment under test (eut) is disclosed. The eut generates an equipment under test voltage. ... The Boeing Co

05/05/16 / #20160125107

Methods and apparatus for analyzing fatigue of a structure and optimizing a characteristic of the structure based on the fatigue analysis

Methods and apparatus for analyzing fatigue of a structure and optimizing a characteristic of the structure based on the fatigue analysis are disclosed herein. An example method disclosed herein includes obtaining mass and unit stress values of a plurality of details of interest of a structural component, calculating fatigue margins for each of the details of interest, identifying among the calculated fatigue margins any negative fatigue margins associated with one or more of the details of interest, and adjusting, via a processor, a dimensional characteristic of each detail of interest associated with the negative fatigue margin(s) until positive fatigue margin(s) at each detail of interest is obtained.. ... The Boeing Co

05/05/16 / #20160125053

System and method for storage and analysis of time-based data

A system and method includes a data sensor providing sensor data. A database is configured to store the sensor data over time in rows of a table. ... The Boeing Co

05/05/16 / #20160124424

3d visualizations of in-process products based on machine tool input

Systems and methods are provided for creating three dimensional (3d) visualizations of in-process products. One embodiment is an apparatus that includes a controller and an interface. ... The Boeing Co

05/05/16 / #20160124285

System and method to produce tunable synthesized optical frequency

A control circuit for generating an optical output at a target frequency using a single-frequency laser is provided. The control circuit includes a micro-ring resonator configured to generate a frequency comb of a plurality of comb frequencies based on a source frequency, a carrier-envelope offset interferometer configured to determine a carrier-envelope offset frequency of the frequency comb, a tunable filter configured to select a subset of comb frequencies of the frequency comb based on the target frequency, and a spectrometer configured to resolve ambiguities in overlap between the subset of comb frequencies and the frequency comb, and refine the subset of comb frequencies to a single comb frequency for output.. ... The Boeing Co

05/05/16 / #20160124169

Data bus-in-a-box (bib) system design and implementation

Systems, methods, and apparatus for a data bus-in-a-box (bib) are disclosed. The system involves an electrical box, and at least one optical connector located on the box. ... The Boeing Co

05/05/16 / #20160123938

Predictive analysis of complex datasets and systems and methods including the same

Predictive analysis of complex datasets and systems and methods including the same are disclosed herein. The methods include analyzing airborne particle count data from a cleanroom environment to predict a particle count fault condition within the cleanroom environment. ... The Boeing Co

05/05/16 / #20160123934

Apparatuses, systems, and methods for inspecting a component

Described herein is an apparatus for inspecting a component includes a first feature inspector with at least one wave transducer configured to inspect a first feature of the component. The first feature inspector further includes at least one displacement sensor configured to detect a displacement of the at least one wave transducer of the first feature inspector relative to the first feature of the component. ... The Boeing Co

05/05/16 / #20160123933

Non-destructive ultrasonic inspection apparatus, systems, and methods

As described herein, a system for inspecting a component includes an ultrasonic inspection probe with a component surface interface, and a robotic device with an end effector coupled to the ultrasonic inspection probe. The robotic device is automatably controllable to move the ultrasonic inspection probe across a surface of the component. ... The Boeing Co

05/05/16 / #20160123512

Electrostatic discharge protected ferrule

A fuel line assembly for an aircraft comprises a ferrule assembly comprising a ferrule affixed to an isolation tube, which may be directly affixed to a fuel tube or affixed to an extension tube, which in turn, is affixed to the fuel tube. The ferrule assembly provides electrostatic discharge protection and lightning protection as the isolation tube maintains a separation distance from the ferrule and fuel tube, both of which are made from metal. ... The Boeing Co

05/05/16 / #20160123369

Witness enabled fasteners and related systems and methods

A fastening device may include a first member configured for forceful engagement with a second member. The first member may include a sensor configured to emit at least a first photo-luminescent signal to a detector when at least a predetermined first torque level is applied to the first member when the first and second members are engaged.. ... The Boeing Co

05/05/16 / #20160123206

Waste heat reclamation system, method for reclamation of waste heat, and system and method for using waste heat

A system for reclamation of waste heat from a heat load is disclosed and described. The system comprises a heat exchanger coupled to a heat load for capturing waste heat from the heat load; and a heat sink coupled to the heat exchanger to disperse the waste heat. ... The Boeing Co

05/05/16 / #20160123182

Modular thrust system

Disclosed herein is one embodiment of a thrust system that includes at least one modular thrust unit and at least one control module. The at least one modular thrust unit includes a base that is made from structural members that are inter-connectable in a plurality of different structural configurations. ... The Boeing Co

05/05/16 / #20160122040

Thrust apparatuses, systems, and methods

Described herein is a thrust system for a vehicle that includes at least three electrical power controllers, at least four electrical switches each configured to receive electrical power from at least one of the at least three electrical power controllers, and at least three thrusters each configured to receive electrical power from at least one of the at least three electrical switches. The at least four electrical switches are operable to switch a supply of electrical power from any of the at least three electrical power controllers to any one of the at least three thrusters.. ... The Boeing Co

05/05/16 / #20160122033

Electrical power distribution system with localized distribution conversion units

An electrical power distribution system for converting and distributing electrical power to local loads within a vehicle is disclosed. The electrical power distribution system includes at least one generator providing high voltage ac (hvac) power, a primary power panel for receiving the hvac power from the generator, and a plurality of distribution conversion units located throughout the vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

05/05/16 / #20160122025

Induction heating coils with uniform heating

An induction heating system employs a ferromagnetic susceptor mounted proximate an exterior of flight surface of an aircraft. At least one electrically conductive coil is mounted proximate the ferromagnetic susceptor. ... The Boeing Co

05/05/16 / #20160122000

System and method for optimizing horizontal tail loads

A method of controlling an elevator of an aircraft may include identifying a current stabilizer angle of incidence of a stabilizer of the aircraft. The stabilizer may include an elevator pivotably coupled to the stabilizer. ... The Boeing Co

05/05/16 / #20160121996

Spoiler for an aircraft bay

A method for managing an airflow of an aircraft. A spoiler is moved into the airflow passing a bay of the aircraft when the bay is open. ... The Boeing Co

05/05/16 / #20160121994

Roller covers and assemblies

Roller covers for use with cylindrical rollers include an elongate flexible hollow body defining an interior space with an opening to the interior space for receiving the cylindrical roller via the opening, a first restrictive feature extending from the body and configured to restrict rotation of the body in a first rotational direction when the cylindrical roller is received in the interior space, and a second restrictive feature extending from the body and configured to restrict rotation of the body in a second and opposite rotational direction when the cylindrical roller is received in the interior space. Some embodiments further include a third restrictive feature positioned relative to the body and configured to restrict linear translation of the body relative to the cylindrical roller when the cylindrical roller is received in the interior space.. ... The Boeing Co

05/05/16 / #20160121589

Method and system of forming a composite laminate

A method and associated system for forming composite materials is presented, including providing a composite charge having applied release films to top and bottom surfaces and positioned on a contoured forming tool such that a portion of the composite charge over hangs a second upper surface of forming tool. A fairing bar abuts the forming tool that has an uppermost surface positioned above the second upper surface of the forming tool. ... The Boeing Co

05/05/16 / #20160121560

Method, device and apparatus for vacuum forming composite laminates

Composite prepreg plies are formed and compacted on a contoured tool by a compliant former device using compaction force applied by a vacuum diaphragm. The former device is configured to first clamp and then sweep the plies over features of the tool in a desired sequence.. ... The Boeing Co

05/05/16 / #20160121553

Apparatus for and method of compaction of a prepreg

A forming apparatus and method of using the apparatus with a concave mandrel to form composite materials is presented where the apparatus has a forming head with an outer surface having a contour that matches the interior surface of the concave cavity of a matching mandrel. A handle and a grip surface to allow an operator to use the forming apparatus to exert a compaction force to successive plies of prepreg to conform the laminate of plies to the interior surface of the concave cavity. ... The Boeing Co

05/05/16 / #20160121447

Drill guides for right angle drills

Drill guides for right angle drills include an elongate base, a fore guide, a fore mount, an aft guide, and an aft mount. The fore mount and the aft mount are configured to be operatively coupled to a right angle drill, and the fore guide and the aft guide are configured to permit selective translation of the right angle drill toward and away from the base.. ... The Boeing Co

04/28/16 / #20160119557

Active real-time characterization system

A system for providing active real-time characterization of an article under test is disclosed. An infrared light source, a first visible light source and a second visible light source each outputs and directs a beam of coherent light at a particular area on the article under test. ... The Boeing Co

04/28/16 / #20160119437

Mapping network service dependencies

A method and apparatus for discovering a service dependency chain. Service dependencies are discovered. ... The Boeing Co

04/28/16 / #20160119232

Method and apparatus for processing data packets

A method and apparatus for processing a plurality of data packets. A data packet is received. ... The Boeing Co

04/28/16 / #20160119213

Mapping network service dependencies

A method and apparatus for discovering service dependencies. A plurality of connections is identified between nodes in a data network. ... The Boeing Co

04/28/16 / #20160117946

Integrated live and simulation environment system for an aircraft

A method and apparatus comprising an aircraft, a network interface, a display system, a sensor system, and a computer system. The network interface, the display system, the sensor system, and the computer system are associated with the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

04/28/16 / #20160117930

Method of generating and displaying a flare drift vector symbol

The present disclosure is generally directed to a method of generating and displaying a parachute flare drift vector symbol on a navigation display of the aircraft capable of deploying a flare relative to a real-time navigation map. The flare drift vector symbol includes a flare ignition forward/aft distance relative to the aircraft deploying the flare, a flare ignition left/right distance relative to the aircraft deploying the flare, a flare burn vector distance, and a flare burn vector direction. ... The Boeing Co

04/28/16 / #20160117869

Systems and methods for monitoring health of vibration damping components

A method for health monitoring of a damper associated with a landing gear is described which includes receiving sensor data from a pressure transducer and an accelerometer and optionally a thermal sensor operably mounted on or near the damper, a computer system, and applying, using the computer system, a diagnostic algorithm to the sensor data to induce and predict the health of the damper.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/28/16 / #20160116923

Lightweight combined ductwork/plenums for space applications

A gas distribution system is provided for use in an enclosed volume. This system includes a distribution duct and a first inflatable duct portion in fluid communication with the distribution duct. ... The Boeing Co

04/28/16 / #20160116905

Systems and methods for machining to nominal geometry using local features

Systems and methods for retuning a surface to a nominal geometry using local reference points are disclosed. The system can include an imaging device for detecting the location of local features on an object. ... The Boeing Co

04/28/16 / #20160116579

Systems and methods for verifying a location of an item

A method for use in verifying a location of an item aboard a vehicle is provided. The method includes receiving, by a transceiver device located in the vehicle, at least one radio frequency identification (rfid) signal. ... The Boeing Co

04/28/16 / #20160116406

Terahertz imaging via simultaneous surface and sub-surface evaluation via non-linear optical response

Methods, systems and apparatuses are disclosed for interrogating characteristics of a substrate material surface and sub-surface by evaluating: 1) sum frequency output beams produced by combining an optical source input and a terahertz source input, and 2) terahertz second harmonic frequency output from a terahertz source input.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/28/16 / #20160116401

Second and third order simultaneously non-linear optical processes and measurements for surface analysis

Methods, systems and apparatuses are disclosed for interrogating characteristics of a substrate material surface and sub-surface by evaluating terahertz output signals generated by non-terahertz, optical source inputs.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/28/16 / #20160116400

Terahertz material evaluation and characterization via material difference frequency generation

Methods, systems and apparatuses are disclosed for interrogating characteristics of a substrate material surface and sub-surface by evaluating terahertz output signals generated by non-terahertz, optical source inputs.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/28/16 / #20160116396

Non-linear optical ellipsometry for surface monitoring and characterization

The present disclosure relates to monitoring, evaluating and interrogating material surfaces using second-order nonlinear optical ellipsometry for surface monitoring and characterization.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/28/16 / #20160116301

Gyro rate computation for an interferometric fiber optic gyro

A method comprises supplying an optical input to an interferometric fiber optic gyro (ifog) at a first frequency and then a different second frequency; detecting a difference in responses of the ifog to the optical input at the first and second frequencies; and computing a gyro rate as a function of the difference and a correction term.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/28/16 / #20160116091

Rotary fluid coupling

A fluid coupling includes inner and outer members capable of rotating relative to each other. The inner member includes an inner member interior wall centered about a coupling axis, and a first inner member seal wall centered about the coupling axis and spaced radially outwardly from the inner member interior wall to define a first gap between the inner member interior wall and the first inner member seal wall. ... The Boeing Co

04/28/16 / #20160115872

Engine installation using machine vision for alignment

Installation of an engine to a support structure includes temporarily attaching first and second alignment structures to the support structure and the engine. One of the alignment structures has a target pattern on its surface. ... The Boeing Co

04/28/16 / #20160115735

Object transfer system for a flight of steps

An object transfer system (“ots”) for a flight of steps for transporting an object on the flight of steps is disclosed. The ots may include a rail positioned in place of a handrail on the flight of steps, a trolley assembly movably attached to the rail, and an object carrier attached to the trolley assembly. ... The Boeing Co

04/28/16 / #20160115721

System and method for integrated magnetic slider assembly for hanging partition

There is provided a system for an integrated magnetic slider assembly. The system has the integrated magnetic slider assembly with a slider portion, a hanger portion coupled to or integrated with the slider portion, and one or more magnets coupled to the hanger portion. ... The Boeing Co

04/28/16 / #20160115003

Lifting apparatus and method of lifting

A collapsible and mobile lifting apparatus. The apparatus includes a mobile base, a lifting mechanism mounted to the mobile base, suspension members extending from the lifting mechanism for operatively engaging an object to be lifted, and a counterweight system that is automatically moveable relative to the mobile base. ... The Boeing Co

04/28/16 / #20160114907

Augmented reality system for assessing an affected area of an aircraft

A system for assessing an affected area of an aircraft is disclosed. A reference marker having a known size is placed along an exterior of the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

04/28/16 / #20160114900

System and method for cruise monitoring and alerting

A monitoring system is disclosed for use with a mobile platform being operated by an operator. The system may make use of a database for containing operational information and procedures relating to the operation of the mobile platform by the operator. ... The Boeing Co

04/28/16 / #20160114892

Galley compartment for a galley system of an aircraft

A galley system includes a galley compartment defining a cavity. The galley compartment has a door that allows access to the cavity and at least a first opening and a second opening. ... The Boeing Co

04/28/16 / #20160114883

Actively-controlled superhydrophobic surfaces

Active superhydrophobic surface structures are actively-controlled surface structures exhibiting a superhydrophobic state and an ordinary state. Active superhydrophobic surface structures comprise an outer elastomeric covering defining an exposed surface, a controlled group of mems (micro-electro-mechanical system) actuators at least covered by the elastomeric covering, and, a controlled region of the exposed surface corresponding to the controlled group. ... The Boeing Co

04/28/16 / #20160114382

Riveting tool and method with electromagnetic bucking bar normalization

A riveting tool including a magnet, a magnetically attractive housing, a non-magnetically attractive bucking bar received in the housing, the bucking bar being moveable relative to the housing along a bucking bar axis, and an actuation mechanism to move the bucking bar along the bucking bar axis.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/07/16 / #20160099969

Enforcing policy compliance on a device

Disclosed herein is a method for enforcing policy compliance on a device that includes detecting a compliance action associated with an electronic device. The compliance action initiates verification that the electronic device is in compliance with a policy. ... The Boeing Co

04/07/16 / #20160099912

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for allocation and renewal of ip addresses

Embodiments relate to methods, devices, and computer-implemented methods for internet protocol (“ip”) address assignment by a dynamic host configuration protocol (“dhcp”) server. The method includes receiving, from a client device, a dhcp discovery message for allocation of an ip address; assigning, by a processor, an ip address to the client device for a first lease period based on the dhcp discovery message; providing the ip address that was assigned to the client device; receiving, from the client device, an ip address lease renewal request during the first lease period; and renewing the first lease period to establish a second lease period that is longer than the first lease period based on a length of time the ip address that was assigned is in use by the client device.. ... The Boeing Co

04/07/16 / #20160099911

Universal dhcp helpers

The present disclosure generally relates to techniques for providing an internet protocol (ip) address to a client device communicatively coupled to a network. The technique can include: sending, by the client and over the network, a request for an ip address; receiving, by a router, the request; forwarding, by the router, the request to a universal helper server; receiving, by the universal helper server, the request; determining, by the universal helper server, an ip address of a dhcp server; forwarding, by the universal helper server, the request to the dhcp server; providing to the router, by the dhcp server, a client ip address; and sending, from the router to the client, the client ip address, such that the client is configured with the client ip address such that the client can receive point to point messages.. ... The Boeing Co

04/07/16 / #20160098826

Joint assemblies and method of inspecting thereof

A joint assembly is provided. The joint assembly includes a first component including a first bond surface and a second component including a second bond surface coupled to the first bond surface such that a bond line is defined therebetween. ... The Boeing Co

04/07/16 / #20160098503

Analysis of a structure modeled with intraply interface elements

A method of analyzing a structure includes producing a finite element model of the structure having fibers embedded therein, and including one or more plies. This may include performing a discretization of a digital model of the structure in which each ply of the one or more plies is represented by a mesh of finite elements aligned with a direction of uni-directional fibers embedded in the ply. ... The Boeing Co

04/07/16 / #20160098259

Software aircraft part installation system

A method and apparatus for installing a software aircraft part in an aircraft. A command to install the software aircraft part is received. ... The Boeing Co

04/07/16 / #20160097858

Backfilling clouds of 3d coordinates

Systems and methods are provided for backfilling a 3d cloud of coordinates. One embodiment is an apparatus that includes a camera able to capture an image, and a ranging system able to measure distances objects. ... The Boeing Co

04/07/16 / #20160097842

Automated mobile invertible measurement device

An apparatus is utilized for measuring a circumference. The apparatus includes a body section, and at least one wheel rotatably attached to the body section. ... The Boeing Co

04/07/16 / #20160097728

System and method for inspecting a composite part during manufacture

A method, system and computer-readable storage medium are provided to facilitate inspection of a composite part during manufacture. In the context of a system, a system for inspecting a composite part during manufacture is provided that includes an inspection system configured to detect an in-process anomaly with respect to a ply of the composite part during placement of the ply. ... The Boeing Co

04/07/16 / #20160096972

Thermal spray for durable and large-area hydrophobic and superhydrophobic/icephobic coatings

A method for forming a hydrophobic coating on a substrate by a thermal spray deposition process is described. The method may comprise feeding a thermal spray apparatus with a coating precursor consisting of particles having an initial particle morphology, and heating the particles with the thermal spray apparatus to cause the particle to at least partially melt. ... The Boeing Co

04/07/16 / #20160096641

Packaging apparatuses, systems, and methods

A packaging apparatus comprising a base surface, in turn comprising a first end and a second end is disclosed. The packaging apparatus further comprises a feed tube between the first end and the second end of the base surface, a transporter between the first end of the base surface and the feed tube, a first sealer between the feed tube and the second end of the base surface, and a second sealer between the first sealer and the second end of the base surface.. ... The Boeing Co

04/07/16 / #20160096637

Automated non-destructive inspection of surface skins using transporter system

Systems and methods for automated maintenance of the top and bottom surfaces or skins of an integrally stiffened hollow structure (e.g., a horizontal stabilizer) using surface crawling vehicles. Each system uses dynamically controlled magnetic coupling to couple an external drive tractor to a pair of passive trailers disposed in the interior of the hollow structure on opposite sides of a vertical structural element. ... The Boeing Co

04/07/16 / #20160096628

Aircraft ventilation system

An air distribution system for use in an aircraft includes a main distribution duct configured to receive mixed air and a gasper distribution duct coupled in flow communication with the main distribution duct. The gasper distribution duct is configured to receive a portion of the mixed air from the main distribution duct. ... The Boeing Co

04/07/16 / #20160096624

Lavatory wash basin handle assembly

A lavatory may include a vanity including a wash basin, and a handle assembly connected to a portion of the wash basin. The handle assembly provides an ergonomic shape that is configured to be grasped by an individual.. ... The Boeing Co

04/07/16 / #20160096623

Guided lift system

Systems and methods provide for a guided lift system utilized for maneuvering payloads. According to aspects of the disclosure, a guided lift system may include a lift unit attached to a payload, at least two control tethers attached to the lift unit, and at least two control units fixed in positions and capable of adjusting the lengths of the control tethers. ... The Boeing Co

04/07/16 / #20160096355

Composite material cutting system and method utilizing a weight distribution map

A system and method are provided to fabricate a composite part formed of a plurality of pieces of composite material in accordance with a predefined weight requirement. In the context of a system, a source of electromagnetic signals configured to impinge upon a supply of composite material is provided. ... The Boeing Co

04/07/16 / #20160096353

Structure including a light-curable adhesive and associated method for assembling and curing same

A structure is provided that is at least partially adhered by a light-curable adhesive. The structure includes first and second structural components disposed in a facing relationship. ... The Boeing Co

04/07/16 / #20160096302

System and method for molding amorphous polyether ether ketone

A method for molding amorphous polyether ether ketone including steps of preparing a molten mass including polyether ether ketone, cooling a mold assembly to a temperature of at most about 200° f., and injecting the molten mass into the cooled mold assembly.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/07/16 / #20160096289

Methods and apparatus for curing composite nacelle structure

Methods and apparatus for curing curved cylinder-like workpieces (e.g., in the shape of a half or full barrel) made of composite material, such as nacelle honeycomb core composite sandwich structures. These methods enable tailored curing of composite nacelle structures, to significantly reduce capital cost and fabrication cycle time. ... The Boeing Co

04/07/16 / #20160096244

Hybrid fastener and method of making the same

A hybrid fastener comprises a composite body having a tip, and a metal sleeve surrounding and locked to the tip.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/07/16 / #20160096051

Aircraft fire suppression system and method

A fire suppression system for an aircraft having a compartment, the fire suppression system including an inert gas source in selective fluid communication with the compartment and a fire suppression agent source in selective fluid communication with the compartment, wherein an inert gas from the inert gas source and a fire suppression agent from the fire suppression agent source are at least partially combined to form a fire suppression mixture.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160095248

Cooling system for use with a power electronics assembly and method of manufacturing thereof

A cooling system for use with a power electronics assembly comprising an array of line-replaceable units is provided. The cooling system includes a first manifold coupled in flow communication with the array of line-replaceable units, and a fluid supply coupled in flow communication with the first manifold. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160095109

Self-optimizing mobile satellite systems

Systems, methods, and apparatus for self-optimizing mobile satellite system (mss) resources are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, the disclosed method involves determining, with at least one processor, a communication demand for at least one cell in a mss network. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160094580

Dynamic loading and configuation of threat detectors based on feedback from other nodes

Artificial immune systems (ais) including the dendritic cell algorithm (dca) are an emerging method to detect malware in computer systems. The dca implementation may use an inflammation signal to communicate information among the processes of device or a network or among nodes of a network, where the inflammatory signal indicates a likelihood that a process or a node has been attacked by malicious software. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160094309

System and method for jamming cellular signals using aerial vehicles

A system and method for jamming cellular signals using aerial vehicles is provided. In a preferred embodiment, the aerial vehicles are unmanned aerial vehicles. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160094143

No-break power transfer

A method and apparatus for transferring power to a load. An ac-to-dc converter output for an ac-to-dc converter is connected to a filter circuit input in a dc-to-dc converter via a connector such that a no-break power transfer occurs when transferring between providing power for the load by the ac-to-dc converter and providing power for the load by the dc-to-dc converter. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160094114

Synchronous machine with common motor/generator exciter stage

A synchronous machine (100) has a frame (110), a shaft (115), a main section (120), and an exciter section (125). The main section (120) has a stator winding (130) which is mounted on the frame, and a rotor winding (135) which is mounted on the shaft. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160094040

Systems and methods for reducing circulating current and phase to phase imbalance in a parallel modular converter system

A system and method for providing power to a vehicle with reduced circulating current and phase-top-phase imbalance is disclosed. The system can include a plurality of parallel module converter for prioritizing and allocating each electrical load to one or more parallel modular converter modules. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160094039

Parallel modular converter architecture

A system and method for providing power to a vehicle is disclosed. The system can include a plurality of parallel module converter modules (“modules”) each capable of supplying a predetermined electrical load. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160094030

Emi filter systems and methods for parallel modular converters

A system and method for providing power to a vehicle is disclosed. The system can include a plurality of parallel module converter for prioritizing and allocating each electrical load to one or more parallel module converter modules. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160094025

Current drivers that utilize short circuit protection

Embodiments described herein provide short circuit detection capabilities for current drivers. One embodiment includes a controller and a current driver. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160093481

Investigating chemical-based events that occur in vehicles

A method and apparatus for investigating a chemical-based event inside a vehicle without significant delay. A number of samples of air are collected at a number of locations inside the vehicle in response to a detection of the chemical-based event inside the vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160093222

Aircraft performance predictions

Systems and methods for processing aircraft flight information and flight plan information are described. Specific techniques are described for managing flight data in real time, sharing flight data between a plurality of systems, dynamically managing flight information, generating flight plan information, providing flight plan information to a user, and closing flight plan discontinuities.. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160093221

Automated flight object procedure selection system

Systems and methods for processing aircraft flight information and flight plan information are described. Specific techniques are described for managing flight data in real time, sharing flight data between a plurality of systems, dynamically managing flight information, generating flight plan information, providing flight plan information to a user, and closing flight plan discontinuities.. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160093220

Flight analogous and projection system

Systems and methods for processing aircraft flight information and flight plan information are described. Specific techniques are described for managing flight data in real time, sharing flight data between a plurality of systems, dynamically managing flight information, generating flight plan information, providing flight plan information to a user, and closing flight plan discontinuities.. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160093219

Flight object communications system

Systems and methods for processing aircraft flight information and flight plan information are described. Specific techniques are described for managing flight data in real time, sharing flight data between a plurality of systems, dynamically managing flight information, generating flight plan information, providing flight plan information to a user, and closing flight plan discontinuities.. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160093218

Flight path discontinuities

Systems and methods for processing aircraft flight information and flight plan information are described. Specific techniques are described for managing flight data in real time, sharing flight data between a plurality of systems, dynamically managing flight information, generating flight plan information, providing flight plan information to a user, and closing flight plan discontinuities.. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160093217

Automatic real-time flight plan updates

Systems and methods for processing aircraft flight information and flight plan information are described. Specific techniques are described for managing flight data in real time, sharing flight data between a plurality of systems, dynamically managing flight information, generating flight plan information, providing flight plan information to a user, and closing flight plan discontinuities.. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160093104

Virtual reality envrionment color and contour processing system

A method and apparatus for generating a virtual reality environment. Data requirements for generating the virtual reality environment are identified. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160093021

Move based and sonic based super resolution

A camera system for producing super resolution images is disclosed. The camera system may include a lens, a detector array configured to capture an image focused through the lens onto a focal plane, and a transducer coupled to one of the lens and the detector array. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160092846

Duty block time control via statistical analysis

Method and apparatus for statistically determining buffers for time variances for scheduled operations. Buffers for a particular operation can be based on a statistical analysis of past instances of the specific operation, and a buffer can be applied based on a selected statistical confidence interval. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160092826

Automated buffer setting

Method, system, and computer program product for assigning various operations to itineraries that can be assigned to personnel. Past instances of an operation are analyzed to determine at least one time variance associated with a reliability factor. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160092825

Predictive fatigue risk management

Method, system, and computer program product for predicting fatigue of personnel relative to a schedule for the personnel. A fatigue profile can be predicted for various personnel and an operations schedule can be arranged for each of the personnel that does not exceed the respective fatigue profiles. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160092823

Priority based personnel assignment optimization

Method, system, and computer program product for assigning personnel to various operations. Priority rankings for each of the operations can be assigned, and each of the operations can include at least one personnel time limit criterion based on the priority ranking at least one personal time limit can be calculated for each person from among the personnel. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160091888

Methods and apparatus to automatically fabricate fillers

Methods and apparatus to automatically fabricate fillers are disclosed. An example method includes aligning rigid surface data with flexible surface data, the rigid surface data and the flexible surface data being permitted to overlap when aligned; when aligned, defining the rigid surface data and the flexible surface data based on a same parameter space; calculating a displacement function based on differences between corresponding ones of first points in the flexible surface data and second points in the rigid surface data; determining a modified position of a first one of the first points by modifying the first one of the first points based on a value of the displacement function; calculating a gap between the modified position of the first one of the first points and a second one of the second points; and creating a physical filler to fill a physical gap corresponding to the calculated gap.. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160091475

Multi-component sensing coating for pressure and temperature measurements

An environment sensitive coating system is disclosed that includes a pressure sensitive component comprising a first portion of an oxygen sensitive light emitting material dispersed in an oxygen permeable binder; and a pressure reference component comprising a second portion of the oxygen sensitive light emitting material dispersed in an oxygen impermeable binder.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160091442

Visual indicator of an exposed gamma source

A device for indicating a presence of x-rays or gamma rays may include a visual indicator. The visual indicator may include a material and a plurality of quantum dots adhering to the material or disposed in the material. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160091294

Methods and systems for forming aligned holes

In one embodiment, a method for forming a pair of aligned holes is provided. The method comprises determining a diameter of a cleanup hole associated with a plurality of misaligned holes, in which the cleanup hole diameter may also correspond to a fastener diameter. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160091173

Array-based lighting systems and methods of manufacturing

A lighting system includes a substrate, an array of light-emitting diodes (leds), and a light cover. The array of leds is disposed on the substrate and is arranged in a plurality of led rows and a plurality of led columns. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160091150

Optical devices for light mixing

An optical device includes a lower surface that is substantially transparent. The optical device further includes an upper surface disposed opposite the lower surface and having a first specular layer disposed thereon. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160091112

Noise and drag reducing cabin pressure outflow valve

A system and method for regulating pressure inside a vehicle (“cabin pressure”) is disclosed. The system can include a forward gate and an aft gate that can be moved from a closed position to an open position to release cabin pressure in a controlled manner. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160091011

Apparatus, system, and method for retaining a nut element to a part

Described herein is an apparatus that includes a surface. The apparatus also includes a stop, deformable lock, first retainer, and second retainer coupled to the surface. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160091003

Micro dampers for prevention of un-commanded motion in mechanical feedback actuators

Apparatus for providing mechanical feedback of a position of an actuator to a controller in a high vibration environment. The apparatus includes a member that contacts a cam surface of the actuator such that movement of the actuator and cam surface causes the member to move. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160090486

Compositions and coatings with non-chrome corrosion inhibitor particles

Compositions are described for protecting a metal surface against corrosion. The composition includes a corrosion-inhibiting particle. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160090455

Polymer nanoparticles for controlling resin reaction rates

A composition may include a thermosetting resin containing a plurality of polymer nanoparticles. At least some of the polymer nanoparticles may release either a catalyst or a hardener during a resin curing process. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160090247

System and method for transporting wire components through pneumatic tubes between wire component processing stations

In accordance with one or more aspects of the disclosed embodiment, a system for transporting wire components during the assembly of wire bundles includes an air-operated tube network connecting a transport source station to a plurality of transport destination stations, the air-operated tube network comprising a junction coupled between the transport source station and the plurality of transport destination stations, and a system controller that includes a wire bundle assembly program, the system controller programmed to automatically transmit wire components from the source station to at least one of the transport destination stations based on the wire bundle assembly program.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160090195

Forward looking turret

A gimbal mechanism for a turret includes a support member and a pair of opposing yoke arms extending from the support member. The pair of opposing yoke arms define a first axis. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160090179

Apparatus, system, and method for flying an aircraft

Described herein is an aircraft launch system that includes a riser coupleable to an aircraft. The riser includes an actuator and a tether coupled to the actuator. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160090177

Methods and apparatus to control pitch and twist of blades

Methods and apparatus to control pitch and twist of blades are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a twist input assembly driven by a drive shaft that drives a rotation of blades of a rotorcraft, the twist input assembly comprising a twist shaft, a first gear set driven by the drive shaft, and a first frequency controller to create a first rotational speed difference between a first gear of the first gear set and the drive shaft, the first rotational speed difference to cause the twist shaft to oscillate. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160090168

Removable window system for space vehicles

A method for manipulating a window system in a platform is provided. A biasing system may be removed that biases a retention frame toward a support frame while the support frame and the retention frame hold a window pane. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160090097

System for fatigue detection using a suite of physiological measurement devices

A system, method, and computer program product for detecting, in real time, a fatigue level of a vehicle operator. Multiple physiological indicators of an individual vehicle operator can be monitored at different instances when the operator's level of fatigue is known and can be quantified. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160090065

Vehicle external component having reduced vortex shedding

A windshield wiper arm is provided on an outside of an aircraft and positioned to directly engage an air flow while the aircraft is traveling. The wiper arm includes an arm portion coupled to the aircraft and having an arm exterior surface, the arm portion extending along an arm axis and defining an arm length. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160089856

Composite structures having reduced area radius fillers and methods of forming the same

A composite structure having a base charge and an outer channel charge is provided. The outer channel charge has an inner radius and an outer radius. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160089853

Filament network for a composite structure

A filament network for a composite structure may include a number of fiber layers, wherein each fiber layer includes a fiber bundle and a filament layer at least partially covering the fiber bundle, the filament layer including discontinuous filaments including at least one of different length filaments including first length filaments and second length filaments, wherein the first length filaments include a first length and the second length filaments include a second length, and wherein the first length is different than the second length and different type filaments including first type filaments and second type filaments, wherein the first type filaments include a first material composition, wherein the second type filaments include a second material composition, and wherein the first material composition is different that the second material composition, and a resin binding the number of fiber layers together.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160089851

Nonwoven decorative laminates and methods of making the same

A decorative laminate for application to a structural component is provided. The decorative laminate has a substrate layer of a nonwoven fabric material with or without a flame retardant material. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160089843

In-situ annealing of polymer fibers

A method of manufacturing a composite article may include attaching a polymer element to a tool. The polymer element may be pre-stretched prior to attachment to the tool. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160089841

Composite part forming system

A system and method for forming a composite part. The method comprises positioning a prepreg material relative to a composite forming tool. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160089635

Gas separation modules and methods for forming

A gas separation module includes at least one inlet port, a plurality of outlet ports, and a plurality of hollow fiber membranes. Individual fibers have a feed end and a product end with a retentate interior side and a permeate exterior side. ... The Boeing Co

03/31/16 / #20160089624

Air filter monitoring tab

An apparatus and method for monitoring reduced fluid flow through a filter. A filter, more particularly a fluid flow filter or an air filter when contaminated can suffer from a reduced fluid flow, which will often deform to match the fluid flow or more particularly in the case of an air filter—the air flow.. ... The Boeing Co

03/24/16 / #20160087114

Broadband antireflection coatings under coverglass using ion gun assisted evaporation

The present disclosure generally relates to broadband antireflective coatings for reducing reflection of light in the infrared without compromising visible light reflectance in multijunction solar cells bonded to coverglass, and methods of forming the same. The antireflective coatings include a high index, one or more intermediate index, and low index of refraction dielectric layers. ... The Boeing Co

03/24/16 / #20160085572

Parallelization in virtual machine operation

According to a method of providing virtualization services, computer program(s) executable as a plurality of tasks may be identified, as may task(s) from the plurality of tasks. The computer program(s) may be executed by virtual central processing unit(s) (cpus) in a virtual machine executed on a host hardware platform and defined to provide a virtualization platform for virtualization of a target hardware platform. ... The Boeing Co

03/24/16 / #20160085426

Interactive imaging system

A method and apparatus for providing a visual aid in assembling an aircraft. A display for a portion of an aircraft is displayed on a display system in a mobile data processing system. ... The Boeing Co

03/24/16 / #20160085134

Optical sensor and method of manufacture

An optical sensor and method of manufacture are provided herein. The optical sensor includes an optical fiber comprising a terminating end surface, and a photonic crystal coupled to the terminating end surface of the optical fiber.. ... The Boeing Co

03/24/16 / #20160085027

Tapered optical mixing rods

An optical transmission device includes a tapered mixing rod that includes an optically transmissive material and has a first face, a second face, and a length. A size of the first face is based on a first number of optical fibers and a size of the second face is based on a second number of optical fibers, where the size of the first face is different from the size of the second face. ... The Boeing Co

03/24/16 / #20160084896

Flashlamp degradation monitoring system and method

A method for monitoring degradation of a flashlamp including triggering the flashlamp to produce a light pulse, monitoring at least one parameter as a function of time to obtain a pulse waveform of the light pulse, comparing the pulse waveform to at least one reference pulse waveform to determine a difference therebetween, and flagging an end-of-lamp-life condition when the difference exceeds a predetermined threshold.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/24/16 / #20160084640

Real-time non-linear optical strain gauge system

A system for measuring strain includes an optical fiber having a central portion secured between two fixed points. A first light source outputs light at a first frequency and a second light source outputs light at a second different frequency. ... The Boeing Co

03/24/16 / #20160084592

Systems and methods for cooling using galley monuments

A cooling system for use with a galley monument having at least one galley compartment includes a heat exchanger supplying cooled air to at least one galley compartment. An airflow supply and return system has a supply duct that couples the heat exchanger in flow communication with the at least one galley compartment. ... The Boeing Co

03/24/16 / #20160084578

Methods and apparatus for a microtruss heat exchanger

A microtruss structure includes a first plane having a first plurality of unit cells. Each of the first plurality of unit cells includes a first plurality of struts and a first node connecting three or fewer struts of the first plurality of struts such that each strut of the first plurality of struts extends through the first node. ... The Boeing Co

03/24/16 / #20160084165

Pre-cooler inlet ducts that utilize active flow-control and systems and methods including the same

Pre-cooler inlet ducts that utilize active flow-control and systems and methods including the same are disclosed herein. The systems include a pre-cooler inlet duct for a jet engine that is configured to receive a pre-cooler air stream and to direct the pre-cooler air stream into a heat exchanger. ... The Boeing Co

03/24/16 / #20160083871

Printing patterns onto composite laminates

A composite fiber may include at least one reinforcing filament formed of a first material. A second material maybe systematically deposited in a printed onto the at least one reinforcing filament such that at least one of a length, a width, and a thickness of the second material varies across a surface of the at least one reinforcing filament. ... The Boeing Co

03/24/16 / #20160083824

Methods and systems for shape memory alloy structures

There is provided a method of training a shape memory alloy (sma) workpiece. The method includes applying a force couple to a shape memory alloy (sma) workpiece to impart a generally planar transformational behavior to the sma workpiece to obtain a trained shape memory alloy (sma) workpiece.. ... The Boeing Co

03/24/16 / #20160083584

Nanoparticles for improving the dimensional stability of resins

A composition may include the resin and a plurality of polymer nanoparticles included in the resin to form a resin mixture. The resin may have a resin coefficient of thermal expansion (cte), a resin cure shrinkage, and/or a resin heat of reaction. ... The Boeing Co

03/24/16 / #20160083583

Polymer nanoparticle additions for resin modification

A composition may include a resin and a plurality of polymer nanoparticles included in the resin to form a resin mixture. The polymer nanoparticles may alter the properties of the resin mixture and improve the processing, manufacturability, and performance of an article manufactured with the polymer nanoparticles.. ... The Boeing Co

03/24/16 / #20160083536

Polymer nanoparticles for controlling permeability and fiber volume fraction in composites

A fiber tow may include a plurality of reinforcing filaments each having a filament cross-sectional width. At least a portion of the polymer nanoparticles may be coupled to at least one of the reinforcing filaments and/or to other polymer nanoparticles. ... The Boeing Co

03/24/16 / #20160083535

Placement of modifier material in resin-rich pockets to mitigate microcracking in a composite structure

A composite structure may include a resin, a fiber at least partially embedded within the resin, and one or more resin-rich pockets associated with the fiber. The composite structure may include modifiers in the one or more resin-rich pockets. ... The Boeing Co

03/24/16 / #20160083112

Uav take-off method and apparatus

A method and apparatus for launching unmanned air vehicles (uavs) includes supporting the unmanned air vehicle on a surface vehicle, such as a dolly cart, for riding along a surface such as ground or water. A towline is connected to the surface vehicle and the towline is pulled to force the unmanned air vehicle in a forward direction at a speed sufficient for take-off. ... The Boeing Co

03/24/16 / #20160083108

Communications quality analysis

A system and method for analyzing a scenario, such as a communications scenario in which the end-to-end quality of communications between end nodes of a communications link may be affected by various factors and conditions. Such factors and conditions may include performance parameters of the end nodes and intermediate nodes, human operational performance, and external conditions, such as weather. ... The Boeing Co

03/24/16 / #20160083083

Vortex generators responsive to ambient conditions

A deployable vortex generator attached to a lifting surface includes a vane moveable relative to the lifting surface. The vane moves from a deployed position to a retracted position in response to a change in ambient conditions. ... The Boeing Co

03/24/16 / #20160083077

Single blade propeller with variable pitch

An improved performance propeller employs a single propeller blade having an axis of rotation and a centripetal force about the axis. A pitch control unit is mounted opposite the single propeller blade and has a compensating centripetal force with respect to the single propeller blade about the axis... ... The Boeing Co

03/24/16 / #20160083074

Horizontal folding wingtip

An apparatus of an aircraft, the apparatus may include a wing comprising an unfixed portion and a fixed portion. The unfixed portion movably may connect to the fixed portion. ... The Boeing Co

03/24/16 / #20160083072

Aircraft cabin pressure regulating subfloor

An aircraft cabin subfloor construction has flow paths through the subfloor that vent air pockets trapped beneath an air impermeable floor mat on the subfloor where, due to a difference in pressure in the air pockets trapped beneath the floor mat and the air in the aircraft cabin above the floor mat, the air pockets would create bubbles or buckling in the floor mat. The venting of the air pockets beneath the floor mat by the flow paths eliminates the problem of bubbling or buckling in the floor mat.. ... The Boeing Co

03/24/16 / #20160082710

Method and system for compacting composite part layup utilizing a single release film layer

System and method for compacting a composite ply layup comprising a forming tool comprising a top surface and a composite ply layup laid up along the top surface of the forming tool. A single release film comprising a top surface and a bottom surface, wherein the bottom surface of the single release film comprises a first non-planar bottom surface. ... The Boeing Co

03/24/16 / #20160082694

Composite filler

A method and apparatus for forming a composite filler is presented. The method comprises cutting a number of layers from a composite material. ... The Boeing Co

03/24/16 / #20160082659

Extruded deposition of polymers having continuous carbon nanotube reinforcements

A composite part is fabricated by rastering a deposition head over a substrate, and additively forming part features by extruding a polymer having an entrained continuous nanotube reinforcement from the deposition head onto a substrate.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/24/16 / #20160082641

Extruded deposition of fiber reinforced polymers

A fiber reinforced polymer part is fabricated by rastering a deposition head over a substrate, and additively forming part features by extruding a polymer having an entrained continuous reinforcement from the deposition head onto a substrate.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/24/16 / #20160082617

Nanotube particle device and method for using the same

A nanotube particle device for two dimensional and three dimensional printing or additive/subtractive manufacturing. The nanotube particle device comprising a nanotube, a particle shooter, a positioning mechanism, and a detection sensor. ... The Boeing Co

03/17/16 / #20160080363

Computer implemented method of analyzing x.509 certificates in ssl/tls communications and the dataprocessing system

A computer implemented method of analyzing x.509 certificates in ssl/tls communications, and the data processing system for implementing said method, that may include: extracting x.509 certificates from ssl/tls handshake protocols; monitoring each extracted x.509 certificate for evaluating, using the processor, a grade of polymorphism that the x.509 certificate exhibits; and, storing the x.509 certificate in the certificate database if the x.509 certificate is not previously stored in the certificate database or, if the x.509 certificate exhibits a grade of polymorphism with respect to a previously stored version of the x.509 certificate.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/17/16 / #20160079009

Electrical circuit breaker safety system

A system is provided for preventing a push-pull circuit breaker from being inadvertently depressed. The system may include a clip member having a generally c-shaped collar defining a cylindrical recess therein. ... The Boeing Co

03/17/16 / #20160078607

Systems and methods for analyzing a bondline

A method for analyzing a bondline in a structure is provided. The method includes obtaining, from a first side of the structure, by at least one computing device, at least one first internal image of the structure that includes at least a first pattern associated with the bondline, wherein the structure is in a pre-loaded state and obtaining, from the first side of the structure, by the at least one computing device, at least one second internal image of the structure that includes at least the first pattern, wherein the structure is in a loaded state. ... The Boeing Co

03/17/16 / #20160078024

Component measurement apparatus, system, and method

According to one embodiment, an apparatus for measuring a component supported on a fixture includes a housing, a wireless transceiver coupled to the housing, a radio frequency identification (rfid) reader coupled to the housing, and a magnet coupled to the housing. The magnet is magnetically attracted to a portion of the fixture to removably secure the housing to the fixture.. ... The Boeing Co

03/17/16 / #20160077413

Portable constant resolution visual system (crvs) with defined throw distance

A portable constant resolution visual system (crvs) is disclosed. The crvs includes a screen display having a uniform resolution screen curvature, a projector for generating images that are shown on the display screen, a mirror and a frame. ... The Boeing Co

03/17/16 / #20160077027

Utilization of aircraft bondline embedded current sensors in the determination of a lightning damage index

Systems, methods, and apparatus for using aircraft bondline embedded current sensors to determine a lightning damage index are disclosed. A method of predicting lightning strike damage to at least one type of aircraft involves sensing, with at least one current sensor node embedded in at least one type of aircraft, induced current. ... The Boeing Co

03/17/16 / #20160076998

Detection of chemical changes of system fluid via near infrared (nir) spectroscopy

An apparatus and method for determining quantity of water and dissolved gases in a fluid system during operation. The method and apparatus uses a sensor on the fluid system to determine the properties during operation by applying nir (near infrared) spectroscopy. ... The Boeing Co

03/17/16 / #20160076968

Systems and methods for icing flight tests

Systems and methods for the manufacture and use of artificial ice shapes for aircraft certification, including methods of manufacturing artificial ice shapes, artificial ice component systems for attachment to aircraft, methods of flight testing aircraft having artificial ice sections attached thereto, and artificial ice testing systems.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/17/16 / #20160076879

Metrology system for generating measurements of fuselage sections

A method and apparatus for processing fuselage sections. A scanning system is positioned between a first fuselage section held in a first cradle and a second fuselage section held in a second cradle. ... The Boeing Co

03/17/16 / #20160076487

System and method for improved thrust reverser with increased reverse thrust and reduced noise

A system and method for providing reverse thrust is disclosed. The system can include one or more cascade elements. ... The Boeing Co

03/17/16 / #20160076461

Dual fuel gas turbine thrust and power control

An aircraft, controller, and method for simultaneously using a liquid fuel and a gaseous fuel. The use of natural gas and other similar fuels in gas turbines engines can enable an aircraft to operate less expensively. ... The Boeing Co

03/17/16 / #20160075452

Space structure deployment system

A method and apparatus for deploying a space structure. The space structure is secured to a base with release mechanisms that engage features of the space structure when the base is in a first position. ... The Boeing Co

03/17/16 / #20160075451

Fuselage manufacturing system

A method and apparatus for processing fuselage sections. A first fuselage section is held in a cradle system. ... The Boeing Co

03/17/16 / #20160075450

Cradle system for shaping fuselage sections

A method and apparatus for shaping fuselage sections. A first fuselage section is held in a holding structure in a cradle in a cradle system. ... The Boeing Co

03/17/16 / #20160075442

Auxilliary power and thrust unit drive system

An aircraft auxiliary power and thrust unit includes at least one blade mounted to a fan shaft which are mounted to a tail cone of the aircraft and rotatable relative to the tail cone. Also included is an air intake assembly which includes an opening defined by the tail cone and a channel in fluid communication with the opening and the at least one blade. ... The Boeing Co

03/17/16 / #20160075434

Systems and methods for securing seats within a vehicle cabin

A system for securing seats within a cabin of a vehicle may include at least one seat fitting assembly including at least one seat-mounting member having at least one seat-connecting hole configured to receive at least one fastener that secures a portion of a vehicle seat to the at least one seat-mounting member. The seat-connecting hole(s) is configured to be variably adjusted between a plurality of mounting positions.. ... The Boeing Co

03/17/16 / #20160075433

Stowage bin with closing force assistance

A method and apparatus for providing a closing force. The apparatus comprises a stowage bin, a number of sensors that measure a number of forces on the stowage bin, an assist mechanism that provides a closing force, a controller that compares data from the number of sensors, and an adjustment mechanism that adjusts the closing force based on the data from the number of sensors. ... The Boeing Co

03/17/16 / #20160075125

Method of manufacturing a spiral laminated structural cone

A method of manufacturing a cone-shaped composite article may include providing unidirectional plies in a continuous arcuate shape in a flat pattern configured to wrap 360 degrees around a cone-shaped mandrel such that opposing ply ends of each unidirectional ply terminate at a ply seam. The method may further include laying up at least one inner sublaminate on the cone-shaped mandrel, the inner sublaminate containing at least four of the unidirectional plies having an inner stacking sequence with fiber angles of −45, 90, 0, +45 degrees such that the inner sublaminate has a quasi-isotropic layup at any location of the inner sublaminate. ... The Boeing Co

03/17/16 / #20160075092

Process and apparatus for handling, installing, compacting, splicing, and/or assembling composite stringers

Methods of and systems for assembling stiffened composite structures are disclosed. Some methods include forming a stiffener assembly by compacting it within a trough formed in a trunnion. ... The Boeing Co

03/17/16 / #20160075086

Fused filament fabricated part using multi-directional layering

Technologies for fused filament fabrication using multi-directional layering are disclosed herein. According to aspects of the disclosure, a component may be strengthened using a multi-directional layering manufacturing technique. ... The Boeing Co

03/17/16 / #20160075028

Methods and systems of repairing a structure

A method of repairing a structure is provided. The method includes inspecting the structure with a robotic device to identify a structural defect in the structure, generating a tool path for repairing the structural defect, and transmitting the tool path to the robotic device from a location remote from the robotic device.. ... The Boeing Co

03/17/16 / #20160075020

Methods and systems for automatically inspecting an object

A system includes a robotic device for moving an inspection tool, a scanner coupleable to the robotic device such that the robotic device is configured to automatically move the scanner to collect data associated with a surface of the object, and a computer system configured to determine a surface profile associated with the surface of the object based on the data, and generate a tool path for inspecting the object using the inspection tool based on the surface profile.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/17/16 / #20160074926

Fuselage manufacturing system

A method and apparatus for processing fuselage sections. The apparatus comprises a cradle system, a metrology system, and a controller. ... The Boeing Co

03/10/16 / #20160073346

Data acquisition node and method of operating same

A data acquisition node for coupling to a system of a vehicle includes a processor coupled to a communication interface. The processor is configured to transition from a sleep mode to a start-up detect mode after an imminent-event message is received at the communication interface. ... The Boeing Co

03/10/16 / #20160073078

High efficiency motion blur reduction and infrared projection

A video projector, a shutter mechanism for a video projector, and a method for providing a visible image and an infrared image. The shutter includes first regions that filter out visible light and second regions that filter out infrared light. ... The Boeing Co

03/10/16 / #20160073074

High efficiency motion blur reduction

A video projector, a shutter mechanism for a video projector, and a method for reducing image blur. A shutter can include regions that are 100% transmissive to light and regions that are more than 0% transmissive (but less than 100% transmissive). ... The Boeing Co

03/10/16 / #20160073048

Coordinating image sensing with motion

A method may include generating one or more control signals configured to control a velocity of an image sensing system based on a rate of recording pixels frames in the image sensing system. In some embodiments, the method may alternatively or additionally include generating one or more control signals configured to control the rate of recording in the image sensing system based on the velocity of the image sensing system. ... The Boeing Co

03/10/16 / #20160071719

High-intensity discharge lamp assembly and method

A lamp assembly including a housing defining an internal volume and a lamp positioned in the internal volume, the lamp including a first electrode and a second electrode, wherein the first electrode is both thermally and electrically coupled to the housing, and wherein the second electrode is thermally coupled to the housing by way of a thermally conductive, electrically insulative material and a heat transfer element.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/10/16 / #20160071335

Configurable onboard information processing

A system and method of processing information onboard a vehicle. Execution attributes on the vehicle are read by a computer program running on a data processing system on the vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

03/10/16 / #20160071331

Vehicle auditing and control of maintenance and diagnosis for vehicle systems

A method and apparatus of performing a task on a system on a platform. A task script is received by a data processing system on the platform. ... The Boeing Co

03/10/16 / #20160070958

Obtaining metrics for a position using frames classified by an associative memory

A method for identifying a motion of interest of an individual. The method includes receiving input data from a non-invasive motion sensor measuring movements of a person. ... The Boeing Co

03/10/16 / #20160070355

Obtaining metrics for a position using frames classified by an associative memory

A method for identifying a motion of interest of an individual. The method includes collecting, at a computer, motion sensor input data of motions of the individual from a motion sensor for an interval of time. ... The Boeing Co

03/10/16 / #20160070256

Automatic material cutting system

An automatic component fabrication system, for use in fabricating a component, includes a control system having a memory that includes a computerized model of the component to be fabricated. A first monitoring system including a first illumination device and at least one camera is communicatively coupled to the control system and is configured to determine a position of the material at a first location. ... The Boeing Co

03/10/16 / #20160069824

Nonaqueous radiopaque fluid and associated imaging system and method

An imaging system including an imaging device having a field of view, an object positioned in the field of view, the object defining a void, and a nonaqueous radiopaque fluid in the void.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/10/16 / #20160069746

Methods and systems for forming a mandrel assembly for use with a locating system

A method of forming a mandrel assembly for use in fabricating a large scale component includes boring a plurality of cavities into an outer surface of the mandrel assembly and filling the plurality of cavities with a contrast color substrate to form a contrast target on the mandrel assembly. The method also includes curing the contrast color substrate such that an outer surface of the contrast color substrate is substantially flush with the outer surface of the mandrel assembly when the substrate is fully cured.. ... The Boeing Co

03/10/16 / #20160069409

Translational tuned mass damper with continuously adjustable damping characteristics for application to high speed wind tunnel testing

A system, including methods and apparatus, of tuning a mass-damping apparatus to reduce dynamics forces on a wind tunnel model during wind tunnel testing. The mass-damping apparatus is coupled to a wind tunnel model and may comprise first and second pressure chambers containing a gas, a mass configured to move back and forth between the pressure chambers in a substantially airtight manner and thereby to alter gas pressure within each pressure chamber, at least one spring configured to exert a position-dependent force upon the mass, and a passageway configured to allow the gas to pass between the chambers.. ... The Boeing Co

03/10/16 / #20160069377

Method for installing a seal cap

A method for installing a seal cap. The seal cap may be adhered to a fastener element using a material. ... The Boeing Co

03/10/16 / #20160069122

Convertible door system and method of operation

The present disclosure is generally directed to a method of operation for a convertible door system including a door accessible compartment having a moveable dividing wall that substantially divides the compartment into a first and a second sub-compartment. A first door assembly, configured to allow access to the first sub-compartment, is disposed between a first of two opposing sidewalls and the moveable dividing wall. ... The Boeing Co

03/10/16 / #20160068922

Hardened titanium structure for transmission gear applications

A method and apparatus are present for manufacturing a part. The part is comprised of a metal alloy and is positioned to form a positioned part. ... The Boeing Co

03/10/16 / #20160068259

Winglet system

A winglet system for an aircraft wing may include an upper winglet and a lower winglet mounted to a wing tip. The upper winglet root chord and the lower winglet root chord may each have a length of no greater than 100 percent of the wing tip chord. ... The Boeing Co

03/10/16 / #20160068249

Dual boarding system for aircraft

A method and apparatus for boarding an aircraft. Passengers may be lined up in a first line and a second line relative to a doorway for the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

03/10/16 / #20160068244

Recovery systems and methods for unmanned underwater vehicles

Embodiments described herein provide a highly reliable uuv recovery systems and methods that utilize multiple independent release mechanisms that can detach a load and allow the uuv to float to the surface of the water. One embodiment is a recovery system for a uuv. ... The Boeing Co

03/10/16 / #20160067906

Determining part orientation for incremental sheet forming

Provided are methods and systems of orienting parts for incremental sheet forming and, in some examples, forming the parts in these orientations. A forming orientation may be identified by simulating forming operations of the same part in multiple different orientations and identifying the thinnest portions of the part for each of the orientations. ... The Boeing Co

03/10/16 / #20160067888

Method and apparatus for microwave and convection composite curing

Method and apparatus for curing a composite laminate. The apparatus comprising an electromagnetic radiation source creating electromagnetic microwave energy in an enclosed volume and a heating source for providing a convective airflow in the enclosed volume. ... The Boeing Co

03/10/16 / #20160067868

Modular end effector

A system and method is disclosed of configuring a robotic end effector to prevent two or more axes of joints of a robotic arm from being in alignment. A connecting part is attached between a robotic arm and a tool in a pre-determined configuration chosen to prevent the two or more axes of joints of the robotic arm from being in alignment for a selected process involving the tool. ... The Boeing Co

03/10/16 / #20160067817

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

03/10/16 / #20160067795

Apparatuses and methods for cutting a reverse spot-face in a workpiece

A reverse spot-facing tool for cutting a reverse spot-face in a workpiece using a reverse spot-facing cutter configured to engage a pilot shaft having a first end and a second end is disclosed. The workpiece comprises a through hole having a central axis. ... The Boeing Co

03/10/16 / #20160067792

Apparatuses and methods for processing a confined area of a workpiece

One example of the present disclosure relates to an apparatus for processing a workpiece along a drilling axis, the apparatus comprising an end effector. The end effector comprises a pressure foot, a clamp linearly movable relative to the pressure foot along the drilling axis, and a flat angle drill linearly movable relative to the pressure foot along the drilling axis.. ... The Boeing Co

03/03/16 / #20160066407

Microwire circuit and deposition system

A microcircuit deposition system incorporates a first printing engine for depositing a dielectric on a substrate. A microwire spooling machine houses a microwire spool and incorporates a tension guide to position a microwire trace onto the dielectric layer. ... The Boeing Co

03/03/16 / #20160065697

Systems and methods for configuring a computing device to use a communication protocol

A method for configuring a computing device to use a communication protocol is provided. The method is performed by a computing device that includes a host processor coupled to a bus processor and to memory. ... The Boeing Co

03/03/16 / #20160065636

Peer to peer provisioning of data for flight simulators across networks

Systems and methods are provided for flight simulators that share video via peering networks. One embodiment includes a flight tracking controller and connection controller. ... The Boeing Co

03/03/16 / #20160065368

Address-dependent key generator by xor tree

A method of providing security in a computer system includes producing a plurality of sub-keys from key material and a respective address of a memory location in a memory and possibly other information. The method may include mixing the sub-keys together using a binary tree of exclusive-or operations, and to produce an intermediate result. ... The Boeing Co

03/03/16 / #20160065300

Aircraft-noded data communication network

Defined herein is a system for communicating data includes a first data source that transmits data through the air, and a second data source that is remote from the first data source. The second data source at least one of receives and transmits data through the air. ... The Boeing Co

03/03/16 / #20160063754

System and method for detecting a structural opening in a three dimensional point cloud

A method for detecting an opening in a structure represented by a three-dimensional point cloud may include the steps of: (1) creating a three-dimensional point cloud map of a scene, the three-dimensional point cloud map including a plurality of points representing a ground plane and the structure upon the ground plane, (2) identifying an absence of points within the plurality of points representing the structure, and (3) determining whether the absence of points represents the opening in the structure.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/03/16 / #20160063279

Periodic memory refresh in a secure computing system

A method of providing security in a computer system includes performing a memory refresh of a window of memory locations in a memory, and in which each memory location stores a version value and a block of ciphertext. The version value may be updated with each write operation at a memory location; and the block of ciphertext may be produced with a key that changes with each write operation and from memory location to memory location. ... The Boeing Co

03/03/16 / #20160062920

Address-dependent key generation with a substitution-permutation network

A method of providing security in a computer system includes producing an initial block of data from a respective address of a memory location. An updated block of data may be calculated for each round of a plurality of rounds in a substitution-permutation network. ... The Boeing Co

03/03/16 / #20160062919

Double-mix feistel network for key generation or encryption

A method of providing security in a computer system includes dividing a block of data into initial left and right halves, and calculating updated left and right halves for each of a plurality of rounds. Calculating the updated left half includes applying a first function to an input left half to produce a first result, and mixing the first result with an input right half. ... The Boeing Co

03/03/16 / #20160062205

Active finish system for providing an image on a surface

An apparatus and method for an electronically activated grouping of charged particles for providing a changeable image on a surface is disclosed and claimed herein. The apparatus can include a capsule containing a plurality of first reflectance-type charged particles suspended in a dielectric fluid. ... The Boeing Co

03/03/16 / #20160062027

Remote source light-guiding light assembly

A light assembly may include a reflector having a reflective surface that defines an internal volume. A focal point is within the internal volume. ... The Boeing Co

03/03/16 / #20160061785

Fluidless roller probe device

A fluidless roller probe device for performing structural integrity testing. A drum sensor has a shaft, a barrel-shaped inner portion mounted on the shaft, a sensor array having transmit elements and receive elements positioned on an outer surface of the inner portion, and an outer portion positioned over the sensor array. ... The Boeing Co

03/03/16 / #20160061748

Systems and methods for detecting crack growth

A system and method for detecting crack propagation in a material test specimen may include color contrasting a surface of a test specimen, acquiring a plurality of photographic images of the specimen during application of a stress load, processing the plurality of images to detect characteristics of pixels that are outside a baseline range of pixel characteristics indicative of a contrast between a crack in the test specimen and the color contrasted surface of the test specimen, and generating an output of a strain energy release rate based on changes in detected crack length over time.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/03/16 / #20160061598

Satellite transfer orbit search methods

Satellite transfer orbit search methods are described herein. One disclosed example method includes determining, based on boundary transfer orbits of a satellite, end points of an oblate epicycloid segment related to a transfer orbit of the satellite, and calculating, using a processor, a shape of the oblate epicycloid segment based on satellite data and the end points to define a search zone to determine a position of the satellite as the satellite moves along the transfer orbit.. ... The Boeing Co

03/03/16 / #20160061250

Barrel nut with stress reduction features

A barrel nut with features for reducing tensile stresses under heavy load within the barrel nut has a partial-cylindrical body having a first planar end surface and a second planar end surface. A threaded bore extends through the partial-cylindrical body with a central axis substantially parallel to the first planar end surface and the second planar end surface. ... The Boeing Co

03/03/16 / #20160061144

Variable geometry inlet for a ducted fan and method of assembling same

A variable geometry inlet for a ducted fan is selectively transitionable between a first and second mode. The inlet includes a retractable ring that extends circumferentially about the inlet and is selectively movable between an axially extended position in the first mode and an axially retracted position in the second mode. ... The Boeing Co

03/03/16 / #20160061115

Core cowl for a turbofan engine

A core cowl for a turbofan engine may include a plurality of valleys formed in an outer surface of the core cowl. Each valley may include a convex portion upstream of a concave portion, and may be configured to disrupt a shock cell exiting a fan nozzle of the turbofan engine. ... The Boeing Co

03/03/16 / #20160060400

Nanomodified backbones for polyimides with difunctional and mixed-functionality endcaps

Polyimides containing a backbone with at least one nanoparticle component and made from oligomers having endcaps that are difunctional or a mix of di- and monofunctionality are provided. The endcaps may be nadic or phenylethynyl. ... The Boeing Co

03/03/16 / #20160060377

Nanomodified backbones for polyimides with difunctional and mixed-functionality endcaps

Polyimides containing a backbone with at least one nanoparticle component and made from oligomers having endcaps that are difunctional or a mix of di- and monofunctionality are provided. The endcaps may be nadic or phenylethynyl. ... The Boeing Co

03/03/16 / #20160059985

Cutting tool and method of operating same

A cutting tool and method of operating cutting tool. The tool includes a support having a first side and a second side. ... The Boeing Co

03/03/16 / #20160059970

Vessel insulation assembly

A vessel includes a vessel wall and an insulation assembly coupled to the vessel wall. The insulation assembly includes a stochastic foam material and a microtruss structure encased within the foam material. ... The Boeing Co

03/03/16 / #20160059952

Torque tube door

A torque tube door and related method steps may include a door coupled to an inboard wing flap, such that the door is movable with the flap to selectively cover and uncover a torque tube opening in an aircraft fuselage.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/03/16 / #20160059450

Chopped fiber composite sorting and molding systems and methods

Chopped fiber composite systems and methods are disclosed. Sorting systems include a conveyor, an imager, a plurality of receptacles, a pneumatic device, and controller. ... The Boeing Co

03/03/16 / #20160059449

Systems and methods for curing complex fiber-reinforced composite structures

Systems and methods for curing complex fiber-reinforced composite structures utilize two distinct heat sources. A first heat source is utilized for heating a complex fiber-reinforced composite structure from within an internal portion of the complex fiber-reinforced composite structure. ... The Boeing Co

03/03/16 / #20160059443

Method and system of forming a releasable support and method of pre-cure removal of a composite laminate

A method and system of preparing a releasable underlying support for use in preparing a composite laminate is presented where a base tool is a covered with a conformable thin sheet on the tooling surface of a base tool, where the thin sheet is configured with one high tack surface side and an opposite side having a non-tack surface in contact with the tooling surface. The non-tack surface side will allow release of laid up pre-cure composite lamina that can then be cured on a separate curing tool. ... The Boeing Co

03/03/16 / #20160059259

Apparatuses and methods for applying viscous material to a fastener

One example of the present disclosure relates to a daubing device for applying viscous material to a fastener. The daubing device comprises a housing comprising a first internal face and a second internal face, separated from the first internal face by a longitudinal distance l. ... The Boeing Co

02/25/16 / #20160056983

Signal combining system for constant envelope transmission of information

A method and apparatus for producing a transmission of constant envelope on a carrier signal. All possible combinations of all component codes for phases for producing the transmission are defined. ... The Boeing Co

02/25/16 / #20160055930

Composite materials with improved electrical conductivity and methods of manufacture thereof

A method of manufacturing a composite material may include providing one or more layers of reinforcement material penetrated with viscous matrix material that is doped with electrically conductive particles. The method may further include applying a magnetic field to arrange the particles into one or more electrically conductive pathways, and curing the matrix material to secure the pathways in position relative to the reinforcement material.. ... The Boeing Co

02/25/16 / #20160055665

Visualization and analysis of a topical element of a complex system

An apparatus is provided for implementation of a system for visualization and analysis of a complex system such as an aircraft composed of a plurality of elements. The apparatus may be caused to receive and process data for physical instance(s) of the complex system to identify a topical element. ... The Boeing Co

02/25/16 / #20160055461

Deferred aircraft maintenance impact assessment apparatus, system, and method

Described herein is an apparatus that includes a minimum equipment list (mel) data module and an impact assessment module. The mel data module determines at least one operational limitation associated with deferred maintenance on a vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

02/25/16 / #20160055260

Visualization and diagnostic analysis of interested elements of a complex system

An apparatus is provided for implementation of a system for visualization and diagnostic analysis of a complex system such as an aircraft composed of a plurality of elements. The apparatus may receive and process data for a physical instance of the complex system to identify a maintenance message for the complex system. ... The Boeing Co

02/25/16 / #20160054889

Integrated visualization and analysis of a complex system

An apparatus is provided for implementation of a system for integrated visualization and analysis of a complex system such as an aircraft composed of a plurality of elements. The apparatus may receive data for a physical instance of the complex system, and this data may include a list of the plurality of elements that reflects a relationship between at least some of them. ... The Boeing Co

02/25/16 / #20160054221

Method and system for imaging a target

A system for characterizing a bi-directional reflectance distribution function scattered light pattern of a portion of a sample is disclosed. The system can comprise a hemispherical member comprising an reflective inner surface; an entrance port operable to receive electromagnetic radiation from an electromagnetic radiation source; a first reflective optical element operable to receive at least a portion of the electromagnetic radiation and to direct the at least the portion of the electromagnetic radiation onto the portion of the sample to be characterized; a wide-angle lens operable receive the electromagnetic radiation that was specularly reflected and diffusely scattered from the portion of the sample onto the inner surface of the hemispherical member; and an imaging device operable to record intensity information imaged by the wide-angle lens to characterize the bi-directional reflectance distribution function scattered light pattern of the portion of the sample.. ... The Boeing Co

02/25/16 / #20160053718

Thrust reverse variable area fan nozzle

A thrust reverse variable area nozzle system for a nacelle of an aircraft engine system may include a reverse thrust opening disposed in the nacelle, and a thrust reverser door pivotally movable relative to the nacelle for selectively covering the reverse thrust opening, wherein the thrust reverser door is pivotally movable between a first position for completely covering the reverse thrust opening, a second position for partially uncovering a forward portion of the reverse thrust opening and discharging a bypass airflow through the forward portion of the reverse thrust opening in a forward direction, and a third position for partially uncovering an aft portion of the reverse thrust opening and discharging the bypass airflow through the aft portion of the reverse thrust opening in an aft direction.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/25/16 / #20160053369

Open air plasma deposition method

An apparatus may comprise a plasma deposition unit, a movement system, and a mesh system. The plasma deposition unit may be configured to generate a plasma. ... The Boeing Co

02/25/16 / #20160052637

Methods and apparatus for supporting engines and nacelles relative to aircraft wings

Methods and apparatus for supporting engines and nacelles relative to aircraft wings are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a nacelle; a first support structure coupled between a wing and a first side of the nacelle along a thrust axis of an engine; a second support structure coupled between the wing and a second side of the nacelle along the thrust axis, the first support structure spaced apart from the second support structure on the wing, a longitudinal plane to extend through the first support structure, the second support structure, and the thrust axis, the first support structure to be rigidly fixed relative to the wing to substantially prevent movement of the engine by the first support structure, the second support structure to be rigidly fixed relative to the wing to substantially prevent movement of the engine by the second support structure, the first and second support structures to be coupled to opposite sides of the engine to enable thrust loads to be reacted through the first and second support structures to the wing.. ... The Boeing Co

02/25/16 / #20160052631

Bunk assembly and method of manufacturing thereof

A bunk assembly is provided. The bunk assembly includes a first plurality of bunks including a first bunk and a second bunk coupled end-to-end with the first bunk. ... The Boeing Co

02/25/16 / #20160052627

Noise reducing profile for helicopter rotor blade tracking wedges

A tracking wedge, a rotor and a method for modifying a movement of air over a tracking wedge. According to aspects of the disclosure, a tracking wedge used to correct the tracking of a helicopter rotor blade may include one or more acoustic management mechanisms. ... The Boeing Co

02/25/16 / #20160052617

Hat stringer closeout fitting and method of making same

A closeout fitting for a hat stringer includes a cover that has a fitting surface. The fitting surface is substantially complementary to at least a portion of an outer surface of the hat stringer. ... The Boeing Co

02/25/16 / #20160052251

Systems and methods for forming radius fillers for composite structures

Systems and methods for forming radius fillers for composite structures are disclosed herein. The systems include a sheet-locating structure that has a first support surface and a support surface edge. ... The Boeing Co

02/25/16 / #20160052226

Sandwich composite with shape memory alloy core and method of making same

A composite sandwich structure for a vehicle includes a first sheet that has a first surface and an opposing second surface. The composite sandwich structure also includes a second sheet opposite the first sheet and a core coupled between the first and second sheets. ... The Boeing Co

02/25/16 / #20160052214

System and method for optimizing composite laminate structures

A system and method for creating an optimized composite laminate structure containing a plurality of plies. The system has a processor and a memory, including an application interface. ... The Boeing Co

02/25/16 / #20160052175

Recycling of broad goods with thermoplastic stabilizer materials

A method is disclosed for recycling broad goods material into a flaked feed material. The broad goods material includes reinforcement fibers and thermoplastic material. ... The Boeing Co

02/25/16 / #20160052042

Apparatus and method for synchronized multi-stage electromagnetic rivet guns

A method and system for installing rivets is disclosed. The method involves positioning a rivet through a structure to be joined. ... The Boeing Co

02/25/16 / #20160051906

Valve for extracting air pockets from viscous fluids

A valve for extracting an air pocket from a continuous flow of viscous fluid is disclosed. The valve has a first position and a second position. ... The Boeing Co

02/18/16 / #20160049226

Conjugated polymer coatings and methods for atmospheric plasma deposition thereof

A method providing conductive coatings is provided. A dopant layer with a plasma deposited conjugated polymer is provided. ... The Boeing Co

02/18/16 / #20160048631

System and method for wiring an aircraft

A method and apparatus for establishing a wire network for a platform. The apparatus for establishing a wire network for an aircraft comprises a wire manager and a layout manager. ... The Boeing Co

02/18/16 / #20160048457

Dynamic memory address remapping in computing systems

A method provides security in a computing system including a processor having a logical address space and external system memory having physical address space. The method comprises hiding memory access patterns, including dynamically remapping the logical address space to the physical address space in response to data accesses to the logical address space.. ... The Boeing Co

02/18/16 / #20160047911

System and method for array lateral effect position sensing detector

A system and method includes an array position sensing detector. The array position sensing detector includes a lateral effect position sensing detector element and a summing amplifier. ... The Boeing Co

02/18/16 / #20160047883

Systems and methods for determining a position of a transmitter of a bistatic radar system

A bistatic radar system may include a transmitter, a target at a first known position, a receiver at a second known position, and a transmitter position determination unit. The receiver is configured to receive one or more reflected radar signals transmitted from the transmitter and reflected off the target. ... The Boeing Co

02/18/16 / #20160047878

Combined orbit and attitude determination system and methods

A system and methods for calculating an attitude and a position of an object in space are disclosed. Measurements in relation to an object, stars, and a signal timing are received at a combined orbit and attitude determination system to provide received measurements. ... The Boeing Co

02/18/16 / #20160047768

Magnetic coupling for electrical conductivity assessment

A method is provided that includes setting up a composite material structure under test (sut) between a transmit coil and a receive coil. The transmit coil is driven with a rf signal over a plurality of frequencies, thereby causing the transmit coil to produce a magnetic field that by magnetic coupling through the sut induces a voltage in the receive coil. ... The Boeing Co

02/18/16 / #20160047742

Multi-spectral reflectometer

Systems, methods, and apparatus for determining an electromagnetic (em) spectrum scattered from a surface are disclosed. The disclosed method involves scanning an em source to at least one em source position. ... The Boeing Co

02/18/16 / #20160047723

Composite test specimen

A particular composite test specimen includes a first tab, a second tab, and a gage section between the first tab and the second tab. The first tab, the second tab, and the gage section are machined from a composite test blank. ... The Boeing Co

02/18/16 / #20160047719

Systems and methods for ignition source testing with flammable foam

Systems and methods for ignition source testing with a flammable foam are disclosed. Flammable foam systems and methods for testing use a flammable foam that includes fuel and oxidant. ... The Boeing Co

02/18/16 / #20160047532

Electromagnetic radiation shielding assembly

An electromagnetic shielding assembly may include a transparent substrate layer and a transparent active layer positioned with respect to the substrate, wherein the active layer is configured to absorb electromagnetic radiation having a first wavelength and emit electromagnetic radiation having a second wavelength, the second wavelength being different than the first wavelength, the active layer includes fluorescent molecules combined with a base material, the fluorescent molecules being configured to absorb electromagnetic radiation having the first wavelength and emit the electromagnetic radiation having the second wavelength, wherein the first wavelength is in a visible electromagnetic spectrum and the second wavelength is in a non-visible electromagnetic spectrum.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/18/16 / #20160047529

Multi-wavelength light emitting assembly

A light assembly may include a reflector having a focal point in space, and a first light source configured to generate a first light at a first wavelength proximate to the focal point during a first illumination mode. The first light reflects off the reflector as a first collimated beam at the first wavelength. ... The Boeing Co

02/18/16 / #20160047452

Harmonic drive apparatus

A harmonic drive apparatus (also known as a strain wave gear) is constructed with a circular, flexible spline disc having a generally flat configuration or a slightly conical configuration.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/18/16 / #20160047412

Enhanced thermally conductive pivot bushing

An aircraft pivot joint bushing has enhanced thermal conductivity due to the bushing having an inner cylindrical portion which has a first thermal dissipating capacity, and an outer cylindrical portion on the inner cylindrical portion which has a second thermal dissipating capacity, where the second thermal dissipating capacity is less than the first thermal dissipating capacity.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/18/16 / #20160047035

Electrically reconfigurable deposition masks

Embodiments described herein provide for electrically reconfigurable deposition masks. One embodiment is a deposition mask that includes a plurality of electrical elements. ... The Boeing Co

02/18/16 / #20160046397

Multiple space vehicle launch system

A space vehicle system, a method of manufacturing the space vehicle system, and a method of launching the space vehicle system are disclosed. The method of manufacturing the space vehicle system may include disposing a first space vehicle with an upper core structure upon a second space vehicle with a lower core structure such that loads of the first space vehicle are transmitted to the lower core structure of the second space vehicle.. ... The Boeing Co

02/18/16 / #20160046396

Dual layer sandwich for thermal management

A thermal protection system including a plurality of layers. A first layer includes a passive insulation material. ... The Boeing Co

02/18/16 / #20160046395

System and method for managing momentum accumulation

A system for managing momentum accumulation of a spacecraft in orbit may include a reaction wheel assembly for controlling an attitude of a body of a spacecraft, the body defining at least one face, and absorbing momentum, a plurality of arcjet thrusters coupled to the face to generate thrust, and a control processor coupled to the plurality of arcjet thrusters for controlling the thrust, wherein actuation of each arcjet thruster of the plurality of arcjet thrusters is configured to produce a net momentum accumulation in the reaction wheel assembly that is below a momentum saturation point of the reaction wheel assembly.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/18/16 / #20160046394

Methods and apparatus for performing propulsion operations using electric propulsion systems

Methods and apparatus to methods and apparatus for performing propulsion operations using electric propulsion system are disclosed. An example method includes deploying a space vehicle including an electric propulsion system; and using the electric propulsion system for attitude control and orbit control, no other propulsion system provided to enable the attitude control and the orbit control.. ... The Boeing Co

02/18/16 / #20160046385

Methods and apparatus for use in forming a lightning protection system

A method of forming a lightning protection system for use with an aircraft is provided. The method includes selecting a configuration of at least one layer of electrically conductive material to be applied to a component of the aircraft, wherein the configuration is selected as a function of an amount of lightning protection to be provided thereto. ... The Boeing Co

02/18/16 / #20160046381

Aircraft engine mounting system

An aircraft includes an engine mounted to a wing by a first support, such as a strut, configured to secure the engine to the wing in a position above the wing. A second support, secured to a fuselage portion of the aircraft, is defined by a bridge structure configured to separately and independently secure the engine to the fuselage. ... The Boeing Co

02/18/16 / #20160046380

Split ventilation system

A ventilation system, aircraft, and method. The ventilation system includes a first conduit in fluid communication with a first air source in the aircraft to direct a fluid flow from the first air source. ... The Boeing Co

02/18/16 / #20160046361

Bonded and tailorable composite assembly

An all-composite assembly such as a composite laminate aircraft empennage has vertical and horizontal stabilizers with differing sets of interlaminar fracture toughnesses and differing stiffnesses to improve flight characteristics. Composite laminate skins are bonded to unitized and stiffened understructure to reduce weight and improve damage containment.. ... The Boeing Co

02/18/16 / #20160046098

Dual layer sandwich for thermal management

A thermal protection system including a plurality of layers. A first layer includes a passive insulation material. ... The Boeing Co

02/18/16 / #20160046084

Composite layup tools for aircraft fuselage barrels, methods of assembling the layup tools, and aircraft fuselage barrel sections formed utilizing the layup tools

Composite layup tools for aircraft fuselage barrels, methods of assembling the layup tools, and aircraft fuselage barrels formed utilizing the layup tools are disclosed herein. A method of assembling the layup tools includes aligning an adaptor mating surface of a splice adaptor with a mandrel mating surface of a layup mandrel and initially attaching the splice adaptor to the layup mandrel at an initial attachment point. ... The Boeing Co

02/18/16 / #20160046046

Apparatuses and methods for seal cap installation

One example of the present disclosure relates to a form for supporting a volume of a viscous substance encapsulating at least a portion of an object while the viscous substance solidifies to form a seal. The form comprises a non-metallic solidified material; a distal axial opening; a proximal axial opening; and a lateral wall between the distal axial opening and the proximal axial opening. ... The Boeing Co

02/18/16 / #20160046044

Reinforced bladder

A method and apparatus for a reinforced bladder are provided. The reinforced bladder comprises a bladder with a cross-sectional shape formed of a polymeric material and a number of reinforcements. ... The Boeing Co

02/18/16 / #20160046041

System for facilitating fluid movement in closed molds

A vacuum bagging system may include a layer assembly defining a fluid flow channel. The layer assembly may include a contact layer mounted to a composite part positionable within an outer mold line (oml) tool. ... The Boeing Co

02/18/16 / #20160045949

Method for production of performance enhanced metallic materials

A method for production of a metallic material from a semifinished metallic billet, the semifinished metallic billet including a nanocrystalline microstructure and/or an ultrafine-grained microstructure, the method including the steps of (1) subjecting the semifinished metallic billet to a rotary incremental forming process to form an intermediate wrought metallic billet, and (2) subjecting the intermediate wrought metallic billet to a high rate forming process to form a metallic product.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/11/16 / #20160044417

Apparatus and method for an active and programmable acoustic metamaterial

An acoustic metamaterial including cells to digitally process an incoming sound waveform, and to produce a corresponding response sound waveform as a function of a frequency and a phase of the incoming sound waveform, to produce a total response sound waveform that, when combined with the incoming sound waveform, modifies the incoming sound waveform.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/11/16 / #20160043268

Fabrication of sensor chip assemblies with microoptics elements

A method and apparatus for fabricating sensor chip assemblies. A photodetector wafer and an optics wafer are bonded to each other. ... The Boeing Co

02/11/16 / #20160043241

Solar cell wafer connecting system

A method and apparatus for forming a solar cell structure. A first wafer and a second wafer are positioned relative to each other such that first nanotubes on the first wafer are opposite to second nanotubes on the second wafer. ... The Boeing Co

02/11/16 / #20160042325

Central server for managing maintenance and materials for commercial aircraft fleets with fleet-wide benchmarking data

Turnkey maintenance of a customer's aircraft fleet is managed by a single management service provider (msp) controlling integrated maintenance and materials services from a central operations site. The msp converts data received directly from on-board aircraft systems into information it uses to manage maintenance service providers and parts suppliers. ... The Boeing Co

02/11/16 / #20160042094

System and method for reading geometric data from a computer-aided design (cad) model

There is provided a system for reading geometric data from a parametric model or a nonparametric model from a cad model file. The system has a processor and an interface application, which when executed by the processor, is configured to operably receive automatically, using a first interface application, an input file that includes data representing one or more components of a three-dimensional model, and is further configured to operably determine, using the first interface application, a type of a part represented by the three-dimensional model. ... The Boeing Co

02/11/16 / #20160041305

4d volumetric weather data processing and display

Method, system, apparatus, and computer program product for displaying weather data on a computer display screen. Received weather data can be parsed into weather data layers, based on ranges of altitude. ... The Boeing Co

02/11/16 / #20160041304

Ice crystal icing engine event probability estimation apparatus, system, and method

Described herein is an apparatus that includes an estimation module that estimates a probability of an ice crystal icing engine event based on infrared satellite data, numerical weather prediction data, and empirical data corresponding with at least one actual ice crystal icing engine event. The apparatus also includes a data product module that generates a data product that indicates the estimation of the probability of an ice crystal icing engine event. ... The Boeing Co

02/11/16 / #20160040709

Hole-filling sleeve and washer design for bolt installation

A fastener assembly which includes a sleeve which includes a cylindrical construction having a first and second end portions and an outside diameter. The fastener assembly further includes a washer associated with the sleeve wherein the washer includes a body which defines a first side and an opposing second side and defines an opening which extends from the first side toward the second side. ... The Boeing Co

02/11/16 / #20160040625

Variable area nozzle and associated propulsion system and method

A nozzle including a frame having a plurality of deflecting elements arranged in an array, the array extending about a longitudinal axis, and a skin positioned over the frame.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/11/16 / #20160039167

Composite structure and method of forming thereof

A composite structure is provided. The composite structure includes a plurality of components coupled together forming a joint, wherein the plurality of components are oriented such that a gap is defined at least partially therebetween. ... The Boeing Co

02/11/16 / #20160039140

Automated system and method for smoothing wrinkled material

A method and apparatus for smoothing a material having wrinkles. The material is positioned on a vacuum table having a group of segments. ... The Boeing Co

02/04/16 / #20160036456

Method and apparatus for non-uniform analog-to-digital conversion

A method and apparatus for converting an analog input into a final digital output. A first digital output is generated in response to receiving an analog input at a first converter. ... The Boeing Co

02/04/16 / #20160036208

Apparatus for cable processing

An apparatus for processing a cable including an insulating member, a shielding layer, and a conductor, the apparatus includes a frame forming a housing having an aperture configured to receive an end portion of the cable; a first gripping member disposed within the housing and being configured to grip the cable; and a second gripping member disposed within the housing and being configured to grip the cable; wherein the second gripping member is mounted within the housing so as to be movable relative to the first gripping member to effect fanning and cutting of a portion of the shielding layer.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/04/16 / #20160036111

Surface-wave waveguide with conductive sidewalls and application in antennas

A surface-wave waveguide may include a base conductive ground plane including opposite side edges and a pair of conductive side walls. One conductive side wall extends from each side edge of the conductive ground plane. ... The Boeing Co

02/04/16 / #20160035239

Flight control test simulator system and method

There is provided a flight control test simulator system and method. The system has a flight control assembly with at least one actuator and with a flight controller configured to actuate the at least one actuator. ... The Boeing Co

02/04/16 / #20160034858

Central server for managing maintenance and material for fleet of aircraft using operational data

Turnkey maintenance of a customer's aircraft fleet is managed by a single management service provider (msp) controlling integrated maintenance and materials services from a central operations site. The msp converts data received directly from on-board aircraft systems into information it uses to manage maintenance service providers and parts suppliers. ... The Boeing Co

02/04/16 / #20160034611

Methods and systems for determining a structural parameter for noise and vibration control

A computer system enables a noise level associated with a structural substrate to be reduced. The computer system includes a memory device for storing data, and a processor in communication with the memory device. ... The Boeing Co

02/04/16 / #20160033426

Portable x-ray backscattering imaging system including a radioactive source

A portable x-ray backscattering imaging system for creating a backscatter image representing an object is disclosed. The portable x-ray backscattering imaging system may include a drum, a radioactive source, a plurality of backscatter detectors, and a portable exterior shield. ... The Boeing Co

02/04/16 / #20160033374

Determining aerosol material compatibility

Provided are methods for testing aerosol material compatibility of various samples to disinfectants, decontaminants, and other such materials that are used as aerosols. A test is performed in a controlled environment, such as an aerosol chamber, using a specific set of test parameters representative of actual use of tested materials, such as dispensing parameters and exposure parameters. ... The Boeing Co

02/04/16 / #20160033237

Macro fiber for composite articles

A macro fiber for a composite article may include a plurality of inner fibers. Each one of the inner fibers may have an inner fiber final cross-sectional size of less than approximately 100 nanometers. ... The Boeing Co

02/04/16 / #20160033152

Diverter duct for fluidly decoupling fans in a ventilation system

A diverter duct for a ventilation system is disclosed. The diverter duct includes a main body defining an inner surface, a first portion including an inlet, a second portion located downstream of the first portion, a third portion including an outlet, and an opening located between the first portion and the third portion. ... The Boeing Co

02/04/16 / #20160032866

Thrust reverser actuator systems

Thrust reverser actuator systems are disclosed herein. An example apparatus disclosed herein includes a first controller to communicate with a first flight computer and a second flight computer of an aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

02/04/16 / #20160032758

Systems, methods, and apparatus for rotary vane actuators

Systems, methods, and devices are disclosed for implementing hydraulic actuators. Devices may include a housing having an internal surface defining an internal cavity that may have a substantially circular cross sectional curvature. ... The Boeing Co

02/04/16 / #20160032725

Methods for optimized engine balancing based on flight data

Methods for balancing rotating machinery, such as gas turbine engines, to minimize vibrations. An optimal engine balance solution is obtained using a hybrid optimization technique based on vibration data from one or more vibration sensors and corresponding influence coefficients which quantify the change in vibration level at the vibration sensors due to a unit increase in unbalance level at unbalance source locations. ... The Boeing Co

02/04/16 / #20160032428

Magnesium-zinc-manganese-tin-yttrium alloy and method for making the same

A magnesium alloy including about 2 percent by weight to about 8 percent by weight zinc, about 0.1 percent by weight to about 3 percent by weight manganese, about 1 percent by weight to about 6 percent by weight tin, about 0.1 percent by weight to about 4 percent by weight yttrium, and magnesium.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/04/16 / #20160031571

Multiple stage tractor propulsion vehicle

A multiple stage orbital delivery vehicle that uses tractor propulsion to launch the vehicle into space. Only the upper stage of the vehicle includes an engine and avionics allowing the lower stages to be only liquid propellant tanks that may be dumped when empty. ... The Boeing Co

02/04/16 / #20160031551

Laminar flow winglet

An aircraft wing tip device may include a unitized, monolithic leading edge torque box that may be formed of polymer matrix fiber-reinforced material. The leading edge torque box may include a skin that may define a continuous, uninterrupted outer mold line surface extending aftwardly from a winglet leading edge by a distance of at least approximately 60 percent of a local chord length. ... The Boeing Co

02/04/16 / #20160031550

Submerged vortex generator

A vortex generator may include a depression in an aerodynamic surface, and a vortex generator leading edge located in the depression. The vortex generator leading edge may include a leading edge upper surface. ... The Boeing Co

02/04/16 / #20160031547

Electronic stopper in actuator control

A system and method of controlling a position of a structure. A position command indicating a desired position for the structure and a position feedback signal indicating the position of the structure are received. ... The Boeing Co

02/04/16 / #20160031199

System and method for applying pressure to structural components

A mechanical pressure application system for applying a tailored pressure distribution to a plurality of structural components is provided. Each structural component has a first surface, and each first surface is configured to interface with the first surface of another of the structural components at a contact area. ... The Boeing Co

02/04/16 / #20160031195

Methods and systems for damping a cabin air compressor inlet

A panel includes a structural substrate and a damping element including a viscoelastic material (vem) layer coupleable to the structural substrate of the aircraft, and a constraining layer coupled to the vem layer. The vem layer is configured to dampen a vibration of the structural substrate. ... The Boeing Co

02/04/16 / #20160031184

Panel-insert assembly and method

A panel-insert assembly including a panel having a core and a skin layer positioned over the core, wherein the skin layer defines an opening therein, and an insert positioned below the skin layer, wherein the insert is aligned with the opening.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/04/16 / #20160031167

Bladder system for curing composite parts

Method and apparatus for use in curing of a composite charge having an internal cavity. Apparatus includes a flexible bladder adapted to be placed in the cavity for applying pressure on the composite charge during curing. ... The Boeing Co

02/04/16 / #20160031166

Automated ply forming and compaction using flexible roller contact

A composite ply is compacted around a radius edge of the tool by a rolling former that rolls over the radiused edge and conforms to any contours along the length of the edge. The rolling former includes a compliant tubular member rotatably held in spaced apart roller assemblies.. ... The Boeing Co

02/04/16 / #20160031156

Free-form spatial 3-d printing using part levitation

A part is fabricated by an additive manufacturing process while levitating in space. Constituent features of the part are formed by 3-d printing. ... The Boeing Co

02/04/16 / #20160031052

Alignment tool

A method and apparatus for installing alignment of fastener assemblies. The method comprises placing an alignment tool on a reference datum. ... The Boeing Co

02/04/16 / #20160029785

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 integrally formed with the bucket and comprising a first pin and a first slot, and a second component integrally formed with 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

01/28/16 / #20160028696

Network address-based encryption

A system for encrypting data and transferring or storing data securely may include a computing device including an encryptor configured to generate an encryption key from a network resource and encrypt data using the encryption key to generate encrypted data, and a decryptor configured to generate a decryption key from the network resource and decrypt the encrypted data to generate the non-encrypted data.. . ... The Boeing Co

01/28/16 / #20160028579

In-phase and quadrature radio frequency digital-to-analog converter

Disclosed herein is an apparatus for radio frequency digital-to-analog conversion of in-phase and quadrature bit streams. The apparatus may include a plurality of in-phase multiplying cells that receive an in-phase local oscillator signal and a plurality of in-phase bits, a plurality of quadrature multiplying cells that receive a quadrature local oscillator signal and a plurality of quadrature bits, a first output line connected to a first set of the plurality of in-phase multiplying cells and a first set of the plurality of quadrature multiplying cells, and a second output line connected to a second set of the plurality of in-phase multiplying cells and a second set of the plurality of quadrature multiplying cells. ... The Boeing Co

01/28/16 / #20160028128

Battery pack including stacked battery-board assemblies

A battery pack comprises a stack of battery-board assemblies. Each battery-board assembly includes a circuit board, an electrical connector mounted on the circuit board, and a battery cell secured to a side of the circuit board. ... The Boeing Co

01/28/16 / #20160027336

Methods for evaluating human performance in aviation

An aviation performance evaluation methodology that can be implemented in various ways depending on the applications of interest. Baseline standards for expected performance are stored in one or more databases. ... The Boeing Co

01/28/16 / #20160027275

Blast sensor and mobile communication device

A device includes an interface adapter configured to physically couple to a corresponding interface adapter of a mobile communication device. The device includes a blast sensor configured to generate blast data based on one or more measurements and to communicate the blast data to the mobile communication device via the interface adapter. ... The Boeing Co

01/28/16 / #20160026824

Security against memory replay attacks in computing systems

A method of providing security for data stored in external memory in a computing system comprises storing a reference updatable hash value for each protected window of the external memory. Each reference value is stored in internal memory of the computing system. ... The Boeing Co

01/28/16 / #20160026190

Adaptable automatic nacelle conversion for tilt rotor aircraft

Systems and methods for displaying to a tilt rotor aircraft pilot an optimum nacelle position and/or automatically controlling movement of the nacelles for the pilot. An automatic nacelle conversion function employs an active flight director speed mode to provide a current desired speed and a final speed. ... The Boeing Co

01/28/16 / #20160025986

Nonconductive position verification systems for devices utilizing magnetic sensors

Systems and methods are provided for verifying a magnetic positioning system. One embodiment includes a mounting unit, a drive unit, and a controller. ... The Boeing Co

01/28/16 / #20160025662

Systems and methods of monitoring a thermal protection system

A method of monitoring a thermal protection system coupled to a structural component is provided. The thermal protection system includes a thermally insulative body and at least one layer of thermochromatic material applied thereon such that the at least one layer is positioned between the thermally insulative body and the structural component. ... The Boeing Co

01/28/16 / #20160025658

Visible x-ray indication and detection system for x-ray backscatter applications

An x-ray backscatter indication and detection system, including an object disposed with respect to a target area targeted by x-rays, such that x-rays that backscatter from the target area strike the surface of the object. The surface of the object includes an x-ray sensitive indicator substance that fluoresces with a visible light when contacted by backscattered x-rays.. ... The Boeing Co

01/28/16 / #20160025590

System and method for evaluating remaining life of an operative sub-system of a vehicle

A vehicle may include an operative sub-system positioned within a body of the vehicle, and a sensor assembly secured to the operative sub-system. The sensor assembly may include at least one sensor configured to detect vibration or shock energy, directed into the operative sub-system; and a processing unit configured to determine damage to the operative sub-system as damage data that is based on one or both of a magnitude and duration of the vibration or shock energy detected by the sensor(s). ... The Boeing Co

01/28/16 / #20160025146

Torque tubes and manufacturing methods thereof

One aspect of the present disclosure relates to an apparatus comprising a first end fitting. The first end fitting comprises a tube engagement portion. ... The Boeing Co

01/28/16 / #20160024963

Noise attenuating lipskin assembly and methods of assembling the same

An acoustic assembly includes a backsheet including a plurality of perforations defined therethrough and an acoustic core coupled to the backsheet. The acoustic core includes a plurality of channels defined therethrough that are configured to be in flow communication with the plurality of perforations. ... The Boeing Co

01/28/16 / #20160024693

Multi-material integrated knit thermal protection for industrial and vehicle applications

Knit fabrics having ceramic strands, thermal protective members formed therefrom and to their methods of construction are disclosed. Methods for fabricating thermal protection using multiple materials which may be concurrently knit are also disclosed. ... The Boeing Co

01/28/16 / #20160023779

Composite panel tool

A method and apparatus for holding a panel. A rigid frame is secured on an aircraft on a rework area on the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

01/28/16 / #20160023775

Refueling boom control system

An apparatus comprising a refueling controller. The refueling controller is configured to receive a number of operator commands for moving a refueling boom on a tanker aircraft in a desired direction. ... The Boeing Co

01/28/16 / #20160023431

Fabric jacketed unidirectional noodle

A composite, radius filler noodle for a co-cured spar or stringer used in aircraft construction has a unidirectional composite core and pluralities of pre-preg fabric strips stacked in layers surrounding the core.. . ... The Boeing Co

01/28/16 / #20160023410

Molded-in insert and method for fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite structure

A method of retaining a molded-in insert in a fiber reinforced thermoplastic composite material and forming a high strength mechanical locking mechanism is provided. The method includes fixing a molded-in insert in a mold cavity. ... The Boeing Co

01/28/16 / #20160023409

Apparatus for forming fuselage stringers

A composite part, such as a stiffener is formed in place. A composite charge is placed on a tool spanning a mold cavity, with the centerline of the charge offset from the centerline of the mold cavity. ... The Boeing Co

01/28/16 / #20160023407

Two piece mandrel manufacturing system

A method and apparatus for manufacturing a composite structure. The apparatus comprises a base section and a locking section. ... The Boeing Co

01/28/16 / #20160023406

Apparatus and method for a shape memory alloy mandrel

In one or more aspects of the present disclosure, a mandrel is disclosed. The mandrel having a shape memory alloy (sma) shell having a longitudinal axis, an interior extending along the longitudinal axis and an exterior contour, the sma shell being configured to interface with a structure to be cured, and at least one sma actuation member disposed within the interior and connected to the sma shell, where the at least one sma actuation member is configured to exert pressure against the sma shell effecting an interface pressure between the exterior contour of the sma shell and the structure to be cured where the exterior contour has a predetermined actuated shape that corresponds to a predetermined cured shape of the structure to be cured.. ... The Boeing Co

01/21/16 / #20160021486

Close proximity vehicular data transmission

A system and method for close proximity vehicular data transmission may include detecting, by a processor onboard a vehicle, a predetermined condition for activating a short range radio frequency (rf) transceiver onboard the vehicle. The onboard short range rf transceiver is configured to transmit and receive signals within a limited distance from the onboard short range rf transceiver. ... The Boeing Co

01/21/16 / #20160021125

Process level locality and specialization for threat detection in the dendritic cell algorithm

Artificial immune systems (ais) including the dendritic cell algorithm (dca) are an emerging method to detect malware in computer systems. An implementation of the dca may detect anomalous behavior in various processes of a device or devices. ... The Boeing Co

01/21/16 / #20160021120

Dendritic cell algorithm module with inflammatory inter-node signaling

Artificial immune systems (ais) including the dendritic cell algorithm (dca) are an emerging method to detect malware in computer systems. An implementation of the dca may detect anomalous behavior in various embedded network systems. ... The Boeing Co

01/21/16 / #20160020512

Aerial vehicle radome assembly and methods for assembling the same

An aerial vehicle includes at least one antenna configured to at least one of transmit and receive a signal and a radome assembly at least partially covering the antenna. The radome assembly includes a shell having an inner surface that defines an opening therein and a tip comprising an extension portion coupled to the shell. ... The Boeing Co

01/21/16 / #20160019674

Transforming sensory representations

A computer-implemented method and apparatus for modifying an entity sensory representation. An entity sensory representation representing an entity is received. ... The Boeing Co

01/21/16 / #20160019285

Devices and method for scoring data to quickly identify relevant attributes for instant classification

A method for allowing a computer to classify an input containing data. A list of categories is received. ... The Boeing Co

01/21/16 / #20160018451

Rf reflector

A radio frequency (rf) reflecting apparatus includes a curved reflecting element and resistive material coupled to the curved reflecting element proximate two or more edges of the curved reflecting element. The resistive material has a first portion with a first conductance and a second portion with a second conductance that differs from the first conductance. ... The Boeing Co

01/21/16 / #20160018324

Nondestructive inspection using hypersound

A method and apparatus for inspecting an object. The apparatus comprises a wave generator and a detection system. ... The Boeing Co

01/21/16 / #20160017816

Fuel cutoff testing system

A method and apparatus for controlling operation of an engine in an aircraft. A time when a cutoff speed for the aircraft will be reached at which a flow of fuel is to be stopped is identified. ... The Boeing Co

01/21/16 / #20160016655

Input congruence system for flight control surfaces

A method and apparatus for controlling flight control surfaces on an aircraft. Commands are sent onto a data bus system from flight control modules. ... The Boeing Co

01/21/16 / #20160016366

Forming presses and methods for forming joggled, stiffened composite structures

Apparatuses and methods for forming a joggle and a longitudinal ridge in a multi-ply composite charge are disclosed. Charges may be formed in a forming press that comprises a joggled die, with a longitudinal ridge and a joggle that crosses the longitudinal ridge, and a conforming die, with a series of longitudinally-spaced die fingers. ... The Boeing Co

01/21/16 / #20160016364

Apparatus for reducing porosities in composite resin parts

An electrical charge is placed on a tool used to cure a composite resin part layup. The charged tool produces an electrostatic force that attracts entrapped gases in the resin to the surface of the tool, thereby reducing porosities in the cured part.. ... The Boeing Co

01/21/16 / #20160016358

Apparatus and methods for bonding laminate structures

A composite laminate reinforcing tool may be used to form a reinforced joint at a bond line of a composite laminate structure. The tool may hold one or more clips having posts, and the tool may be positioned along the bond line between at least two composite laminate elements. ... The Boeing Co

01/21/16 / #20160016355

Adaptive composite structure using shape memory alloys

Systems and processes that integrate thermoplastic and shape memory alloy materials to form an adaptive composite structure capable of changing its shape. For example, the adaptive composite structure may be designed to serve as a multifunctional adaptive wing flight control surface. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160014583

Location-based emergency application providing efficient response

. . . . A system including a location-based emergency application providing efficient response may include a processor and a location-based emergency application configured to operate on the processor. The location-based emergency application may include an application program interface configured to send and receive geographic location information. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160013551

Method and apparatus for modifying a reconfiguration algorithm for an antenna system

A method and apparatus for improving a performance of a system. An influence network is generated for an array of elements in the system using a reconfiguration algorithm. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160013542

Remotely deployable, unmanned satellite antenna

A remotely deployable, unmanned, inflatable satellite antenna is provided with shock absorbing supports inside a body of the antenna. The shock absorbing supports operatively connect the satellite receiver to the body interior surface and support the satellite receiver inside the body interior while allowing limited movement of the satellite receiver relative to the body interior surface in response to a shock force exerted on the body exterior surface when the antenna is deployed by air drop and impacts with the ground.. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160013395

Orthotropic bimorph for improved performance synthetic jet

Piezoelectric actuators for synthetic jets and other devices are disclosed having orthotropic piezoelectric bimorphs with increased out-of-plane displacements for greater responsiveness to applied electric fields. In some embodiments, the piezoelectric actuators may include interdigitated electrodes applied to a surface of a piezoelectric plate to produce greater in-plane strains in the plate and greater out-of-plane displacements of a flexible diaphragm of the synthetic jet. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160013357

Solar cell with delta doping layer

A solar cell including a base region, a back surface field layer and a delta doping layer positioned between the base region and the back surface field layer.. . ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160013350

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

01/14/16 / #20160012960

Symmetrical step-up and step-down autotransformer delta topology

A multi-phase autotransformer (10) is disclosed. The exemplary transformer includes primary windings pwa, pwb, pwc) and secondary windings (swa1-swa4, swb1-swb4, swc1-swc4). ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160012959

Linear electromagnetic device

A linear electromagnetic device, such as an inductor, transformer or the similar device, may include a core in which a magnetic flux is generable. The device may also include an opening through the core. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160012737

Systems and methods of airport traffic control

A particular method includes sending a taxiing routing message from a device to a vehicle. The taxiing routing message indicates a route assignment associated with an airport. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160012734

Systems and method of controlling airport traffic

A method of controlling airport traffic is provided. The method includes routing a plurality of aircraft towards a runway and selecting a runway approach vector for each of the plurality of aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160012263

Mobile tag reader portal

Systems, methods, and apparatus for identifying parts with electromagnetic identification (emid) tags are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, a method involves receiving, with a first antenna(s) on a mobile emid reader portal, a first signal(s) from an emid tag(s). ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160011593

Mobile platforms for performing operations along an exterior of a fuselage assembly

A method and apparatus for performing an assembly operation. A tool may be macro-positioned relative to an exterior of a fuselage assembly. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160011152

Nondestructive inspection using acousto-optics

A method and apparatus for inspecting an object. The apparatus comprises a vibration generator and an acousto-optical sensor. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160011089

Strength testing of a flatwise material coupon

One example of the present disclosure relates to a coupon. The coupon includes a first surface with a first circular channel and a second surface opposite and parallel to the first surface. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160011073

Load estimation system for aerodynamic structures

A method and apparatus for identifying loads caused by wind. Information for a group of aircraft parameters recorded by an information recorder is received in an aircraft during operation of the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160009422

Autonomous flexible manufacturing system for building a fuselage

A method and apparatus for building a fuselage assembly for an aircraft. A number of fixtures may be drive across a floor to an assembly area to form an assembly fixture. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160009421

Adjustable retaining structure for a cradle fixture

A method and apparatus for adjusting an adjustable retaining structure. The adjustable retaining structure may be rotated, passively, about a spherical interface as a panel applies a load to the adjustable retaining structure.. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160009420

Assembly fixture for supporting a fuselage assembly

A method and apparatus for building an assembly fixture for holding a fuselage assembly. A number of cradle fixtures may be driven across a floor to an assembly area. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160009419

Towers for accessing an interior of a fuselage assembly

A method and apparatus for accessing an interior of a fuselage assembly. A tower having a number of platform levels may be driven into a selected tower position within an assembly area. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160009418

Clamping feet for an end effector

An attachment for an end effector. The attachment may include a clamp and a foot adhesively bonded to an edge of the clamp and having a set of interlocking features that form a mechanical interlock with the clamp.. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160009417

Dual-interface coupler

A method for coupling a number of utilities between a first system and a second system is provided. A first interface that couples the number of utilities between the first system and the second system is created between the first system and a utilities unit. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160009416

Mobile platforms for performing operations inside a fuselage assembly

A method and apparatus for performing an assembly operation. A tool may be macro-positioned within an interior of a fuselage assembly. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160009404

Autonomous propulsion apparatus and methods

Autonomous propulsion apparatus and methods are disclosed. An example autonomous propulsion unit includes a flight controller capable of executing flight control instructions stored in a memory of the autonomous propulsion unit; and a propulsor to generate propulsion in accordance with the instructions for a payload carrier to which the autonomous propulsion unit is coupled, wherein the flight controller is to provide flight control for the propulsor in an absence of flight control instructions from the payload carrier.. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160009385

Vehicle braking system having braking control and skid reduction functions

Methods and means for reducing wear in electric or electro-hydraulic braking systems utilizing an adjustable (adaptive) filter, wherein the adaptive filter provides for rapid response during anti-skid operation and a smooth and filtered response during non-anti-skid operation.. . ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160009380

Winglet system and method

A winglet system for an aircraft wing may include an upper winglet and a lower winglet mounted to a wing tip. The lower winglet may have a static position when the wing is subject to an on-ground static loading. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160009379

One-piece composite bifurcated winglet

A method and apparatus for forming a composite winglet for an aircraft is presented. The composite winglet comprises a first blade, a second blade, and a root region. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160009372

Morphing airfoil leading edge

An airfoil may include a leading edge and a shape control mechanism. The leading edge may include a flexible leading edge skin having a first end, a second end, and an arc length defined therebetween. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160009368

Composite laminated plate having reduced crossply angle

A composite laminated plate comprising a first plurality of plies of reinforcing fibers for lengthwise strength with respect to a dominant load direction, and a second plurality of reinforcing fibers oriented at angles ±β with respect to the dominant load direction, where β is between 15 and 35 degrees.. . ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160009359

Hatch assembly for use in a vehicle and method of assembling the same

A hatch assembly for use in a vehicle is provided. The hatch assembly includes a hatch structure including an upper portion and a lower portion, an armrest support rail coupled to the hatch structure and defining a shade slot between the hatch structure and the armrest support rail, and a shade sized for insertion through the shade slot. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160009355

Low stress stiffener runout in pi bonded structure

A stringer for having a runout with a raised area configured to reduces stress while improving drainage across the runout when utilized in a close structural component of a vehicle such as an aileron of an aircraft. In one or more configurations, the raised area of the runout of the stringer includes multiple tapered surfaces adjacent to one another oriented and configured as ramps to collectively guide water up, over and down the raised area of the stringer.. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160009155

Wheel mounting system

A method and apparatus for installing a wheel arm assembly for an autonomous vehicle. The wheel arm assembly may be inserted into a base of the autonomous vehicle from the exterior of the base. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160009067

Septumization of cellular cores

A composite acoustic liner has a septumized cellular core. Septa are installed in the core as the individual core cells are being formed. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160009051

Veil-stabilized composite with improved tensile strength

A veil-stabilized composite may include at least one reinforcing layer, the reinforcing layers being formed of a reinforcing material, a plurality of interlayers disposed alternately between and bonded to the reinforcing layers, each of the interlayers being formed of an interlayer material having a first distortional-deformation capability, and a matrix material infused in the reinforcing layers and the interlayers, the matrix material having a second distortional-deformation capability, wherein the first distortional-deformation capability is greater than the second distortional-deformation capability to increase tensile strength of the composite.. . ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160009045

Composite filler

A method and apparatus is presented. The composite filler comprises a number of layers of composite material and a core comprising a material which is non-bondable with the composite material.. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160009035

In-situ induction cured radius filler

A method for manufacturing a radius filler. The radius filler having a desired cross-sectional shape is formed. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160009032

Opaque fiber reinforcement of composites

A composite material includes a polymeric matrix, at least one transparent region including a plurality of optically clear elements provided in the polymeric matrix and at least one opaque region including a plurality of opaque reinforcing elements provided in the polymeric matrix generally adjacent to the at least one transparent region. A structural window and a method for reinforcing a composite material are also disclosed.. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160008981

Metrology-based system for operating a flexible manufacturing system

A method and apparatus for positioning an end effector relative to a fuselage assembly. A configuration of the fuselage assembly may be determined. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160008941

Blast nozzle targeting apparatus

A targeting apparatus configured for attachment to a hand-held blast nozzle is presented that has a housing with a through hole to accept the nozzle, where the housing has a front face surface containing at least three optical devices that can be adjusted to a focal point of convergence of variable distance along a centerline of the nozzle outlet. The targeting apparatus can also include an array of lamps positioned around the front face surface to project task lighting on a workpiece to be blasted.. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160008934

Utility fixture for creating a distributed utility network

A method and apparatus for distributing a number of utilities. The number of utilities may be coupled between a number of utility sources and a utility fixture. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160008933

Apparatus and methods for manipulating a fastener

One example of the present disclosure relates to an apparatus for manipulating a fastener. The apparatus comprises a chamber that includes a first location and a second location. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160008903

Titanium alloy for fastener applications

A method and apparatus for forming a fastener for an aircraft. An annealed titanium alloy is provided with about 5.50 to about 6.75 weight percent aluminum, about 3.50 to about 4.50 weight percent vanadium, more than 0.20 weight percent oxygen, and more than 0.30 weight percent iron. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160008869

Two-stage riveting

A method and apparatus for fastening two parts together. An initial interference fit may be created between a fastener and at least a portion of a hole extending through the two parts while maintaining a force equilibrium. ... The Boeing Co

01/14/16 / #20160008868

Manufacturing composite tubular structures using adjustable cylindrical mechanical pressure device and process

A system for manufacturing a composite tubular structure. The system includes an outer tube configured to remain rigid up to at least a first threshold pressure. ... The Boeing Co

01/07/16 / #20160007345

Combined voice and data communications in a distributed hybrid allocation and reservation multiple access mobile wireless network

Systems, methods, and apparatus for communication utilizing a plurality of time slots over at least one channel are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, the disclosed method involves assigning, by at least one processor, at least one of the plurality of time slots for media data. ... The Boeing Co

01/07/16 / #20160004969

System and method for predicting runway risk levels

A method includes receiving meteorological forecast data at an electronic device. The method includes predicting multiple risk levels associated with an aircraft using one or more runways of an airport during a forecast time interval based on the meteorological forecast data. ... The Boeing Co

01/07/16 / #20160004810

Design of electromagnetic interference filters for power converter applications

Methods, computer-readable storage mediums and systems provide for designing a motor drive power system including switching mode power conversion equipment. According to aspects of the disclosure, a resonant point is shifted to a shifted resonant point by changing impedance of at least one of a feeder or a motor. ... The Boeing Co

01/07/16 / #20160003280

Assemblies including shape memory alloy fittings and composite structural members

Provided are assemblies having composite structures interlocked with shape memory alloy structures and methods of fabricating such assemblies. Interlocking may involve inserting an interlocking protrusion of a shape memory alloy structure into an interlocking opening of a composite structure and heating at least this protrusion of the shape memory alloy structure to activate the alloy and change the shape of the protrusion. ... The Boeing Co

01/07/16 / #20160001996

Web roll handling & loading system

A web roll handling and loading system and methods employ hubs positioned on opposing sides of a roll of web material wound on a hollow tubular core. Hub faces have an annular shape configured to be seated in respective ends of the hollow tubular core. ... The Boeing Co

01/07/16 / #20160001891

System and method for identifying a receiving aircraft during airborne fueling

A system for effecting automatic identifying of a receiving aircraft receiving fuel from a fuel delivery apparatus in a delivering aircraft during an airborne fueling operation includes: (a) a first unit coupled with the receiving aircraft; (b) a second unit coupled with the delivering aircraft; and (c) a processing unit coupled with at least one of the first unit and the second unit. The first and second units cooperate to effect communicative coupling for conveying identifying information between the receiving aircraft and the delivering aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

01/07/16 / #20160001885

Configurable tray table

Methods provide for a configurable tray table. According to aspects of the disclosure, a tray rail is rotatable connected to a frame of a support assembly. ... The Boeing Co

01/07/16 / #20160001874

Active strut apparatus for use with aircraft and related methods

Active strut apparatus for use with aircraft and related methods are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a first strut having a first end and a second end opposite the first end, the first end of the first strut is operatively coupled to a fuselage of an aircraft and the second end of the first strut is operatively coupled to a wing of the aircraft, and a first actuator is operatively coupled to the first strut to change an effective length of the first strut.. ... The Boeing Co

01/07/16 / #20160001467

Collapsible, coiled mandrel

A collapsible, coiled mandrel, for use in co-curing of a hollow carbon-epoxy structure such as a stringer in aircraft construction, is made of a fiber stiffened with doping material that maintains an outer coil shape resistant to external compression forces when used as a mandrel during lay-up and curing, and is collapsible when an end of the fiber is pulled along its longitudinal axis so that it can be easily removed after curing and discarded. A method of fabricating a collapsible, coiled mandrel employs a mold with a shaped recess for forming a coil with a fiber wetted with a doping material fed in by an applicator, and rotating the applicator while backing it out to form the coil in the mold. ... The Boeing Co

01/07/16 / #20160001350

Method and apparatus for automated multi-drilling and multi-rivet machine

Method and apparatus for assembling, with fasteners, components of a structure having an outboard side, an inboard side, and a supporting frame. The components are placed together on the frame. ... The Boeing Co








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