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Structural reinforcement for an antenna system on an aircraft

. . A method and apparatus for retrofitting an aircraft. Connection points for a reinforcement structure are located. ... The Boeing Co

Hydrogen fuel cell stack and method for upgrading a hydrogen fuel cell stack

This disclosure relates to a hydrogen fuel cell stack with one or more hydrogen fuel cell (102) having in turn a proton exchange membrane (104), a hydrogen reaction layer (112) and an oxygen reaction layer (116) within a pair of bipolar plates (106). At least a bipolar plate (106) comprises a channel (108) inside for hydrogen inflow. ... The Boeing Co

Prediction methods and systems for structural repair during heavy maintenance of aircraft

Hybrid feature selection methods include methods of creating a predictive model for structural repair during heavy maintenance in a fleet of aircraft. Methods include qualifying a qualification dataset of fatigue-related parameters calculated from data collected during a first group of flights of a first aircraft that experience a replacement of a structural component during heavy maintenance. ... The Boeing Co

Modeling and analysis of leading edge ribs of an aircraft wing

An apparatus is provided for analysis of a leading edge rib of a fixed leading edge section of an aircraft wing. The apparatus may identify geometric or inertial properties of a plurality of stiffeners of the rib, and based thereon perform an analysis to predict a failure rate of the leading edge rib under an external load. ... The Boeing Co

Increased servo control system bandwidth using a tuned mass damper

An example servo control system includes one or more components configured to be actuated for movement, a system controller including one or more processors for receiving feedback of the movement of the one or more components and for using the feedback within a control loop to cause an actuator to reduce error of the movement of the one or more components, and a tuned mass damper (tmd) physically connected to the one or more components. Parameters of the tmd are selected to add phase margin at a crossover frequency of the servo control system, and the tmd includes a mass coupled to the one or more components, a damper connected between the mass and the one or more components, and a spring component connected between the mass and the one or more components.. ... The Boeing Co

Optical star couplers having an asymmetric receive optical mixer

An optical network having at least one star coupler comprising transmit and receive optical mixers which are respectively optically coupled to transmitters and receivers of a plurality of optical-electrical media converters. Each optical-electrical media converter comprises a respective receiver optically coupled to the receive optical mixer by way of plastic optical fibers and a respective transmitter optically coupled to the transmit optical mixer by way of plastic optical fibers. ... The Boeing Co

System for measuring thermal degradation of composites and method of making and using

A system for measuring thermal degradation of composites includes a cylindrical body; a bottom cover having a lower central aperture; an upper concave mirror facing the bottom cover with an upper central orifice concentric with a central axis of the body; a lower concave mirror facing the upper concave mirror with a lower central orifice concentric with the central axis; a source of actinic radiation between the upper concave mirror and the lower concave mirror on the central axis to direct actinic radiation through the lower central orifice and lower central aperture; and a camera with an image sensor positioned concentrically relative to the upper central orifice; wherein the bottom cover is adjustable relative to the cylindrical body to provide a focusing function for the image sensor by varying the distance from the lower central orifice and the upper reflective surface.. . ... The Boeing Co

Modeling and analysis of leading edge ribs of an aircraft wing

An apparatus is provided for analysis of a leading edge rib of a fixed leading edge section of an aircraft wing. The apparatus may identify geometric or inertial properties of a plurality of stiffeners of the rib in which respective stiffeners are represented by a collection of geometry within a solid model of the rib, and perform an analysis to predict a failure rate of the leading edge rib under an external load. ... The Boeing Co

Method for providing simulated smoke and a smoke generator apparatus therefor

An apparatus is provided for providing simulated smoke. The apparatus comprises a reservoir including a reservoir port, and a bladder disposed in the reservoir. ... The Boeing Co

Condensation-controlling insulation system and method

A condensation-controlling insulation system includes an interior insulation layer for application to a cold surface. The system may further include an exterior absorption layer adapted to retain condensation during a first environmental condition and to release the condensation as a vapor during a second environmental condition.. ... The Boeing Co

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 blanket member coupled about the first duct and a second blanket member coupled about the second duct, wherein the second blanket member extends from the first blanket member. ... The Boeing Co

Dual duct flexible coupling apparatus and methods of use

A flexible dual duct coupling, comprising: a coupling body having an inner flow passage and an outer flow passage therethrough; a first nut assembly configured for reversible attachment to the coupling body; and, a second nut assembly configured for reversible attachment to the coupling body, wherein the second nut assembly is opposite the first nut assembly.. . ... The Boeing Co

Countersunk threaded bearing and method of installation

A bearing assembly includes an outer race, an inner race, a bearing interface, and a nut. The outer race has a head end and a base end. ... The Boeing Co

Flex reduction clip nut

A spring fastener clip includes first, second, and third strips, each with a corresponding hole therethrough. The clip is bent to form an s-shape, wherein the first strip, the second strip, and the third strip are aligned one with another, and the three holes are aligned one with another. ... The Boeing Co

12/28/17 / #20170370394

Methods and apparatus for retaining a fastener receiver

Methods and apparatus for retaining a fastener receiver are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a retainer to retain a nut assembly adjacent an object. ... The Boeing Co

12/28/17 / #20170369752

Chemically foamed polysulfide sealant for aerospace fuel tank use

Improved polysulfide sealant formulations, application of such sealants, and methods for reducing the density of polysulfide sealant formulations are disclosed.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/28/17 / #20170369288

Systems and methods for object guidance and collision avoidance

Systems and methods for object guidance and collision avoidance are provided. One system includes a location sensor disposed on a movable crane. ... The Boeing Co

12/28/17 / #20170369272

System and method for processing wire bundles

A wire processing system includes a tray having at least one tray surface configured to sequentially receive a first wire and a second wire from a wire feed system of a wire processing machine. The tray surface has a surface feature configured to provide a wire-to-surface coefficient of friction between the tray surface and the first wire higher than a wire-to-wire coefficient of friction between the first wire and the second wire laying on top of the first wire. ... The Boeing Co

12/28/17 / #20170369271

Wire bundle processing system and method

A wire processing system includes a tray having at least one tray surface configured to sequentially receive a first wire and a second wire from a wire feed system of a wire processing machine. The tray surface has a surface feature configured to provide a wire-to-surface coefficient of friction between the tray surface and the first wire higher than a wire-to-wire coefficient of friction between the first wire and the second wire laying on top of the first wire. ... The Boeing Co

12/28/17 / #20170369193

Systems for interconnecting dual manifested spacecraft

Systems and methods for interconnecting dual manifested spacecraft for launch by a launch vehicle are disclosed. Different motive forces are utilized to couple a first spacecraft to a second spacecraft and to restrict demating of the second spacecraft from the first spacecraft. ... The Boeing Co

12/28/17 / #20170369171

Seating arrangement

A seating arrangement for use in a cabin of a vehicle includes a first column set, a second column set, and an aisle between the first and second column sets. The first column set includes a first column of seats, a second column of seats, and a third column of seats. ... The Boeing Co

12/28/17 / #20170369154

Irreversible roller clutch for preventing back drive

Systems and methods are provided for an irreversible clutch to prevent back-drive. The irreversible clutch may transfer torque and/or rotation received at a first end to a second end, but may not transfer torque and/or rotation received at the second end to the first end. ... The Boeing Co

12/28/17 / #20170369149

Fluid-tight mechanical fastening system and associated structural assembly

A structural assembly including a first member having an external side and an internal side, the first member defining a first member through-bore, a second member having an external side and an internal side, the second member defining a second member through-bore aligned with the first member through-bore, and a mechanical fastening system including a bushing at least partially received in the first member through-bore, the bushing defining a bushing through-bore and including a flange, wherein the flange is positioned in a gap between the internal side of the first member and the external side of the second member, a nut plate connected to the internal side of the second member, the nut plate defining a clearance bore aligned with the second member through-bore and the bushing through-bore, the nut plate including a nut, and a bolt extending through the bushing through-bore and into threaded engagement with the nut.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/28/17 / #20170369144

Contour retention in segmented fuselage assemblies

Systems and methods are provided for enforcing contours onto parts of an aircraft. One embodiment is a method for enforcing a contour onto aircraft parts. ... The Boeing Co

12/28/17 / #20170368990

Accent lighting system for an interior cabin of a vehicle

An accent lighting system is configured to provide accented light onto a desired location. The accent lighting system includes an accent adapter assembly that is configured to securely couple to a light source. ... The Boeing Co

12/28/17 / #20170368815

Wrinkle reduction in formed composite laminates

Wrinkling of a contoured composite laminate part during forming to contour is reduced by using laminate plies having off-angle reinforcing fibers that provide the part with primary axial strength along a major axis of loading.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/28/17 / #20170368766

Apparatus for layup placement

Method and apparatus for layup placement on a layup structure is provided. The method includes iteratively loading a layup for the layup structure on a support frame of a saddle module; aligning the saddle module with a pre-selected registration position corresponding to a predetermined application path on the layup structure; and impressing the layup into forced contact with the layup structure along the predetermined application path using a predetermined application force. ... The Boeing Co

12/28/17 / #20170368732

Nozzle, nozzle assembly and method for extrusion of composite material

A nozzle for extruding a composite material from an extruder barrel. The nozzle includes a body and a tapered nozzle passage extending through the body. ... The Boeing Co

12/28/17 / #20170368655

Drilling apparatus and methods of using same

A drilling apparatus comprising: at least one bit; a vacuum shroud, including a compressible boot, disposed around a longitudinal axis of the apparatus and configured to be in operative communication with a vacuum attachment port; and at least one magnetic element disposed near a distal end of the apparatus and configured to attract metallic debris resulting from drilling apparatus operation.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/28/17 / #20170368650

Collar fastening system and method of operating

A collar fastening system that includes a collar fastening tool, and a collar loading assembly coupled to the collar fastening tool. The collar loading assembly includes a loading arm that rotates into multiple positions and a holding member coupled to the loading arm. ... The Boeing Co

12/28/17 / #20170368604

Methods for forming near net-shape metal parts from binderless metal powder

Methods for forming near net-shape metal parts include transporting a binderless metal powder mixture to a die cavity with ultrasonic energy, introducing the binderless metal powder mixture into the die cavity, and compacting the binderless metal powder mixture within the die cavity with ultrasonic energy to form a green part within the die cavity. The binderless metal powder mixture includes essentially no plastic or binder, and may consist essentially of metal particles. ... The Boeing Co

12/28/17 / #20170368387

Variable length self-locking lifeline system

Systems and methods according to one or more embodiments are provided for a variable length self-locking lifeline system that prevents a user from falling off an elevated surface. In one example, a variable length self-locking lifeline system includes a processor and a lanyard. ... The Boeing Co

12/21/17 / #20170367019

Coordinating inter-satellite handoff in a telecommunications system

A system is provided for coordinating inter-satellite handoff in a telecommunications system that includes first and second communication satellites and a communications apparatus. The communications apparatus is configured to generate commands for transmission to the first communication satellite and the second communication satellite to steer respectively first and second spot beams to track and communicate with a user terminal during respective time intervals. ... The Boeing Co

12/21/17 / #20170366647

Virtual weather generation

A method and apparatus for providing virtual weather data are described. Embodiments retrieve a plurality of weather data snapshots of historical weather data and provide an api through which a plurality of remote clients request weather data. ... The Boeing Co

12/21/17 / #20170366520

Secured data transmission using identity-based cryptography

A system is provided for secure data transmission. The system stores a public master key, private decryption key and secure messaging module for securely transmitting and receiving a digital model data file for transmission via a work order message. ... The Boeing Co

12/21/17 / #20170366265

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

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

12/21/17 / #20170365177

Vehicle operation instruction confirmation

A method, system, and computer program product for providing an indication that a received vehicle operation instruction can be performed is provided. During operation of a vehicle a vehicle operation instruction is received and at least one vehicle performance parameter to perform the vehicle operation instruction is calculated. ... The Boeing Co

12/21/17 / #20170365086

Multiple-pass rendering of a digital three-dimensional model of a structure

A method is provided for rendering a scene including a digital three-dimensional (3d) model of a structure. The method includes traversing a scene graph composed of a hierarchical group of nodes representing respective 3d objects of the digital 3d model, and selecting nodes of the hierarchical group of nodes. ... The Boeing Co

12/21/17 / #20170364627

System for analysis of a repair for a structure

An apparatus is provided for analysis of a repair for a structure by identifying component parts of the structure that have common material properties and geometric constraints, and based thereon determining a generic repair component for the component parts that also have the common material properties and the geometric constraints. A set of loads are extracted from a loads model of the undamaged structure and redistributed in a loads redistribution model at a damaged or defective portion of the component part. ... The Boeing Co

12/21/17 / #20170363448

Systems and methods for measuring angular position of a laser beam emitter

Systems and methods for measuring the angular position of a laser beam emitter using only distance measurements. What is physically measured is a feature that is affixed to the laser beam emitter and moves with it. ... The Boeing Co

12/21/17 / #20170363132

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

12/21/17 / #20170362445

Systems, compositions, and methods for corrosion inhibition

Corrosion inhibition systems, including coated substrates, coating materials and corrosion inhibition compounds, and methods of making the same are disclosed. These systems and methods include corrosion inhibition compounds that are responsive to corrosion at a surface, releasing active inhibitor groups upon a corrosion stimulus. ... The Boeing Co

12/21/17 / #20170362072

Adaptable insulated galley cart carbonated beverage delivery system

A galley cart carbonated beer dispensing system employs a housing defining a cavity. A door is coupled to the housing and configured to be moved between a closed position and an open position. ... The Boeing Co

12/21/17 / #20170362026

Manually operated trash compactor for airplane lavatory and method for compacting trash

An example lavatory waste compartment includes a waste bin having a waste compartment for trash, a waste flap providing an opening into the waste compartment for insertion of the trash, and a manually operated trash compactor coupled to a ceiling. The manually operated trash compactor includes an expansion component connected to a compacting head, and a retraction component coupled to the expansion component to hold or retract the expansion component to a stowed position. ... The Boeing Co

12/21/17 / #20170361950

Artificial gravity system with rotating gravity chambers that extend radially

A habitation module that provides an artificial gravity environment. In one embodiment, the habitation module includes a stationary structure including a hub having a plurality of portals spaced radially around an outer cylindrical surface of the hub, and a rotating structure that attaches to the outer cylindrical surface of the hub using rotatable attachment members to rotate about an axis in relation to the hub. ... The Boeing Co

12/21/17 / #20170361938

Hybrid acoustic and induction-heating systems and methods for impeding formation of ice

A method (400) of impeding formation of ice on an exterior surface (104, 204, 304) of airfoil (100, 200, 300) is disclosed. The method (400) comprises detecting (402) first ambient conditions known to cause the ice to form on exterior surface (104, 204, 304). ... The Boeing Co

12/21/17 / #20170361937

Hybrid acoustic and induction-heating systems and methods for impeding formation of ice

An airfoil (300) comprises a skin (310), comprising an external surface (312) and an internal surface (314). The skin (310) has a controlled region (316). ... The Boeing Co

12/21/17 / #20170361936

Hybrid acoustic and induction-heating systems and methods for impeding formation of ice

An airfoil (200) comprises a skin (210), comprising an external surface (212) and an internal surface (214). The skin (210) has a controlled region (216). ... The Boeing Co

12/21/17 / #20170361935

Hybrid acoustic and induction-heating systems and methods for impeding formation of ice

An airfoil (100) comprises a skin (110), comprising an external surface (112) and an internal surface (114), opposite the external surface (112). The skin (110) is magnetically and electrically conductive. ... The Boeing Co

12/21/17 / #20170361922

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

12/21/17 / #20170361916

Apparatuses and methods for improved sealing

A dry bay sealing assembly is provided that includes a first end plate and a second end plate that are configured to be disposed on respective opposite first and second sides of a structural member proximate to a joint defined between the structural member and a fitting. The first end plate and the second end plate are configured to define an interior volume therebetween containing at least a portion of a fastener joining the structural member and the fitting. ... The Boeing Co

12/21/17 / #20170361915

Pressurized bulkhead

A pressure bulkhead for an aircraft includes a wall assembly. The wall assembly includes a first wall section which extends in a direction nonparallel to a length of the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

12/21/17 / #20170361503

Ultraviolet curing system and method

An ultraviolet (uv) curing system is configured to cure a composite structure. The uv curing system includes a plurality of uv light assemblies that are configured to adaptively conform to a shape of the composite structure. ... The Boeing Co

12/21/17 / #20170361396

Diffusion-bonded metallic materials

A method includes disposing a hydride of a transition metal on a first metallic material, where at least one of the first metallic material or a second metallic material includes a surface oxide layer. The method includes performing a diffusion bonding operation to bond the first metallic material to the second metallic material. ... The Boeing Co

12/21/17 / #20170361139

Fire extinguishing container

An enclosure, vehicle, and method for containing an overheating device are provided. An enclosure includes a body and a door that form a volume. ... The Boeing Co

12/14/17 / #20170359554

Drone deterrence system, method, and assembly

A drone deterrence system includes a housing configured to be secured to a structure. A motion detector is disposed on or within the housing, and is configured to detect motion within a predetermined range. ... The Boeing Co

12/14/17 / #20170359529

Hyperspectral borescope system

A method and apparatus for inspecting a structure. Electromagnetic radiation is sent to a surface on a structure from an electromagnetic radiation emission system. ... The Boeing Co

12/14/17 / #20170359083

System and method for providing hardware based fast and secure expansion and compression functions

A system and method for encoding data by providing data expansion and compression functions for arbitrary input and output lengths. The input is partitioned into groups of sequential bits. ... The Boeing Co

12/14/17 / #20170358969

Open-core flywheel architecture

Apparatuses, systems and methods are described for a flywheel system incorporating a rotor made from a high-strength material in an open-core flywheel architecture with a high-temperature superconductive (hts) bearing technology to achieve the desired high energy density in the flywheel energy storage devices, to obtain superior results and performance, and that eliminates the material growth-matching problem and obviates radial growth and bending mode issues that otherwise occur at various high frequencies and speeds.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/14/17 / #20170358214

System and method to protect the privacy of ads-b messages

System and method to protect the privacy of ads-b messages transmitted by aircraft. The system includes one or more ground stations with a ground station control unit and a ground ads-b transponder for receiving an ads-b message. ... The Boeing Co

12/14/17 / #20170358194

Systems, methods, and apparatus for sensing environmental conditions and alerting a user in response

A system for monitoring one or more environmental conditions associated with a working environment includes a wearable device configured to be worn by a worker and one or more environmental sampling sensors configured to monitor the one or more environmental conditions associated with the working environment and determine environmental sampling information based on the monitoring of the one or more environmental conditions. The system further includes a positioning sensor configured to determine positioning information for the worker, the positioning information for the worker including information regarding positioning of the worker relative to the working environment. ... The Boeing Co

12/14/17 / #20170358062

Stereoscopic camera and associated method of varying a scale of a stereoscopic image pair

A stereoscopic camera and associated method for capturing a stereoscopic image pair are provided. As an example, a stereoscopic camera includes first and second lenses defining parallel optical axes. ... The Boeing Co

12/14/17 / #20170357263

Autonomous vehicle re-tasking during performance of a programmed task based on detection of a task interruption scenario

An example autonomous vehicle includes a communication interface for receiving instructions to perform a first task in an environment using a first strategy, sensors for detecting conditions in the environment to carry out the first task, data storage storing a plurality of task interruption scenarios each having an associated priority setting, and a processor for executing instructions for autonomous decision-making to perform functions. The functions include during performance of the first task, identifying that the conditions in the environment are associated with one of the plurality of task interruption scenarios, determining that the identified task interruption scenario is associated with a second task that has a higher priority setting than the first task, determining an asset needed to perform the second task, and based on the autonomous vehicle having the asset, autonomously (i) stopping performance of the first task and (ii) changing to perform the second task.. ... The Boeing Co

12/14/17 / #20170357143

Photonic crystals logic devices

Systems, methods, and apparatus for photonic crystals logic devices are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, a disclosed method for an optical logic device comprises radiating, by at least one source, at least one signal. ... The Boeing Co

12/14/17 / #20170357009

On-board backup and anti-spoofing gps system

Disclosed is an on-board backup and anti-spoofing gps (“obasg”) system for navigating a vehicle through an environment with a gps receiver. The gps receiver is configured to receive gps signals within the environment where the gps signals may suffer a gps outage or are unreliable within the environment. ... The Boeing Co

12/14/17 / #20170356720

Systems and methods for targeting objects of interest in denied gps environments

Systems and methods that enable a targeting system operator, with no access to gps signals, to self-locate using one or two landmarks and then geolocate an object-of-interest (ooi) using its own position and attitude and the range to the ooi. In the absence of gps signals, the coordinates of the position of the targeting system can be calculated using a self-location algorithm either: (1) based on a measured direction and a measured range to one landmark and known coordinates of the position of the landmark; or (2) via triangulation based on two landmarks with respective known coordinates and respective measured headings. ... The Boeing Co

12/14/17 / #20170356516

Load controlling bolted flange deformable spacers

Deformable spacers and spacer assemblies absorb energy when flange bolts are subjected to compressive axial loads by plastically deforming, failing in shear, rupturing or in a combination of failure modes so the flange bolts and the flanges connected thereby are not damaged. One deformable spacer may have a hollow cylindrical body with a plurality of elongated slots there through. ... The Boeing Co

12/14/17 / #20170355474

Stackable pancake satellite

A stackable pancake satellite that is configured so that a plurality of the satellites can be stacked within a payload fairing of a launch vehicle. Each satellite includes sections that are folded or rotated together prior to launch, and unfolded or rotated away from each other when deployed. ... The Boeing Co

12/14/17 / #20170355463

Aircraft overhead stowage bins

Overhead stowage bins for aircraft comprise a lower panel and one or more rollers. The lower panel is configured to support luggage and has a forward lip region. ... The Boeing Co

12/14/17 / #20170355405

Multi-tread vehicles and methods of operating thereof

Provided are multi-tread vehicles and methods of operating such vehicles to access small interior spaces. A multi-tread vehicle may include two or more tread sections such that each pair of adjacent tread sections is interconnected by a connector section. ... The Boeing Co

12/14/17 / #20170355181

Bonded metal and thermoplastic components

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

12/14/17 / #20170355080

Remotely controlling robotic platforms based on multi-modal sensory data

Provided are methods and systems for remotely controlling of robotic platforms in confined spaces or other like spaces not suitable for direct human operation. The control is achieved using multi-modal sensory data, which includes at least two sensory response types, such as a binocular stereoscopic vision type, a binaural stereophonic audio type, a force-reflecting haptic manipulation type, a tactile type, and the like. ... The Boeing Co

12/14/17 / #20170354935

Diffusion horn

A diffuser is disclosed and includes a channel with an inner portion having an inlet and an outlet through which a gaseous substance enters and exits the diffuser, respectively. The inner portion includes a first conical section that has an increasing cross-sectional area, taken along a plane perpendicular to a central axis, in a first direction. ... The Boeing Co

12/07/17 / #20170353729

Bi-directional lossless encoding and decoding system

A bi-directional lossless encoding and decoding (“bled”) system for encoding and decoding an acquired image having m by n pixel values (“p”), the bled system is disclosed. The bled system includes an input buffer, a first flipping module, a first encoder, a second encoder, a second flipping module, and a transmit buffer.. ... The Boeing Co

12/07/17 / #20170353023

Two-part snap-together feedthroughs

A feedthrough for feeding signals through a panel having opposite sides includes first and second parts. The first part can include a first body configured to be disposed in a first portion of an opening in a panel, a first lumen disposed within the first body, and a first engagement area comprising a first contact area. ... The Boeing Co

12/07/17 / #20170352948

Frequency-selective surface composite structure

A frequency-selective composite structure includes a laminate panel, and a frequency-selective filter including a plurality of frequency-selective surface elements coupled to an exterior surface of the laminate panel and arranged in a frequency-selective surface pattern, wherein each one of the frequency-selective surface elements includes a nanomaterial composite.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/07/17 / #20170352195

Interactive graphical user interface (gui) for designing preform geometries

An example method is described that includes providing, for display, a three-dimensional (3d) model of a part. The method also includes receiving, via a graphical user interface, data defining a cutting plane. ... The Boeing Co

12/07/17 / #20170351986

Processing data to establish lifecycle threads in the development of a structural product

A method is provided for processing data to establish lifecycle threads in the development of a structural product. The method includes defining a source lifecycle thread from process-related information for development of the structural product, and defining and matching a target lifecycle thread to the source lifecycle thread. ... The Boeing Co

12/07/17 / #20170351782

Processing data to replicate lifecycle threads in the development of a structural product

A method is provided for processing data to replicate lifecycle threads in the development of a structural product. The method includes defining a source lifecycle thread from process-related information for development of the structural product, and defining and matching a target lifecycle thread to the source lifecycle thread. ... The Boeing Co

12/07/17 / #20170350974

Methods and systems for model based automatic target recognition in sar data

A method for automatic target recognition in synthetic aperture radar (sar) data, comprising: capturing a real sar image of a potential target at a real aspect angle and a real grazing angle; generating a synthetic sar image of the potential target by inputting, from a potential target database, at least one three-dimensional potential target model at the real aspect angle and the real grazing angle into a sar regression renderer; and, classifying the potential target with a target label by comparing at least a portion of the synthetic sar image with a corresponding portion of the real sar image using a processor.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/07/17 / #20170350764

In-process monitoring, automated decision-making, and process control for composite manufacturing using part-referenced ply-by-ply infrared thermography and other non-contact non-destructive inspection

Method and apparatus for detecting defects in a composite is provided. After a ply of material for a workpiece is positioned, thermal energy is applied to a top surface of the ply of material, and a digital thermographic camera captures images of the top surface. ... The Boeing Co

12/07/17 / #20170350445

Compact thrust bearing assemblies, mechanical assemblies including compact thrust bearing assemblies, and methods of providing limited rotational motion in a compact thrust bearing assembly

Compact thrust bearing assemblies, mechanical assemblies including the compact thrust bearing assemblies, and methods of providing limited rotational motion in a compact thrust bearing assembly are disclosed herein. The thrust bearing assemblies include a plurality of rigid load-bearing structures arranged in a layered stack that defines a first end and an opposed second end. ... The Boeing Co

12/07/17 / #20170349300

Three-dimensional aircraft inspection system for layout of passenger accommodations

A method and apparatus for inspecting an aircraft. The method displays, by a processor unit in a mobile device, a two-dimensional layout of an interior of an aircraft on a graphical user interface on the mobile device in which the two-dimensional layout includes fixed features visible within the interior of the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

12/07/17 / #20170349296

Folding wing system

A latch pin actuator comprises a primary lock, a spring, and a piston. The primary lock is attached to a primary lock cam and has a notch. ... The Boeing Co

12/07/17 / #20170349283

Systems and methods for in-flight retrieval of unmanned aerial vehicles

Presently disclosed systems and methods are configured for in-flight retrieval of unmanned aerial vehicles (uavs). Such systems generally include a retrieval ramp, a tether system including a tether, and a capture connector. ... The Boeing Co

12/07/17 / #20170349268

Distributed compressor for improved integration and performance of an active fluid flow control system

A method and apparatus for controlling an airflow. The method draws air through a group of inlets. ... The Boeing Co

12/07/17 / #20170349262

Decompression panel assembly and methods of assembling the same

A decompression panel assembly for use in an aircraft includes a frame including a first surface and an opposing second surface, wherein the frame defines a grille opening and at least partially defines a flow path opening that are each defined between the first and second surfaces. The decompression panel assembly also includes a first panel and a second panel pivotally coupled together at a central hinge. ... The Boeing Co

12/07/17 / #20170349261

Decompression panel assembly and methods of assembling the same

A decompression panel assembly for use in an aircraft includes a frame including a first surface and an opposing second surface, wherein the frame defines a grille opening and at least partially defines a flow path opening. The decompression panel assembly also includes a face panel having a first surface retained against the frame second surface such that the face panel at least partially covers the grille opening. ... The Boeing Co

12/07/17 / #20170348958

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

A method for preparing a pre-bond surface of a composite structure includes the steps of: (1) separating a peel ply, co-cured with a composite substrate, from the composite substrate; and (2) transferring an identifiable marking agent from the peel ply to the composite substrate upon separation of the peel ply from the composite substrate. Residue of the peel ply, transferred from the peel ply to the composite substrate upon separation of the peel ply from the composite substrate, is layered on the identifiable marking agent.. ... The Boeing Co

12/07/17 / #20170348954

Softening strip for controlling stress in joints at very low temperatures

A hybrid softening strip for controlling stresses in a joint at low temperatures includes a layer of sacrificial material that can be tailored to fit the softening strip in the joint after the softening strip has been bonded to a structure.. . ... The Boeing Co

12/07/17 / #20170348920

Method and system for resin infusing a composite preform

Resin infusing a composite preform includes placing a first vacuum bagging film over a tool surface and the composite preform to define a sealed first chamber. A bridge structure has an underside defining a cavity above the first vacuum bagging film. ... The Boeing Co

12/07/17 / #20170348919

Support tools for forming laminates

Systems and methods are provided for utilizing support tools for forming laminates. One embodiment is a system that includes a pair of dies that hold a multi-layer laminate over a gap, a male die that presses the laminate into the gap causing the laminate to change shape, and a support tool inserted into the gap beneath the laminate. ... The Boeing Co

12/07/17 / #20170348900

Real time inspection and correction techniques for direct writing systems

A real time inspection and correction system and method for additive manufacturing process is described. The method may include operating a direct writing device configured to deposit material on a substrate through a tip to provide a portion of a product according to initial parameter values, receiving a hyperspectral image frame including a plurality of spectral images of the deposited material, processing the received hyperspectral image frame to determine a characteristic of the deposited material comparing the determined characteristic with a target characteristic determining at least one corrective parameter value to conform the determined characteristic to the target characteristic updating at least one of the initial parameter values with the corrective parameter values, and operating the direct writing device to deposit additional material on the substrate according to the corrective parameter value.. ... The Boeing Co

12/07/17 / #20170348857

Methods and systems for kitting parts for manufacturing processes

Methods comprise (a) sequentially transferring, from a part supply structure to a part staging structure, a first predetermined selection of parts; (b) sequentially transferring, from the part staging structure to a first manufacturing kit holder, the first predetermined selection of parts to define a first kitted holder; (c) concurrently with (b), sequentially transferring, from the part supply structure to the part staging structure, a second predetermined selection of parts; and (d) subsequent to (b), sequentially transferring, from the part staging structure to a second manufacturing kit holder, the second predetermined selection of parts to define a second kitted holder. Systems comprise a part supply structure; a part staging structure; a first robotic transfer device; a plurality of manufacturing kit holders; a second robotic transfer device; and a holder positioning structure.. ... The Boeing Co

12/07/17 / #20170348852

Robot including telescopic assemblies for positioning an end effector

A robot includes an actuator assembly, first and second parallel telescoping lead screw assemblies cantilevered from the actuator assembly, and an end effector supported by ends of the lead screw assemblies. The actuator assembly causes each lead screw assembly to independently deploy and retract.. ... The Boeing Co

12/07/17 / #20170348847

Level referencing drill guide

A device which includes a guide member which includes a first end portion and an opposing second end portion. The first end portion defines a first plane and an opening is defined by the guide member, wherein the opening extends along the guide member in a direction perpendicular to the first plane. ... The Boeing Co

11/30/17 / #20170347233

Apparatus, system, and method for maintenance of complex structures

Disclosed herein is an apparatus that includes a personnel location device that is configured to determine a proximity of personnel to a structure. The apparatus also includes a data filter that is configured to filter maintenance-procedure data from an electronic maintenance technical publication responsive to, at least in part, the proximity of personnel to the structure determined by the personnel location device. ... The Boeing Co

11/30/17 / #20170345302

Parking management systems and methods for indicating occupied and unoccupied parking spaces

A parking management system is described that includes a light detector, a reflector positioned within a parking space and aligned to direct received light to the light detector, and a processor receiving a signal from the light detector that indicates an amount of light detected by the light detector. The processor causes a parking space indicator to indicate that the parking space is unoccupied based on the amount of light detected by the light detector being greater than a threshold, and causes the parking space indicator to indicate that the parking space is occupied based on the amount of light detected by the light detector being less than the threshold.. ... The Boeing Co

11/30/17 / #20170344897

Monitored machine performance as a maintenance predictor

A method, system, and computer program product for predicting abnormal operation of at least one component of a machine is provided. Real time monitoring data from an operating machine is received and monitoring features that are informative of likely abnormal operation are extracted and/or calculated. ... The Boeing Co

11/30/17 / #20170344034

Receiver surge test tool assembly, system, and method

A receiver surge test tool (stt) assembly, system and method for receiver surge pressure testing. The receiver stt assembly has a receiver surge test tool (stt) configured to simulate surge pressure conditions of a receiver aircraft, and to measure one or more surge pressures generated when receiving a fuel flow of fuel from a refueling source during the receiver surge pressure testing that is ground based. ... The Boeing Co

11/30/17 / #20170343645

Unmanned aerial vehicle with deployable transmit/receive module apparatus with ramjet

A system for bistatic radar target detection employs an unmanned aerial vehicle (uav) having a ramjet providing supersonic cruise of the uav. Deployable antenna arms support a passive radar receiver for bistatic reception of reflected radar pulses. ... The Boeing Co

11/30/17 / #20170343447

Sealed bladder assembly and method

A bladder assembly including a body, a bladder received in the body, the bladder defining an internal volume and including an annular sealing bead, the sealing bead defining an opening into the internal volume, and a sealing member including a shaft having a first end and a second end, and an engagement portion connected proximate the second end, the sealing member being partially received within the internal volume and being moveable between at least a first position, wherein the engagement portion is spaced from the sealing bead, and a second position, wherein the sealing bead is compressed between the engagement portion and the body.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/30/17 / #20170343023

Swivel nut assembly

A swivel nut assembly is configured to adaptively secure a first component to a second component. The swivel nut assembly includes a socket nut including a first portion having a first internal threading, and a second portion defining a swivel chamber. ... The Boeing Co

11/30/17 / #20170342968

Bi-directional rotary shape memory alloy element actuator assemblies, and systems and methods including the same

Rotary actuator assemblies, wind tunnels including the same, and associated methods are disclosed. A rotary actuator assembly includes a rotary element and a rotary actuator with a shape memory alloy element. ... The Boeing Co

11/30/17 / #20170342943

Methods, systems and apparatuses for combustible lead for high triple point propellants

Methods, systems and apparatuses are disclosed for delivering high triple point propellant to a rocket engine and maintaining the desired phase of the propellant during engine ignition.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/30/17 / #20170342516

Sandwich structure and associated pressure-based forming method

A sandwich structure forming method including the steps of (1) providing a sandwich structure comprising a core positioned between a first liner sheet and a second liner sheet; (2) positioning the sandwich structure into a cavity of a die assembly; and (3) pressurizing the core to expand the sandwich structure into engagement with the die assembly.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/30/17 / #20170341938

System and method of forming carbon nanotubes

A chemical vapor deposition (cvd) system for forming carbon nanotubes from solid or liquid feedstock. The system includes a reactor including a housing that includes an inlet and an outlet. ... The Boeing Co

11/30/17 / #20170341828

Self-closing flip-spout cap

A cap including a cap body and a spout hingedly connected to the cap body and moveable relative to the cap body between at least a first position and a second position, wherein the spout in magnetically biased to the first position.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/30/17 / #20170341777

Apparatus and method for wirelessly managing aircraft health data

An apparatus for managing aircraft health data includes a wireless network server disposed onboard an aircraft, and at least one wireless condition monitoring device disposed onboard the aircraft, wirelessly connected to the wireless network server and configured to transmit respective health data to the wireless network server based on a communication scheme that maintains an availability of an aircraft wireless network.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/30/17 / #20170341770

Aircraft cabin pressurization energy harvesting

An energy harvesting system is provided and a corresponding method for harvesting energy from an aircraft cabin pressurization system utilizing the same. According to one aspect, an energy harvesting system includes an aircraft cabin enclosing a high-pressure environment of pressurized air. ... The Boeing Co

11/30/17 / #20170341762

Air purification system and method of assembling

A filter assembly including a plurality of filter modules, wherein each filter module in the plurality of filter modules includes a frame, a filtration element coupled within the frame, and at least one mating feature. The at least one mating feature of each filter module is configured for selective engagement with the at least one mating feature of another filter module such that the plurality of filter modules are coupled together in a serial arrangement.. ... The Boeing Co

11/30/17 / #20170341735

Methods of dynamically controlling airflow behind a carrier aircraft to redirect air flow during an in-flight recovery of an unmanned aerial vehicle and an apparatus therefor

An apparatus is provided for dynamically controlling airflow behind a carrier aircraft to redirect air flow during an in-flight recovery of an unmanned aerial vehicle (uav). The apparatus comprises a frame attached to an end portion of an arm member extending from the carrier aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

11/30/17 / #20170341665

Ergonomic safety solution for orbital drills

A tool hand cart incorporates a body with a pair of wheels rotatably mounted on opposite sides of the body proximate a lower rear edge of the body. A collapsible handle is retractably extendable upward from the body. ... The Boeing Co

11/30/17 / #20170341606

Health evaluation and prognostic method for non-monotonic dependent parameters

A method of evaluating health of a control system with fluctuating parameters is provided. The method may include receiving session data including actual parameters and target parameters of the control system, segmenting the session data into one or more data segments, calculating a segment score for each data segment based on at least a linear regression correlation coefficient and an average parameter difference, generating a session score based on a combination of the segment scores, and generating a notification indicative of a comparison between the session score and a predefined threshold.. ... The Boeing Co

11/30/17 / #20170341357

Method for pre-preg manufacturing

A method of making a composite part comprises covering a mold tool for a composite part with a parting film, the parting film comprising a polymer sheet and a pressure sensitive adhesive. The parting film is positioned so that the polymer sheet is between the mold tool and the pressure sensitive adhesive. ... The Boeing Co

11/30/17 / #20170341317

Method and system for fabricating a composite structure

A method and system for fabricating a composite structure is disclosed. A composite preform (10) has an upper surface (14) and an opposing lower surface (15). ... The Boeing Co

11/30/17 / #20170341314

Verification of tow placement by a robot

Systems and methods are provided for verifying the placement of tows by a robot. One embodiment includes a robot that includes an end effector that lays up tows, actuators that reposition the end effector, a memory storing a numerical control (nc) program, and a robot controller that directs the actuators to reposition the end effector based on the nc program, and instructs the end effector to lay up tows based on the nc program. ... The Boeing Co

11/30/17 / #20170341289

Formation of thermoplastic parts

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

11/30/17 / #20170340909

Fire suppression apparatuses and methods for suppressing a fire with an object

A fire suppression apparatus is described that includes a base and a lid. The base has an opening and walls defining an internal area. ... The Boeing Co

11/30/17 / #20170340769

Novel thermoresponsive adhesive material, method of making the material and methods of use

The present disclosure is directed to a thermoresponsive adhesive material. The material comprises a linear, phase-separated polymer having fluorinated polymer units and hydrophobic polymer units. ... The Boeing Co

11/23/17 / #20170339787

Elongated, ultra high conductivity electrical conductors for electronic components and vehicles, and methods for producing the same

Elongated, ultra-high conductivity electrical conductors for use in advanced electronic components and vehicles, and methods for producing the same, are disclosed herein. The elongated electrical conductors include a conductor body that defines a longitudinal axis. ... The Boeing Co

11/23/17 / #20170339038

System and methods for determining channel characteristics

A system for determining communication channel characteristics includes a transmitter comprising a bit sequence generator and a frame processing and modulator unit, where the frame processing and modulator unit is configured to generate a transmission frame comprising an embedded bit sequence generated by the bit sequence generator and at least one embedded side channel field, the transmitter further configured to transmit the transmission frame over a communications channel, a receiver in communication with the transmitter over the communications channel and configured to receive the transmission frame, and a data processor, in communication with the receiver through a data processor interface, configured to receive the transmission frame from the receiver, the processor further configured to process the transmission frame to detect and analyze distortions in a waveform corresponding to the transmission frame generated during the transmission over the communications channel based on the embedded bit sequence and the at least one embedded side channel field.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/23/17 / #20170339006

Alert generation based on proximate events identified by source data analytics

A method includes receiving, at a computing device from a social media platform, a first post associated with a first social media account. The method also includes determining, by the computing device, an event category of an event described in the first post. ... The Boeing Co

11/23/17 / #20170338027

Electromagnetic coil constructed from conductive traces on printed circuit boards

Traces, vias, or other conductive paths are formed on or through printed circuit boards or other insulating substrates to function as loops of an electromagnetic coil. The substrate itself insulates one side of each loop except at the inter-loop connection point, allowing the loops to be connected directly to each other. ... The Boeing Co

11/23/17 / #20170337825

Retrospective analysis of vehicle operations

Method and apparatus for generating and outputting dynamic variance reports for vehicle operations. The dynamic variance reports enable a vehicle operations scheduler to understand trends, patterns, or the like in variances between planned vehicle operations and actual vehicle operations. ... The Boeing Co

11/23/17 / #20170337820

Systems and methods for collision avoidance

Systems and methods for collision avoidance include a plurality of sensors respectively disposed on a plurality of movable objects, wherein each sensor is configured to transmit signals indicating the location of the movable object. The system further includes a receiver configured to receive the transmitted signals and a controller in communication with the receiver. ... The Boeing Co

11/23/17 / #20170337754

System and method for operational phase detection

A method includes obtaining data associated with operation of a vehicle and determining a first operational phase of the vehicle based on the data. The method includes identifying a candidate operational phase transition from the first operational phase to a candidate operational phase based on a first portion of the data satisfying a first condition associated with the candidate operational phase, the first portion of the data associated with a first time. ... The Boeing Co

11/23/17 / #20170336808

Adaptive filtering system for aerodynamic angles of an aircraft

A method and apparatus for processing aerodynamic angles for an aircraft. A first rate of change in an inertial aerodynamic angle is calculated using data received from an inertial measurement system for the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

11/23/17 / #20170336774

Method and apparatus of coordinating independent automated systems

A method of coordinating automated systems, the method includes providing a first automated system that is programmed with a set of predetermined operating instructions that correspond with automated system processing requirements, monitoring an operational status of the first automated system with a second automated system, automatically generating a second system action, with the second automated system, that is complimentary to a first system action of the first automated system, where the first system action corresponds to the set of predetermined operating instructions and the second system action depends on the operational status of the first automated system, and performing the second system action with the second automated system so that the second automated system cooperates with the first automated system to perform a predetermined operation.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/23/17 / #20170336574

Method for polishing end faces of plastic optical fiber

A process for polishing the end face of a plastic optical fiber (pof) to produce a mirror smooth surface without any defect. Smooth pof end faces reduce the optical coupling loss when two plastic optical fibers are connected. ... The Boeing Co

11/23/17 / #20170336514

Power adjustment for code signals

Systems, methods, and apparatus for power adjustment for code signals are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, a disclosed method for adjusting power for code signals comprises determining, by at least one processor, a code loss for the transmission of the code signals by using a symbol table. ... The Boeing Co

11/23/17 / #20170336367

Vehicle axle inspection systems and methods

A vehicle examination system includes an axle inspection system that is configured to inspect an axle of a vehicle. The axle inspection system includes an ultrasound scanning assembly, and an axle coupler that retains the ultrasound scanning assembly. ... The Boeing Co

11/23/17 / #20170336324

Apparatus, system, and method for non-destructive testing

Described herein is an apparatus for non-destructive testing that includes a cavity. The apparatus also includes an input element coupled with the cavity and configured to receive a laser beam and to direct the laser beam into the cavity. ... The Boeing Co

11/23/17 / #20170335916

Rotational inerter and method for damping an actuator

An apparatus for damping an actuator includes an inerter. The inerter includes a first terminal and a second terminal movable relative to one another along an inerter axis and configured to be mutually exclusively coupled to a support structure and a movable device actuated by an actuator. ... The Boeing Co

11/23/17 / #20170335587

Portable building containing cabinets for safely storing hazardous production materials

A storage system comprising a portable building having a climate-controlled interior space and a plurality of hazardous materials storage cabinets disposed in the interior space. The portable building contains no water sprinklers and no smoke detectors and has a floor that is sealed to prevent leakage of liquid. ... The Boeing Co

11/23/17 / #20170335577

Trowel

A method for applying a layer of curable material to a surface including the steps of: applying the curable material to the surface; positioning a trowel relative to the surface so that a plurality of first radial teeth of the trowel, extending from a working edge of the trowel, is in contact with the surface; and with the plurality of first radial teeth in contact with the surface, moving the trowel across the surface to spread the curable material across the surface at a constant thickness.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/23/17 / #20170335079

Particulate prepreg forming aid

Methods and systems, and components made according to the methods and systems, are disclosed relating to improved methods for fabricating resin-containing composite prepreg materials, wherein the prepreg plies are treated with a particulate material to achieve predetermined spatially variable shear and tack values at a predetermined location on at least one prepreg ply surface of at least one prepreg ply.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/23/17 / #20170334582

Track roller failure detection systems and methods

Systems and methods are provided for a track roller failure detection system. The system may include a main aerodynamic device and a secondary aerodynamic device including a track supported by one or more rollers and a marker. ... The Boeing Co

11/23/17 / #20170334551

Electromechanical decoupler

A compact electromechanical decoupler device is operatively connected between a manual control device of an aircraft and an electromechanical actuator that controls the flight modes of the aircraft. The electromechanical decoupler device is operable to decouple the operative connection between the manual control device and the electromechanical actuator with the absence of power supplied to the electromechanical decoupler device. ... The Boeing Co

11/23/17 / #20170334542

Low-profile wing hinge mechanism

A airborne vehicle comprising a fuselage, a folding wing-like structure which is movable from a stowed position to a deployed position, and a hinge mechanism which couples the folding wing-like structure to the fuselage in a manner so that the folding wing-like structure displaces and rotates during movement from the stowed position to the deployed position. The hinge mechanism is housed within an outer mold line of the fuselage and folding wing-like structure to decrease the signature of the airborne vehicle.. ... The Boeing Co

11/23/17 / #20170334150

Method and system for resin infusing a composite preform

Resin infusing a composite preform includes locating the preform on an upper tool surface having a resin reservoir element on a downstream side of the composite preform. A vacuum bagging film is placed over the tool surface to cover the composite preform and the resin reservoir element, and is sealed relative to the tool surface to define a sealed resin infusion chamber. ... The Boeing Co

11/16/17 / #20170332148

Distributed digital projection system for a vehicle

A distributed digital projection system is disclosed which includes a plurality of smart projectors coupled to a head end server computer via a network. Each smart projector has a first network interface coupled to the network. ... The Boeing Co

11/16/17 / #20170328987

Laser distance and ranging (ladar) apparatus, array, and method of assembling thereof

A laser distance and ranging (ladar) apparatus is provided. The ladar apparatus includes a first substrate, a ladar module coupled to the first substrate, and an actuation unit coupled between the first substrate and the ladar module. ... The Boeing Co

11/16/17 / #20170328868

Method and apparatus for acoustic emissions testing

A method and apparatus for analyzing an object using acoustic emissions. Load data is received for the object. ... The Boeing Co

11/16/17 / #20170328759

System and method of allocating objects within storage bins

A method of allocating objects within a plurality of storage bins including monitoring motion within the plurality of storage bins, wherein each storage bin of the plurality of storage bins includes a profile sensor coupled therein, and activating the profile sensor coupled within a first storage bin. The profile sensor activated based on detection of motion within the first storage bin. ... The Boeing Co

11/16/17 / #20170328647

Composite heat pipes and sandwich panels, radiator panels, and spacecraft with composite heat pipes

Composite heat pipes, methods of assembling composite heat pipes, sandwich panels having one or more composite heat pipes, methods of assembling sandwich panels, radiator panels, methods of assembling radiator panels, spacecraft, and methods of assembling spacecraft are disclosed. Composite heat pipes include an elongate conductive casing and one or more fiber reinforced composite layers operatively coupled to one or more lateral sides of the elongate conductive casing. ... The Boeing Co

11/16/17 / #20170328282

Hybrid aircraft turbine engine starting system and method

A system and method for starting an aircraft turbine engine includes a primary starting subsystem and a secondary starting subsystem. The primary starting subsystem is coupled to a shaft of the aircraft turbine engine and has a dedicated power source. ... The Boeing Co

11/16/17 / #20170328075

Fall protection tool for use in blocking an opening

A fall protection tool for use in blocking an opening in a doorframe. The tool includes a frame assembly including a pair of lateral posts spaced from each other and extending substantially parallel with each other, and at least one transverse post extending between the pair of lateral posts. ... The Boeing Co

11/16/17 / #20170327950

Species controlled chemical vapor deposition

A method for chemical vapor deposition on a substrate is disclosed. The method may include directing a process gas into a reaction chamber, and heating the process gas in the reaction chamber. ... The Boeing Co

11/16/17 / #20170327248

Automated index pin locking apparatus

A method for supporting a structure includes coupling an index pin to the structure, moving an index head relative to the structure to receive the index pin within a bore extending through the index head, and actuating a pin lock of the index head to retain the index pin within the bore.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/16/17 / #20170327247

Automated control system for manufacturing aircraft

A method and apparatus for manufacturing a product. The method comprises creating a product plan comprising time units during which manufacturing of the product occurs, wherein the time units are grouped into phases of the manufacturing. ... The Boeing Co

11/16/17 / #20170327246

Apparatus and method for moving a structure in a manufacturing environment

A mobile fixture configured to move a structure in a manufacturing environment may include a motorized base configured to move on a surface and a support system connected to the motorized base, the support system being configured to support the structure, the support system being configured to position the structure along at least one of an x-axis, a y-axis, and a z-axis, the support system being configured to position the structure about the z-axis, and the support system being configured to provide free rotation of the structure about at least one of the x-axis and the y-axis.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/16/17 / #20170327231

Tuned aircraft lighting for an improved flight experience

A method and apparatus for managing lighting during a flight. Light is emitted from a lighting system comprised of light devices positioned within an interior of the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

11/16/17 / #20170327201

Methods using predictive shimming to optimize part-to-part alignment

Methods for using predictive shimming to optimize part-to-part alignment. In accordance with one embodiment, the process uses measurement data acquired from mating surfaces and key features to virtually align two parts in a manner that optimizes the final orientation of the parts and determines the geometry of the shim needed to achieve this orientation during assembly.. ... The Boeing Co

11/16/17 / #20170326863

Methods and apparatus to couple a decorative composite having a reinforcing layer to a panel

Methods and apparatus to couple a decorative composite having a reinforcing layer to a panel are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a decorative layer and a first reinforcing layer coupled to the decorative layer. ... The Boeing Co

11/16/17 / #20170326859

Methods and apparatus to remove gas and vapor from a panel for a decorative layer

Methods and apparatus to remove gas and vapor from a panel for a decorative layer are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a first press plate of a hot press to engage a first surface of a panel. ... The Boeing Co

11/16/17 / #20170326858

Methods and apparatus to form venting channels on a panel for a decorative layer

Methods and apparatus to form venting channels on a panel for a decorative layer are disclosed. An example method includes contacting an outer surface of a tool to an outer resin layer of a panel. ... The Boeing Co

11/16/17 / #20170326845

Methods and apparatus to couple a decorative layer to a core layer of a panel via a barrier layer

Methods and apparatus to couple a decorative layer to a core layer of a panel via a barrier layer are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a decorative layer coupled to a panel. ... The Boeing Co

11/16/17 / #20170326837

Methods and apparatus to vent gas and vapor from a panel via venting channels for a decorative layer

Methods and apparatus to vent gas and vapor from a panel via venting channels for a decorative layer are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a decorative layer, an adhesive layer to couple the decorative layer to a panel, and a resin layer disposed between the decorative layer and the adhesive layer. ... The Boeing Co

11/16/17 / #20170326836

Methods and apparatus to couple a decorative layer to a panel via a high-bond adhesive layer

Methods and apparatus to couple a decorative layer to a panel via a high-bond adhesive layer are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a panel, a high-bond adhesive layer fixed to the panel, a liner fixed to the high-bond adhesive layer that is fixed to the panel, and a first decorative layer removably coupled to the liner that is fixed to the high-bond adhesive layer via a second adhesive layer. ... The Boeing Co

11/16/17 / #20170326575

System and method of forming a nanotube mesh structure

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

11/09/17 / #20170324537

Auto-adaptive digital clock system and method for optimizing data communications

A method for optimizing data communications includes receiving a plurality of data and comparing a size of the plurality of data to a preset fixed data packet size. The method also includes transmitting the plurality of data within the preset fixed data packet size in response to the size of the plurality of data corresponding to the preset fixed data packet size. ... The Boeing Co

11/09/17 / #20170324362

Management of motor regeneration

A method and apparatus for controlling regeneration for a motor. An instantaneous voltage provided by a power supply to the motor is identified using a voltage signal received from a voltage sensor. ... The Boeing Co

11/09/17 / #20170324359

Method and apparatus for adjusting motor commutation phase and period

A method and apparatus for controlling commutation of a motor. A voltage is measured at each of a plurality of windings of a motor using an electric circuit. ... The Boeing Co

11/09/17 / #20170323548

Personal global positioning system (gps) security token

An improved system for increasing computer security generates a list of computing devices or assets, and a set of rules having approved locations corresponding to each of the computing devices or assets. An alert is generated if a computing device or asset that is in a rule violation of the set of rules. ... The Boeing Co

11/09/17 / #20170323098

Information assurance system for secure program execution

An enhanced information assurance system may comprise an improved computer including a central processing unit (cpu) emulator configured to extend the available machine instruction set. The cpu emulator may be configured to emulate machine language instructions taken from a nonnative set of secure opcodes. ... The Boeing Co

11/09/17 / #20170322870

Transferring application software from a physical to a virtual computer system

A method and apparatus for testing application software for installation on hardware platforms. A software tool is verified using a tool qualifier module running on a physical computer system that has a processor of a first processor type and an operating system of a first operating type. ... The Boeing Co

11/09/17 / #20170322869

Transferring application software between virtual machines

A method and apparatus for testing application software for installation on hardware platforms. A software tool is qualified using a tool qualifier module running on a first virtual computer system having a configuration that comprises a processor of first processor type and a first virtual machine emulating a processor of second processor type. ... The Boeing Co

11/09/17 / #20170322868

Testing application programs using a virtual machine

A method, apparatus, and virtual computer system for testing application software. A first operating system of a first operating type is run on a first processor of a first processor type in a physical computer system. ... The Boeing Co

11/09/17 / #20170322184

Detection of near surface inconsistencies in structures

A method of detecting near surface inconsistencies in a structure is presented. A pulsed laser beam is directed towards the structure. ... The Boeing Co

11/09/17 / #20170321804

Seal assembly for sealing relatively movable components

Disclosed herein is a seal assembly for sealing a gap between a first component and a second component is disclosed. The second component is movable relative to the first component. ... The Boeing Co

11/09/17 / #20170321741

Fastening system and method

A fastening system is configured to be securely fastened from one side of at least one component. The fastening system includes a fastener including a shaft having a distal end extending from a head. ... The Boeing Co

11/09/17 / #20170321347

Isoelectronic surfactant induced sublattice disordering in optoelectronic devices

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

11/09/17 / #20170321010

Flow reactor synthesis of polymers

A flow reactor system and methods having tubing useful as polymerization chamber. The flow reactor has at least one inlet and at least one mixing chamber, and an outlet. ... The Boeing Co

11/09/17 / #20170320581

Deployable seat assembly, system, and method for an interior cabin of a vehicle

A vehicle includes an interior cabin including a floor and a ceiling. A deployable seat assembly is moveably coupled to the ceiling. ... The Boeing Co

11/09/17 / #20170320560

Mechanical fastening system and associated structural assembly and method

A structural assembly including a first structural member defining a first partial bore and including a first protrusion extending from a periphery of the first partial bore on a first side and a second protrusion extending from the periphery of the first partial bore on a second side, a second structural member defining a second partial bore and including a first protrusion extending from a periphery of the second partial bore on a first side and a second protrusion extending from the periphery of the second partial bore on a second side, wherein the second partial bore is aligned with the first partial bore to define a through-bore, a first engagement member engaged with the first protrusions and a second engagement member engaged with the second protrusions, wherein the first and second structural members are clamped between the first and second engagement members.. . ... The Boeing Co

11/09/17 / #20170320274

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

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

11/09/17 / #20170320251

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

11/09/17 / #20170320250

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

11/09/17 / #20170320241

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

11/09/17 / #20170320213

Systems and methods for automatically inserting components into an electrical connector

Automated assembly systems and methods are configured to automatically insert components into grommets. The systems include a component insertion sub-system configured to insert first components into first cavities of a first grommet, an imaging sub-system configured to acquire images of the first grommet, and a grommet shift determination sub-system in communication with the component insertion sub-system and the imaging sub-system. ... The Boeing Co

11/09/17 / #20170318871

System for rapid application and adjustment of protective cushioning

A system for rapid application and adjustment of protective cushioning employs a garment component covering a body portion and having a securing element affixed thereto. A pad having a mating securing element affixed thereto is releasably attachable to the securing element to engage the pad to the garment component to protect the body portion.. ... The Boeing Co

10/26/17 / #20170311178

System and method for maintaining communications over a coverage area

A communications system includes radio frequency equipment configured to generate rf beams from a high altitude communications platform providing communications coverage over a coverage area, a beamformer configured to apply beam weights to the rf beams to divide the coverage area into service areas arranged in a frequency reuse ground pattern, and a processor configured to adjust the beam weights to compensate for beam displacements resulting from motion of the high altitude communications platform along a flight path, and interchange the rf beams to maintain the frequency reuse ground pattern throughout the flight path.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/26/17 / #20170310010

Dynamically allocated broadband multi-tap antenna

A dynamically allocated broadband multi-tap antenna comprises a plurality of sub-wavelength conductors used for transmitting and/or receiving radio frequency (rf) signals; a plurality of antenna taps, each of which is connected to one or more of the conductors; a plurality of rf switches, each of which is connected to one of the antenna taps; and a plurality of combiners (which also function as splitters), each of which is connected to one or more of the rf switches. The rf switches are controlled to dynamically allocate and interconnect the antenna taps with a selected combiner, to communicate the rf signals between the conductors connected to the antenna taps and the selected combiner. ... The Boeing Co

10/26/17 / #20170309545

Power distribution by a working fluid contained in a conduit

A system and method system for conveying power from a heat source is disclosed. The system includes a conduit constructed of a heat conducting material. ... The Boeing Co

10/26/17 / #20170309068

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

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

10/26/17 / #20170308640

Providing early warning and assessment of vehicle design problems with potential operational impact

Method and apparatus for unsupervised aircraft design. A plurality of design problem data and service event data for an aircraft is received from an electronic data repository. ... The Boeing Co

10/26/17 / #20170308633

System for finite element modeling and analysis of a structural product

An apparatus is provided for finite element modeling and analysis of a structural product. A pre-processing system may produce a finite element model of a structural product including component parts joined by a fastener. ... The Boeing Co

10/26/17 / #20170308623

Systems and methods for optimizing component placement in a battery design

Systems, computer readable media, and method concern determining operational parameters of an inventory of components to be included in a battery. The components can include storage components and electrical components. ... The Boeing Co

10/26/17 / #20170308068

Methods of operating an automated machine for inserting wires into grommet cavity locations of an electrical connector

A method 500 of operating an automated machine 100 is provided for inserting wires into grommet cavity locations 110 of an electrical connector 112 to compensate for manufacturing tolerances associated with the electrical connector. The method comprises inserting wires into grommet cavity locations of the electrical connector based upon a plug map 300 having offset values to compensate for manufacturing tolerances associated with the electrical connector. ... The Boeing Co

10/26/17 / #20170307896

Dual-axis tilt platform for head mounted display

A tilt platform for use in an hmd comprises a monolithic spring structure including a first outer planar structure, a second outer planar structure, a middle planar structure disposed between the first and second outer planar structures, a first hinge structure coupling the first outer planar structure and the middle planar structure to each other, and a second hinge structure coupling the second outer planar structure and the middle planar structure to each other. The first and second hinge structures have respective first and second hinge axes that are orthogonal to each other. ... The Boeing Co

10/26/17 / #20170307568

Mems transducers in a phased array coupled to a flexible substrate using carbon nanotubes for conformal ultrasound scanning

A plurality of micro-electro-mechanical system (mems) transducers in a phased array are coupled to a flexible substrate using carbon nanotubes (cnts) for conformal ultrasound scanning. Each transducer comprises a cantilever, magnetic material deposited on the cantilever, and a solenoid positioned relative to the magnetic material. ... The Boeing Co

10/26/17 / #20170307516

Apparatus, systems, and methods for inspecting a part

Described herein is an apparatus, for shielding light generated by a laser during non-destructive inspection of an object. The apparatus includes a light shield at least partially enveloping the laser and defining a first opening through which light generated by the laser passes from the laser to the object. ... The Boeing Co

10/26/17 / #20170307493

System and method for evaluating bubble formation potential in a structure

A system for evaluating bubble formation potential in a structure includes an environment test chamber and an environmental controller for controlling a plurality of environmental conditions within the environment chamber. The system additionally includes a detector for capturing images of a structure under test and an illumination source for controlling illumination of the structure under test. ... The Boeing Co

10/26/17 / #20170307491

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

10/26/17 / #20170307325

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

10/26/17 / #20170307132

Lifting support device and method of controlling operation

A lifting support device that includes a linear actuator including a first end configured to support an object, and a load sensor positioned to determine application of a first load on the load sensor by at least the object. The linear actuator is maintained in equilibrium when supporting the first load. ... The Boeing Co

10/26/17 / #20170307125

Orifice fitting

A tube assembly comprising first and second tubes connected by means of fittings welded to ends of the respective tubes. The fittings are placed adjacent to each other and then coupled using a clamp, thereby placing the first and second tubes in fluid communication. ... The Boeing Co

10/26/17 / #20170306476

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

10/26/17 / #20170305699

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

10/26/17 / #20170305569

Pressurized composite fluid lines and method

A fluid line adapted to contain a pressurized fluid imposing loads on the line that vary along its length comprises a tube formed of a fiber reinforced plastic, wherein the fibers are locally tailored along the length of the tube to meet local load requirements. The tube is consolidated within a volumetric chamber having separate, individually controlled chamber compartments for respectively consolidating different segments of the tube.. ... The Boeing Co

10/26/17 / #20170305562

System and method of suppressing an unexpected combustion event

An aircraft that includes an outer skin having an opening formed therein, and a cargo compartment including a plurality of side walls that define an interior of the cargo compartment. The plurality of side walls are positioned such that the interior is in flow communication with the opening. ... The Boeing Co

10/26/17 / #20170305530

System and method for controlling aircraft wing flap motion

A system and method of controlling one or more flaps of an aircraft may include receiving first and second sensor signals from respective first and second sensors coupled to respective first and second actuators that are moveably secured to a first flap of a first wing of the aircraft. The first and second sensor signals relate to one or both of the position or the speed of the respective first and second actuators. ... The Boeing Co

10/26/17 / #20170305529

Fastener status detection system

A fastener status detection system is presented. The fastener status detection system comprises a primary fastener, a secondary fastener, and a sensor. ... The Boeing Co

10/26/17 / #20170305516

Waterborne payload deployment vessel and method

A method for deploying a payload into a body of water using a deployment vessel, the deployment vessel including a hull defining a payload compartment, the method including positioning the payload in the payload compartment of the deployment vessel, the deployment vessel and the payload having a buoyancy, wherein the buoyancy is initially negative, deploying the deployment vessel into the water at a drop zone, wherein the deployment vessel moves horizontally through the water as it submerges vertically downward under a force of gravity, changing the buoyancy to positive after a minimum horizontal distance is established between the drop zone and the deployment vessel, thereby causing the deployment vessel to surface and, after the surfacing of the deployment vessel, opening the hull to release the payload therefrom.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/26/17 / #20170305131

Spatial reference film in core-stiffened composite

A core-stiffened composite product has an interior core and layers of composite laminates sandwiched together about the core. The core-stiffened composite product includes at least one layer of adhesive film containing a visual target spatially scanned by an automated tracking system to produce a dimensionally corrected reference volume to collate successive layers of film as applied to the interior core. ... The Boeing Co

10/26/17 / #20170304866

Fluid applicator tool and method of applying fluid to a tubular member

A fluid applicator tool that includes an applicator portion including a pair of arcuate clamping members that each include an inner radial portion and an outer radial portion, an absorbent media extending along the inner radial portion of each arcuate clamping member, and a hinge coupled between the pair of arcuate clamping members. The hinge is operable for rotating the pair of arcuate clamping members relative to each other for positioning between an open position and a closed position. ... The Boeing Co

10/12/17 / #20170295031

System and method for context aware network filtering

In general, certain embodiments of the present disclosure provide techniques or mechanisms for automatically filtering network messages in an aviation network for an aircraft based on a current system context. According to various embodiments, a method is provided comprising receiving a network message transmitted from a source avionic device to a destination avionic device via one or more network packets within the aviation network. ... The Boeing Co

10/12/17 / #20170294719

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

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

10/12/17 / #20170294135

Real-time, in-flight simulation of a target

A system is provided for real-time, in-flight simulation of a target. A sensor system may generate a live stream of an environment of an aircraft during a flight thereof, the live stream having associated metadata with structured information indicating a real-time position of the aircraft within the environment. ... The Boeing Co

10/12/17 / #20170294020

Camera pose estimation

A system for determining a camera pose relative to an object including a unique feature may include a monocular camera configured to produce an image of the object, and a processing unit in operative communication with the monocular camera. The processing unit may be configured to: identify the unique feature of the object in the image produced by the monocular camera, synthesize at least four points along a contour of the object in the image using the identified unique feature as a starting point, synthesize a same number of points as synthesized in the image along a contour of the object in a reference model, the reference model preprogrammed into a memory of the processing unit, correlate the points from the reference model to the image, and determine a pose of the monocular camera based on the correlated points.. ... The Boeing Co

10/12/17 / #20170293867

Computer-implemented method and system for sharing information between passengers and air traffic management stakeholders

A computer-implemented method and a system for providing passenger information performing the tasks of sending, from a passenger electronic device (110), personal data, device geolocation and device time-stamp information; obtaining the passenger itinerary and confirming passenger identity, by a managing unit (206), based upon a match between the personal data, passenger electronic device geolocation and time-stamp; information contained in the obtained passenger itinerary; accessing to updated air traffic information relevant to the passenger upon confirming the passenger identity and sending, by the managing unit (206), a passenger report comprising flight status information for display on the passenger electronic device (110).. . ... The Boeing Co

10/12/17 / #20170293810

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

10/12/17 / #20170292831

System and method for improved visual detection of protective coatings

The present disclosure provides a system and method for providing an improved protective coating for a substrate that may be inspected using the unaided eye or other apparatus under available light. The protective coating is mixed with an additive including flakes or particles that, when applied to the substrate as part of the protective coating, allow the user to empirically determine if the surface has received an adequate protective coat. ... The Boeing Co

10/12/17 / #20170292547

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

10/12/17 / #20170292068

Colorimetric indicators for photocurable sealants

Sealant compositions and methods for their use where the sealant compositions include a curable sealant and a photochromic material that undergoes a feature change upon exposure to radiation.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/12/17 / #20170291814

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

10/12/17 / #20170291725

Commercial aircraft interior monument protection system

A method of protecting a monument during manufacturing of a vehicle. The method includes attaching a plurality of brackets to the monument prior to installation in the vehicle, each of the plurality of brackets having corresponding fasteners facing outwardly relative to the monument. ... The Boeing Co

10/12/17 / #20170291717

Composite tubes for a fluid transport system

A method and apparatus for reducing an intensity of an electrical discharge that occurs within a fluid transport system in an aerospace vehicle. In one illustrative embodiment, an apparatus comprises a transport member. ... The Boeing Co

10/12/17 / #20170291682

Stiffened beam assembly

Methods and apparatuses may include a stiffened beam assembly including a structural beam portion having a web and upper and lower flanges, and at least one continuous stiffening member extending back and forth between the upper and lower flanges on one side of the web, forming one or more trusses or other reinforcing structures. The beam portion and/or the stiffening member(s) may comprise formed sheet metal. ... The Boeing Co

10/12/17 / #20170291679

Structure having joined unitary structures

A method and apparatus are presented. The apparatus comprises a first unitary structure, a second unitary structure, and a number of joints between the first unitary structure and the second unitary structure. ... The Boeing Co

10/12/17 / #20170291678

Pressure bulkhead apparatus

Pressure bulkhead apparatus is disclosed. An example bulkhead apparatus includes a frame and a plurality of beams radially spaced relative to a longitudinal axis of the frame. ... The Boeing Co

10/12/17 / #20170291676

Sidewall mounting hardware for aircraft

Systems and methods are provided for securing aircraft sidewall. One embodiment comprises a hanger for supporting sections of sidewall for an aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

10/12/17 / #20170291675

Compression relief tie rod

A tension-only member for a truss structure and a method of operating a vehicle with tension-only members is provided. Tension-only members readily deform when a compressive load is applied. ... The Boeing Co

10/12/17 / #20170291404

Support tooling for composite parts

Systems and methods are provided for forming composite parts. One embodiment is an apparatus that includes a forming tool. ... The Boeing Co

10/12/17 / #20170291332

Conductive pre-impregnated composite sheet and method for making the same

A method for making a conductive pre-impregnated composite sheet includes the steps of joining a nanomaterial composite sheet, a fiber-reinforcing sheet and a resin system to form a combined sheet, heating the combined sheet, compacting the combined sheet, and cooling the combined sheet to form conductive pre-impregnated composite sheet including the fiber-reinforcing sheet, and the nanomaterial composite sheet coupled to the fiber-reinforcing sheet, wherein the fiber-reinforcing sheet and the nanomaterial composite sheet are embedded in the resin system.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/12/17 / #20170291304

Dual hidden point bars

A system is provided including a first elongated object proximate a first surface on a first side of a structure and a second elongated object proximate a second surface on a second side of the structure, the second surface and the second side opposite the structure relative to the first surface and the first side, the first object aligned with the second object at a first point on the first surface. The system also includes a first plurality of corner cubes affixed to the first object at first known distances from each other and from the first point, wherein the first object abuts the first surface at the first point. ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170290096

Heat pipe with printed heater and associated methods for manufacturing

Described herein is a heater for space equipment that includes a heat pipe. The heater also includes a first layer applied to the heat pipe. ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170289506

Methods, systems and apparatuses for optically addressed imaging system

Methods, systems and components are disclosed relating to the exclusive optical addressing of information for image display systems.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170289189

System and method for automatic generation of filter rules

In general, certain embodiments of the present disclosure provide methods and systems for automatic generation of filter rules based on functional network flows for e-enabled aviation systems. According to various embodiments, a method is provided comprising capturing network packets corresponding to a functional network flow transmitted within a networked aviation system, and parsing the network packets in order to extract one or more network messages corresponding to the functional network flow. ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170285572

Methods, systems and apparatuses for optically addressed holographic imaging system

Methods and systems and components made according to the methods and systems, are disclosed relating to the generation of a holographic image, including a color-containing holographic image, generated exclusively optically addressing information to a projection system.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170284947

Apparatuses and methods for high-precision measurement

A measurement system is provided that includes a radiographic source, a detector, and at least one processor. The at least one processor is operably coupled to the detector and configured to: position the radiographic source in a first position relative to the object to image a first portion of the object, with the first position configured to maintain parallax for the first portion within a predetermined amount; obtain first imaging information of the first portion of the object in the first position; adjust the position of the radiographic source relative to the object to a second position, with the second position configured to maintain parallax for the second portion within a predetermined amount; obtain second imaging information of the second portion of the object in the second position; and generate an image of the object using the first imaging information and the second imaging information.. ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170284780

Projectile delivery of disruptive media for target protection from directed energy

Methods, devices, and systems may protect a target from undesirable electromagnetic radiation by detecting electromagnetic radiation (including coherent radiation such as laser beams) aimed at a target from a source; calculating a first release position to disrupt the electromagnetic radiation thereby protecting the target; launching a projectile that may include a disruptive medium or a disruptive-medium precursor; directing the projectile to the first release position; and releasing the disruptive medium from the projectile at the first release position, such that the releasing of the disruptive medium forms a cloud of the disruptive medium.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170284567

Grommet, conduit support assembly, and method of supporting a conduit

A grommet is provided. The grommet includes a radially inner side wall, a radially outer side wall, and a support structure extending between the radially inner side wall and the radially outer side wall. ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170284449

Conformal clearance fit fastener, fastener system, and method for composite structures

A fastener includes an elongated shaft having a first end, a second end, and a shaft body, a head portion, and a threaded portion. At least one inner feed channel extends through the head portion and the shaft body and terminates proximal to the threaded portion. ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170284448

Anti-rotation rivetless nut plate

A method and apparatus for fastening structures. A first end of a body is placed into a hole on a first side of the structures. ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170284434

Threaded adjustable-height inserts and related methods

A threaded adjustable-height insert may be installed in a bore of a sandwich panel, such that the insert may be configured to transfer a load to the sandwich panel. The threaded adjustable-height insert may include a first insert part and a second insert part that may be selectively operatively positioned with respect to each other. ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170284427

Actuator having an internal conductive path

An actuator includes a piston and a housing. The piston includes a piston shaft that is configured to reciprocate within the housing. ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170284340

Spark plug and associated propellant ignition system

A spark plug having an insulating body defining a longitudinal axis and including a base portion and an obstruction portion, a first electrode including a proximal portion, a sheathed portion and a distal portion, the sheathed portion of the first electrode extending through the base portion of the insulating body, and a second electrode including a proximal portion, a sheathed portion and a distal portion, the sheathed portion of the second electrode extending through the base portion and the obstruction portion of the insulating body, wherein the obstruction portion axially extends beyond the distal portion of the first electrode.. . ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170284338

Thrust reverser honeycomb panel load distribution systems and methods

Systems and methods are provided for an aircraft propulsor thrust reverser with a fastening system. The fastening system may include a male spool and a female spool configured to be threaded into the male spool. ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170284076

Systems and methods for automatically cleaning a lavatory floor

A self-cleaning floor assembly is configured to form or be positioned on a floor of an enclosed space. The self-cleaning floor assembly includes a moveable floor including a moveable floor panel, an actuation system that is operatively coupled to the floor panel, and a cleaning system proximate to at least a portion of the moveable floor. ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170283972

Tooling having a durable metallic surface over an additively formed polymer base and method of forming such tooling

A tool and a method for forming a tool are disclosed. The tool has a base layer additively formed from a polymer material in a desired tool shape. ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170283263

Interwoven carbon nanotube mats

Systems and methods are provided for stitching together sheets of interwoven carbon nanotubes. One embodiment is a method that includes providing multiple sheets of interwoven carbon nanotubes, arranging the sheets over a substrate such that interstices of the sheets overlap at a stitch region of the substrate and heating catalysts at the substrate above a threshold temperature to trigger growth of new carbon nanotubes. ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170283262

Interwoven carbon nanotube mats

Systems and methods are provided for interweaving carbon nanotubes. One embodiment comprises a layer of carbon nanotubes. ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170283094

Systems and methods for satellite orbit and momentum control

Systems and methods for satellite orbit and momentum control are disclosed herein. An example spacecraft includes a first arm having a first end pivotably coupled to the spacecraft and a second end. ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170283092

Systems and methods for cleaning interior portions of a vehicle

A vehicle includes an internal cabin, and an autonomous cleaning system located within an interior chamber of the internal cabin. The autonomous cleaning system includes a cleaning robot configured to clean a portion of the interior chamber.. ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170283085

On-board structural load assessment of an aircraft during flight events

A system is provided for structural load assessment of an aircraft. An approximator may receive parameters related to a ground or flight event and calculate the resulting response load on the aircraft using a machine learning algorithm and a structural dynamics model of the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170283062

Systems and methods for cleaning a lavatory floor

A system includes a dry floor assembly that is configured to be located within an interior space. The dry floor assembly includes a vacuum layer. ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170283039

System and method for controlling aircraft wing flap motion

A system and method for controlling one or more flaps of a wing of an aircraft include a first flap moveably secured to a first wing of the aircraft. The first flap is moveable between an extended position and a retracted position. ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170283034

Methods and apparatus to control a gap between movable aircraft wing components

Methods and apparatus to control a gap between movable aircraft wing components are disclosed. An example apparatus includes spoiler including a first panel and a second panel, a flexible tip extending from an intersection of the first and second panels; and a rub block coupled to a surface of the second panel, the rub block positioned to engage a flap to maintain a distance between the spoiler and the flap and to enable the flexible tip to perform deform to change aerodynamic properties of the spoiler.. ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170283031

Methods and apparatus for forming and installing insulation blankets in a vehicle compartment

Methods and apparatus for forming and installing insulation blankets in a vehicle compartment are disclosed. An example apparatus includes an insulation blanket that includes an outer layer, an insulation layer disposed in the outer layer, and a first fastener disposed in the insulation layer. ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170283029

Decompression panel assembly and methods of manufacturing the same

A decompression panel assembly for use in an aircraft includes a body portion comprising a plurality of frame members defining a plurality of openings in the body portion. The decompression panel assembly also includes a baffle member integrally formed with the plurality of frame members such that the baffle member removably obstructs at least one opening of the plurality of openings. ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170282778

System and method for transporting an object to be moved

A device and method is provided that includes a plurality of dollies. Each dolly includes a base portion and a plurality of wheels attached to the base portion. ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170282492

Tailored coefficient of thermal expansion of composite laminates using fiber steering

Provided are assemblies, each including a first structure having a uniform coefficient of thermal expansion (cte) and a second composite structure having a variable cte. Also provided are methods of forming such assemblies. ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170282491

Veil-stabilized composite with improved tensile strength

A method for manufacturing a composite may include: selecting an interlayer material having a first distortional-deformation capability; selecting a matrix material having a second distortional-deformation capability, which is less than the first distortional-deformation capability; disposing at least one reinforcing layer, formed of reinforcing fibers of a reinforcing material, and at least one interlayer, formed of a nonwoven fabric of the interlayer material, in an alternating configuration; and infusing the at least one reinforcing layer and the at least one interlayer with the matrix material such that the matrix material flows though the at least one reinforcing layer and the at least one interlayer. Selection of the interlayer material having the first distortional-deformation capability and the matrix material having the second distortional-deformation capability is configured to increase tensile strength of the composite.. ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170282369

Collision prevention in robotic manufacturing environments

Systems and methods are provided for collision prevention in robot manufacturing environments. One embodiment is an apparatus that includes a robot. ... The Boeing Co

10/05/17 / #20170281137

Signal processing for ultrasound imaging systems

Systems and methods are provided for selectively utilizing ultrasound data to quantify a part being scanned. One embodiment is a system that includes an ultrasonic wave generator configured to induce ultrasonic waves at locations along a part being scanned, and a controller. ... The Boeing Co

09/28/17 / #20170280381

Content delivery across heterogeneous networks

A system is provided for content delivery across heterogeneous networks. The system may store a database of unified identity codes (uics) for respective categories of information, and in-network addresses of in-network subscriber nodes subscribed to the respective categories of information. ... The Boeing Co

09/28/17 / #20170279913

Unified data networking across heterogeneous networks

A system is provided for unified data networking across a plurality of heterogeneous networks different ones of which include a source network node and a querying network node. The system may receive a data packet having a payload and a tag that includes a unified identity code (uic) for a category of information. ... The Boeing Co

09/28/17 / #20170279287

System architecture for battery charger based on gan-based power devices

A system architecture for a battery charger that employs gan-based power devices. The system takes advantage of the active power electronics circuits for power conversion, utilizing controls for power factor correction at its input and constant current/constant voltage regulation at its output. ... The Boeing Co

09/28/17 / #20170277392

Vehicle map icon

A method, system, and computer program product for generating a graphical icon for a vehicle carrying a payload is provided. The graphical icon includes a first icon portion that indicates a status of the first deployable payload, which can include several separately deployable sub-payloads. ... The Boeing Co

09/28/17 / #20170276786

Radar image formation within a distributed network

A system is provided for synthetic aperture radar image formation within a distributed network. A radar antenna receives successive echoes of a plurality of pulses of radio waves transmitted in an environment of a target. ... The Boeing Co

09/28/17 / #20170276163

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

09/28/17 / #20170275026

Robots, robotic systems, and related methods

Robots for moving relative to a surface, robotic systems including the same, and associated methods are disclosed. A robot includes a body, at least two legs, and at least two feet. ... The Boeing Co

09/28/17 / #20170275019

Fastener systems that provide eme protection

Fasteners are inserted into a stack of members and terminated with parts having at least one of a dry dielectric coating and a dry dielectric seal at select locations to protect against electromagnetic effects (eme).. . ... The Boeing Co

09/28/17 / #20170275016

Apparatus to store a drogue hose on an aircraft

Apparatus to store a drogue hose on an aircraft are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a drum to rotate in a first direction to coil a hose and a second direction to uncoil the hose, a carriage at least partially surrounding the drum, the carriage including rollers to guide the hose as the hose is coiled and uncoiled, the carriage having an outer surface covering the rollers and wheels coupled to the carriage, the wheels to facilitate movement of the carriage along a length of the drum as the drum rotates.. ... The Boeing Co

09/28/17 / #20170275015

Apparatus to store a drogue hose on an aircraft

Apparatus to store a drogue hose on an aircraft are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a pod to be attached to an aircraft to store a drogue hose, a drum disposed in the pod around which the drogue hose is coiled, where an axis of the drum is aligned with a direction of flight of the aircraft, guides to move along a length of the drum to guide the drogue hose as the drogue hose is coiled around the drum, and exit rollers adjacent to a drogue chute cave of the pod, the exit rollers to guide the drogue hose as the drogue hose moves through the drogue chute cave.. ... The Boeing Co

09/28/17 / #20170275012

Thrust recovery outflow valves for use with aircraft

Thrust recovery outflow valves for aircraft are disclosed. An example thrust recovery outflow valve includes a flow control member having a first aerodynamic surface and a second aerodynamic surface to define at least a portion of a fluid flow passageway between an inlet and an outlet of the thrust recovery outflow valve. ... The Boeing Co

09/28/17 / #20170274986

Method and apparatus for latent fault detection and management for fly-by-wire flight control systems

An aircraft control system includes pilot and co-pilot flight control systems that each include a first shaft mechanically coupled to and displaced apart from a second shaft, the shafts defining and being rotatable about independent longitudinal axes. A connecting link enables rotation of one of the first shafts to rotate a corresponding one of the second shafts. ... The Boeing Co

09/28/17 / #20170274847

Modular equipment center solid state primary power switching network

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

09/28/17 / #20170274621

Fabrication of composite laminates using temporarily stitched preforms

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

09/28/17 / #20170274577

Composite structures with stiffeners and method of making the same

A method for assembling a stiffened composite structure includes a step of positioning a plurality of dry fibers along a first side of a pre-preg composite laminate skin element wherein the pre-preg composite laminate skin element is dimensionally changeable. The method further includes a step of positioning an interlayer between the plurality of dry fibers and the first side of the pre-preg composite laminate skin element and a step of infusing the plurality of dry fibers with a resin forming a plurality of infused fibers. ... The Boeing Co

09/28/17 / #20170274559

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

09/28/17 / #20170274390

Dust mitigation system utilizing conductive fibers

A dust mitigation system (“dms”) is disclosed that includes a fabric-material having a front-surface and a back-surface; a plurality of conductive-fibers within the fabric-material; and a plurality of input-nodes approximately adjacent to the back-surface or the front-surface of the fabric-material. The plurality of conductive-fibers are approximately parallel in a first direction along the fabric-material and are approximately adjacent to the front-surface of the fabric-material and the plurality of input-nodes are in signal communication with the plurality of conductive-fibers and configured to receive an alternating-current (“ac”) voltage-signal from an input-signal-source. ... The Boeing Co

09/21/17 / #20170271944

Open-core flywheel architecture

Apparatuses, systems and methods are described for a flywheel system incorporating a rotor made from a high-strength material in an open-core flywheel architecture with a high-temperature superconductive (hts) bearing technology to achieve the desired high energy density in the flywheel energy storage devices, to obtain superior results and performance, and that eliminates the material growth-matching problem and obviates radial growth and bending mode issues that otherwise occur at various high frequencies and speeds.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/21/17 / #20170270182

Extraction, aggregation and query of maintenance data for a manufactured product

A method is provided that includes receiving a first electronic document for a manufactured product, with the first electronic document including first data regarding the manufactured product. The method includes extracting the first data from the first electronic document. ... The Boeing Co

09/21/17 / #20170269611

Unmanned aerial vehicle flight control system

An onboard system for controlling flight of an unmanned aerial vehicle. The system comprises: a flight management system configured for controlling flight of the unmanned aerial vehicle; a mission control module configured to send commands to the flight management system for guiding the unmanned aerial vehicle to perform a mission; a safety module configured to communicate commands to the flight management system for guiding the unmanned aerial vehicle to fly in a safe mode; a communication control component which is switchable between a mission state in which the flight management system receives commands from the mission control module and a safety state in which the flight management system receives commands from the safety module; and a monitor module configured to determine whether a trigger condition warranting a change in mode is present or not and to cause the communication control component to switch from the mission state to the safety state when the trigger condition is present.. ... The Boeing Co

09/21/17 / #20170268958

Variable load and load vector application system

An article under test, such as a wing or other aerodynamic component of an aircraft, is load tested by applying a desired load at a desired angle. When a change in attitude of the article under test is determined, a position of a load mechanism that provides the load to the article under test is changed in real time to maintain the desired angle. ... The Boeing Co

09/21/17 / #20170268855

Guided projectile and method of enabling guidance thereof

A guided projectile that includes a warhead case, a cartridge case coupled to the warhead case, and a tail kit assembly positioned within the cartridge case. The tail kit assembly includes a hollow casing including a plurality of fin slots defined therein, a control fin selectively extendable from within the hollow casing through each fin slot of the plurality of fin slots, and a fin slot cover positioned within each fin slot with a minimum clearance fit such that the control fin is retained within the hollow casing. ... The Boeing Co

09/21/17 / #20170268560

Floating, bottom-filled and twist insert and methods for use thereof

An insert, a floating nut and methods for use thereof in a panel of an aircraft are presented. Specifically, an insert includes a housing defining a cavity. ... The Boeing Co

09/21/17 / #20170267378

Satellite control system using electrically controllable variable reflection glass panels

A method and apparatus for the control of the attitude of earth orbiting satellites and the orbit and attitude control of a novel gravitational wave detection satellite configuration located near the sun-earth lagrangian points l3, l4 and l5, utilizing the control of solar radiation pressure by the use of electrically controllable variable reflection glass panels to provide the torques and forces needed.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/21/17 / #20170267365

System and method for protecting the structural integrity of an engine strut

A system for protecting the structural integrity of an engine strut may include a first monitor, a second monitor, and a controller communicatively coupled to the first monitor and the second monitor. The first monitor may be mounted proximate an engine strut coupling a turbine engine to an airframe of an aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

09/21/17 / #20170267353

Deployable clearance panel system, method, and assembly for a monument within an internal cabin of an aircraft

A monument is configured to be positioned within an internal cabin of a vehicle. The monument includes a deployable portion. ... The Boeing Co

09/21/17 / #20170267340

Damage tolerant and fail-safe (dtfs) high strength preloaded pin assembly

A hinge assembly such as a lead-lag hinge can include a hinge pin assembly. The hinge pin assembly can include an outer cylinder, a shear pin that extends through the outer cylinder and having a first threaded end and a second threaded end, a first nut threaded on the first threaded end and a second nut threaded on the second end. ... The Boeing Co

09/21/17 / #20170267339

Damage tolerant and fail-safe (dtfs) high strength preloaded pin assembly

A fracture-resistant double shear joint including a clevis having a first end defining a first bore and a second end defining a second bore, and a reaction load member defining a third bore, wherein the first bore, the second bore, and the third bore are colinear. The fracture-resistant double shear joint can further include a first spacer positioned within the first bore, a second spacer positioned within the second bore, and a shear pin positioned within each of the first bore, the second bore, and the third bore. ... The Boeing Co

09/21/17 / #20170267330

Customizing aircraft performance systems and methods

Systems and methods are described for changing the performance of an aircraft by customizing aircraft control system parameters based on a subjective personal preference of a pilot. The system includes a user interface for receiving the customized aircraft control system parameters from the pilot. ... The Boeing Co

09/21/17 / #20170266942

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 support surface and a support surface edge. ... The Boeing Co

09/21/17 / #20170266852

Charge shaping method, system, and apparatus

A method and apparatus are provided. A composite charge is positioned onto lower plates of a plurality of placement end effectors. ... The Boeing Co

09/21/17 / #20170266692

Atmospheric pressure plasma coating methods, systems and apparatuses

Methods, systems and apparatuses are disclosed for depositing a substantially transparent film coating onto a substantially transparent substrate via atmospheric pressure plasma deposition techniques and apparatuses.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/21/17 / #20170266691

Drag reduction riblets integrated in a paint layer

A riblet forming system incorporates a gantry which supports a laser and a paint applicator is positioned and moved over an aerodynamic surface. A computer control system is connected for control of the gantry on a predetermined path over the aerodynamic surface and further connected to the laser to control cutting a riblet topography along the predetermined path in a predeposited paint layer.. ... The Boeing Co

09/14/17 / #20170264630

Selective extended archiving of data

A system is provided for selective extended archiving of data. A network analyzer may intercept and log traffic that passes over at least part of a computer network including capturing a plurality of network packets and producing a traffic log including a corresponding plurality of entries with values of fields in the plurality of network packets. ... The Boeing Co

09/14/17 / #20170264258

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

09/14/17 / #20170264011

Air-filled quad-ridge radiator for aesa applications

A method of manufacturing an integrated radio frequency (rf) module, comprising structurally forming at least one rf waveguide and at least one rf radiator of a metalized ceramic material. The rf waveguide(s) and the rf radiator(s) are connected and operatively coupled with each other. ... The Boeing Co

09/14/17 / #20170264007

Combined structural and electrical repair for multifunctional wideband arrays

A method for repair of a multifunctional wideband array includes processes and operations of assessing electrical and structural impairment to the multifunctional wideband array; cutting an opening in a superstrate of the multifunctional wideband array to expose an impaired backskin section of a lower electronics assembly of the multifunctional wideband array; replacing the impaired backskin section with a replacement backskin section; and repairing the opening in the superstrate. A system of multifunctional wideband array repair includes a core having longitudinal core strips and transverse core strips; a backskin having electronics connected to the core and providing electrical functionality enabling the core cells of the core to function as a phased array antenna aperture; a number of splice clips connecting longitudinal core strips to longitudinal repair core strips; and a section of the backskin electrically connected and structurally bonded to the repair core strips.. ... The Boeing Co

09/14/17 / #20170262152

Composite filler

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

09/14/17 / #20170261616

Server algorithms to improve space based authentication

A system and methods for location authentication are presented. An estimated server signal is estimated based on a generated known code signal, and a client received satellite signal is received from a client device. ... The Boeing Co

09/14/17 / #20170261405

System and method to test a contact of a connector

A device to test a contact of a connector includes a frame and a connector adaptor coupled to the frame. The connector adaptor is configured to retain the connector. ... The Boeing Co

09/14/17 / #20170261048

Blow back prevention device, and associated method

An aircraft flap blow back prevention device includes a first ball-ramp plate, and output coupling engaged therewith, rotatable about an axis. A second ball-ramp plate is disposed adjacent the first plate such that ball-ramp surfaces thereof are opposed, with a ball therebetween, and such that first and second braking surfaces thereof oppose respective first and second stationary braking structures. ... The Boeing Co

09/14/17 / #20170261040

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

09/14/17 / #20170261023

One-sided fastener assembly and methods and systems for installing the same

A one-sided fastener assembly for use in coupling an assembly stack-up includes a sleeve comprising an outer cylindrical surface and an inner tapered surface oriented at a first angle with respect to the outer surface. The inner tapered defines an opening extending through the sleeve. ... The Boeing Co

09/14/17 / #20170260432

Polyarylether ketone imide sulfone adhesives

Aspects of the present disclosure generally describe polyarylether ketones and methods of use. In some aspects, a composition includes one or more polymers of formulae (i), (ii), or (iii):. ... The Boeing Co

09/14/17 / #20170260332

Polyarylether ketone imide adhesives

Aspects of the present disclosure generally describe polyarylether ketones and methods of use. In some aspects, a composition includes one or more polymers of formula (iv):. ... The Boeing Co

09/14/17 / #20170260053

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

09/14/17 / #20170259937

Ventilation conduit for an aircraft

According to an embodiment, an aircraft comprises a fuselage including composite skin; an enclosure located inside the fuselage; a rechargeable battery disposed inside the enclosure; and a ventilation conduit extending from the enclosure to an opening in the composite skin, the ventilation conduit including: a first portion having a first end coupled to the enclosure and a second end spaced from the composite skin, and a second portion extending between the composite skin and the second end of the first portion, the second portion comprising an electrically non-conductive material.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/14/17 / #20170259931

Automated flight throttle control

Automated throttle control is described herein. One disclosed example method includes calculating, using a processor, a thrust resolver angle based on a flight condition of an aircraft, and controlling a throttle from moving past at least one of the thrust resolver angle or a range defined by the thrust resolver angle to maintain the aircraft in a preferred flight mode.. ... The Boeing Co

09/14/17 / #20170259919

Multiple missile and bomb carriage system

A multiple advanced missile and bomb ejector rack carriage system employs a carriage mountable to an air to ground (ag) bomb release unit (bru) on an aircraft pylon. A single mil-std-1760 electrical interface is integral to the carriage and has a first power connection and first signal connection. ... The Boeing Co

09/14/17 / #20170259909

Aircraft wing structure and associated method for addressing lift and drag

An aircraft, an aircraft wing structure and a method are provided in order to address lift and drag, such as by increasing lift and reducing drag. In the context of an aircraft wing structure, the aircraft wing structure includes a wing extending outboard from a fuselage of an aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

09/14/17 / #20170259908

Aerodynamic structures having lower surface spoilers

Aerodynamic structures having lower surface spoilers are described herein. One disclosed example apparatus includes a first spoiler of an aerodynamic structure of an aircraft, where the first spoiler is to deflect away from a first side of the aerodynamic structure and a second spoiler on a second side of the aerodynamic structure opposite of the first side, where the second spoiler is to deflect away from the second side to reduce a load on at least one of the first spoiler or a flap of the aerodynamic structure.. ... The Boeing Co

09/14/17 / #20170259906

Heat shield assembly and method

A heat shield assembly including a skin panel and a stiffener including a base portion and a bead portion protruding from the base portion, wherein the base portion is connected to the skin panel to define a bead volume between the bead portion and the skin panel.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/14/17 / #20170259901

Methods for insulating frame members

A method of insulating a structural frame member of a transport vehicle is provided. The method includes coupling a first end of at least one flexible insulation member to one of at least two self-retaining foam insulation members using a coupling element. ... The Boeing Co

09/14/17 / #20170259528

Multi-layer film adhesive

A multi-layer film adhesive for reducing squeeze out in a bonded joint is provided. The multi-layer film adhesive has a first adhesive layer having a first chemical property. ... The Boeing Co

09/14/17 / #20170259492

Systems and methods for depositing compounds in a structure

Presently disclosed systems and methods for depositing a compound into a void in a sandwich panel are configured to reduce the air pressure in and around the void as the compound flows into the void, thereby reducing the amount of air trapped between the compound and the sandwich panel skin within the void during the repair. Systems may include a dispenser for holding the compound, a vacuum canister, and a valve operable to allow the compound to flow from the dispenser, through at least a portion of the vacuum canister, and into the void. ... The Boeing Co

09/14/17 / #20170259355

Machining/burnishing dual geometry orbital drilling tool

A combination cutting and burnishing orbital drilling tool may include an elongate tool body including a cutting end and extending along a longitudinal axis. The tool body may include a burnishing portion spaced from the cutting end and configured to induce residual stress in a side wall of a hole without removing material. ... The Boeing Co

09/14/17 / #20170259306

Tool for removing sealant around a seal cap

A method and apparatus for sealing a fastener element. A structure may be positioned over a seal cap that has been adhered and sealed to the fastener element. ... The Boeing Co

09/14/17 / #20170259191

Systems and methods for viscous material vacuum deaeration, and systems and methods for depositing compounds in a structure

Presently disclosed systems and methods for depositing a compound into a void in a sandwich panel or other structure are configured to reduce the air pressure in and around the void as the compound flows into the void, thereby reducing the amount of air trapped between the compound and the sandwich panel skin (under the compound, within the void) during the repair. Additionally or alternatively, presently disclosed systems and methods for deaerating a compound are configured to remove trapped air from the compound prior to use of the compound (e.g., prior to depositing the compound within a void for repairing the void). ... The Boeing Co

09/07/17 / #20170256175

System and method of developing and managing a training program

A method of developing and managing a training program is provided. The method includes defining the training program from a plurality of parameters, defining a desired outcome of the training program for at least one learner, and determining a predicted outcome for the training program for the at least one learner. ... The Boeing Co

09/07/17 / #20170255204

Aircraft landing systems and methods

A method for controlling an aircraft includes storing data aboard the aircraft. The data include the relative positions of radar targets disposed within a region adjacent to the runway. ... The Boeing Co

09/07/17 / #20170255190

Apparatus and method for simulating a failure response in an electromechanical actuator

A control system may include a fault detection system, an electromechanical actuator, the electromechanical actuator electronically coupled to the fault detection system, and a failure simulation apparatus mechanically coupled between the electromechanical actuator and a load, the failure simulation apparatus selectively applies an external resistive force to the electromechanical actuator.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/07/17 / #20170254718

Radiographic method and apparatus for detection of cracks, defects, or leak pathways in materials and assemblies

Example systems and methods for testing materials and assemblies for voids, cracks, or other defects are provided. One example system for testing a part includes a chamber configured to accept the part, and a vacuum source connected to the chamber. ... The Boeing Co

09/07/17 / #20170254658

Fuel consumption predictions using associative memories

A method, system, and computer program product for predicting fuel consumption for a vehicle operation is provided. Data for historical vehicle operations is stored in an associative memory and includes values for different attribute categories. ... The Boeing Co

09/07/17 / #20170253988

Electromodification of conductive surfaces

An apparatus for electromodification of a conductive surface of a part may comprise a stencil having a mask pattern, a retainer joined to the stencil and configured to capture an electrolyte, and a sacrificial metal joined to the stencil and the retainer for form an integrated assembly. The stencil may be positioned in the assembly to contact the conductive surface of the part, and establish electrical contact between the electrolyte and the conductive surface through the mask pattern when electrical power with a predetermined polarity is applied between the sacrificial metal and the conductive surface.. ... The Boeing Co

09/07/17 / #20170253761

Coatings, coating compositions, and methods of delaying ice formation

A coating includes at least one coating layer containing first particles, second particles, and third particles distributed throughout a cross-linked, continuous polymer matrix. An outer surface of the coating layer includes surfaces of at least first particles extending outward from a top periphery of the polymer matrix. ... The Boeing Co

09/07/17 / #20170253351

In-line centrifugal sealant debubbler

Systems for removing gas from a sealant and transferring gas-less sealant to an applicator are provided. The system may comprise: a rotatable chamber including: a first opening for receiving sealant; a hollow conduit arranged such that when gas accumulates in the center of the rotatable chamber when the rotatable chamber is rotating, the gas is ventable from the rotatable chamber; a second opening for receiving gas-less sealant from the rotatable chamber after the gas is vented from the hollow conduit; and a motor operatively configured to rotate the rotatable chamber; and a gas-less sealant applicator in fluid communication with the second opening of the rotatable chamber such that gas-less sealant released by the second opening is flowable into the applicator. ... The Boeing Co

09/07/17 / #20170253346

Conductive radius filler system and method

There is provided a conductive radius filler system and method. The system has a composite assembly with one or more composite structures having one or more radius filler regions. ... The Boeing Co

09/07/17 / #20170253319

Non-contact power supply and data transfer on aerial vehicles

An aircraft includes a first structure that includes a first surface and a first coil conformed to, or embedded within, the first surface. The aircraft includes a second structure that includes a second surface and a second coil conformed to, or embedded within, the second surface. ... The Boeing Co

09/07/17 / #20170253317

Rudder control pedal assembly with linear pedal travel path

A rudder control apparatus may include a laterally spaced apart pair of pedal assemblies each coupled to a support frame and a rudder control device, the pedal assemblies each including a four-bar linkage constrained to movement in an approximately vertical plane, and a pedal coupled to the four-bar linkage and constrained to movement in an approximately horizontal plane.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/07/17 / #20170253167

Rotor blade stands

Example stands for supporting a component, such as a rotor blade, are described herein. An example stand described herein includes a blade support having an opening extending from an edge of the blade support towards a center of the blade support. ... The Boeing Co

09/07/17 / #20170253006

Adjustable-height inserts and related methods

A two-part adjustable-height insert may be installed in a bore of a sandwich panel, such that the adjustable-height insert may be configured to transfer a load to the sandwich panel. The adjustable-height insert may include a first insert part and a second insert part that may be selectively operatively positioned with respect to each other. ... The Boeing Co

09/07/17 / #20170252982

Dynamic forming tools for composite parts

Systems and methods are provided for dynamically altering the shape of a forming tool for a composite part during forming. An exemplary forming tool includes a main body that holds a first portion of a multi-layer laminate, and a platform that holds a second portion of the laminate aligned with the first portion. ... The Boeing Co

09/07/17 / #20170252887

Apparatus for and method of processing an edge of a tube

An abrading apparatus for processing an edge of a tube is disclosed. The abrading apparatus includes a rotational symmetry axis and a chassis comprising an input side, an output side opposite the input side, and an input coupler on the input side of the chassis. ... The Boeing Co

09/07/17 / #20170252882

System and method for processing a workpiece

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

08/31/17 / #20170251501

Method and system for integration of portable devices with flight deck displays

A method for integration of a portable electronic device (ped) with a flight deck display in some embodiments includes providing an onboard network coupled to a flight-deck-installed, multi-function display and coupling the ped to the onboard network. The method may also include receiving information from a ped hosted application in the ped, routing information through a gateway and/or a plurality of firewalls, and displaying information on the flight-deck-installed, multi-function display. ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170251467

System and method for highly deterministic media access control

A system and method for providing media access control for networked nodes over a plurality of channels. Each channel is divided into a number of time slots per frame of data organized in a channel allocation schedule. ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170250638

Pneumatic energy harvesting and monitoring

An apparatus including a pneumatic system; an energy harvesting unit configured to generate electrical energy from a compressed gas in the pneumatic system; a battery connected to the energy harvesting unit; a sensor disposed to detect a first parameter regarding operation of the energy harvesting unit; and a controller connected to the sensor and the energy harvesting unit. The sensor and the controller are powered by the energy harvesting unit. ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170250622

Balancing current within a modular converter system

To provide current balancing between paralleled first and second inverter units of a modular converter system, a system controller is configured to determine a gate driver offset value based on respective voltages at the phase output nodes of the first and second inverter units. The system controller controls gate drivers for the first and second inverter units based on the determined gate driver offset value. ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170250559

Radio frequency energy harvesting system

Disclosed is a radio frequency (“rf”) energy harvesting system (“rfhs”). The rfhs includes a phased array antenna, a power harvesting unit, and a controller. ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170249849

Method and electronic device for optimizing a flight trajectory of an aircraft subject to time of arrival control constraints

A method and electronic device for optimizing a flight trajectory of an aircraft subject to time of arrival control constraints. The electronic device comprises a communications unit, an optimization module, and an alert generation module. ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170249780

Non-conformance mapping and visualization

Areas of non-conformances in a manufactured object are electronically mapped within a coordinate system of the object. Boundary lines of the areas containing the non-conformances are displayed on a 3-d image of the product. ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170248972

Lightweight plenum system for spacecraft application

A gas distribution system for use in an enclosed volume wherein the system includes a distribution duct and a first inflatable duct portion in fluid communication with the distribution duct. The system further includes a passageway defining an opening which extends through the passageway, wherein: the opening is in fluid communication with the first inflatable duct portion; the passageway includes a valve with a flapper positioned within the opening of the passageway; and the flapper is moveable in relationship to the opening by way of a bi-metallic temperature sensing member. ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170248811

Window method and apparatus for protection from bright light sources

According to an embodiment, an electrically switchable mirror includes: a first electrically switchable layer of cholesteric liquid crystal material, the first electrically switchable layer having a first state in which right-handed circularly polarized light incident thereon is reflected and left-handed circularly polarized light incident thereon is transmitted and a second state wherein right-handed and left-handed circularly polarized light incident thereon are transmitted; a second electrically switchable layer of cholesteric liquid crystal material, the second electrically switchable layer having a first state in which left-handed circularly polarized light incident thereon is reflected and right-handed circularly polarized light incident thereon is transmitted and a second state wherein right-handed and left-handed circularly polarized light incident thereon are transmitted; and a first electrically switchable wave plate disposed between the first and second electrically switchable layers.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170248701

Integrated interface architecture and control logic for enhanced emergency location functionality

Aircraft tracking and emergency location avionics architectures that integrate existing fixed emergency locator transmitter (elt) installations, their associated aircraft avionics systems and existing flight deck interfaces with an autonomous distress tracker (adt) transceiver unit in a coupled configuration. Some of the architectures allow the adt unit and its advanced distress detecting and reporting capabilities to monitor the activation control path for the elt and the associated elt activation outputs. ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170248676

Emergency locator transmitter activation device for enhanced emergency location performance

An aircraft avionics unit that enhances the emergency location capability of existing emergency locator transmitters (elts). This aircraft avionics unit can be integrated with a wide range of existing elts and their existing aircraft interfaces by changes to a small number of the signal wires between the elt and the aircraft systems and the addition of limited inputs from aircraft systems. ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170248648

Fault detection in variable differential transformer sensors based on zero-crossings of signals

Systems and methods of detecting failures in an assembly that uses a variable differential transformer sensor. In one embodiment, a signal processor receives an excitation signal applied to the sensor, and detects a zero-crossing of the excitation signal. ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170248549

Method and system for non-destructive testing of composites

A system for nondestructive testing of a composite includes a emitter that transmits a plurality of sound signals to a composite at over a range of frequencies and receives sound signals from the composite, and generates electric signals in response to the received signals; a computer control for receiving the electric signals from the emitter, wherein the computer control programmed to apply a different, preset gain setting to at least one of the plurality of frequencies for a selected display image such that the display image shows a plot of received signal amplitude for the plurality of frequencies that is at least partially flattened, so that the amplitude of the signal from material without defects is the same at all frequencies, and changes in the amplitude of the signal are visually perceptible on the display for all of the plurality of signals.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170248531

Nonaqueous radiopaque fluid and associated imaging system and method

An imaging system including an imaging device having a field of view and a nonaqueous radiopaque fluid positionable in the field of view, the nonaqueous radiopaque fluid having a radiodensity that is between that of a metallic portion and a non-metallic portion of an object to be imaged by the imaging device.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170248460

System and method for measuring liquid levels

A level sensor assembly includes a fiber that is configured to be at least partially disposed in a tank and to be coupled to a light source and to a light detector. The fiber includes a plurality of sensing regions spaced apart along a length of the fiber. ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170248194

Low-profile, rotating-shaft transmission device, and associated method

A transmission device, comprising an offset gearbox assembly coupling rotatable input and output shafts extending in respective input and output axial directions. An output gear is mounted in the offset gearbox assembly and is rotatable in a drive direction about an output gear axis to rotate the output shaft coupled therewith. ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170248101

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

08/31/17 / #20170248081

Engine accessory drives systems and methods

An accessory drive for an engine includes a power takeoff (pto) configured to couple power from a rotating shaft of the engine and to convey the power through an opening in a housing of the engine. A gearbox is coupled to and configured to be driven by the pto. ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170247126

Structurally integrated thermal management system for aerospace vehicles

Disclosed embodiments include a structurally integrated thermal management system that uses the structure of an aerospace vehicle as part of the heat dissipation system. In this system, structural elements of the aerospace vehicle function as a thermal bus, and are thermally connected with heat-generating electrical components, so that heat from those components is directed away from the component by the structure of the vehicle itself, into lower temperature surfaces of the vehicle.. ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170247122

Fuselage manufacturing system

A method and apparatus for processing fuselage sections. A first fuselage section is held in a cradle system. ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170247118

Systems and methods for providing emergency location functionality

Aircraft tracking and emergency location avionics architectures that integrate existing fixed emergency locator transmitter (elt) installations, their associated aircraft avionics systems and existing flight deck interfaces with an autonomous distress tracker (adt) transceiver unit in a coupled configuration. Some of the architectures allow the adt unit and its advanced distress detecting and reporting capabilities to monitor the activation control path for the elt and the associated elt activation outputs. ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170247111

Vehicle cabin wayfinding assembly

A vehicle cabin wayfinding assembly is configured to be secured within an internal cabin of a vehicle. The vehicle cabin wayfinding assembly may include a placard having a front face, and at least one directional reflector offset from the front face of the placard. ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170246830

Disbond resistant composite stiffener runout

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

08/31/17 / #20170246817

Integrated smart susceptor heater blanket debulk system for composites

A processing apparatus such as a heating and/or debulking apparatus that may be used to debulk a plurality of uncured composite layers to form an article such as an aircraft component may include a plurality of interconnected smart susceptor heater blankets. The plurality of smart susceptor heater blankets may be connected in series or in parallel, and may be controlled to uniformly heat the component during formation.. ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170246816

Integrated smart susceptor heater blanket and vacuum bag deployment system for large composite skin laminate debulk

A processing apparatus such as a heating and/or debulking apparatus that may be used to debulk a plurality of uncured composite layers to form an article such as an aircraft component may include a plurality of interconnected smart susceptor heater blankets. The plurality of smart susceptor heater blankets may be connected in series or in parallel, and may be controlled to uniformly heat the component during formation. ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170246815

Large scale smart susceptor heater blankets requiring multi zone control

A processing apparatus such as a heating and/or debulking apparatus that may be used to debulk a plurality of uncured composite layers to form an article such as an aircraft component may include a plurality of interconnected smart susceptor heater blankets. The plurality of smart susceptor heater blankets may be connected in series or in parallel, and may be controlled to uniformly heat the component during formation.. ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170246733

Bit puller

A bit puller incorporates an inner element with a longitudinal axis and having a central shaft, a base with external threads and an engagement mechanism internal to the inner element adapted to engage a drill bit. An outer element is concentric with the inner element and has a foot portion for engaging a work piece. ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170246717

Apparatuses and methods for coupling and decoupling a tool and a tool retainer of a rotary drive sub-assembly

A tool-change station includes a base, and a first tool-change member that is rotatably coupled to the base. The first tool-change member includes a first tool-engagement portion, geometrically complementary with a tool-change-engagement portion of a tool of a rotary drive.. ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170246716

Apparatuses and methods for coupling threaded fasteners

A rotary-drive sub-assembly includes a tool and a tool retainer. The tool includes a first body and a second body. ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170246715

Apparatuses and methods for coupling threaded fasteners

A rotary-drive sub-assembly includes a tool and a tool retainer. The tool includes a fastener-engagement portion, a first threaded portion, and a tool-change-engagement portion between the fastener-engagement portion and the first threaded portion. ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170246714

Apparatuses and methods for coupling threaded fasteners

A rotary-drive sub-assembly includes a tool and a tool retainer. The tool includes a fastener-engagement portion, a first threaded portion, and a tool-change-engagement portion between the fastener-engagement portion and the first threaded portion. ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170246713

Tapered extraction device

A system for extracting an assembly component from an assembly uses an extractor that applies a gripping force around a perimeter of the assembly component, a coupler that applies an extraction force to the extractor and a tensioner fastened to the coupler that generates the extraction force, the extraction force causing the assembly component to slide out of the assembly. The tensioner applies an extraction force to the extractor which pulls the assembly component from the assembly.. ... The Boeing Co

08/31/17 / #20170246654

Apparatuses and methods for applying a glutinous substance

A nozzle (100) for applying a bead (103) of a glutinous substance (101) to a surface (102) of an object (104) comprises a body (110), a first guide (116), a gate (130), a second guide (132), and a biasing member (150). The body (110) comprises an inlet opening (112) and an outlet opening (114), joined by a channel (115). ... The Boeing Co

08/24/17 / #20170244904

Optical monitoring system and method for imaging a component under test

An optical monitoring method and system for monitoring a component may include an imaging sub-system including at least one camera having a first optical path and a second optical path. The first and second optical paths may include respective first and second direct lines of sight. ... The Boeing Co

08/24/17 / #20170244511

Blocking jamming signals intended to disrupt communications

Jamming systems uses wireless signals (e.g., radio waves) to deliberately prevent a target from accurately receiving desired wireless signals. The examples herein disclose an anti-jamming system that mitigates an effect that jamming signals have on a radio receiver. ... The Boeing Co

08/24/17 / #20170244356

Micro-concentrator module and deployment method

A micro-concentrator module includes a cover glass provided with solar cells on one side thereof. The cover glass is adapted to hover above a substrate containing an array of mems based reflectors. ... The Boeing Co

08/24/17 / #20170244325

Adaptable high efficiency power inverter system

Increased dc-to-ac power conversion efficiency in a scalable, flexible, resilient, cascading inverter driver topology. Plural power cells, which include a rectifier and an inverter, are arranged in a series/parallel topology. ... The Boeing Co

08/24/17 / #20170243692

Quad-t transformer to convert ac single-phase to three-phase power

A quad-t transformer in some embodiments includes a first split winding, a second split winding, and two orthogonal closed-loop windings coupled between the first split winding and the second split winding. Wires can be wound around magnetic cores. ... The Boeing Co

08/24/17 / #20170243399

Methods for localization using geotagged photographs and three-dimensional visualization

Methods for identifying parts of a target object (e.g., an airplane) using geotagged photographs captured on site by a hand-held imaging device. The geotagged photographs contain gps location data and camera setting information. ... The Boeing Co

08/24/17 / #20170242680

System and method for communication of software

A vehicle includes at least one programmable computing device including a memory configured to store instructions that are executable by a processor. The vehicle also include a software loader configured to modify or replace the instructions based on a loadable software part. ... The Boeing Co

08/24/17 / #20170242551

Modeling the connection between the software signal path and hardware signal path using routes

An improved system and method for modeling the data paths amongst the multiple avionic components inside an aircraft is described. A graphical user interface (gui) operable to depict an interactive environment representing avionic components and data paths between the avionic components is generated, where the graphical user interface depicts a representation of an input, output, and operation associated with the avionic components. ... The Boeing Co

08/24/17 / #20170242444

Systems and methods to prevent an aircraft from tail contact with the ground

Systems and methods according to one or more embodiments are provided for limiting elevator deflection commands to avoid the aft body of an aircraft from contacting the ground during a landing maneuver. In one example, a system includes a memory configured to store a plurality of executable instructions and a processor. ... The Boeing Co

08/24/17 / #20170242272

System and method for protection of eyes against laser light

An eye protection system may include a first lens, a second lens, and a lens support. The first lens may filter light of one or more first wavelengths. ... The Boeing Co

08/24/17 / #20170241862

Miniaturized tuned mass damper for application to high speed wind tunnel testing

A tunable mass-damping apparatus may include a housing having an interior surface, an interior volume containing a gas, and an axis. The housing may be configured to be coupled to a wind tunnel model. ... The Boeing Co

08/24/17 / #20170241577

Integrated gas purge path for welded sandwich structure

A method of forming a weld on a work piece is disclosed. The method may include creating an internal cavity along the work piece and extending a conduit having an exit orifice into the internal cavity such that the exit orifice may be positioned adjacent to the weld to be formed. ... The Boeing Co

08/24/17 / #20170241406

Internal mounted cylindrical turbine for electricity generation using exterior flush and scoop intakes

A method and system for generating electrical energy from wind are described. In an example, a method includes capturing wind in an intake on an exterior surface of a structure. ... The Boeing Co

08/24/17 / #20170241022

Reduction of chromium waste in an aluminum conversion coat processing line

The present disclosure relates generally to the field of conversion coating. More specifically, the present disclosure relates to improved methods for improving efficiency of chromium conversion coat processing lines.. ... The Boeing Co

08/24/17 / #20170240303

Artificial gravity system with a rotating structure that rotates about a stationary structure

A habitation module that provides an artificial gravity environment. In one embodiment, the habitation module includes a stationary structure and a rotating structure. ... The Boeing Co

08/24/17 / #20170240302

Artificial gravity system with rotating hub that is sealed with rotary seals

A habitation module that provides an artificial gravity environment. In one embodiment, the habitation module includes a core structure having cylindrical sections spaced apart from one another, and a hub that slides over one of the cylindrical sections of the core structure to span a distance between the cylindrical sections. ... The Boeing Co

08/24/17 / #20170240300

Methods of repairing an acoustic sandwich panel and acoustic sandwich panel repair kits therefor

A method of repairing an acoustic core cell of an acoustic sandwich panel is provided. The method comprises inserting a core repair splice adjacent to a number of damaged walls of the acoustic core cell of the acoustic sandwich panel, nesting the core repair splice onto the number of damaged walls, and bonding the core repair splice to the number of damaged walls and thereby to repair the acoustic core cell of the acoustic sandwich panel.. ... The Boeing Co

08/24/17 / #20170240295

Real time galley power management and fault monitoring system

A real-time galley power management and fault monitoring system for an aircraft manages a status of power consumption of a plurality of galley inserts inside a galley complex of an aircraft and monitors fault status of each galley insert of the plurality of galley inserts.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/24/17 / #20170240281

Movable control surface ejection system

Systems and methods are provided for decoupling movable control surfaces. Such systems may detect that a movable control surface is in a non-responsive state, such as a hard-over, and decouple the movable control surface from the main, fixed, control surface. ... The Boeing Co

08/24/17 / #20170240266

Thermal insulation for aircraft components

A thermal insulation system for an aircraft is provided. The thermal insulation system includes a carrier and a container. ... The Boeing Co

08/24/17 / #20170239896

Double diaphragm vacuum bagging assembly and method of use

A vacuum bagging diaphragm assembly used in forming a component from composite material includes a first sheet of a first material. Also included is a second sheet of a second material for positioning between a three dimensional forming tool and the first sheet. ... The Boeing Co

08/24/17 / #20170239876

Natural path forming for composite material

A method includes the step placing composite laminate material onto a three dimensional forming tool with an external surface and at least four junctures associated with the external surface. Each juncture is positioned between two adjacent planar surfaces in which each of the two adjacent surfaces extend in a different plane, the junctures converge and each juncture defines a line of direction. ... The Boeing Co

08/24/17 / #20170239709

Limited access fastener installation

A method and apparatus for installing a fastener is provided. The apparatus comprises a plate system and an air system that is connected to the plate system. ... The Boeing Co

08/24/17 / #20170239706

High rate pulsing wing assembly line

A single piece pulsed flow wing assembly method providing for horizontal wing manufacture is accomplished using synchronized automated vehicles guided in a predetermined manner to move and, locate wing structure in a plurality of assembly positions. Multi-axis assembly positioning systems (maps) are used at each assembly position to support and index components in the wing structure and determinant assembly techniques are used for indexing of the components. ... The Boeing Co

08/24/17 / #20170239672

High viscosity fluid dispensing system

A method and apparatus for depositing a fluid over an interface. A nozzle may comprise a body having a first end and a second end, an input located at the first end of the body, an output located at the second end of the body, and a plurality of channels located within the body. ... The Boeing Co

08/24/17 / #20170239616

Centrifugal air separator coil manufacturing tools and methods

Tightly-coiled helical ducts for centrifugal air separators may be formed with the tools and methods disclosed herein. A helical coil toolset includes a helically grooved mandrel and an entry block. ... The Boeing Co

08/17/17 / #20170237947

Detecting and locating bright light sources from moving aircraft

A method and system for a light source detection system, comprising an aircraft carrying at least one camera. The system includes a database for storing information about the aircraft's motion, direction, and position and ground location information, such as the onboard navigation system database or an remotely accessible database. ... The Boeing Co

08/17/17 / #20170237181

Switchable transmit and receive phased array antenna with high power and compact size

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

08/17/17 / #20170237157

Structural reconfigurable antenna

A reconfigurable antenna is provided having a liquid metal in contact with an electrolyte with the liquid metal being in a first configuration. A plurality of electrodes includes a first electrode in contact with the liquid metal and a second electrode in contact with the electrolyte. ... The Boeing Co

08/17/17 / #20170236425

System and method for verifying ads-b messages

A system and method for verifying ads-b messages received at an aircraft from other aircraft within its ads-b range. This disclosure enhances the current automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ads-b) in surveillance systems, and the disclosed system is an onboard system designed to enable ads-b in capable aircraft to verify the information received via ads-b from the rest of the aircraft within its ads-b range. ... The Boeing Co

08/17/17 / #20170236349

Dual-locking loto locking pins

A locking pin includes a body having a plurality of apertures defined through a sidewall. A closure is disposed at an end of the body. ... The Boeing Co

08/17/17 / #20170236075

Aircraft maintenance and inspection with data analytics enhancement

A system and method for analyzing aircraft operation and maintenance history in light of maintenance reports, aircraft type system failure history, health management reports, and aircraft exterior structural conditions to produce a real time recommendation regarding aircraft maintenance and dispatch. A visual inspection report is generated by capturing a real time image of an exterior of the aircraft, inverting the real time image, superimposing the real time image on a previous image of the aircraft exterior, and detecting any variation on the combination of superimposed inverted image on the previous image of the aircraft exterior. ... The Boeing Co

08/17/17 / #20170235853

Real-time interactive modeling & simulation process for factory layout

Method, system, and computer program product for simulating the layout and flow of a manufacturing facility. An initial facility layout concept and a baseline input data set are received which define placement and movement of virtual objects within a virtual facility model. ... The Boeing Co

08/17/17 / #20170235297

Systems for intelligent batch processing

Manufacturing systems that employ intelligent sensing and methods for processing workpieces using such manufacturing systems, including methods of batch processing workpieces. The manufacturing systems may include a holding device to receive work order documents, where each work order document includes an identification tag, and each work order document corresponds with a specific manufacturing step. ... The Boeing Co

08/17/17 / #20170234655

Mine-blast impact shield and methods for use thereof

Apparatus and methods for reducing injury or damage from an explosive device are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a housing and at least one inflator coupled to the housing. ... The Boeing Co

08/17/17 / #20170234479

Load relief tie rod

A method and apparatus are provided. A load relief tie rod comprises a body, a rod, and at least one pin extending from and perpendicular to the rod. ... The Boeing Co

08/17/17 / #20170234037

Self-releasing ceiling support latch

A self-releasing panel support latch allows easy installation of an aesthetic panel, for example a ceiling panel, over an access opening in an aircraft interior and easy removal of the panel from over the opening without the use of any tools or release mechanisms.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/17/17 / #20170233232

Collision avoidance system for scissor lift

Disclosed herein is a scissor lift comprising a passenger basket. The scissor lift also comprises a base that comprises wheels. ... The Boeing Co

08/17/17 / #20170233226

Devices and methods for handling radius fillers

Devices and methods for handling uncured radius fillers are disclosed. The devices, i.e., radius filler transport tools, generally are configured to load a radius filler from above, to index the radius filler to a desired location (e.g., a cavity), and to downwardly unload (e.g., drop) the radius filler at the desired location. ... The Boeing Co

08/17/17 / #20170233112

Polysynchronous constellation design

Apparatus and methods for determining orbital parameters for spacecraft are provided. A computing device can receive a first plurality of orbital parameters defining a first orbit by a first spacecraft of a particular object. ... The Boeing Co

08/17/17 / #20170233111

Integration of fuel cell with cryogenic source for cooling and reactant

A fuel cell-based power system comprises a fuel cell configured for continuously receiving a first reactant and a second reactant to produce chemical reactions that generate electrical power, water, and heat, a coolant subsystem configured for circulating a primary coolant in association with the fuel cell, thereby absorbing the generated heat, a tank configured for storing a reactant, and a reactant distribution subsystem configured for conveying the reactant from the tank to an independent system, the fuel cell as the first reactant, and the coolant subsystem as a secondary coolant to remove the absorbed heat from the primary coolant and/or a water accumulator. The secondary coolant may be conveyed to a gas thruster as a gas after the absorbed heat has been removed from the secondary coolant. ... The Boeing Co

08/17/17 / #20170233110

Component deployment system

A method and apparatus for deploying a group of panels. An apparatus comprises a group of panels in a folded configuration against a side of a spacecraft, a group of flexible members connected to the group of panels, and an interface system associated with the group of panels and the group of flexible members. ... The Boeing Co

08/17/17 / #20170233093

Electronic display mounting apparatus

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

08/17/17 / #20170233083

Thermal management systems and methods

A thermal management system includes at least one vapor compression system (vcs) that is configured to cool portions of the vehicle. The vcs circulates a fluid therethrough to cool the portions of the vehicle through heat exchange. ... The Boeing Co

08/17/17 / #20170233082

Thermal management systems and methods

A thermal management system includes at least one vapor control system (vcs) that is configured to cool portions of the vehicle. The vcs circulates a fluid therethrough to cool the portions of the vehicle through heat exchange. ... The Boeing Co

08/17/17 / #20170233074

Multi-directional elastomeric dampened ball joint assembly

A method and apparatus for reducing a force. An apparatus comprises a multi-directional joint assembly and a damper associated with the multi-directional joint assembly. ... The Boeing Co

08/17/17 / #20170233064

Hydraulic system and method for an aircraft flight control system

A hydraulic system of an aircraft may include a system pump configured to provide hydraulic fluid to the hydraulic system at a first working pressure. The hydraulic system may further include a booster pump configured to supply hydraulic fluid to at least one boostable actuator at a second working pressure higher than the first working pressure. ... The Boeing Co

08/17/17 / #20170232643

Enhanced systems that facilitate vacuum bag curing of composite parts

Systems and methods are provided for enhancement of vacuum bagging processes for a composite part. One system includes dispensers configured to dispense materials onto a forming tool for a composite part, and a controller. ... The Boeing Co

08/17/17 / #20170232641

Enhanced systems that facilitate vacuum bag curing of composite parts

Systems and methods are provided for enhancement of vacuum bagging processes for a composite part. One system includes dispensers configured to dispense materials onto a forming tool for a composite part, and a controller. ... The Boeing Co

08/17/17 / #20170232593

Dynamic off-axis torque wrench compensation

A torque wrench is provided that extends along a longitudinal axis and includes a head, a body, and a torque adjustment assembly. The head is shaped and adapted to engage at least one of a fastener or a torque-application adaptor aligned with a torque axis. ... The Boeing Co

08/17/17 / #20170232527

Methods of forming holes in a workpiece and associated systems

Described herein is a first method of forming a hole in a workpiece, having a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface. The method includes forming a first hole, having a first diameter, in the workpiece by passing a first cutter through the workpiece from the first surface to the second surface. ... The Boeing Co

08/17/17 / #20170232513

Systems and methods for biaxial symmetric canted holes

Systems and methods according to one or more embodiments are provided for forming canted holes in materials. In one example, a forming angle and a central axis for a vent through a panel is determined. ... The Boeing Co

08/10/17 / #20170231114

Conduction cooled autonomous gimbaled inertial measurement unit

Conductive cooled gimbaled inertial measurement units are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes an inertial measurement unit, a gimbal assembly in which the inertial measurement unit is disposed, the gimbal assembly having gaps between each gimbal of the gimbal assembly, the gaps including a gas to conduct heat from the gimbal assembly, and an isothermal dome at least partially surrounding the gimbal assembly, the isothermal dome having a cooling tube disposed on an external surface of the isothermal dome to transfer heat from the gimbal assembly via conduction.. ... The Boeing Co

08/10/17 / #20170230648

Night vision imagining system acuity verification test fixture

Method and apparatus for testing visual acuity of a night vision imaging system using a visual target. A fixture arranges a mirror a first distance from the night vision imaging system and arranges the visual target a second distance from the mirror. ... The Boeing Co

08/10/17 / #20170229775

Scalable planar packaging architecture for actively scanned phased array antenna system

Systems and methods according to one or more embodiments are provided for a scalable planar phased array antenna subarray tile assembly. A scalable phased array antenna subarray tile assembly is implemented as a printed wiring board (pwb) with antenna elements coupled to the pwb. ... The Boeing Co

08/10/17 / #20170229629

System for recapturing energy lost to plasma or ionization heating

A system for recapturing energy may include a thermoelectric generator (teg) assembly for thermally attaching to a surface heated by plasma or ionization heating. The teg assembly may include a first level thermoelectric generator module (tem). ... The Boeing Co

08/10/17 / #20170228567

Methods and systems for controlling processing sequences

Provided are methods for verifying sequences of different operations and controlling processing order in accordance with these sequences. Also provided are apparatuses for executing these methods. ... The Boeing Co

08/10/17 / #20170228494

Sublaminate library generation for optimization of multi-panel composite parts

Systems and methods are provided for composite part design. One embodiment is a method of creating a library of sublaminates used in optimizing fiber orientations of a multi-layer composite part subdivided along its depth into panels that each comprise a fraction of the area of the composite part. ... The Boeing Co

08/10/17 / #20170228473

Optimization of ply orientations for multi-layer composite parts

Systems and methods are provided for composite part design. One embodiment is an apparatus that designs a composite part. ... The Boeing Co

08/10/17 / #20170228095

Turbulence resistant touch system

Aspects herein describe a display system that moves at least a portion of a displayed gui in response to turbulent motions in a vehicle. In one aspect, the gui is displayed on a screen that includes an integrated touch sensing region that permits a user to interact with one or more elements in the gui. ... The Boeing Co

08/10/17 / #20170227504

Method and apparatus for inspecting a part having a non-linear cross-section

In accordance with one or more aspects of the present disclosure, an apparatus for inspecting a part having a non-linear cross section includes a stationary sensor element including at least one phased array sensing unit, each of the at least one phased array sensing unit having a shape that is geometrically complimentary to the non-linear cross section of the part, and a support for the part having the non-linear cross section, the support comprising a drive assembly configured to move the part relative to the stationary sensor element, through an inspection beam emitted from the at least one phased array sensing unit.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/10/17 / #20170227478

System and method for quantifying x-ray backscatter system performance

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

08/10/17 / #20170227377

Aircraft intent processor

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

08/10/17 / #20170225807

Vented launch vehicle adaptor for a manned spacecraft with pusher launch abort system

A system, method, and apparatus for a vented launch vehicle adaptor (lva) for a manned spacecraft with a “pusher” launch abort system are disclosed. The disclosed lva provides a structural interface between a commercial crew vehicle (ccv) crew module/service module (cm/sm) spacecraft and an expendable launch vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

08/10/17 / #20170225806

Reorientation of a spinning spacecraft using gimbaled electric thrusters

Apparatus and methods for controlling a spacecraft for a transfer orbit. The spacecraft includes a propulsion subsystem with electric thrusters that are installed with two-axis gimbal assemblies. ... The Boeing Co

08/10/17 / #20170225805

Spin stabilization of a spacecraft for an orbit maneuver

Apparatus and methods for controlling a spacecraft for a transfer orbit. The spacecraft includes a momentum subsystem that stores angular momentum relative to a center of mass of the spacecraft, and a propulsion subsystem that includes electric thrusters. ... The Boeing Co

08/10/17 / #20170225804

Non-destructive inspection of airfoil-shaped body using self-propelling articulated robot

A robotic apparatus comprising an articulated arm mounted to a chassis and having an end effector capable of inspecting the root and tip, as well as the length between the root and tip, of an airfoil-shaped body (such as a rotorblade). The robotic apparatus has means for propelling the chassis in a spanwise direction. ... The Boeing Co

08/10/17 / #20170225789

Modular system for distributing electrical power and data between structures

A system for electrically coupling a first structure with a second structure in a vehicle is disclosed, and includes a control module receiving at least one of electrical power and data, a cable, and a reel. The cable has a variable length and is electrically coupled to the control module. ... The Boeing Co

08/10/17 / #20170225768

Ply optimization feasibility analysis for multi-layer composite parts

Systems and methods are provided for composite part design. One embodiment is a method for selectively analyzing feasibility of optimizing fiber orientations for layers of a multi-layer composite part subdivided into panels that each comprise a fraction of an area of the composite part. ... The Boeing Co

08/10/17 / #20170225408

Portable curing system

A method and apparatus for curing a composite workpiece to form a part. In one illustrative embodiment, an apparatus may comprise an object, a portable structure, and a heating system. ... The Boeing Co

08/10/17 / #20170225349

Ultrasonic cutting machine with automated blade cleaning system

An ultrasonic cutting machine including a support structure, a positioning device moveable relative to the support structure, a cutting blade connected to the positioning device and a blade cleaning system positioned proximate the support structure, the blade cleaning system including a basin defining an internal volume and an opening into the internal volume, a solvent positioned in the internal volume, a cleaning surface positioned in the internal volume, wherein the cleaning surface is at least partially submerged in the solvent, and a lid positioned over the opening, wherein the lid is automatically displaced from the opening when the cutting blade approximates the basin.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/10/17 / #20170225341

Robotic end effector quick change mechanism with switchable magnetic coupler with moment support

A robotic end effector quick change coupling apparatus employs a drive motor assembly having a center drive interface. A coupling component having a magnetic element extends from the drive motor assembly concentric with the center drive interface. ... The Boeing Co

08/10/17 / #20170225339

Robotic end effector quick change mechanism with switchable magnetic coupler

A robotic end effector quick change coupling apparatus employs a drive motor assembly having a center drive interface. A coupling component having a magnetic element extends from the drive motor assembly concentric with the center drive interface. ... The Boeing Co

08/10/17 / #20170225240

Drill plate assemblies

Drill plate assemblies are disclosed in the examples herein. An example method includes positioning an absorbent material between a drill plate and a surface to be drilled; performing a drilling operation on the surface including flowing coolant through the drill; and capturing at least some of coolant in the absorbent material.. ... The Boeing Co

08/10/17 / #20170224855

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

08/10/17 / #20170224854

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

08/03/17 / #20170223828

System and method of forming electrical interconnects

A method of forming a high-conductivity electrical interconnect on a substrate may include forming a graphene film with a plurality of graphene members, depositing a metal over the graphene film, and providing a metallic overlay that connects the plurality of graphene members together through the depositing operation to form a covered graphene film.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170223249

Systems and methods for protecting against high-radiant-flux light based on time-of-flight

Systems and methods for preventing high-radiant-flux light, such as laser light or a nuclear flash, from causing harm to imaging devices, such as a camera or telescope. In response to detection of high-radiant-flux light, the proposed systems have the feature in common that a shutter is closed sufficiently fast that light from the source will be blocked from reaching the image sensor of the imaging device. ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170222597

System and method for controlling the power ratio of a solar concentrator array

A system and method for generating electrical power from a solar power supply using at least one concentrator array having a plurality of photovoltaic cells and corresponding reflector groups to direct light to the photovoltaic. A concentration ratio indicative of a portion of the electrical power capacity to generate to power a spacecraft is determined. ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170222387

Vibrating pallet system for automated wire insertion

Examples disclosed herein generally relate to methods and apparatus for the insertion of one or more wires into a cavity of a fixture of a structure or component. The wire insertion apparatus includes a grommet, a gripper adapted to interface with the grommet, and at least a first vibrating element. ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170222070

Metal dendrite-free solar cell

A method for forming a solar cell including steps of (1) providing a semiconductor wafer having an upper surface; (2) applying an electrical contact material to the upper surface, the electrical contact material forming an electrically conductive grid that includes grid lines extending from a bus bar; (3) forming an isolation channel in the semiconductor wafer to define a solar cell portion and a wing portion, wherein the wing portion is electrically isolated from the solar cell portion, and wherein the wing portion is substantially free of the electrical contact material; (4) submerging the semiconductor wafer in a solvent, wherein formation of metal dendrites on the grid lines of the electrically conductive grid is inhibited; and (5) separating the solar cell portion from the wing portion.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170221589

Liquid lithium first walls for electromagnetic control of plasmas in fusion power reactor environments

A method, system, and apparatus are disclosed for liquid lithium first walls for electromagnetic control of plasmas in fusion power reactor environments. In particular, the method involves installing at least one layer of at least one tile on the surface area of the internal walls of the reactor chamber. ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170221015

Method and apparatus for processing service requests

A method and apparatus for processing service requests. A computer system creates a preliminary compendium comprising building blocks. ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170220901

Methods and systems for generating a fingerprint for verification of a reference object

Disclosed herein are methods and systems for generating a fingerprint for verification of a reference object, such as a layer or ply during a composite laminate layup procedure. An exemplary method includes generating a plurality of images of the reference object from a plurality of angles, removing at least one lighting effect from at least one reference image to generate at least one processed image, generating a reference fingerprint for the reference object based on the at least one processed image, generating at least one candidate image of a candidate object, generating a candidate fingerprint for the candidate object based on the at least one candidate image, comparing the candidate fingerprint and the reference fingerprint to determine whether a correlation exists between the candidate fingerprint and the reference fingerprint, and generating an alert based on the comparison of the candidate fingerprint and the reference fingerprint.. ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170220030

Preform fabrication system

An embodiment of the present disclosure provides a method and apparatus for managing a part. The method comprises identifying, by a computer system, parameters for the part. ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170220021

Determining hole locations for parts

A method and apparatus for machining a part for an assembly. First sensor data is acquired for a surface of a first part from a first sensor system. ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170219469

Method for test data reduction of composite intralaminar failure mode

A method to utilize the results from a series of fem models to develop a master derivative of compliance curve. The use of the unique master curve resolves the test data variability issue caused by fitting the compliance curve individually. ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170219347

Hybrid power source and control moment gyroscope

A hybrid power source and control moment gyroscope (“hpcmg”) is disclosed. The hpcmg includes a control moment gyroscope (“cmg”), a first conductive bearing, and a second conductive bearing. ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170219336

Point cloud processing apparatus and method

A computer implemented method may include the steps of: (1) providing a first point cloud representative of at least a bare portion of a surface of an object relative to a reference portion of the surface, (2) providing a second point cloud representative of at least a coated portion of the surface relative to the reference portion, (3) registering the first point cloud and the second point cloud with respect to a common reference coordinate system, (4) registering a first reference portion subset of the first data points representative of the reference portion and a second reference portion subset of the second data points representative of the reference portion, and (5) calculating difference values indicative of a thickness of the surface coating based on differences between a coated portion subset of the second data points and a bare portion subset of the first data points.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170219136

Environmental conditioning systems and methods utilizing polyvinylidene fluoride (pvdf) foam ducts

Systems and methods according to one or more embodiments are provided for providing a durable and thermally insulated duct network. A duct network may be provided by coupling two or more foam ducts to each other. ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170219129

Snap-in duct support saddle

Method and apparatus for securing a duct to a bracket or hanger using a duct saddle. The duct saddle includes a body that includes a first side and a second opposing side. ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170218928

Solid-state motor and associated systems and methods

Described herein is a motor comprising a first rotatable member and an anchor, spaced apart from the first rotatable member. The motor also comprises a belt, in tension about the first rotatable member and the anchor. ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170218882

Fiber optic sensing for variable area fan nozzles

A control system for a variable area fan nozzle (vafn) having a plurality of petals is disclosed. The control system may include at least one fiber optic shape sensor extending along at least one of the plurality of petals, and a light source operatively connected to the at least one fiber optic shape sensor. ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170218853

Methods and apparatus to adjust bleed ports on an aircraft engine

Methods and apparatus to adjust bleed ports on an aircraft engine are disclosed. An example method to extract bleed air from an aircraft engine includes extracting, via a plenum positioned in a compressor of the aircraft engine, bleed air from a first bleed port associated with a first stage of a compressor and a second bleed port associated with a second stage of the compressor. ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170218542

Metal alloy knit fabric for high temperature insulating materials

Metal alloy knit fabrics, thermal protective members formed therefrom and their methods of construction are disclosed. This unique capability to knit high temperature metal alloy wire that is drapable allows for the creation of near net-shape preforms at production level speed. ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170217588

Methods and systems for assessing an emergency situation

A method and system for assessing a situation using an unmanned vehicle is disclosed. An unmanned vehicle receives a transmission indicating a situation at a designated location, and then navigates to the designated location. ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170217567

Aircraft rudder pedal lockout assemblies systems and methods

A lockout assembly for first and second rudder pedals of an aircraft includes first and second spacers, each of which is configured to be inserted within a corresponding one of first and second slots disposed in an adjacent rudder pedal housing. A coupling mechanism is configured to couple the first spacer to the second spacer through the rudder pedal housing so as to retain the first and second spacers in corresponding ones of the slots. ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170217563

Kicked spars for rudder and elevator applications

An aerodynamic structure incorporated in an aircraft control surface (10) provides a spar (16) extending along at least a portion of the control surface in a direction and the spar includes a plurality of bends along the direction of extension along the control surface to provide space to accommodate actuator fittings or other structural or operational requirements.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170217561

Aircraft cargo handling system articulating ball mat

Systems, methods, and apparatus for an aircraft cargo handling system articulating ball mat are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, a method for transferring cargo across a stepped threshold and into a sloped compartment involves moving the cargo across the stepped threshold and onto a ball mat located within the sloped compartment, where the ball mat is configured in a substantially horizontal position. ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170217560

Window frame assembly for aircraft

A window frame assembly for an aircraft, includes a window frame of composite material, adapted for attachment in a window opening of an aircraft, having an outer flange with an exterior surface and an interior surface, a metal erosion shield attached to the exterior surface of the outer flange, and a polymer adapter ring, attached to the interior surface of the outer flange. The window frame has a substantially constant thickness, and the erosion shield has a substantially constant cross-sectional shape. ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170217389

Composite panel power system

An embodiment of the present disclosure provides a method and apparatus for supplying an electrical current. The method comprises sending the electrical current into a device from a panel comprising a dielectric core. ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170217111

Apparatus for fabricating composite fasteners

Composite fasteners have a high fraction of discontinuous, randomly oriented reinforcing fibers. A charge of thermoplastic fiber flakes are heated to melting temperature within a reservoir, flowed into multiple mold cavities and compression molded. ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170217110

Methods for forming radius fillers for composite structures

Methods for forming radius fillers for composite structures are disclosed herein. The methods include locating a sheet of composite material on a first support surface and translating the sheet of composite material such that a first portion of the sheet is supported by the first support surface and a second portion of the sheet extends past the support surface edge. ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170217053

Soluble manufacturing aid

Provided is a method of forming a shaped structure. The method includes coupling a first section of a mold to a second section of the mold such that a mold cavity is defined, wherein a cross-sectional shape of the mold cavity corresponds to a cross-sectional shape of the shaped structure and wherein at least one of the first section of the mold and the second section of the mold comprise a soluble material; at least partially filling the mold cavity with a curable polymer; and curing the curable polymer in the mold cavity to make the shaped structure.. ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170217050

Apparatus, system and method for isolating a controlled environment for cure process control

An apparatus, system and method for isolating a controlled environment for cure process control of application and cure of one or more curable compounds to a structure. The apparatus has an end effector of an involute conformal mold having a mold body shaped to provide a shroud over an area covered with the one or more curable compounds on the structure, to isolate the area and the controlled environment. ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170216985

Counterbalance system for upper horizontal surface drilling operations

A counterbalance system employs one or more springs to support a large motor drill on an upper horizontal work surface, for example on the tops of drill jigs or bushings. The counterbalance system supports the drill above the work surface where the counterbalance system can slide across the work surface to selectively position the drill over a drill bushing through which a drilling operation is to be performed. ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170216981

Aligning parts using multi-part scanning and feature based coordinate systems

Provided are methods and systems for aligning multiple parts using simultaneous scanning of features of different parts and using feature-based coordinate systems for determining relative positions of these. Specifically, a feature-based coordinate system may be constructed using one or more critical dimensions between features of different parts. ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170216958

Methods and process flows for diffusion bonding and forming metallic sheets

Methods and process flows for diffusion bonding and forming metallic sheets are disclosed herein. The methods include stacking a first metallic sheet and a second metallic sheet to define a sheet stack. ... The Boeing Co

08/03/17 / #20170216934

Countersinking device and associated method

A countersinking device includes an internal bore positioner adapted for receipt by a bore defined by a workpiece. A driver rod engaged with the internal bore positioner extends outwardly of the bore through a bore opening. ... The Boeing Co

07/27/17 / #20170214707

System and methods for responding to cybersecurity threats

A cyber-security monitoring (csm) computer device for responding to cybersecurity threats is provided. The csm computer device includes a processor in communication with a memory. ... The Boeing Co

07/27/17 / #20170214462

Satellite communication system

A satellite communication system may include a communication satellite orbiting earth, a user terminal in radio communication with the communication satellite through a user link, a communication relay apparatus operating at an altitude of approximately 65,000 feet and in optical communication with the communication satellite through a feeder link, and a gateway station in radio communication with the communication relay apparatus through a gateway link.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/27/17 / #20170213342

Normalized probability of change algorithm for image processing

A method for detecting changes in geospatial imagery. An imaging device is operated to take two images of a single location. ... The Boeing Co

07/27/17 / #20170212500

System and method for validating and inspecting composite parts

A part analysis tool is used to analyze aspects of a composite part. The part analysis tool includes a verification control unit that compares numerical control data used to control operation of a forming system that is used to form the composite part to computer-aided design (cad) data that includes an authoritative part definition for the composite part. ... The Boeing Co

07/27/17 / #20170212407

System and method for time reversal situational awareness

A system and method are disclosed for providing time reversal situational awareness. An input filter receives an input signal at a first frequency and a pump signal at a second frequency and blocks signals at a third predetermined frequency. ... The Boeing Co

07/27/17 / #20170212083

Multi-layer ultrasound imagers

Systems and methods for multi-layer ultrasonic imaging are provided. One embodiment is an apparatus that includes linear ultrasonic transducers that are each configured to conduct electricity across their length. ... The Boeing Co

07/27/17 / #20170212066

Characterization of wrinkles and periodic variations in material using infrared thermography

Methods for identifying and quantifying wrinkles in a composite structure by processing infrared image data. The intensity and first and second time derivatives thereof at a particular time can be displayed as thermography line profiles on a graph in which the horizontal axis represents the pixel number across the field of view of an infrared camera. ... The Boeing Co

07/27/17 / #20170212038

Moisture detecting bleeder materials

A moisture detecting bleeder material includes a fiberglass material and a moisture absorption indicator material. The moisture absorption indicator material is a component of the fiberglass material and undergoes a color change from a first color to a second color when exposed to moisture. ... The Boeing Co

07/27/17 / #20170212034

Perturbed oscillatory kinetics electrochemistry systems and methods

Perturbed oscillatory kinetics electrochemistry methods include methods of determining an electrochemical response of a test coupon to a mechanical load. Such methods include applying a cell of electrolyte solution to a test region on a test coupon, contacting the electrolyte solution with a counter electrode, and applying a mechanical load to the test coupon to produce a deflection event. ... The Boeing Co

07/27/17 / #20170211602

Method for fuel tank spark containment

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

07/27/17 / #20170211601

Clamps and methods of forming clamps

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

07/27/17 / #20170211554

Structural propellant for ion rockets (spir)

Systems, methods, and apparatus for a structural propellant for ion rockets (spir) are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, a method for in-space propulsion of a spacecraft involves removing, by a removal device, a portion of a structure of the spacecraft. ... The Boeing Co

07/27/17 / #20170211552

Magneto-thermal convection actuator

An actuator includes a shape-memory alloy (sma), a power supply that transmits electrical current, a heat source positioned proximate to the sma, a heat sink positioned proximate to the sma, and a control module. The control module causes the power supply to transmit the electrical current to the heat source in response to receiving a first signal, thereby causing the heat source to heat the sma via induction heating. ... The Boeing Co

07/27/17 / #20170211284

Scaffolding apparatus and related methods

Scaffolding apparatus and related methods are disclosed. An example scaffolding apparatus includes a beam defining a length between a first end of the beam and a second end of the beam opposite the second end. ... The Boeing Co

07/27/17 / #20170211198

Low hydrogen embrittlement zinc/nickel plating for high strength steels

The invention provides a method for producing a corrosion-resistant article, where the article is conductive and subject to hydrogen uptake during electroplating of a coating. The method comprises electroplating a zinc/nickel coating on the article in an aqueous, basic plating solution containing zinc and nickel ions. ... The Boeing Co

07/27/17 / #20170210494

Unpressurized cargo transfer pallet and structural support

An unpressurized cargo pallet including a pallet base having a frame, the frame being conformal with a structural exterior surface of a space vehicle to effect structural integration of the pallet base with the structural exterior surface of the space vehicle so that the pallet base forms a portion of the structural exterior surface, where the frame includes an interior surface, and an exterior surface that forms at least part of the structural exterior surface of the space vehicle, a cargo attachment interface disposed on the interior surface of the frame, and at least one grapple disposed on the exterior surface of the frame.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/27/17 / #20170210492

Augmented reality system for assessing an affected area of an aircraft

A portable electronic device for assessing an affected area of an aircraft is disclosed. A reference marker having a known size is located on the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

07/27/17 / #20170210489

Methods and systems for wing-to-body joining

Disclosed wing-to-body join methods include commanding a wing to a first command position and then iteratively repeating a first-phase movement and/or commanding a wing to a second command position and then iteratively repeating a second-phase movement. The first-phase movement includes determining a real position of the wing, calculating a first-phase difference between the real position and the first command position, and commanding the wing to reduce the magnitude of the first-phase difference. ... The Boeing Co

07/27/17 / #20170210478

Aircraft and associated method for providing electrical energy to an anti-icing system

An aircraft, an aircraft engine and a corresponding method provide for anti-icing based upon energy provided by a fan assembly of the aircraft engine, such as by rotation of a low pressure shaft of the fan assembly. The aircraft includes an aircraft body having wings and an aircraft engine carried by the aircraft body. ... The Boeing Co

07/27/17 / #20170210477

Aircraft liquid heat exchanger anti-icing system

A combination of liquid-to-air and air-to-liquid heat exchangers is employed in an aircraft anti-icing system configured to avoid ice buildup on exterior leading edges of wings and engine inlets of aircraft during flight under known or anticipated icing conditions. The anti-icing system may be utilized in lieu of traditionally employed air-to-air heat exchangers. ... The Boeing Co

07/27/17 / #20170210457

Sandwich panel assembly and method

A panel assembly including a first panel defining a slot, a second panel comprising a tab, wherein the tab is received in said slot and defines a gap in the slot between the tab and the first panel, and a joining assembly positioned in the gap, the joining assembly including an outer rack member engaged with the first panel, an inner rack member engaged with the second panel and a shim in ratcheting engagement with the outer rack member and the inner rack member.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/27/17 / #20170210054

Apparatus and method of forming a composite structure

A drape forming apparatus for use in forming a composite structure is provided. The apparatus includes a forming tool including an upper forming surface and a side forming surface extending from the upper forming surface. ... The Boeing Co

07/27/17 / #20170210053

Composite structures with stiffeners and method of making the same

A method for assembling a stiffened composite structure includes a step of co-bonding a cured infused composite stiffener to a pre-preg composite laminate skin element, wherein the pre-preg composite laminate skin element is dimensionally changeable. Another method for assembling a stiffened composite structure includes a step of coupling a cured infused composite stiffener which includes a preform of a plurality of braided fibers to a pre-preg composite laminate skin element, wherein the pre-preg composite laminate skin element is dimensionally changeable.. ... The Boeing Co

07/27/17 / #20170210040

Apparatus and method of forming a composite structure

A drape forming apparatus for use in forming a composite structure is provided. The apparatus includes a forming tool including an upper forming surface and at least one side forming surface that extends from the upper forming surface. ... The Boeing Co

07/27/17 / #20170210039

System, method, and tool assembly for removing a component from a mandrel assembly

A component-removal tool assembly is configured to remove a component from a mandrel assembly, and may include a main frame, and a plurality of rotational input devices extending from the main frame. Each rotational input device may be operatively coupled to a respective plunger that is configured to be actuated against a portion of the mandrel assembly. ... The Boeing Co

07/27/17 / #20170210038

Bladder that changes stiffness based on temperature effects for manufacture of composite components

Within examples, elastomeric apparatuses for use in manufacture of a composite component, and methods for altering a surface rigidity of an elastomeric apparatus for use in manufacture of a composite component are described. In one example, an elastomeric apparatus comprises an elastomer housing, and a plurality of magnets within the elastomer housing at predetermined positions to provide surface rigidity to the elastomer housing based on one or more alignments of certain magnets of the plurality of magnets due to magnetic forces. ... The Boeing Co

07/27/17 / #20170210034

Electromagnetic support tooling for composite part curing

Methods and apparatuses for electromagnetic support tooling for use in composite part curing are described. In one example, a support tooling, such as a mandrel, includes an elastomeric housing that has ferromagnetic components. ... The Boeing Co

07/27/17 / #20170210011

Apparatus and method to optically locate workpiece for robotic operations

A camera on a robotic arm end effector is used to locate a workpiece coordinate system transformation in rotation and translation with respect to the end effector coordinate system by successively measuring an offset between a target affixed to the workpiece and its expected location. The target reflects energy from a light beam provided by a light beam source. ... The Boeing Co

07/27/17 / #20170209992

Double socket telescopic torque reactor

A torque reactor employs a first socket with a first drive element engaging the first socket and a second socket with a second drive element engaging the second socket. The first drive element has a first receiving channel and the second drive element has a second receiving channel. ... The Boeing Co

07/27/17 / #20170209946

Orbital drilling system and associated methods and apparatuses

Described herein is an orbital drilling system that includes an orbital drilling machine and a cutter. The orbital drilling machine includes a spindle and an eccentric rotation mechanism. ... The Boeing Co

07/20/17 / #20170206799

Systems and methods for providing sunlight simulation in a vehicle simulator

Systems and methods for providing sunlight simulation in a vehicle simulator include a vehicle simulator. The vehicle simulator includes a visual projector configured to generate visual scene images and a bright forward field of view projector mounted with the visual projector, wherein the bright forward field of view projector includes plural light emitting diode (led) light sources configured to generate a bright forward field of view. ... The Boeing Co

07/20/17 / #20170206753

System and method for protective eyewear

This disclosure is directed to increasing the use of protective eyewear in safety-critical environments. Systems and methods disclosed herein include lighting devices that emit ambient lighting and safety lighting for an environment. ... The Boeing Co

07/20/17 / #20170205505

Due regard radar system

A radar system may include a first radar array including a plurality of first radiating elements, and a second radar array including a plurality of second radiating elements, wherein the first radar array and the second radar array include a combined field of coverage of at least ±110 degrees in an azimuth plane and at least ±15 degrees in an elevation plane.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/20/17 / #20170205460

Detecting and displaying flaws in a device under test

An apparatus includes a receiver configured to receive signals based on an application of test signals to a device under test (dut). The apparatus further includes a processor and a memory storing computer-executable instructions, that when executed by the processor, cause the processor to generate multiple display frames based on a frequency domain analysis of the received signals. ... The Boeing Co

07/20/17 / #20170205378

Systems, methods, and devices for probe assemblies for variable curvature and variable angle configurations

Systems, methods, and devices are disclosed for inspecting a manufacturing component. Devices include a centering device configured to modify a position of an ultrasonic probe assembly relative to a manufacturing component to bisect an angle associated with the manufacturing component. ... The Boeing Co

07/20/17 / #20170205306

Systems and methods for fuel leak detection

In one aspect, systems for detecting a fuel leak are described herein. In some implementations, a system for detecting a fuel leak described herein comprises a fuel-containing vessel having an exterior surface and a carbon nanotube coating layer comprising photoluminescent carbon nanotubes disposed on at least a portion of the exterior surface of the fuel-containing vessel. ... The Boeing Co

07/20/17 / #20170205001

Pass-through bulkhead seal fitting

Examples disclosed herein generally relate to a pass-through bulkhead seal fitting for use in the aircraft industry. In one example, a pass-through bulkhead seal fitting includes a male fitting comprising a tubular body that is separable to receive existing wiring, and a nut that is separable to receive existing wiring and being rotatable in a single direction relative to a longitudinal axis of the male fitting.. ... The Boeing Co

07/20/17 / #20170204890

Methods and systems for slot joining using slot cases

Provided are methods of attaching parts using slot cases and assemblies comprising these slot cases. A slot case is inserted into a slot or slid on a tab of a first part prior to attaching it to a second part. ... The Boeing Co

07/20/17 / #20170204810

Thrust reverser cascade systems and methods

Systems and methods are provided for a formed thrust reverser cascade. The formed thrust reverser cascade may be coupled to an aircraft propulsor and may include a first portion disposed at a first angle to a portion of the aircraft propulsor and a second portion disposed at a second angle to the first portion. ... The Boeing Co

07/20/17 / #20170204635

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

07/20/17 / #20170204009

Method for a curing cycle of an inorganic thermoset resin

A method for a curing cycle of an inorganic thermoset resin, the method comprising: (a) adding a hardener in a concentration from 18 to 30% by weight of the resin to said inorganic thermoset resin and (b) curing the resin at a temperature from 110 to 120° c. An inorganic thermoset resin, comprising a hardener in a concentration from 18 to 30% by weight of the resin. ... The Boeing Co

07/20/17 / #20170203838

Rotorcraft and associated rotor blade position monitoring system and method

A rotorcraft including a rotor hub, a pitch housing moveable relative to the rotor hub about at least a feather axis and a flap axis, the pitch housing defining an internal volume, a bearing pin, the inboard end portion of the bearing pin being fixedly connected to the rotor hub, wherein the bearing pin defines the feather axis, a spherical bearing connected to the inboard end portion of the pitch housing and defining the flap axis, wherein the bearing pin extends through the spherical bearing, a rotor blade connected to the outboard end portion of the pitch housing, and a sensor assembly positioned in the internal volume and operatively connected to both the pitch housing and the outboard end portion of the bearing pin.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/20/17 / #20170203830

Split 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

07/20/17 / #20170203829

Systems for shape memory alloy structures

There is provided a training system capable of performing work. The system has a shape memory alloy (sma) actuator exhibiting a generally planar transformational behavior. ... The Boeing Co

07/20/17 / #20170203497

Conformable induction coils for induction joining

A method and apparatus for joining parts. A plurality of conformable induction coils embedded in a number of elastomeric sheets is positioned relative to a first composite part of the parts and a second composite part of the parts. ... The Boeing Co

07/20/17 / #20170203401

Air cooled spindle exhaust air redirection system for enhanced machining byproduct recovery

A drilling byproduct recovery system employs a vacuum shroud positioned adjacent a workpiece. A spindle extends from a base and engages a tool. ... The Boeing Co

07/20/17 / #20170203370

Apparatuses and methods for tool height setting

A height-setting tool is provided that includes a first clamping jaw, a second clamping jaw, an adjustment member, and an indicator member. The first clamping jaw includes a first clamping surface. ... The Boeing Co

07/20/17 / #20170203356

Method of forming a highly-deformable titanium or titanium-alloy one-piece fastener

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

07/20/17 / #20170202991

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

07/13/17 / #20170201530

Cumulative trajectory of cyber reconnaissance indicators

. . This disclosure is directed to detecting cybersecurity attacks in data processing systems. Methods, systems, and computer program products perform operations including determining baseline event clusters using baseline event data obtained from deterministic target systems. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170200849

Structures for increased current generation and collection in solar cells with low absorptance and/or low diffusion length

The present disclosure generally relates to a solar cell device that includes a substrate comprising a front side surface and a backside surface; an epitaxial region overlying the substrate, wherein the epitaxial region comprises a first bragg reflector disposed below a first solar cell, wherein the first solar cell has a first bandgap, wherein the first bragg reflector is operable to reflect a first range of radiation wavelengths back into the first solar cell, and is operable to cool the solar cell device by reflecting a second range of radiation wavelengths that are outside the photogeneration wavelength range of the first solar cell or that are weakly absorbed by the first solar cell, and may additionally comprise a second bragg reflector operable to reflect a third range of radiation wavelengths back into the first solar cell.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170200845

Structures for increased current generation and collection in solar cells with low absorptance and/or low diffusion length

The present disclosure generally relates to a solar cell device that a first bragg reflector disposed below a first solar cell and a second bragg reflector disposed below the first bragg reflector, wherein the first solar cell comprises a dilute nitride composition and has a first bandgap, wherein the first bragg reflector is operable to reflect a first range of radiation wavelengths back into the first solar cell and the second bragg reflector is operable to reflect a third range of wavelengths back into the first solar cell, and the first bragg reflector and the second bragg reflector are operable to cool the solar cell device by reflecting a second range of radiation wavelengths that are outside the photogeneration wavelength range of the first solar cell or that are weakly absorbed by the first solar cell.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170200553

Multi-pulse electromagnetic device including a linear magnetic core configuration

An electromagnetic device may include an elongated core in which a magnetic flux in generable. The electromagnetic device may also include a first channel formed through the elongated core and a second channel formed through the elongated core. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170200513

Complex shape structure for liquid lithium first walls of fusion power reactor environments

A method, system, and apparatus are disclosed for a complex shape structure for liquid lithium first walls of fusion power reactor environments. In particular, the method involves installing at least one tile on the surface area of the internal walls of the reactor chamber. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170200121

System and methods for managing changes to a product in a manufacturing environment including conversion of an engineering bill of material to a manufacturing bill of material

A manufacturing process management (mpm) computer device is provided. The mpm computer device is configured to store an engineering bill of materials for a product to be assembled including a first plurality of parts, store a manufacturing bill of materials for the product to be assembled including a second plurality of parts and a status, receive a request from a user to change the status of the manufacturing bill of materials, compare the first plurality of parts with the second plurality of parts, determine whether the first plurality of parts matches the second plurality of parts based on the comparison, if the comparison matches, change the status of the manufacturing bill of materials, and if the comparison does not match, prevent the status of the manufacturing bill of materials from changing.. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170199645

Data acquisition and encoding process linking physical objects with virtual data for manufacturing, inspection, maintenance and repair

A method is provided that includes rendering for display, a digital three-dimensional (3d) model of a structural product composed of a plurality of parts, with the digital 3d model being observed from a home viewpoint. Input is received to navigate the digital 3d model to a part of the plurality of parts, observation of the digital 3d model being moved from the home viewpoint to a navigated viewpoint. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170199520

Aircraft information retrieval using onboard rfid tags

A method for determining information about an aircraft may include receiving at a base station an rfid tag location map for the aircraft and transmitting to an unmanned aerial vehicle (uav) the rfid tag location map for the aircraft. The method may include generating navigation signals by the uav based at least in part on the received rfid tag location map appropriate for controlling navigation of the uav proximate to an rfid tag supported on the aircraft at an rfid tag location, the rfid tag having aircraft-related identifying data. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170199517

System and methods for managing changes to a product in a manufacturing environment including a bill of material pre-processor

A manufacturing process management (mpm) computer device is provided. The mpm computer device includes a processor and at least one memory device. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170199516

System and methods for managing changes to a product in a manufacturing environment including an anytime design check

A manufacturing process management (mpm) computer device is provided. The mpm computer device includes a processor and at least one memory device. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170199514

System and methods for managing changes to a product in a manufacturing environment including a minor model relational design

A manufacturing process management (mpm) computer device is provided. The mpm computer device is configured to store a first version of a product and a second version of the product. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170199077

Quantum signal detection systems and methods

A quantum signal detection system includes a signal source configured to emit a transmit signal towards a target, and a photon adder that is configured to add at least one photon to a return signal that reflects from the target to form a combined signal. The combined signal increases a signal to noise ratio of the return signal.. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170199064

Integrated pipe pressure and temperature sensors and related methods

Integrated pipe pressure and temperature sensors and related methods are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a housing including an opening to provide a fluid flow path. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170199039

Coordinating sensor platforms performing persistent surveillance

A method and apparatus for controlling a set of sensor platforms. The apparatus comprises a map manager and a controller. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170199024

Systems and methods for projected grid-based location tracking

Systems and methods that provide a framework for location tracking of a movable target component or device (e.g., an automated device or a hand-operated device) to accurately cover an area of interest along a specified path or in a specified region. Grid patterns are projected onto a surface of a workpiece or a part. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170198858

Flight test instrumentation rack handling device

A particular device includes a frame. The frame includes a first set of members defining a first side configured to be coupled to an instrumentation rack, a second set of members defining a second side, a third set of members defining a third side extending between the first side and the second side, a fourth set of members defining a fourth side, and a fifth set of members defining a fifth side. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170198790

Linear actuator system with circumferentially and axially adjustable end stop assembly

A linear actuator system including a screw member elongated along a longitudinal axis, the screw member including a threaded portion and an end portion, a nut member coaxially received over the screw member and in threaded engagement with the threaded portion of the screw member, a ring member received over the end portion of the screw member, a flange member connected to the end portion of the screw member, and a threaded member in threaded engagement with the flange member, the threaded member having a distal end protruding toward the ring member.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170198733

Mounting clip and related methods

A mounting clip may be provided that is configured to be secured to a stiffener and provide attachment of external components to the stiffener. In one example, the mounting clip includes a frame with a base and legs. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170198658

Thrust reverser

Systems and methods are provided for a thrust reverser. The thrust reverser may include one or more flapper doors. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170197738

Gravity chamber that rotates on support bearings mounted on an outer surface of a hull of a habitation module

A habitation module with a gravity chamber that provides an artificial gravity environment. In one embodiment, the gravity chamber is annular and includes an outer cylindrical wall, an inner cylindrical structure, and opposing side walls that connect the outer cylindrical wall and the inner cylindrical structure. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170197737

Gravity chamber that rotates on support bearings mounted on an inner surface of a hull of a habitation module

A habitation module with a gravity chamber that provides an artificial gravity environment. In one embodiment, the gravity chamber includes an outer cylindrical wall and opposing side walls. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170197736

Gravity chamber for a habitation module that rotates on support bearings

A habitation module with a gravity chamber that provides an artificial gravity environment. In one embodiment, the gravity chamber is annular and includes an outer cylindrical wall, an inner cylindrical structure, and opposing side walls that connect the outer cylindrical wall and the inner cylindrical structure. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170197735

Expandable gravity chamber for a habitation module that is housed in an inflatable shell

A habitation module with a gravity chamber that provides an artificial gravity environment. In one embodiment, the gravity chamber includes an inner cylindrical structure, outer wall segments that are attachable to one another to form an outer cylindrical wall, and opposing side walls having support members that are extendable. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170197734

Portal chamber for entering or exiting a gravity chamber of a habitation module while the gravity chamber rotates

A habitation module with a gravity chamber that rotates to provide an artificial gravity environment. In one embodiment, a portal chamber is installed adjacent to the gravity chamber and configured to rotate about the same axis. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170197732

Wing lift system capability expansion

A method for lifting a wing of an aircraft. A plurality of lifting assemblies is attached to a mounting ring supporting the wing. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170197723

Enhanced performance jet engine mounting struts

In one example embodiment, a strut for mounting a jet engine to a wing of an aircraft includes a plurality of engine mounts and a space frame truss supported from the wing and comprising front and aft portions, the front portion being coupled to and supporting the engine mounts, the aft portion extending upwardly and rearwardly from an aft end of the front portion. By removing the aft end of the strut from the core exhaust zone of the engine, substantial reductions in the weight and drag of the strut, and a corresponding increase in the specific fuel consumption of the associated aircraft may be achieved.. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170197711

Ducted fan doors for aircraft

Example doors for ducted fan inlet openings are disclosed herein. An example apparatus disclosed herein includes a door and a duct of a ducted fan unit extending through a body of an aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170197698

Aircraft bay blankets that provide enhanced drainage features

Systems and methods are provided for insulation and moisture drainage. One exemplary embodiment is a bay blanket configured to insulate an aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170197372

Cutter blades for automated fiber placement machines

Systems and methods are provided for bi-directional cutters for automated fiber placement (afp) machines. One embodiment includes a bi-directional cutter for automated fiber placement (afp) manufacturing. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170197370

Edge breathers for composite products

Systems and methods are provided for enhancing edge breathers for composite manufacturing. One exemplary embodiment is an apparatus that includes an edge breather to facilitate manufacturing of a composite part. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170197350

2-stage extrusion apparatus and method of extrusion

A thermoplastic composite structure is produced by extruding a bead of composite material to a desired cross sectional shape. An extruder extrudes the polymer bead containing reinforcing fibers, using a low compression first extruder stage where the polymer is mixed and de-gassed, and a high compression second stage where the polymer is consolidated and extruded. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170197346

Extrusion apparatus and method using variable extrusion gate

A thermoplastic composite structure is produced by extruding a bead of composite material to a desired cross sectional shape. An extruder extrudes the polymer bead containing reinforcing fibers, using a low compression first extruder stage where the polymer is mixed and de-gassed, and a high compression second stage where the polymer is consolidated and extruded. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170197324

Patch fabrication system

A method and apparatus for managing a rework of a composite structure. Boundary geometries are identified for the layer boundaries in an image of a rework area. ... The Boeing Co

07/13/17 / #20170197253

Apparatuses and methods for processing a confined area of a workpiece

A method for processing a drilling location in a confined area of a workpiece along a drilling axis a using an end effector is disclosed. The method comprises positioning the end effector relative to the drilling location of the workpiece, clamping the workpiece between a clamp of the end effector and a pressure foot of the end effector, wherein the pressure foot supports the clamp movable relative to the pressure foot, and drilling the workpiece with a flat angle drill of the end effector.. ... The Boeing Co

07/06/17 / #20170195832

System and method for estimating wireless device positions

A wireless device detection computer device for determining the location of wireless device is provided. The wdd computer device includes a processor in communication with a memory. ... The Boeing Co

07/06/17 / #20170194881

System and method for harvesting energy from a moving vehicle

A system and method for harvesting energy from a vehicle, e.g., an aircraft, in operation. A plurality of piezoelectric members are coupled between structural members in the vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

07/06/17 / #20170194715

Structural antenna array and method for making the same

A structural antenna array may include a core including intersecting wall sections, wherein the core further includes antenna elements formed on a first surface of the wall sections, and feed elements formed on a second surface of the wall sections, a distribution substrate layer coupled to the core and in electrical communication with the antenna elements and the feed elements, a first skin coupled to the core opposite the distribution substrate layer, and a second skin coupled to the distribution substrate layer opposite the first skin.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/06/17 / #20170194526

Bonding using conductive particles in conducting adhesives

An anisotropic conducting adhesive is improved in conductivity without increasing the density of admixed conductive particles by inducing metallic fusion between the surfaces of the conducting particles and the surfaces being bonded. The metallic fusion may be promoted by physical/chemical interaction characteristic of certain materials at a compressed interface; by compression sufficient to deform the conductive particles in a manner that increases the mechanical contact area; by heating (with or without melting of a material), which may also serve to cure the adhesive matrix; or by acoustic vibration, e.g., ultrasonic vibration. ... The Boeing Co

07/06/17 / #20170194091

Saturation resistant electromagnetic device

A saturation resistant electromagnetic device may include a core in which a magnetic flux is generable and an opening through the core. A spacer may be disposed within the opening and may extend through the core. ... The Boeing Co

07/06/17 / #20170193840

Sound generator for virtual switches in a simulator

A method and apparatus for managing a simulation. The method comprises detecting a user input manipulating a virtual control on a control panel displayed in a target output location on a display system in a simulator during the simulation of a platform. ... The Boeing Co

07/06/17 / #20170193378

System and method for rapid and robust uncertainty management during multidisciplinary analysis

Presented are rapid and robust techniques for estimating the uncertainty in product attributes (performance, cost, etc.) during the multi-disciplinary design and analysis phase of the product life-cycle. The techniques leverage the capabilities of a preexisting constraint management system that may be used to calculate performance and cost metrics of an engineering system as a function of the design structure and operational scenarios. ... The Boeing Co

07/06/17 / #20170193377

System and method for rapid and robust uncertainty management during multidisciplinary analysis

Presented are rapid and robust techniques for estimating the uncertainty in product attributes (performance, cost, etc.) during the multi-disciplinary design and analysis phase of the product life-cycle. The techniques leverage the capabilities of a preexisting constraint management system that may be used to calculate performance and cost metrics of an engineering system as a function of the design structure and operational scenarios. ... The Boeing Co

07/06/17 / #20170193372

Health management using distances for segmented time series

A method, apparatus, and system for evaluating health of a component of a vehicle. Time series data generated during operation of the vehicle is received by a computer system. ... The Boeing Co

07/06/17 / #20170193156

Initial stress and eigenstrain computation system and method

A system and method are provided for estimating initial stresses in and eigenstrains of a material. The system may receive measured geometric data including measurements of a material before and after the application of a manufacturing process thereto. ... The Boeing Co

07/06/17 / #20170192440

Flow control device and methods of attachment

A flow control device that includes an orifice placed in an opening of a duct. A flexible sheet of material is wrapped around a first duct section to include an extended section which is crimped inwardly around the face of the orifice. ... The Boeing Co

07/06/17 / #20170191591

Apparatus for coupling tubular components and associated methods

An apparatus for coupling together tubular components is described herein. The apparatus includes a coupling assembly with a coupling device having threads and an internal groove. ... The Boeing Co

07/06/17 / #20170191585

Reinforced thermoplastic ducts and their manufacture

Duct segments that define a channel for conveying a fluid, where the duct wall includes a sheath of reinforcing fabric incorporating multiple reinforcing fibers, and a thermoplastic fused with the sheath of reinforcing fabric. The duct segments may be prepared by wrapping a mandrel configured to define the inner mold line of a desired duct segment with a thermoplastic film, enveloping the wrapped mandrel with a reinforcing sheath incorporating reinforcing fibers; wrapping the enveloped mandrel with another thermoplastic film to form a multilayer duct segment precursor; enclosing the mandrel and multilayer duct segment precursor within an outer mold defining the outer mold line for the desired duct segment; heating the duct segment precursor at a temperature and for a time sufficient to fuse the layers of the multilayer duct segment precursor; and then cooling the resulting duct segment.. ... The Boeing Co

07/06/17 / #20170191549

Elliptically interfacing gearbox

An elliptically interfacing gearbox system may include an input plate having a rotation axis and a plurality of input teeth. The gearbox system may include a wobble plate having a wobble axis disposed at a non-zero angle relative to the rotation axis, a rear face, and a plurality of face teeth disposed on the rear face. ... The Boeing Co

07/06/17 / #20170191544

Motion-damping systems and methods including the same

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

07/06/17 / #20170191509

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

A thermal management system includes a first hydraulic system for circulating a first hydraulic fluid at a first temperature and a second hydraulic system for circulating a second hydraulic fluid at a second temperature that is higher than the first temperature. The thermal management system also includes a sealed heat transfer device coupled between the first hydraulic system and the second hydraulic system. ... The Boeing Co

07/06/17 / #20170190917

Methods and apparatuses for applying activated primer to a substrate surface

Methods and apparatuses are disclosed relating to the delivery of primer compounds in liquid form to substrates from a hand-held device. Apparatuses are disclosed that, in a single barrel device, store primer components, mix primer components to achieve an activated primer, and deliver the activated primer to a substrate surface.. ... The Boeing Co

07/06/17 / #20170190855

Methods, systems and apparatuses for curing epoxy-containing prepreg composite assembly

Methods and systems and components made according to the methods and systems, are disclosed relating to improved curing methods for epoxy resin-containing composite prepreg materials, wherein the composite prepreg materials are exposed to a flow of ammonia-containing compounds to fully cure the composite prepreg materials at substantially ambient temperatures and pressures.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/06/17 / #20170190445

Apparatuses and methods for manipulating curved sheets

In one aspect of the disclosure, an apparatus for manipulating a plurality of curved sheets is provided. Each of the plurality of curved sheets includes an upper surface and a lower surface. ... The Boeing Co

07/06/17 / #20170190441

Aircraft engine and associated method for driving the fan with the low pressure shaft during taxi operations

An aircraft engine, an electric taxi system and a corresponding method are provided to facilitate taxiing without operation of the core gas turbine engine by driving the fan assembly with the electric taxi system during taxi operations. An aircraft engine is provided that includes a core gas turbine engine including a compressor, a combustor and a high pressure turbine. ... The Boeing Co

07/06/17 / #20170190439

Auxiliary power unit inlet apparatus and methods

Auxiliary power unit inlet apparatus and methods are disclosed. An example apparatus includes an aircraft including a fuselage, the fuselage including an air inlet including a first sub-inlet and a second sub-inlet separated from the first sub-inlet; and a door coupled along the air inlet to enable air to separably flow into the first sub-inlet and the second sub-inlet, the door to deter the air from flowing between the first sub-inlet and the second sub-inlet.. ... The Boeing Co

07/06/17 / #20170190431

Apparatuses and methods for anti-icing of speed measurement probes

A de-icing system is provided that includes a member, a coil, and a power supply. The member includes an anti-icing portion. ... The Boeing Co

07/06/17 / #20170190425

Sliding closet

A method and apparatus for providing a sliding closet. The sliding closet comprises an exterior wall, a first wall, a second wall, a number of openings, a movement system, and a number of cavities. ... The Boeing Co

07/06/17 / #20170190424

Systems and methods for conveying passengers, flight crew personnel, containers and food service carts

An elevator system includes a shaft extending between at least two decks of a vehicle. A base of the shaft is mounted to a deck structure of at least two decks by a coupling mechanism that accommodates flexing of the deck structure to enable the deck structure to flex independently of the base of the shaft. ... The Boeing Co

07/06/17 / #20170190410

Controlling airloads on aircraft folding wing tips

Example apparatus and methods are disclosed herein for moving control surfaces on an aircraft wing to control airloads during a wing tip folding operation (from a folded position to an extended position or from an extended position to a folded position). An example method includes determining a position of a control surface on a wing of an aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

07/06/17 / #20170190137

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

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

07/06/17 / #20170190078

Tooling apparatus and method for double-vacuum-bag degassing of a composite layup

A tooling apparatus for manufacturing a composite structure may include a rigid outer tool for receiving a composite layup, a tubular inner vacuum bag in contact with the composite layup and defining an inner vacuum chamber, and an outer vacuum bag covering at least a portion of the rigid outer tool. The outer vacuum bag and the tubular inner vacuum bag may collectively define an outer vacuum chamber containing the composite layup. ... The Boeing Co

07/06/17 / #20170190077

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

07/06/17 / #20170189973

Variable rake fatigue enhancing orbital drilling cutter

Within examples, systems and methods for forming a hole through at least one layer of a material are provided. An example cutting tool for forming such a hole may include a body, and a first portion of the body having a first diameter and a first radial rake angle. ... The Boeing Co

06/29/17 / #20170187817

Passenger communications system

A method and apparatus for managing an aircraft departure. The method comprises identifying locations of passengers for a flight of an aircraft at an airport through boarding applications on client devices for the passengers. ... The Boeing Co

06/29/17 / #20170184650

Detection and assessment of damage to composite structure

Methods and systems for monitoring an integrity of electrical connectivity between a repair patch and a parent structure include providing the repair patch with an embedded sensor configured to detect electrical conductivity. The repair patch includes a ply of conductive material that overlaps a portion of a conductive layer of the parent structure. ... The Boeing Co

06/29/17 / #20170184517

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

06/29/17 / #20170184469

Detection and assessment of damage to composite structure

A system comprising: a parent structure made of composite material and having a repair site; a repair patch made of composite material, the repair patch being bonded to the parent structure at the repair site; and a sensor embedded in the repair patch. The system may further comprise non-volatile memory and an interface unit embedded in the repair patch and electrically connected to the sensor. ... The Boeing Co

06/29/17 / #20170183075

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

06/29/17 / #20170182759

Coordinated composite tape laying

A method and apparatus for laying composite tape. The method may comprise driving a plurality of robots, each having a respective movement system across a movement surface, in which the movement surface faces a workpiece, and laying composite tape from the plurality of robots in a coordinated manner on the workpiece.. ... The Boeing Co

06/29/17 / #20170182738

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

06/29/17 / #20170182666

Self-locating robots

A method and apparatus for a robot self-locating on a movement surface. The method may comprise moving a first robot across the movement surface and relative to a workpiece, in which the movement surface faces the workpiece. ... The Boeing Co

06/29/17 / #20170182529

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

06/22/17 / #20170180172

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

06/22/17 / #20170177631

Universal delta set management

The different advantageous embodiments provide a method for identifying changes in data sets. An ending version for a data set is received. ... The Boeing Co

06/22/17 / #20170176321

Composite inspection

A method of detecting inconsistencies in a composite structure is presented. A pulsed laser beam is directed towards the composite structure comprised of a number of composite materials. ... The Boeing Co

06/22/17 / #20170175642

Methods and apparatus for noise attenuation in an engine nacelle

An inner barrel for a nacelle for an engine is provided. The inner barrel includes a radially inner acoustic liner and a radially outer structural barrel. ... The Boeing Co

06/22/17 / #20170174987

Methods and apparatuses for selective chemical etching

Methods, apparatuses and systems are disclosed for chemically etching parts by generating an enclosed chemical etching chamber in contact with a part surface and directing a flow of chemical etchant solution in contact with a part region to be etched.. . ... The Boeing Co

06/22/17 / #20170174822

Rapid curing thiol epoxy resin with improved compression strength performance

Aspects described herein generally describe epoxy resins and methods of epoxy resin formation. In some embodiments, a resin includes the reaction product of one or more polythiols, one or more polyepoxides, one or more fillers and one or more amine catalysts. ... The Boeing Co

06/22/17 / #20170174311

Fuselage structure for accommodating tails and canards of different sizes and shapes

An aircraft includes a fuselage with structural interfaces for connection to any one or more of a variety of vertical tails, horizontal tails and canards. Vertical tails, horizontal tails and/or canards of different sizes, shapes, sweep angles, box chords, and/or root chords may connect to the fuselage without changing the structural layout or configuration of the fuselage structural interfaces.. ... The Boeing Co

06/22/17 / #20170173918

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

06/22/17 / #20170173896

Method and apparatus for layup tooling

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

06/15/17 / #20170171757

Method and system for wireless attack detection and mitigation

A method and system for detection and mitigation of attacks on a wireless network. The wireless network includes a plurality of antennas that are associated with different directions of coverage. ... The Boeing Co

06/15/17 / #20170169633

Fault monitoring for vehicles

Method and apparatus for calculating probabilities of service interruptions based on fault event indications. Instances of fault event indications are filtered to remove duplicate indications for the same fault event. ... The Boeing Co

06/15/17 / #20170168162

Light detection and ranging (lidar) imaging systems and methods

An imaging system is configured to form images of a target based on a plurality of reflected light signals. The imaging system may include a light transmission assembly configured to transmit a plurality of light signals towards the target. ... The Boeing Co

06/15/17 / #20170168133

System and method for identifying and tracking unacknowledged marine vessels

A system and a method for identifying and tracking unacknowledged marine vessels. The system includes a sensing system having one or more observation platforms positioned remotely above one or more marine vessels, each with a navigation system, and one or more payloads coupled to the observation platform(s). ... The Boeing Co

06/15/17 / #20170168022

Apparatuses, methods, and systems for inspecting a composite end portion of a part

Apparatuses, systems, and methods for inspecting a composite end portion of a part are disclosed. The apparatus may include first and second members having first and second contact elements, respectively. ... The Boeing Co

06/15/17 / #20170167969

Laser inspection system and method of use

A method of laser bond inspection is provided. The method includes applying a thermochromatic energy-absorbing material to an inspection site of a test article. ... The Boeing Co

06/15/17 / #20170167947

Boundary layer flow sensor

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

06/15/17 / #20170167925

Lightweight fire detection systems and methods

According to an embodiment, a heat detection system includes a graphene conductor, a housing containing the graphene conductor; and, a signal wire connected in electrical communication with the graphene conductor, the signal wire having a length that extends from the housing.. . ... The Boeing Co

06/15/17 / #20170167525

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

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

06/15/17 / #20170167053

Method of making fiber with gradient properties

There is provided a method of making a fiber having improved resistance to microfracture formation at a fiber-matrix interface. The method includes mixing a plurality of nanostructures and one or more first polymers in a first solvent to form an inner-volume portion mixture, mixing one or more second polymers in a second solvent to form an outer-volume portion mixture, spinning the inner-volume portion mixture and the outer-volume portion mixture to form a precursor fiber, heating the precursor fiber to oxidize the precursor fiber and to change a molecular-bond structure of the precursor fiber, and obtaining a fiber. ... The Boeing Co

06/15/17 / #20170166328

Predictive aircraft maintenance systems and methods incorporating classifier ensembles

Predictive aircraft maintenance systems and methods are disclosed. Predictive maintenance methods may include extracting feature data from flight data collected during a flight of the aircraft, applying an ensemble of related classifiers to produce a classifier indicator for each classifier of the ensemble of classifiers, aggregating the classifier indicators to produce an aggregate indicator indicating an aggregate category of a selected component for a threshold number of future flights, and determining the performance status of the selected component based on the aggregate indicator. ... The Boeing Co

06/15/17 / #20170166314

System and method for aircraft ice detection within a zone of non-detection

A method includes receiving a plurality of temperature measurements from temperature sensors of an aircraft. The method includes determining whether a first count of one or more first temperature metrics that are within a temperature range is greater than a first threshold. ... The Boeing Co

06/15/17 / #20170166298

Flight control lockout device

Systems and methods are provided for a lockout device. The lockout device may prevent movement of aircraft control devices. ... The Boeing Co

06/15/17 / #20170166118

Methods and apparatus for cabin lighting for aircraft main cabin

Embodiments disclosed herein generally relate to lighting an interior of an enclosure using light emitting diodes (leds). In one example, a lighting system is provided. ... The Boeing Co

06/15/17 / #20170165902

Thermoplastic welding apparatus and related methods

Thermoplastic welding apparatus and related methods are disclosed. An example method includes providing a smart susceptor between composite parts that are to be joined via thermoplastic welding. ... The Boeing Co

06/15/17 / #20170165900

Apparatus 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

06/15/17 / #20170165844

Multifunction end effector

An end effector is provided. The end effector comprises a housing, a movement system within the housing, an inspection system, a collar installation system, and a sealant application system. ... The Boeing Co

06/15/17 / #20170165762

Multi-axis adjustment apparatus for machining a workpiece and associated method

A multi-axis adjustment apparatus configured to machine a workpiece includes a yoke member having a boring guide, which defines a boring axis and receives a boring element therethrough. The yoke member includes a spine cavity extending parallel to the boring axis. ... The Boeing Co

06/15/17 / #20170165736

Apparatus, system, and method for forming metal parts

An apparatus for forming a metal workpiece having a first surface is described herein. The apparatus includes a trough containing a liquid. ... The Boeing Co

06/15/17 / #20170165732

Metrology assisted part forming system and method

Systems and methods for using metrology to assist a user at a workstation to form a part into a desired contour include scanning the part to obtain scanned data indicative of an actual contour of the part. Distance errors are determined based on a comparison of the scanned data to a computer model of the desired contour. ... The Boeing Co

06/15/17 / #20170165604

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

06/08/17 / #20170163659

Secured distributed computing across multiple firewalls

This disclosure is directed to securely exchanging information between private domains. Methods and systems of the disclosure perform operations including providing a user identifier (“id”) and a first session id to a user of a first private domain. ... The Boeing Co

06/08/17 / #20170163416

Hardware assisted fast pseudorandom number generation

A system and method for generating pseudorandom numbers by initializing a counter value for a call-counter, sending a bit-wise form of the counter value from the counter to a mixing function, and mixing the counter value to generate the pseudorandom number. The mixing function may be a xor tree, substitution-permutation, or double-mix feistel. ... The Boeing Co

06/08/17 / #20170163217

Simultaneous linearization of multiple power amplifiers with independent power

An antenna array includes a plurality of power amplifiers, each having a signal input, a signal output coupled to a cell of the antenna array, and a power input. The antenna array includes a plurality of power supplies, each power supply individually and separately coupled to a corresponding one of the plurality of power amplifiers at a respective power input. ... The Boeing Co

06/08/17 / #20170162473

Systems and methods for thermal control of integrated circuits

A system includes a carrier defining a plurality of channels. The system includes an integrated circuit (ic) die having a first side and having a second side opposite the first side. ... The Boeing Co

06/08/17 / #20170162300

Carbon nanotube shielding for transmission cables

A transmission cable may include a conductor core, an insulator layer surrounding the conductor core, and a shielding layer surrounding the insulator layer, wherein the shielding layer includes a carbon nanotube sheet material.. . ... The Boeing Co

06/08/17 / #20170161969

System and method for model-based optimization of subcomponent sensor communications

A system and method are disclosed for establishing hierarchal subcomponent sensor communication for a vehicle. A database includes information associated with a plurality of subcomponents having a sensor. ... The Boeing Co

06/08/17 / #20170160719

Part inspection system and method

Systems and methods of inspecting a manufactured part include creating a computer model of the part with a desired model contour having a model feature at a desired location. The manufactured part is scanned to obtain scanned data indicative of a manufactured surface formed in a manufactured contour and having a manufactured feature at an actual location on the manufactured surface. ... The Boeing Co

06/08/17 / #20170160382

Light detection and ranging (lidar) scanning systems and methods

A scanning system and method scan an area of interest. The scanning system may include a first scanner that deflects a light signal. ... The Boeing Co

06/08/17 / #20170160381

Amplitued calibration of a stepped-chirp signal for a synthetic aperture radar

A radar calibration processor (“rcp”) for calibrating the amplitude of a stepped-chirp signal utilized by a synthetic aperture radar (“sar”) is disclosed. The rcp includes a periodic amplitude error (“pae”) calibrator, first non-periodic amplitude error (“npae”) calibrator in signal communication with the pae calibrator, and a second npae calibrator in signal communication with the first npae calibrator.. ... The Boeing Co

06/08/17 / #20170160208

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

06/08/17 / #20170160183

Infrared thermographic porosity quantification in composite structures

An infrared (ir) thermography system for inspecting porosity of a test part of a given thickness is provided. The ir thermography system may include a thermal detector configured to detect ir signals emitted from the test part, and a controller in electrical communication with at least the thermal detector. ... The Boeing Co

06/08/17 / #20170160139

Detecting inclusions and disbonds in green material repairs with thermography

Method and apparatus for detecting defects in a laminate of uncured, compacted composite sheets. After a number of plies of composite sheets are arranged and compacted, a burst of heat energy is applied to a top surface of the laminate and a digital thermographic camera captures images of the top surface. ... The Boeing Co

06/08/17 / #20170160120

Propellant gauging tool for predicting propellant mass in a propellant storage volume

Apparatus, computer-readable medium, and method for calculating a mass of propellant in a propellant storage volume. A density of the propellant is calculated based on a detected pressure and temperature of the propellant and actual thermodynamic properties of the propellant. ... The Boeing Co

06/08/17 / #20170159883

Cryogenic tank and method of storing cryogenic liquids

Method and apparatus for storing cryogenic liquids. A cryogenic tank comprising an inner storage volume within a first wall and a plurality of chambers defined by a plurality of chamber walls within the inner storage volume. ... The Boeing Co

06/08/17 / #20170159868

Pressurized fluid line deresonator

A deresonated fluid system may include a pressurizable fluid line having distal, opposite line ends with the fluid line extending between the line ends. A source may be configured to apply variations in pressure of fluid in the fluid line having a frequency appropriate for producing a standing wave in the fluid line between the line ends. ... The Boeing Co

06/08/17 / #20170159674

Variable-geometry ducted fan

A variable-geometry ducted fan may include an air duct having a longitudinal axis, the air duct including an inlet of the variable-geometry ducted fan, a fan rotatably mounted within the air duct downstream from the inlet, the fan including fan blades defining a fan area, and a variable-area nozzle coupled to the air duct downstream from the fan, the variable-area nozzle including an exhaust of the variable-geometry ducted fan having a variable exhaust area.. . ... The Boeing Co

06/08/17 / #20170159210

Method of making hollow fiber with gradient properties

There is provided a method of making a hollow fiber having improved resistance to microfracture formation at a fiber-matrix interface. The method includes mixing in a first solvent a plurality of nanostructures, one or more first polymers, and a fugitive polymer which is dissociable from the nanostructures and the one or more first polymers, to form an inner-volume portion mixture. ... The Boeing Co

06/08/17 / #20170159152

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

06/08/17 / #20170158476

Modular powered mover attachment

Apparatus for moving different movable loads. The apparatus includes channels that can be engaged by a fork lift, pallet jack, or other powered mover. ... The Boeing Co

06/08/17 / #20170158471

Crane bumper containment sleeves

Crane bumper containment sleeves are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a flexible sleeve to contain a bumper of a crane. ... The Boeing Co

06/08/17 / #20170158341

Methods and apparatus to vary an air intake of aircraft engines

Methods and apparatus to vary an air intake of aircraft engines are disclosed. An example nacelle assembly includes a fan cowl and an inlet cowl movably coupled to the fan cowl. ... The Boeing Co

06/08/17 / #20170158336

Aircraft ice detection systems and methods

Systems and methods are provided for an ice detector with a movable airfoil. The movable airfoil may be airfoil shaped and the ice detector may include an ice detection sensor. ... The Boeing Co

06/08/17 / #20170158330

Imu pod and method of retrieval of the same

A pod assembly which includes a pod and an inertial measurement unit positioned within the pod. The pod assembly further includes deceleration hardware associated with the pod. ... The Boeing Co

06/08/17 / #20170158310

Aircraft wing fairing drive assembly, system, and method

A fairing drive assembly couples a flap assembly of a wing of an aircraft to a fairing of the wing. The fairing drive assembly may include a fairing cam including a first joint and a second joint, and a flap link pivotally coupled to the first joint of the fairing cam and the flap assembly. ... The Boeing Co

06/08/17 / #20170157912

System and method for use in fabricating a structure

A system for use in fabricating a laminate structure from a plurality of layers of material is provided. The system includes a marker coupled to at least two of the plurality of layers, and a positioning system configured to arrange the plurality of layers in a predetermined layup position based on a position of the markers.. ... The Boeing Co

06/08/17 / #20170157867

Radius fillers for composite structures, composite structures that include radius fillers, and systems and methods of forming the same

Radius fillers for composite structures, composite structures that include the radius fillers, and systems and methods of forming the radius fillers. The systems and methods may be configured to create a pre-form that may be utilized to form a radius filler and/or to create a radius filler from the pre-form. ... The Boeing Co

06/08/17 / #20170157860

Three dimensional printing of parts

A method and apparatus is presented. The apparatus comprises a parts library configured to store a plurality of part definition files; a database configured to store entries identifying a printing of parts using the plurality of part definition files; and a parts management system configured to request a payment in response to receiving an indication of a printing of a part using the part definition file.. ... The Boeing Co

06/08/17 / #20170157725

Reconfigurable fixturing system and method

A reconfigurable fixturing assembly including an elongate member defining a longitudinal axis, a support assembly slideably connected to the elongate member, the support assembly including a support member extending therefrom, a plurality of pivot assemblies slideably connected to the elongate member, each pivot assembly defining a pivot axis, and a plurality of transverse guide rails, wherein each transverse guide rail defines a guide rail axis that is transverse to the longitudinal axis of the elongate member, and wherein each transverse guide rail is slideably connected to an associated pivot assembly.. . ... The Boeing Co

06/08/17 / #20170157673

System for increasing the bulk density of metal powder

An apparatus for increasing the bulk density of metal powder includes a sealed chamber, a nozzle, and a target. The sealed chamber has an inert environment. ... The Boeing Co

06/01/17 / #20170155268

Wireless power for vehicular passenger seats

An electrical system for low-power charging of personal electronic devices is made available at each passenger seat in a vehicle using wireless power technology. Alternating current is delivered by conductors behind the sidewall panels or under the floor of the vehicle body to the passenger area. ... The Boeing Co

06/01/17 / #20170155011

Infrared detector and method of detecting one or more 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, and a barrier layer coupled to the first absorption layer. ... The Boeing Co

06/01/17 / #20170155010

Infrared detector and method of detecting one or more bands of infrared radiation

An infrared detector is provided. The infrared detector includes an absorption layer sensitive to radiation in only a short wavelength infrared spectral band, and a barrier layer coupled to the absorption layer. ... The Boeing Co

06/01/17 / #20170154538

Alternative communications for an air vehicle

An example air vehicle includes a transponder to transmit a code indicative of a communications systems failure on the air vehicle. The example air vehicle includes a satellite receiver to receive, after the transponder code has been transmitted, a message from a satellite in communication with the air vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

06/01/17 / #20170153188

X-ray scatter systems and methods for detecting structural variations

Embodiments of the present disclosure provide systems and methods for detecting one or more thermal and/or mechanical properties of a structure. The method may include forming one or more test structures from a material that forms the structure, generating and storing calibration data determined from the one or more test structures, emitting x-ray radiation into the structure, detecting x-ray scatter from the structure, and determining the one or more properties of the structure based on the detected x-ray scatter and the calibration data.. ... The Boeing Co

06/01/17 / #20170153073

Computer aided measuring system (cams) temperature reporters

Examples disclosed herein relate to methods and apparatus for controlling the temperature of large scale structures during manufacturing operations. A structure or surface when measured by computer aided measuring systems (cams) preferably remains a predetermined constant temperature with minimum variance. ... The Boeing Co

06/01/17 / #20170152949

Sealant containment assembly, system, and method

A sealant containment assembly is configured to bound at least a portion of a fastener pattern between at least two components, such as components used to form at least a portion of an aircraft. The sealant containment assembly includes at least one sealant containment member that is configured to sealingly engage peripheral portions of components. ... The Boeing Co

06/01/17 / #20170152935

Reconfigurable lubrication system for tiltrotor transmission

Reversely identical transmissions for a tiltrotor aircraft may include reconfigurable gearbox lubrication systems to accommodate operation in either direction of propeller rotation, using common parts. In a typical installation, at least two separate winged tiltrotor transmissions may operate with opposing propeller rotations. ... The Boeing Co

06/01/17 / #20170152811

Thrust reversers and methods to provide reverse thrust

Thrust reversers and methods to provide reverse thrust are disclosed. An example thrust reverser includes a cascade to direct air from an interior volume of an engine nacelle to generate reverse thrust with respect to a direction of travel, and an air extractor to extract a portion of air approaching the cascade from within the interior volume.. ... The Boeing Co

06/01/17 / #20170152691

Safety gate hinge

A hinge apparatus that includes a stationary hinge portion, which includes a first bracket configured to be attached to a fixed surface, a first arm extending from the first bracket, and a second arm extending from the first bracket. The first and second brackets include axial holes with a hinge pin arranged therethrough. ... The Boeing Co

06/01/17 / #20170152349

Ph sensitive quantum dots for use as cure indicators

Disclosed is a curable sealant composition including: (i) a thiol-terminated prepolymer and/or monomers thereof, wherein the thiol-terminated prepolymer is a polythioether or a polysulfide; (ii) an “ene” crosslinker having a molecular weight of about 100 to about 5000; and (iii) a ph indicator molecule including a quantum dot functionalized with a ph-responsive ligand. Methods for determining a sufficient cure state of a composition by combining the thiol-terminated prepolymer and/or monomers thereof and the “ene” crosslinker with a ph indicator molecule, including a quantum dot functionalized with a ph-responsive ligand, and (ii) then subjecting a resultant mixture of (i) to curing conditions until the mixture changes its color are also disclosed.. ... The Boeing Co

06/01/17 / #20170152018

Leading edge high-lift device

A leading edge high-lift device, that may be deployable from a wing of an aircraft, may include a leading edge and a trailing edge. A lower surface and an upper surface may both extend between the leading edge and the trailing edge. ... The Boeing Co

06/01/17 / #20170152017

Systems for latching and locking a folding wing

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

06/01/17 / #20170152013

Aircraft side of body joint

An aircraft includes a wing and a wing box. The wing is joined to the wing box at a side of body joint. ... The Boeing Co

06/01/17 / #20170151769

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

06/01/17 / #20170151721

Multi-planar fiber matrix tool-less preform for resin infusion

A system and method for manufacturing composite parts has been developed which offers the ability to produce composite parts in an infusion resin process without the use of expensive preforms or tools. In addition, the methods of manufacturing composite parts described herein offer the ability to produce composite parts having complex structures without the need for complex tooling. ... The Boeing Co

06/01/17 / #20170151709

Carbon fiber reinforced plastic (cfrp) stringer termination softening with stacked cfrp noodle

A stringer and corresponding method is provided having a runout design that softens the stringer. According to one aspect, the stringer includes a base flange, a web, and a noodle. ... The Boeing Co

06/01/17 / #20170151616

Methods and systems for forming aligned holes

A method for forming a plurality of aligned holes includes aligning a first surface defining a first hole with a second surface defining a second hole, wherein the first hole at least partially aligns with the second hole to form a gap. A virtual hole diameter is measured, wherein the virtual hole diameter is a diameter of a virtual hole through the gap and the virtual hole diameter is a smallest bisector of the gap. ... The Boeing Co

05/18/17 / #20170142523

Embedded lighting, microphone, and speaker features for composite panels

Embedded lighting, microphone, and speaker features for composite panels are described. An example composite panel includes a plurality of plies assembled in a stack-up, and a trace sheet with electrically conductive traces and a plurality of transducer discs positioned onto the electrically conductive traces at positions such that the electrically conductive traces form an electrical interconnection between selected ones of the electrically conductive traces and associated ones of the transducer discs. ... The Boeing Co

05/18/17 / #20170141840

Method and apparatus for routing ip packets in multi-beam satellite networks

An example system for satellite payload communications includes a digital channelizer and a regenerative communications subsystem (rcs). The digital channelizer includes a plurality of inputs for receiving a plurality of signals from a plurality of uplink beams and a plurality of outputs for outputting the plurality of signals. ... The Boeing Co

05/18/17 / #20170141726

Compensation technique for spatial non-uniformities in solar simulator systems

An apparatus and methods for compensating for spatial non-uniformities in solar simulators. This is accomplished in part by acquiring a spatial map of the intensity distribution that the solar simulator produces across the illumination plane using a reference cell, identifying an area of an arbitrary solar cell within the illuminated area, and then calculating the expected illumination levels for that solar cell in that specific location based on the spatial mapping. ... The Boeing Co

05/18/17 / #20170141717

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

05/18/17 / #20170140175

Secure removable storage for aircraft systems

Techniques are disclosed for securing backup operational data (e.g., of an aircraft) maintained by a line-replaceable unit (lru) in a removable storage media device. The lru generates a first encryption key. ... The Boeing Co

05/18/17 / #20170139903

Methods and systems for increasing processor speed by creating rule engine rules from unstructured text

A method of manufacturing an aircraft. A plurality of documents, each comprising corresponding unstructured text and each being from a different source, is received at a processor, a particular document being in the plurality of documents. ... The Boeing Co

05/18/17 / #20170139141

Systems and methods for tiltable grating out-couplers

A grating out-coupler assembly is provided. The grating out-coupler assembly includes a substrate, a tiltable surface suspended above the substrate, an actuator configured to selectively control a pitch of the tiltable surface, and a grating out-coupler supported by the tiltable surface.. ... The Boeing Co

05/18/17 / #20170139049

Verification of trustworthiness of position information transmitted from an aircraft via a communications satellite

An apparatus and method of verifying the trustworthiness of position information from an onboard tracking system on an aircraft. An onboard tracking system message comprising onboard tracking system position information indicating a first position of the aircraft is generated by the onboard tracking system and transmitted to an off board aircraft tracking system via a communications satellite in a satellite communications system. ... The Boeing Co

05/18/17 / #20170138907

Ultrasonic system for nondestructive testing

Example systems and methods for nondestructive ultrasonic testing are provided. One example system includes at least one air-coupled ultrasonic transducer configured to emit primary ultrasound waves that interfere with each other. ... The Boeing Co

05/18/17 / #20170138816

Positioner for electrodynamic shaker

Examples disclosed herein generally relate to methods and apparatus for the positioning and alignment of an electrodynamic shaker system relative to an excitation point on a structure to be tested. The electrodynamic shaker system includes a base plate, a support plate, and a locking mechanism. ... The Boeing Co

05/18/17 / #20170138803

Visualization and manipulation of micro-scale calorimeter chamber data matrices

A method for microscale calorimeter chamber data manipulation and visualization includes receiving a dataset from a microscale calorimeter chamber. The dataset is indicative of heat release rates for a test material as a function of a temperature applied by the microscale calorimeter chamber to the test material. ... The Boeing Co

05/18/17 / #20170138677

Thermal actuators and related methods

Presently disclosed thermal actuators may be incorporated into a self-regulating thermal insulation, such that expansion and contraction of the thermal actuators in response to changes in temperature adjacent the thermal insulation automatically changes the thermal resistance of the thermal insulation. In this manner, a self-regulating thermal insulation may be configured to locally adjust in response to local changes in temperature of a part being insulated, for example, during curing or some other manufacturing process. ... The Boeing Co

05/18/17 / #20170138676

Self-regulating thermal insulation and related methods

Presently disclosed self-regulating thermal insulation may include one or more thermal actuators that may expand and contract in response to changes in temperature adjacent the thermal insulation, thereby automatically changing the thermal resistance of the thermal insulation. In this manner, a self-regulating thermal insulation may be configured to locally adjust in response to local changes in temperature of a part being insulated, for example, during curing or some other manufacturing process. ... The Boeing Co

05/18/17 / #20170138385

Systems and methods for shimming flexible bodies

A method is provided that includes providing a first digital representation of a first member and a second digital representation of a second member. The first member and the second member are configured to be joined. ... The Boeing Co

05/18/17 / #20170137151

Energy efficient satellite maneuvering

Energy efficient satellite maneuvering is described herein. One disclosed example method includes maneuvering a satellite that is in an orbit around a space body so that a principle sensitive axis of the satellite is oriented to an orbit frame plane to reduce gravity gradient torques acting upon the satellite. ... The Boeing Co

05/18/17 / #20170137147

Fuse pin model differential or exclusion feature

A fastening system having differentiable components includes a first fuse pin with a first mating figure and being configured to shear upon the application of a first predetermined load and a first receiver with a second mating feature. The first and second mating features correspond and permit the insertion of the first fuse pin into the first receiver to selectively connect components. ... The Boeing Co

05/18/17 / #20170137146

Apparatus for preventing lightning strike damage to a structural component

A method and apparatus for preventing damage to a metal component that is susceptible to damage by electro-magnetic effects or reduce manufacturing assembly steps. An initial channel is formed through the metal component. ... The Boeing Co

05/18/17 / #20170137117

Fuse pin model differential or exclusion feature

A fastening system having differentiable components includes a first bushing with a first mating feature to be inserted within a first receiver. A first fuse pin with a second mating figure and being configured to shear upon the application of a first predetermined load is configured to be inserted into the first receiver and mate with the first mating feature of the first bushing. ... The Boeing Co

05/18/17 / #20170137048

Cart apparatus and methods for use

An apparatus and methods for a convertible service and recycling cart for food and beverage service and waste sorting, compaction and storage are disclosed. An example cart apparatus includes a base, a first sidewall and a second sidewall each coupled to the base and a top support coupled to the first sidewall and the second sidewall. ... The Boeing Co

05/18/17 / #20170136944

Embedded lighting features for lighting panels

Lighting panels and methods of manufacturing lighting panels are described. An example lighting panel includes a substrate that has a planar surface, electrically conductive traces printed onto the planar surface of the substrate, and light sources mounted onto the electrically conductive traces at mounting positions such that the electrically conductive traces form an electrical interconnection between selected ones of the electrically conductive traces and associated ones of the light sources. ... The Boeing Co

05/18/17 / #20170136757

Process for inhibiting galvanic corrosion of an aluminum structure connected, without using a splice plate, to a composite structure having a fiber including graphite

A composite structure comprises stacked sets of laminated fiber reinforced resin plies and metal sheets. Edges of the resin plies and metal sheets are interleaved to form a composite-to-metal joint connecting the resin plies with the metal sheets.. ... The Boeing Co

05/18/17 / #20170136703

Apparatus and method to predetermine a mechanical property of a three-dimensional object built by additive manufacturing

A computer implemented apparatus and method for receiving tool paths that a dispensing head follows to deposit roads of material for successively building object layers of a 3d object during an additive manufacturing process, generating simulated object layers of a simulated 3d object from the tool paths, wherein the simulated object layers represent an interior geometry of each one of the object layers, determining a contact surface area between adjacent ones of the simulated object layers, and determining a predicted mechanical property of the 3d object from the contact surface area and a material property of the material.. . ... The Boeing Co

05/18/17 / #20170136687

Heat shrinkable film tube and method for manufacturing hollow composite parts

A film tube installed and sealed in a hollow composite part acts as an internal vacuum bag that eliminates the need for an internal mandrel to react compaction forces applied by autoclave pressure during curing of the part.. . ... The Boeing Co

05/18/17 / #20170136661

Advanced multiple grid heat sources to achieve optimized cure structure and method of making the same

A composite structure curing system employs a plurality of heaters mounted in at least one array in spaced proximity to a composite structure to be cured. A plurality of temperature sensors are mounted to sense temperature at selected locations on the structure. ... The Boeing Co

05/18/17 / #20170136565

Ergonomic handle

Methods and apparatuses related to an ergonomic handle are disclosed. An example apparatus for supporting an elongate tool having a barrel may include an ergonomic handle housing. ... The Boeing Co

05/18/17 / #20170136554

Multi-step drilling apparatus and methods utilizing air flow sensing control

Apparatus and methods for performing and controlling the sequence of steps in a multi-step machining process utilizing a plurality of drilling units, where each drilling unit is configured to perform at least one step of the multi-step machining process. Air pressure sensors in each drilling unit measure air pressures at the surface of a workpiece where the cutting tool of the drilling unit is engaged, which measured air pressures indicate air flow at the surface. ... The Boeing Co

05/18/17 / #20170136544

Continuous linear production in a selective laser sintering system

A method and apparatus for forming objects. Layers of precursor material may be placed on top of each other. ... The Boeing Co

05/11/17 / #20170135157

Highly formable smart susceptor blankets

A heating blanket is disclosed. The heating blanket may include a thermoplastic matrix configured to become conformable at a predetermined temperature, a conductor embedded in the thermoplastic matrix and configured to receive electrical current and generate a magnetic field in response to the electrical current, and a plurality of susceptors embedded in the thermoplastic matrix and composed of a magnetic material having a curie point.. ... The Boeing Co

05/11/17 / #20170135156

Woven smart susceptor heat blankets

A heating blanket is disclosed. The heating blanket may include a conductor yarn configured to receive electrical current and generate a magnetic field in response to the electrical current, and a plurality of susceptor yarns composed of a magnetic material including a curie point. ... The Boeing Co

05/11/17 / #20170134786

System for caching and distribution of cloud based spatial imagery to multiple view ports

An improved image display system configured to receive and display content, including one or more images and/or parametric data, associated with the flight trajectory of an aircraft is described herein. At least one or more images of the sky and/or earth may be retrieved and stored in an aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

05/11/17 / #20170134400

Method for detecting malicious activity on an aircraft network

An aircraft includes an aircraft network having a plurality of nodes that are segregated into a plurality of zones, each zone defining a different level of potential threat to the aircraft network. Each of the plurality of nodes has computer executable instructions that can receive data from another of the plurality of nodes; inspect net flow across the aircraft network based on a source location of the data; and identify a security event based on the received data, the plurality of potential entry points, a plurality of potential attack vectors that include vectors between nodes organized in the same zone and vectors between nodes organized in different zones, and a model of the dataflow of the aircraft network.. ... The Boeing Co

05/11/17 / #20170134100

Electronic quantum information probability transfer

Methods of digital communication utilizing entangled qubits are disclosed. The communication methods exploit selective entanglement swapping to transfer an entangled state between a sending device and a receiving device. ... The Boeing Co

05/11/17 / #20170133957

Eddy current repulsion motor

A method and apparatus for controlling an electric motor. A flow of an alternating current through stator coils in the electric motor is controlled based on a position of a rotor in the electric motor such that a repulsive force between a rotor and a stator coil in the stator coils occurs when the alternating current flows through the stator coil.. ... The Boeing Co

05/11/17 / #20170132940

Computer-implemented method and system for setting up an air traffic simulator

A computer-implemented method and a system for setting up an air traffic management (atm) simulator in an airport are described herein. The method performs the steps of receiving a set of undetermined parameters and rules (112) for configuring an atm simulator (114) in an airport; retrieving a historical data set of variables associated with trajectory and aircraft states in an airspace region during a time interval; statistically analyzing the historical data set for modelling the airspace region and the airport, and identifying relationships between variables of the historical data set during the time interval relating to at least one undetermined parameter or rule (112); determining a parameter value (160) or rule (140,170) for configuring the atm simulator corresponding with the at least one identified relationship.. ... The Boeing Co

05/11/17 / #20170132901

System and method for monitoring structural health of bonded components

The present disclosure relates to a system for monitoring structural health of bonded components includes an energy-harvesting device. The system also includes a damage-detection module powered by electrical energy from the energy-harvesting device. ... The Boeing Co

05/11/17 / #20170132468

Systems and methods for object tracking and classification

A method for classifying at least one object of interest in a video is provided. The method includes accessing, using at least one processing device, a frame of the video, the frame including at least one object of interest to be classified, performing, using the at least one processing device, object detection on the frame to detect the object of interest, tracking, using the at least one processing device, the object of interest over a plurality of frames in the video over time using a persistent tracking capability, isolating, using the at least one processing device, a segment of the frame that includes the object of interest, classifying, using the at least one processing device, the object of interest by processing the segment using deep learning, and generating an output that indicates the classification of the object of interest.. ... The Boeing Co

05/11/17 / #20170132356

High fidelity and high efficiency method for sonic boom predictions in supersonic flights

A computer-implemented sonic boom prediction method for use in designing a supersonic aircraft is disclosed herein. The method includes receiving physical parameters and performance parameters for a supersonic aircraft, generating a three-dimensional (3d) flow field around the supersonic aircraft for at least one airspeed using a cfd model in a first region of a near field bounded by a first radial distance and a propagation model in a second region of the near field bounded by the first radial distance and the second radial distance. ... The Boeing Co

05/11/17 / #20170132355

Advanced automated process for the wing-to-body join of an aircraft with predictive surface scanning

Disclosed aircraft wing-to-body join methods include (a) applying targets to a wing and a body assembly at the respective wing root and wing stub, (b) determining the 3d locations of the targets by photogrammetry, (c) generating 3d surface profiles for the interface surfaces of the wing root and wing stub by combining scans of the interface surfaces, (d) calculating a virtual fit between the wing and the body assembly that defines one or more gaps between the generated 3d surface profiles of the wing root and wing stub, (e) positioning at least three position sensors within the wing root and/or the wing stub, and (f) aligning the wing to the body assembly to achieve a real fit consistent with the calculated virtual fit using feedback from the position sensors. Methods of determining the target locations and/or the 3d surface profiles may utilize a mobile scanning platform.. ... The Boeing Co

05/11/17 / #20170131716

Methods and apparatus to autonomously navigate a vehicle by selecting sensors from which to obtain measurements for navigation

Methods and apparatus to autonomously navigate a vehicle by selecting sensors from which to obtain measurements for navigation are disclosed. An example method to navigate a vehicle includes determining environmental data associated with an area in which the vehicle is to navigate; based on the environmental data, automatically ranking a plurality of sensors that are available to the vehicle by respective costs of using the sensors to generate a navigation solution; automatically determining a subset of the sensors from which to obtain measurements based on the ranking and based on comparisons of a) first importance values of the sensors for navigating the vehicle with b) second importance values of the sensors for performing a non-navigation task; obtaining measurements from the subset of the sensors; calculating a navigation command to navigate the vehicle; and executing a first navigation action to implement the navigation command.. ... The Boeing Co

05/11/17 / #20170131121

Synchro measurement systems and methods for determining an angular position of a control shaft

Systems and methods are provided for determining an angular position of a control shaft. The systems and methods receive at least three electrical signals from a synchro transducer coupled to a control shaft. ... The Boeing Co

05/11/17 / #20170130749

Truss end pad fitting

A mechanical fitting for connecting structures may include a base structure and a plate member. The mechanical fitting may also include a support structure for supporting the plate member at a predetermined spacing from the base structure. ... The Boeing Co

05/11/17 / #20170130012

Composition having mechanical property gradients at locations of polymer nanoparticles

A composition includes a thermosetting resin and a plurality of polymer nanoparticles at least partially dissolved in the resin. The resin has a gradient of mechanical properties around each location of the at least partially dissolved polymer nanoparticles. ... The Boeing Co

05/11/17 / #20170129751

Hoist assembly and method of lifting

A removable hoist assembly for lifting a load up and into a confined space in the form of a kit has a support structure releasably coupled to overhead structural beams in the confined space, a motor releasably coupled to the support structure above the support structure between the overhead structural beams, a hoist arm releasably coupled to the support structure to be rotatable and extendible with respect to the support structure, and a cable supported by the hoist arm. The cable has a free end positioned proximate a distal end of the hoist arm and configured to couple to the load and a terminal end coupled to the motor such that the cable extends and retracts with respect to the motor. ... The Boeing Co

05/11/17 / #20170129701

Methods and systems for waste containment

A waste containment system includes a flexible bag having a moldable top opening and a flexible frame including an attachment mechanism configured to couple the frame to the bag. Manipulation of the top opening causes the frame to change in shape such that the shape of the frame at least partially corresponds to the shape of the top opening.. ... The Boeing Co

05/11/17 / #20170129615

Aircraft galley exhaust system and method of assembling same

An exhaust system for an aircraft galley chiller is provided. The exhaust system includes a galley having a chiller that includes an inlet, a condenser fan inlet, a condenser fan outlet proximate to chiller inlet, and a first flow of air through the condenser, an air ventilation outlet conduit that includes a second flow of air therethrough, and an ejector pump. ... The Boeing Co

05/11/17 / #20170129609

Method and apparatus for establishing an environmentally isolated volume

A method and apparatus are provided for at least partially environmentally isolating a volume, such as by environmentally isolating the cargo compartment from the passenger compartment of an aircraft. In the context of an apparatus, a barrier curtain is provided that partially defines the volume. ... The Boeing Co

05/11/17 / #20170129592

Mitigating shock using plasma

A method, apparatus, and system for mitigating undesired effects of a vehicle traveling at a speed greater than a critical mach number for the vehicle. Ultraviolet energy is generated using a plurality of ultraviolet energy sources associated with an interior structure of the vehicle that travels at the speed greater than the critical mach number for the vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

05/11/17 / #20170129583

Automated braided sleeve placement and tensioning

A method for drawing a flexible sleeve over an elongated mandrel includes placing a ring within a lumen of the sleeve. A first end of the sleeve is fixed against movement relative to a first end of the mandrel. ... The Boeing Co

05/11/17 / #20170129582

Enhanced water capture systems for aircraft interiors

Systems and methods are provided for enhanced water capture systems for aircraft interiors. One embodiment is a strip that is formed from a water-absorbent material for retaining moisture. ... The Boeing Co

05/11/17 / #20170129581

Sidewall panel assembly and return air bridge for use in an aircraft assembly

A return air bridge for use in an aircraft assembly includes an inboard portion configured to couple to a sidewall assembly at a bottom edge of the sidewall assembly and an outboard portion configured to couple to a structural member. The return air bridge also includes at least one support coupling the inboard portion to the outboard portion such that a return air flow path is defined between the inboard portion and the outboard portion. ... The Boeing Co

05/11/17 / #20170129232

Inverted double dome double vacuum debulk tool

An inverted double dome double vacuum debulk tool having separable upper and lower chamber portions which can be assembled to form a vacuum chamber. In accordance with some embodiments, the top and bottom halves each comprise a circular cylindrical sidewall closed at one end by an inverted dome. ... The Boeing Co

05/11/17 / #20170129195

Edge breathers for composite products

Systems and methods are provided for curing composite products. One exemplary embodiment is an edge breather for composite manufacturing. ... The Boeing Co

05/11/17 / #20170129193

Bonded tab and tooling device

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

05/11/17 / #20170129192

Composite filler

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

05/11/17 / #20170129050

Edge preparation for laser welding

Provided is a laser-weld manufacturing method. The method includes: providing a first component and a second component that are separated from one another by a gap, the gap having a depth and a width and at least one of the first component and the second component having a sacrificial edge-tab; exposing the sacrificial edge-tab to laser energy, the laser energy being sufficient to melt at least a portion of the sacrificial edge-tab; forming a melt-pool in the gap between the first component and the second component, the melt-pool including material from the melted portion of the sacrificial edge-tab; and solidifying the melt-pool to form a weld that joins the first component and the second component together.. ... The Boeing Co

05/04/17 / #20170127507

Defense mechanism against directed-energy systems based on laser induced atmospheric optical breakdown

A laser defense system may be used to generate a plasma shield for protecting a structure against a directed-energy source. The laser defense system may include a short pulsed laser which generates plasma in a plasma shield region between the structure and the directed-energy source. ... The Boeing Co

05/04/17 / #20170126595

System and method for distributing "semi-blind" electronic messages

In accordance with one or more aspects, a method for distributing electronic messages, the method includes receiving an electronic message at a transmission server sent from a source device over the network, where the electronic message includes a semi-blind distribution list including members of more than one distribution group, and with the processor parsing the more than one distribution group, formatting a group electronic message for each of the parsed distribution groups based on the electronic message where the group electronic message is formatted such that members of a common distribution group of the more than one distribution group are visible to one another as recipients in the semi-blind distribution list, and transmitting a respective group electronic message to respective remote devices and wherein the members of another distribution group different from the common distribution group are invisible in the respective group electronic message corresponding to the common distribution group.. . ... The Boeing Co

05/04/17 / #20170125621

Multi-junction solar cell with self compensating sub-cells

A semiconductor device is disclosed, and includes a first sub-cell generating a first electrical current, a second sub-cell generating a second electrical current, and at least one power converter. The first sub-cell and the second sub-cell are electrically coupled to one another in series. ... The Boeing Co

05/04/17 / #20170124714

Locating a feature for robotic guidance

Aspects herein use a feature detection system to visually identify a feature on a component. The feature detection system includes at least two cameras that capture images of the feature from different angles or perspectives. ... The Boeing Co

05/04/17 / #20170123933

System and method for distributing file system changes to remotely located file replicas

A system for distributing changes to a replica file system on a client workstation is disclosed including a master file system, a journal database, and an application server. The journal database stores a journal table and a client timestamp, where the journal table includes a plurality of entries listed in chronological order that each represent a modification to the master file system made at a specific point in time. ... The Boeing Co

05/04/17 / #20170123639

Zoomed viewing of terminal charts

The different advantageous embodiments provide a computer implemented method, apparatus, and computer program product for generating a display of magnified information. A selection is received of an area of a chart on a display device to form a selected area through a user input device. ... The Boeing Co

05/04/17 / #20170122879

Borescope calibrator and user check gauge

A borescope calibration device is provided that includes a base having a planar surface and a plurality of reference surfaces on a side of the base opposing the planar surface, each of the plurality of reference surfaces having a height that decreases along a length of the base, a fixture that positions an optical head along a reference line that is parallel to the planar surface and providing a fixed distance between the reference surfaces and the optical head, the fixture being movable along a length of the base, and a target pattern formed on each of the reference surfaces.. . ... The Boeing Co

05/04/17 / #20170122866

Methods and systems for non-destructive testing

Provided are methods and systems for non-destructive testing of parts while these parts are being fabricated and/or operated. A part has hybrid spectral sensors embedded within and bonded to one or more other components of the part. ... The Boeing Co

05/04/17 / #20170122409

Elliptically interfacing wobble motion gearing system and method

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

05/04/17 / #20170122351

Sandwich panel joints and methods for joining sandwich panels

Joints for joining panels (60, 62) together, such as for joining honeycomb sandwich panels used in aerospace applications, and methods of joining said panels are disclosed. In some examples of disclosed joints, a first panel and a second panel can be joined together to form a joint. ... The Boeing Co

05/04/17 / #20170122257

Nacelle-integrated air-driven augmentor fan for increasing propulsor bypass ratio & efficiency

Systems and methods are provided for an air-driven augmentor fan equipped aircraft propulsor. The augmentor fan may increase the effective bypass ratio of the aircraft propulsor and reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions of the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

05/04/17 / #20170121970

Methods and apparatuses for temporary floor assembly

Methods and apparatuses are disclosed for removably deploying a floor assembly from a compacted state to a deployed state by varying tensioning forces to removably interconnected individual floor segments.. . ... The Boeing Co

05/04/17 / #20170121038

Systems and methods for shielding structures from radiation and magnetic field exposure

A system is configured to shield an interior chamber of a structure. The system may include a power source, an outer shield assembly operatively connected to the power source and coupled to an outer wall of the structure, and an inner shield assembly surrounding the internal chamber. ... The Boeing Co

05/04/17 / #20170121024

Mounting systems for personal electronic devices and related methods

A mounting system may be installed in an aircraft, such as by installing a first plate and a second plate on either side of a sandwich panel wall in a personal space of an aircraft. The first plate and second plate may be coupled together, and a structural interface may receive a mounting accessory such that it is positioned adjacent the first plate. ... The Boeing Co

05/04/17 / #20170121006

Deep rolling forming

Disclosed are a method and system to form a contoured structure using deep rolling. The method includes using deep rolling to introduce plastic deformation to one or more portions of a work piece to form a convex contour in the work piece. ... The Boeing Co

05/04/17 / #20170120997

Waterborne payload deployment vessel and method

A method for deploying a payload into a body of water using a deployment vessel, the deployment vessel including a hull defining a payload compartment, the method including positioning the payload in the payload compartment of the deployment vessel, the deployment vessel and the payload having a buoyancy, wherein the buoyancy is initially negative, deploying the deployment vessel into the water at a drop zone, wherein the deployment vessel moves horizontally through the water as it submerges vertically downward under a force of gravity, changing the buoyancy to positive after a minimum horizontal distance is established between the drop zone and the deployment vessel, thereby causing the deployment vessel to surface and, after the surfacing of the deployment vessel, opening the hull to release the payload therefrom.. . ... The Boeing Co

05/04/17 / #20170120545

Methods and apparatus for molding and joining composite parts

Methods and apparatus for molding and joining composite parts are disclosed. An example apparatus disclosed herein includes a tool base and a base mandrel removably coupled to the tool base, where the tool base and the base mandrel form a support structure base for a first radar assembly or a second radar assembly. ... The Boeing Co

05/04/17 / #20170120541

Rotational tooling apparatus for layup and cure of composite stringers

A tooling apparatus may include a pair of elongated tooling dies independently rotatable about a common central axis. Each tooling die may have a layup surface including a web layup surface and at least one flange layup surface oriented non-parallel to the web layup surface and configured to receive at least one composite ply to form a stringer layup half having a web and at least one flange. ... The Boeing Co

05/04/17 / #20170120516

Extrusion apparatus and method

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

05/04/17 / #20170120512

Method and apparatus for repairing composite materials

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

05/04/17 / #20170120510

Devices, systems, and methods for compacting a charge of composite material across an edge

Devices, systems and methods for compacting a charge of composite material across an edge are disclosed herein. The devices include a vacuum compaction device including a compaction force transfer structure, a sealing structure, and a vacuum distribution manifold. ... The Boeing Co

05/04/17 / #20170120481

Mandrel bladder end fitting

A mandrel bladder end fitting includes a compression housing defining a circumferential interior wall; the interior wall constitutes a first clamping surface. An expansion assembly, axially received within the interior wall, includes a plurality of wedges that collectively define a second clamping surface. ... The Boeing Co

05/04/17 / #20170120373

Friction stir welding machine having a rotatable anvil and associated method

A friction stir welding machine and a method of friction stir welding a workpiece are provided. In this regard, a friction stir welding machine is provided that includes a weld fixture comprising first and second arms configured to be positioned on opposite sides of a workpiece. ... The Boeing Co

04/27/17 / #20170118873

Interchangeable internal modular avionics platform assembly

Internal interchangeable modular avionics platform assemblies and methods for removably mounting and interchanging modular avionics platforms within an aircraft. In some embodiments, modular avionics platform assemblies may include a modular avionics platform configured to support various avionics equipment, suitable for removable mounting within a forward fuselage, and interchangeable with a number of alternate platforms. ... The Boeing Co

04/27/17 / #20170118729

Satellite link budget command interface tool

Systems, methods, and apparatus for a satellite link budget command interface tool are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, a method for commanding a space vehicle (sv) involves determining a transmitter output power for a control word (cw) at a particular temperature for a transmitter on the sv. ... The Boeing Co

04/27/17 / #20170118542

System and method for data retransmission through rf opaque barriers

A system and method for transmitting an information signal through a radio-frequency opaque barrier are disclosed. A transmitter is positioned on a first side of the barrier and a re-transmitter is positioned on a second side of the barrier. ... The Boeing Co

04/27/17 / #20170118449

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

04/27/17 / #20170117682

Energy ratio sensor for laser resonator system

A device includes a first sensor configured to generate a first output signal corresponding to an energy of a portion of a forward beam transmitted by a mirror of a laser resonator system. The device further includes a second sensor configured to generate a second output signal corresponding to an energy of a portion of a return beam transmitted by the mirror. ... The Boeing Co

04/27/17 / #20170117625

Radio frequency chokes for integrated phased-array antennas

Embodiments described herein provide for integrating a pair of phased-array antennas onto a common electrically-conductive plate, with groves fabricated into a top surface of the plate that operate as an rf choke. One embodiment comprises an apparatus that includes an electrically-conductive plate that has a top surface and an opposing bottom surface, a transmit phased-array antenna comprising a first plurality of holes through the plate from the top surface to the bottom surface that include rf transmit elements, and a receive phased-array antenna comprising a second plurality of holes through the plate from the top surface to the bottom surface that include rf receive elements. ... The Boeing Co

04/27/17 / #20170117621

Whisker reinforced high fracture toughness ceramic tips for radomes

A radome tip assembly has high fracture toughness due to a tip and a bushing fastener that attaches the tip to a radome where both the tip and bushing fastener are constructed from a mixture of aluminum oxide ceramic material and reinforcing silicon-carbide crystal whiskers and the radome is constructed of an oxide ceramic matrix composite material.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/27/17 / #20170117605

Enhanced hybrid-tee coupler

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

04/27/17 / #20170116863

Methods and systems for autonomous generation of shortest lateral paths for unmanned aerial systems

Methods and systems for autonomous generation of shortest lateral paths for unmanned aerial systems are described. An example method includes defining an area between a source point and a target point; identifying a first no flight zone within the area; identifying a second no flight zone outside of the area; estimating a first computation time to determine a first lateral path between the source point and the target point, the estimating to consider the first no flight zone, the estimating not to consider the second no flight zone; comparing the first computation time to a reference computation time; in response to the first computation time not satisfying a threshold of the reference computation time, modifying the first no flight zone to be a third no flight zone; and estimating a second computation time to determine a second lateral path between the source point and the target point, the estimating to consider the third no flight zone.. ... The Boeing Co

04/27/17 / #20170116776

Structure-based camera pose estimation system

A camera pose estimation system is provided for estimating the position of a camera. The system may be configured to receive a 2d image of at least a portion of a structure captured by a camera, and produce an annotated 2d image in which a plurality of architecture features of the structure in the 2d image are overlaid with a corresponding plurality of geometric features. ... The Boeing Co

04/27/17 / #20170116735

Optimized camera pose estimation system

A camera pose estimation system is provided for estimating the position of a camera within an environment. The system may be configured to receive a 2d image captured by a camera within the environment, and interpret metadata of the 2d image to identify an estimated position of the camera. ... The Boeing Co

04/27/17 / #20170116723

Pattern-based camera pose estimation system

A camera pose estimation system is provided for estimating the position of a camera within an environment. The system may be configured to receive a 2d image captured by a camera within the environment, and interpret metadata of the 2d image to identify an estimated position of the camera. ... The Boeing Co

04/27/17 / #20170115111

Optical target orienting system and method

An optical target orienting system including a mount defining a pan axis, an optical target positioned on the mount, the optical target being rotatable relative to the mount about a tilt axis, a pan assembly operatively connected to the mount to rotate the mount and, thus, the optical target about the pan axis, and a tilt assembly operatively connected to the optical target to rotate the optical target relative to the mount about the tilt axis.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/27/17 / #20170114880

Double eccentric positioning apparatus

A double eccentric positioning apparatus uses two equal offset eccentric bushings to accurately position a tool (such as a drill bushing) in two dimensions. Miniature servo motors and precise gearing control the rotation of each eccentric bushing, which controls the direction of the offset vectors. ... The Boeing Co

04/27/17 / #20170114821

High fracture toughness ceramic support nut plate and gang channel

A nut plate (10) and a gang channel (78) are constructed of ceramic material. In one version, the nut plate (10) and gang channel (78) are constructed of aluminum oxide ceramic material reinforced with silicon-carbide crystal whiskers. ... The Boeing Co

04/27/17 / #20170114819

Whisker reinforced high fracture toughness ceramic threaded fasteners

A high temperature fastener including a bolt and a nut, where the bolt and the nut are constructed of an aluminum oxide ceramic material reinforced with silicon-carbide crystal whiskers or silicon nitride.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/27/17 / #20170113809

Aircraft engine fan speed display improvements for enhanced monitoring and thrust setting ability

Systems and methods for displaying n1 speed on a flight deck display in a manner that provides increased resolution at the upper end of the operating range. This is accomplished by a variable scale(s) which improves the functionality of the n1 gauge (serving as an indication of thrust) in the desired region. ... The Boeing Co

04/27/17 / #20170113806

Sound attenuation apparatus and method

An aircraft auxiliary power unit sound attenuation apparatus includes a perforated body having a center aperture through which exhaust fluid passes, a backing member outwardly offset from the perforated body, a plurality of connecting members coupling the perforated body to the backing member to form a locally reacting sound attenuation member having a plurality of channels spanning outwardly from the perforated body to the backing member, and a bulk absorber disposed in each of the plurality of channels where the bulk absorber is in fluid communication with the exhaust fluid, where the locally reacting sound attenuation member is in fluid communication with an auxiliary power unit of an aircraft so that the plurality of channels are oriented in a direction crossing a pressure drop direction of an exhaust fluid flow passing through the center aperture and each channel circumscribes the center aperture.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/27/17 / #20170113786

Zoom climb prevention system for enhanced performance

A vehicle, such as an airplane sets a limit for a control variable used to deflect a control surface. The limit is set as a function of an unfavorable flight condition/target angle of attack and a rate of change of angle of attack so that a pilot control variable command is prevented from exceeding the limit to prevent the vehicle from reaching an unfavorable flight condition and/or exceeding a desired angle of attack limit.. ... The Boeing Co

04/27/17 / #20170113785

Systems and methods for protecting a vehicle from a directed energy attack

A computer-implemented method for protecting a vehicle from a directed energy attack is provided. The method includes receiving, at the vehicle, a beam of directed energy, determining a threat level of the beam of directed energy, and causing the vehicle to automatically execute at least one evasive maneuver when the threat level of the beam of directed energy is greater than a predetermined threshold.. ... The Boeing Co

04/27/17 / #20170113783

Rotorcraft controls and rotorcraft including such rotorcraft controls

Rotorcraft controls and rotorcraft including such rotorcraft controls are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a collective control column for an aircraft includes a rotational interface rotatable in a first direction to provide a first input and a second direction opposite the first direction to provide a second input; a memory to store instructions; and a processor responsive to the first input to execute the instructions to cause the aircraft to perform operations associated with flying the aircraft, the processor responsive to the second input to execute the instructions to cause the aircraft to perform operations associated with idling the aircraft.. ... The Boeing Co

04/27/17 / #20170113776

Moisture accumulation prevention systems and methods

An aircraft may include a fuselage, and a moisture accumulation prevention system that prevents moisture from accumulating on at least one structure within the fuselage. The moisture accumulation prevention system includes at least one ultrasonic element coupled to the structure(s). ... The Boeing Co

04/27/17 / #20170113421

Heating of thermoplastic interlayers in a preform tool for producing a preform of a composite member

Systems and methods for producing a preform for a composite member. An exemplary method includes preparing a lay-up of reinforcement layers and thermoplastic interlayers, and transferring the lay-up to a preform tool. ... The Boeing Co

04/27/17 / #20170113245

Methods and systems for applying aerodynamically functional coatings to a surface

An aero-contoured coating system is provided. The system has an aerodynamically functional coating having at least one or more color layers, one or more first clearcoat layers over the color layer(s) to obtain a pre-aero-contoured coating, the one or more first clearcoat layers configured for abrasion and aero-contouring to obtain an aero-contoured surface, and one or more additional clearcoat layers over the aero-contoured surface. ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170111229

Spacecraft network management system and method

A spacecraft network management system includes five functional entities, namely, attendant, accessor, collector, logic, and logic watchdog in a distributed architecture configured with both in-band and out-of-band data paths. Management data is structured so that it can travel over either in-band or out-of-band and be identified as such; user data travels over in-band paths. ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170111176

Airplane identity management with redundant line replaceable units (lrus) and composite airplane modifiable information (ami)

The present invention generally relates to one or more line replacement units (“lrus”) for an airplane. The lrus can include airline modifiable information (“ami”) that includes more than one public key certificates, wherein each of the more than one public key certificates uniquely identifies the airplane for ground communication based, at least in part, on a public key or a private key associated with the one or more public/private key pairs generated by a cryptographic key generator.. ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170110797

Surface card antenna apparatus

A surface card antenna apparatus comprises a single circuit board having a major side surface. The surface card antenna apparatus further comprises a horizontal polarization antenna portion mounted on the major side surface of the single circuit board. ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170110023

Systems and methods for providing a virtual heads up display in a vehicle simulator

Systems and methods for providing a virtual heads up display in a vehicle simulator include a vehicle simulator. The vehicle simulator includes a visual projector including visual system optics, a virtual heads up display (vhud) projector mounted within the visual system optics of the visual projector and a projection screen configured to project images generated by the visual projector and the vhud projector. ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170109891

Systems and methods for object detection

A computing device for detecting an object of interest in an image is provided. The computing device includes a memory device and a processor to process image data by evaluating pixel contrast to facilitate detecting an edge transition in an image, by identifying neighboring pixels that are above a predetermined contrast value, which represent a potential object of interest, filtering the pixels based on color information to identify areas where there is a color edge transition, applying a convolution filter mask to yield regions of pixels having a localized concentration of contrast and color changes, applying a threshold filter for identifying those pixel regions having values that are greater than a predetermined threshold value and grouping the identified pixel regions into one or more groups representing an object of interest, and generating an alert to notify an operator that the object of interest in the image has been detected.. ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170109428

Employing associative memory for enhanced lifecycle management

A non-conformance analysis system may have an associative memory subsystem populated with information involving a plurality of entities defining different attributes of a component, with each entity being categorized under a user defined entity type, the entities and entity types forming an associative memory. A user input device may be used for enabling a user to input a query concerning the component, and to obtain information useful for managing a lifecycle of said component. ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170108841

System and method for environmental control system diagnosis and prognosis

A method to provide prognosis and diagnosis of environmental control system maintenance. The method including imaging, with at least one imaging unit, in real time at least one portion of an environmental control system in operation, wherein real time images register a dynamic feature of a dynamic predetermined characteristic of the at least one portion of the environmental control system, comparing, with a controller, the real time images of the at least one portion of the environmental control system with stored images of the at least one portion of the environmental control system in operation to identify a change in the dynamic feature of the dynamic predetermined characteristic of the at least one portion of the environmental control system, and determining, with the controller, whether an abnormality exists in the at least one portion of the environmental control system based on the identified change in the dynamic feature between the real time images and the stored images of the at least one portion of the environmental control system.. ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170108588

Generation of linear feedback shift register based pseudo random noise (prn) spreading code sequence for global navigation satellite system

Technology to generation of linear feedback shift register based prn spreading code sequence using a processor device in a computing system is disclosed. A system is provided for generating a gnss code sequence in a computer system, the system comprising one or more logic circuits configured to at least: receive a plurality of waveform generation parameters; select between a short pseudo-random noise (prn) cycle and a long prn cycle according to at least one of the plurality of waveform generation parameters; and emulate a plurality of linear feedback shift registers (lfsr) for generating a block of prn code chips.. ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170108029

Sealing system for fasteners

A method and apparatus for sealing a fastener that extends through a surface. The apparatus comprises a housing having a base and cap, wherein the cap is configured to cover a portion of a fastener extending through a surface, and wherein the housing is configured to apply suction to the surface.. ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170107944

Folding door thrust reversers for aircraft engines

Example folding door thrust reversers for aircraft engines are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a nacelle of a turbofan engine, where a fan duct is defined between the nacelle and a core of the turbofan engine. ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170107659

Systems and methods for refreshing passenger garments onboard an aircraft

An aircraft includes a fuselage having an internal cabin, and a garment refreshing system located within the internal cabin. The garment refreshing system is operable to refresh a garment of an individual within the internal cabin. ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170107590

Interference fit quench plug assembly and methods for use thereof

A method is provided including heating a workpiece beyond a transformation temperature. The workpiece has at least one internal surface that has a nominal diameter, and a transformation diameter that corresponds to the start of a transformation from a first state to a second state. ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170106983

Deployable door-mounted seat

A seat system may include a door and a locking mechanism. The door may be movable between an open position and a closed position. ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170106981

Controlled energy absorption of seats for impact

Controlled energy absorption of seats for impact is described herein. One disclosed example method includes determining a weight of an occupant of a seat of an aircraft, and calculating, using a processor, a stroke load of a seat energy absorber operatively coupled to the seat based on the weight of the occupant. ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170106970

Composite failsafe torque tube

An air vehicle control surface includes an upper skin, a lower skin, a plurality of composite spars extending between the upper skin and the lower skin, and a failsafe torque tube. The failsafe torque tube includes an outer composite tube and an inner tube disposed within the outer composite tube and extending coaxially with the outer composite tube.. ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170106968

Multi-box wing spar and skin

Apparatus and systems provide for the construction of wing sections having multi-box wing spars. According to one aspect of the disclosure provided herein, an aircraft wing includes multi-box wing spars attached to an aircraft fuselage, an upper wing surface, a lower wing surface, and a number of wing segments. ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170106965

Frame insulation providing enhanced drainage features

Systems and methods are provided for insulation and moisture drainage. One exemplary system comprises a liner. ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170106964

Corner tension fitting

A corner fitting may include a male fitting having a convex portion and a female fitting having a concave portion configured complementary to the convex portion. In addition, the corner fitting may include a strap having a strap radius portion and a pair of strap planar portions extending from opposite ends of the strap radius portion. ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170106924

Walking robot

A method and apparatus for a walking robot. A first end effector connected to a first end of a robotic arm is moved relative to a surface of a structure and away from a second end effector connected to a second end of the robotic arm. ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170106607

Systems and methods for drape forming a charge of composite material

Systems and methods for drape forming a charge of composite material are disclosed herein. The systems include a forming mandrel, a charge support structure, a flexible and resilient forming membrane, a base, and a vacuum source. ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170106569

Elongated elastomeric parts and mandrels for facilitating removal of elongated elastomeric parts formed thereon

A mandrel configured to facilitate release of an elastomeric part cured thereon may comprise an elongated body having an outer surface, an internal cavity formed in the elongated body, and a passage providing fluid communication between the internal cavity and the outer surface of the body. The passage may be dimensioned so as to permit a flow of a fluid from the internal cavity to the outer surface of the body and to preclude a flow of an uncured elastomer into the passage. ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170106538

Systems, apparatuses, and methods for loading and unloading brushes to and from end-effector

An apparatus (812) for loading and unloading a brush (822) to and from a brush-arm assembly (802) of an end-effector (102) is disclosed. The apparatus (812) comprises a base (814) and a carriage (818), which is movable along an axis (a) at least to a first position, a second position, or a third position relative to the base (814). ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170106402

Systems, apparatuses, and methods for applying glutinous substances

An apparatus (102) for delivering a glutinous substance (168) from a cartridge (166) to an applicator (254) comprises a sleeve (106) and a pressure-cap assembly (104). The pressure-cap assembly (104) comprises a pressure cap (110), proximate an inlet (124) of the sleeve (106). ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170106401

Systems, apparatuses, and methods for applying glutinous substances

An apparatus (102) for delivering a glutinous substance (168) from a cartridge (166) to an applicator (154) is disclosed. The apparatus (102) comprises a sleeve (106) and a pressure-cap assembly (104) coupled to the sleeve (106). ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170106400

Applicators for delivering glutinous substance to workpiece from end-effector and associated apparatuses, systems, and methods

An applicator (102) for delivering a glutinous substance (168) to a workpiece (170) from an end-effector (101). The applicator (102) comprises a body (110), comprising a first channel (115), and comprises a tip (160), configured to be releasably attached to the body (110). ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170106398

Applicators for delivering glutinous substance to workpiece from end-effector and associated apparatuses, systems, and methods

An applicator (102) for delivering a glutinous substance (168) to a workpiece (170) from an end-effector (101) is disclosed. The applicator (102) comprises a body (110) and a plunger (186). ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170106395

Applicators for delivering glutinous substance to workpiece from end-effector and associated apparatuses, systems, and methods

An installation device (300) for coupling a tip (160) to a body (110) of an applicator (102). The applicator (102) comprises a coupler (154), releasably engageable with the tip (160) to interlock the tip (160) with the body (110). ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170106393

Robotic end effector and method for maskless painting

A robotic end effector includes a line painting system and a spray painting system for painting features on a surface. The line painting system includes a flexible wick for flowing lines onto the surface.. ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170105516

Systems, apparatuses, and methods for applying glutinous substances

An apparatus (102) for delivering a glutinous substance (168) from a cartridge (166) to a brush (298) is disclosed. The apparatus (102) comprises a sleeve (106) and a pressure-cap assembly (104). ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170105514

Brushes for delivering glutinous substance to workpiece from end-effector and methods for making the same

A brush (400) for delivering a glutinous substance (168) to a workpiece (170) from an end-effector (102) is disclosed. The brush (400) comprises a body (402), having a rotational axis (438). ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170105513

Brushes for delivering glutinous substance to workpiece from end-effector and methods for making and using the same

A brush (400) for delivering a glutinous substance (168) to a workpiece (170) from an end-effector (102) is disclosed. The brush (400) comprises a body (402) having a rotational axis (438). ... The Boeing Co

04/20/17 / #20170105512

Brushes for delivering glutinous substance to workpiece from end-effector and methods for using the same

A brush (200) for delivering a glutinous substance (168) to a workpiece (170) from an end-effector (102) is disclosed. The brush (200) comprises a body (202), having a rotational axis (238) and comprising a first channel (208) that comprises an inlet (209) and a first outlet (280). ... The Boeing Co

04/13/17 / #20170105058

Wireless collection of fastener data

. . . . Data is remotely collected from a plurality of fasteners in response to a query signal wirelessly transmitted by a reader. Each of the fasteners includes a sensor for measuring a parameter related to the stress on the fastener. ... The Boeing Co

04/13/17 / #20170104594

Data dependent authentication keys for differential power analysis resistant authentication

A system and method for using mixing functions to generate and manipulate authentication keys based on the data being decrypted to mitigate the effect of side channel attacks based on differential power analysis (dpa). The mixing function may be based on a xor tree, substitution-permutation networks, or double-mix feistel networks. ... The Boeing Co

04/13/17 / #20170104586

Scrambled tweak mode of blockciphers for differential power analysis resistant encryption

A system and method for providing a scrambled tweak mode of block cipher encryption for a device that mitigates the effect of side channel attacks based on differential power analysis (dpa). The scrambled tweak mode encryption engine creates noise at the start of the encryption process by obfuscating the counter value with the use of the very fast mixing function, such as a mixing function based on a xor tree, substitution-permutation networks, or double-mix feistel networks. ... The Boeing Co

04/13/17 / #20170104581

Scrambled counter mode for differential power analysis resistant encryption

A system and method for providing a scrambled counter mode encryption for a device that mitigates the effect of side channel attacks based on differential power analysis (dpa). The scrambled counter mode encryption engine creates noise at the start of the encryption process by obfuscating the counter value with the use of the very fast mixing function, such as a mixing function based on a xor tree, substitution-permutation networks, or double-mix feistel networks. ... The Boeing Co

04/13/17 / #20170104444

Rigidly mounted tracking solar panel and method

A rigidly mountable solar panel includes lenses supported above a movable panel to focus sunlight onto photovoltaic material carried on the movable panel. Flexible supports space the movable panel at the focal points of the lenses, and a servo-mechanism enables movement of the movable panel to adjust position as the focal point moves with the sun. ... The Boeing Co

04/13/17 / #20170104268

Phased array antenna system including a modular control and monitoring architecture

A phased array antenna system may include a plurality of radio frequency (rf) tile sub-arrays arranged in a certain pattern to define an rf aperture. Each rf tile sub-array may include a multiplicity of rf elements and each rf element may be separately controlled for steering or tracking an rf beam generated or received by the rf element. ... The Boeing Co

04/13/17 / #20170104107

Semiconductor device including an electrically conductive adhesive layer and a bypass diode in a carrier

A solar cell structure is disclosed. The solar cell structure comprises a carrier having a front side and a p-n junction, a solar cell electrically coupled to the front side of the carrier, and an adhesive layer. ... The Boeing Co

04/13/17 / #20170103660

Flight deck displays to enable visual separation standard

Systems and methods that display information to enable a flight crew on a trailing aircraft to maintain separation behind a leading aircraft during an approach. Graphical designs are displayed on a navigation display or other display in the flight deck of the trailing aircraft to help the flight crew visually acquire the leading aircraft out the window and maintain at least a specified separation distance or spacing between the two aircraft even if visual contact is lost after the initial visual contact. ... The Boeing Co

04/13/17 / #20170103159

Layout of passenger arrangements implementation using previously designed configurations

A system and method for implementing a layout of passenger arrangements using previously designed configurations. A plurality of tools for implementing a layout of passenger arrangements using previously designed configurations is provided. ... The Boeing Co

04/13/17 / #20170102236

X-ray vision aircraft landscape camera

A method for providing visual data of a landscape below an aircraft includes capturing visual data of a landscape below an aircraft, using a camera on the aircraft. The visual data is compared to previously captured visual data of the landscape. ... The Boeing Co

04/13/17 / #20170101508

Flow reactor synthesis of polymers

A flow reactor system and methods having tubing useful as polymerization chamber. The flow reactor has at least one inlet and at least one mixing chamber, and an outlet. ... The Boeing Co

04/13/17 / #20170101193

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

04/13/17 / #20170101181

Methods and apparatuses for payload deployment using low-force release and replacement of outer mold line panel

Methods, apparatuses and systems are disclosed relating to maintaining an outer mold line of a vehicle after a payload is deployed from the vehicle, and providing a low-force non-frangible method of deploying a payload from a vehicle.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/13/17 / #20170101170

Thermal insulation system, aircraft, and vehicle having same

A thermal insulation system for an aircraft that includes leading surfaces is provided. The thermal insulation system includes a carrier and a container. ... The Boeing Co

04/13/17 / #20170101168

Composite stiffener with integral conductive element

A composite stiffener is provided with an integral conductive element extending longitudinally through an entire length of the composite stiffener to form a portion of an electrical ground/return system in a composite structure. The integral conductive element provides both structural strength and conductivity, and may be formed from graphite nanotube filaments, carbon nanofibers or nanoparticles, or a metallic filler material. ... The Boeing Co

04/13/17 / #20170100911

Composite structure and method for barely visible impact damage detection

A composite structure including a composite body having an outer surface and a detection layer connected to the outer surface, the detection layer being discontinuous and including glass fibers embedded in a matrix material.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/13/17 / #20170100909

Apparatus configured as a structure comprising a skin including a bond without a splice plate

A composite structure comprises stacked sets of laminated fiber reinforced resin plies and metal sheets. Edges of the resin plies and metal sheets are interleaved to form a composite-to-metal joint connecting the resin plies with the metal sheets.. ... The Boeing Co

04/13/17 / #20170100894

Composite manufacturing with a multi-dimensional array of independently-controllable thermal zones

A system for manufacturing a composite structure includes a tool with a surface for supporting component elements of the composite structure. The surface is divided into a multi-dimensional array of thermal zones for in-process control of the temperature of a component element (e.g. ... The Boeing Co

04/13/17 / #20170100877

Methods and apparatus for forming microscopic features on a film layer

Methods and apparatus for forming microscopic features on a film layer are disclosed. An example method includes using a surface of a tool to contact a thermoplastic film coupled to an outer surface of a structure. ... The Boeing Co

04/13/17 / #20170100859

Mechanical support tooling and/or mandrel for composite part curing

Example mechanical supports or mandrels are described for composite part curing. In one example, a mandrel includes a housing, and components within the housing and positioned to create a central opening. ... The Boeing Co

04/13/17 / #20170100838

Dynamic automation work zone safety system

Methods and apparatus are provided for operating robotic actors in a human/robotic environment. A safety controller that is configured to communicate with one or more robotic actors can receive actor information about at least a location of one or more actors. ... The Boeing Co

04/13/17 / #20170100782

Height adjusting swivel drill block

A drill block and a method for drilling a hole through a workpiece using the drill block. The drill block may include a mounting leg for mounting the drill block, a drilling support leg having a round hole therethrough operable to receive a drill bit during a drilling operation, and a height variability leg interposed between the mounting leg and the drilling support leg, wherein the height variability leg is adjustable to select a vertical height of the drilling support leg relative to the mounting leg.. ... The Boeing Co

04/06/17 / #20170099606

Method and apparatus for telemetry system data rate optimization

A method for transmitting data, the method including receiving data from one or more data units, determining a total data rate based on data obtained from the one or more data units, determining an optimum data rate for packet transmission based on minimizing overhead data included in the packet transmission where, when the total data rate exceeds a predetermined threshold, a first portion of data is automatically removed from the data obtained from the one or more data units for placement in a data storage buffer and a second portion of the data obtained from the one or more data units remains in the packet transmission such that the total data rate is decreased and transmitting the second portion of the data obtained from the one or more data units at the optimum data rate.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/06/17 / #20170099308

Cybersecurity system with differentiated capacity to deal with complex cyber attacks

An improved cyber security protection system with differentiated capacity to deal with complex cyber attacks in complex, highly-connected industries. The system architecture is goal-oriented and separates security goals and concerns by layers that are assigned specific functions to address only those goals. ... The Boeing Co

04/06/17 / #20170098930

Methods for diverting lightning current from skin fasteners in composite, non-metallic structures

A multilayer composite structure with integrated fastener-to-conductive layer surface lightning protection interconnection employs a conductive layer with an inner surface and a plurality of chamfered recesses forming countersinks in an outer surface. A carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (cfrp) composite layer is disposed on the inner surface of the conductive layer and conforms to the surface shape. ... The Boeing Co

04/06/17 / #20170098186

Product management system with supplier risk management

A method and apparatus for managing manufacturing of a product. A computer system identifies a predicted parts shortage for parts based on historical parts shortage data and current parts shortage data. ... The Boeing Co

04/06/17 / #20170097031

Injection-bonded joint and method of forming

A method of forming an injection-bonded joint includes providing a first part and a second part having a second part upper edge and a second part lower edge, and forming a chamber wall within a bondline region between mating surfaces of the first part and the second part. The chamber wall divides a bondline length of the bondline region and defines at least one adhesive chamber. ... The Boeing Co

04/06/17 / #20170096963

Sandwich structure having hinge assemblies for accommodating differential in-plane expansion of face sheets

A sandwich structure includes a first skin and a second skin spaced apart from each other and interconnected by a hinge assembly including a first hinge member and a second hinge member. The first hinge member proximal end is coupled to the first skin. ... The Boeing Co

04/06/17 / #20170096240

Dual port payload attach ring compatible satellite

Systems, methods, and apparatus for dual port ring compatible satellites are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, a method for removably attaching at least one spacecraft to a payload attach ring on a launch vehicle involves attaching a strongback of each of the spacecrafts to two respective payload ports of the payload attach ring on the launch vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

04/06/17 / #20170096235

Consolidated flight deck task list based on alerting and checklist items

An improved aircraft management system for consolidating and prioritizing alerts through the use of an alert consolidator is described herein. According to an embodiment, a method for providing a list of tasks for responding to alerts provided by an aircraft sensing system includes receiving a plurality of alerts provided by an aircraft sensing system prioritizing at least two alerts, generating a prioritized sequential list of tasks for responding to the prioritized alerts, and providing, in a single format, the prioritized sequential list of tasks.. ... The Boeing Co

04/06/17 / #20170096222

Aerial agricultural management system

An apparatus comprises a base vehicle, a takeoff and landing system, a rack system, a refueling system associated with the base vehicle, and a controller. The rack system comprises a group of racks with slots in which the slots receive unmanned aerial vehicles, provide refueling connections that facilitate refueling of the unmanned aerial vehicles located in the slots, and provide data connections that facilitate data transmission with the unmanned aerial vehicles located in the slots. ... The Boeing Co

04/06/17 / #20170096205

Pressure hull penetrator for submersible vehicles that utilize fuel cells

Embodiments described herein provide for in-place refueling of reactant sources for submersible vehicles that utilize fuel cells. In one embodiment, the vehicle includes a pressure hull that maintains a pressure boundary between an interior surface and an exterior surface, and includes a fuel cell. ... The Boeing Co

04/06/17 / #20170095984

Method of curing a composite article using differential vacuum

A method of curing a composite layup may include applying an inner bag vacuum pressure to an inner bag chamber and an outer vacuum pressure to an outer vacuum chamber. The vacuum inner bag chamber may be formed by a vacuum bag covering a composite layup and sealed to a forming tool with an inner bag chamber seal. ... The Boeing Co

04/06/17 / #20170095983

Method and device for producing contoured composite laminate stiffeners with reduced wrinkling

A contoured composite laminate stiffener is fabricated by assembling a substantially flat composite laminate charge and forming the charge into a substantially straight stiffener having a desired cross sectional shape. A contour is formed in the stiffener which has an inside radius and an outside radius. ... The Boeing Co

03/30/17 / #20170094729

Method and apparatus for fabricating a susceptor coil assembly ribbon

A method and system for fabricating a susceptor coil assembly ribbon. An apparatus comprising a tensioning section 100 that provides a predetermined amount of tension to a plurality of susceptor coil assemblies 20, a collimating section 200 that receives the plurality of susceptor coil assemblies 20 from the tensioning section 100 and aligns the plurality of susceptor coil assemblies 20. ... The Boeing Co

03/30/17 / #20170093045

Ferrite-enhanced metamaterials

A method and apparatus for tuning a metamaterial cell. A set of electromagnetic properties of a tunable element associated with the metamaterial cell may be tuned. ... The Boeing Co

03/30/17 / #20170092798

Optoelectric devices comprising hybrid metamorphic buffer layers

In one aspect, semiconductor structures are described herein. A semiconductor structure, in some implementations, comprises a first semiconductor layer having a first bandgap and a first lattice constant and a second semiconductor layer having a second bandgap and a second lattice constant. ... The Boeing Co

03/30/17 / #20170092421

Method and apparatus for fabricating susceptor coil assemblies

A method and system for fabricating a susceptor coil assembly. An apparatus comprising a tensioning section; a feeding section for feeding a conductor wire toward the tensioning section, the tensioning section maintaining a desired tension of the conductor wire; and a coiling section for winding a susceptor wire around an outer surface of the conductor wire so as to fabricate a susceptor coil assembly. ... The Boeing Co

03/30/17 / #20170092393

Two-part snap-together feedthroughs

A two-part, snap-together feedthrough for feeding signals through a panel having opposite sides includes first and second parts, each including a flange with an opening therethrough, and a tubular segment that extends normally from a first surface of the flange and has a lumen disposed generally concentrically with the opening. A pair of complementary engaging mechanisms are respectively on distal end portions of the tubular segments and configured to couple the first and second parts together through an opening in the panel in a snap-together fashion, such that the first surface of each of the flanges is held adjacent to a corresponding one of the opposite sides of the panel, and the lumens of respective ones of the tubular segments are disposed generally concentrically with each other.. ... The Boeing Co

03/30/17 / #20170092135

Apparatus to generate aircraft intent and related methods

Apparatus to generate aircraft intent and related methods are disclosed. An example automated aircraft intent generation method based on specifications expressed in formal languages includes: calculating first motion primitives associated with an aircraft intent description and a position of an aircraft; representing the first motion primitives in a second formal language as second motion primitives; collecting first information associated with at least one of 1) an aircraft performance model, 2) an environmental model, 3) a flight dynamic model, or 4) at least one of the first motion primitives or the second motion primitives; initializing a maneuver automaton based on the first information; collecting second information associated with at least one of: 1) flight plan instructions, 2) user preference indications, or 3) operational context indications; representing the second information as third information in a first formal language; combining the maneuver automaton and the third information to form a product automaton; determining that the product automaton satisfies a trajectory specification threshold; and in response to the product automaton satisfying the trajectory specification threshold, producing a representation of the aircraft intent description in the second formal language.. ... The Boeing Co

03/30/17 / #20170092094

Ergonomics awareness chairs, systems, and methods

Ergonomics awareness chairs, systems, and methods are disclosed. Methods include reading sensor values from sensors in an ergonomics awareness chair, calculating a posture type based on the sensor values, determining a time the user has been continuously sitting properly, and, if the time is greater than a predetermined threshold time, alerting the user to take a break. ... The Boeing Co

03/30/17 / #20170091640

System for maintenance of a manufactured product

A system is provided for maintenance of a manufactured product composed of a plurality of parts. A modeling engine may receive failure data for the plurality of parts in which the failure data indicates individual instances of failure of at least two of a multiple quantity of a part of the plurality of parts. ... The Boeing Co

03/30/17 / #20170090729

Organization and visualization of content from multiple media sources

A method, apparatus, and system for visually representing content in media sources. A plurality of vectors is created, by a computer system, for the media sources based on content in the media sources and a lexicon built for a selected subject. ... The Boeing Co

03/30/17 / #20170090030

Synthetic wave laser ranging sensors and methods

Systems and methods for measuring a distance to an object. An exemplary method includes directing light beams from three or more continuous-wave lasers onto a target, and also frequency shifting the light beams split off from the lasers to generate local oscillator beams. ... The Boeing Co

03/30/17 / #20170089866

Apparatus, system, and method for non-destructive ultrasonic inspection

An apparatus, for non-destructively inspecting a sandwich panel defining an enclosed space, has an external and internal probe. The external probe is adjacent an external face-sheet of the sandwich panel and the internal probe is adjacent an internal face-sheet of the sandwich panel. ... The Boeing Co

03/30/17 / #20170089815

Sealant testing for aircraft fuel tanks

Embodiments described herein provide apparatus and a method for simulating a mechanical stress applied to a sealant from a lightning strike upon an aircraft. One embodiment comprises a specimen, a test fixture, and a capacitor. ... The Boeing Co

03/30/17 / #20170089812

Determining aerosol material compatibility

Provided are methods for testing aerosol material compatibility of various samples to disinfectants, decontaminates, 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

03/30/17 / #20170089804

Systems, methods, and devices for performance monitoring of mechanical assemblies

Systems, methods, and apparatus are disclosed for monitoring a performance of mechanical joints. Methods may include receiving, from a first plurality of sensors, a first plurality of measurements associated with a first mechanical joint included in the plurality of mechanical joints. ... The Boeing Co

03/30/17 / #20170089755

Weight loader

Apparatus and method for simultaneously lifting and placing weights. The apparatus includes a support with a first arm and a second arm extending from the support. ... The Boeing Co

03/30/17 / #20170089686

Blind hole location tool

An adjustable template includes a template base member defining at least one opening which extends through the template base member. The adjustable template further includes a locater guide member associated with the at least one opening, wherein a width dimension of the locater guide member is smaller than a width dimension of the at least one opening permitting the locater guide member to move within the at least one opening. ... The Boeing Co

03/30/17 / #20170089641

Hinged baffle for autoclave that deploys at a target temperature during a run cycle

Apparatus and methods for operating an autoclave. One embodiment includes a baffle located in an autoclave during a run cycle of the autoclave. ... The Boeing Co

03/30/17 / #20170088284

Airplane status system

A flight deck display that represents the overall health of the airplane by combining energy state, system state and configuration state into one integrated representation that is triggered by the on-board engine indication and crew alerting system. The computer system for controlling the display unit is configured to display an airplane status indicator in the form of a symbolic representation of the airplane that persists across displays. ... The Boeing Co

03/30/17 / #20170088282

Aircraft nitrogen generation and oxygen distribution

Systems and methods provide for a nitrogen generation and oxygen distribution system. According to one aspect, the system includes an ngs and an oxygen distribution processor coupled to the ngs. ... The Boeing Co

03/30/17 / #20170088275

Trailing edge core compartment vent for an aircraft engine

A turbine engine nozzle can include a primary outer wall extending from an engine core area to an annular wall terminus that surrounds an engine tail cone, to form a core nozzle. The turbine engine nozzle also includes a single engine core cowl extending from the engine core area to an annular cowl terminus to form a core compartment vent nozzle. ... The Boeing Co

03/30/17 / #20170088272

Automated galley fire protection system

Aspects of the present disclosure relate to systems and methods for automated fire detection, such as in aircraft galleys, or other areas where power sources may result in fire or smoke. The system includes one or more detectors to monitor for smoke or fire in an aircraft galley. ... The Boeing Co

03/30/17 / #20170088260

Low speed airfoil design for aerodynamic improved performance of uavs

An airfoil configured for low speed performance in an unmanned aerial vehicle includes an upper surface having an upper surface portion with a top local surface angle magnitude of less than 5 degrees at a subsection of a chord and a lower surface having a lower surface portion with a bottom local surface angle magnitude of less than 5 degrees at the subsection of the chord. The chord is defined by a line starting at a leading edge of the airfoil and extending to a trailing edge of the airfoil.. ... The Boeing Co

03/30/17 / #20170088255

Embedded dielectric structures for active flow control plasma sources

An aircraft active flow control dielectric barrier discharge (dbd) device may include a machinable ceramic dielectric support having an aerodynamic surface shaped to form an exposed flush part of an airfoil surface on an aircraft. The dbd device may include at least two electrodes configured to be oppositely charged and spaced apart from each other on the dielectric support.. ... The Boeing Co

03/30/17 / #20170088250

Aircraft wing assemblies

Aircraft wing assemblies are disclosed herein. An example apparatus disclosed herein includes a trailing edge of a wing of an aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

03/30/17 / #20170087816

System and method for additive fabrication using laminated sheets

A method and system for fabricating a part includes sectionalizing a computer-generated representation of a part into strata having an order, forming layers corresponding to the strata from sheet material, stacking at least two of the layers in the order, and joining the layers together. The method and system are suitable for producing a phase-change material container for a thermal energy harvesting device, for example.. ... The Boeing Co

03/30/17 / #20170087782

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

Ply wrinkling during hot drape forming of a composite laminate is reduced at corner radii. A tensioning material placed over an uncured composite laminate charge maintains a compressive force on the laminate charge as the charge is formed over a tool.. ... The Boeing Co

03/30/17 / #20170087780

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

03/30/17 / #20170087779

Lamination parameter-based method for optimal design and manufacturing options

A design process that uses lamination parameter inversion to generate a set of baseline layups having desired stiffness properties. Then the underdetermined newton's method can be applied to explore solution manifolds describing alternative designs having similar if not identical stiffness properties. ... The Boeing Co

03/30/17 / #20170087778

Anisotropic reinforcement of composite structures

Provided are methods of forming composite structure over non-planar base structures and composite tools extending over cavities of the base structures. A tool may be formed from a composite layup cured on a flat mold. ... The Boeing Co

03/30/17 / #20170087745

Fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composite structure and method for making the same

A method for making a thermoplastic composite structure includes the steps of: (1) placing, in situ, fiber-reinforced thermoplastic material around a mandrel, wherein the mandrel includes a soluble material, (2) consolidating, in situ, the fiber-reinforced thermoplastic material to form a thermoplastic composite structure, and (3) at least partially solubilizing the mandrel from within the thermoplastic composite structure to remove the mandrel and provide the thermoplastic composite structure including a material thickness of the fiber-reinforced thermoplastic material, a structure shape, and a hollow interior.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/23/17 / #20170086286

Circuit obfuscation using differing dielectric constants

An obfuscated radio frequency circuit may be manufactured to include a metallization layer, and a dielectric layer under the metallization layer. The dielectric layer may be made up of a plurality of dielectric substrates having different dielectric constants to obfuscate functions of the circuit.. ... The Boeing Co

03/23/17 / #20170084988

Antenna electromagnetic radiation steering system

An antenna electromagnetic radiation steering system may include an antenna for emitting electromagnetic radiation, and a radome disposed adjacent to and at least partially enclosing the antenna, the radome including a window to pass electromagnetic radiation from the antenna to outside the radome, wherein electromagnetic radiation is directed based on a position of the window relative to the antenna.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/23/17 / #20170084771

Antimonide-based high bandgap tunnel junction for semiconductor devices

A tunnel junction for a semiconductor device is disclosed. The tunnel junction includes a n-doped tunnel layer and a p-doped tunnel layer. ... The Boeing Co

03/23/17 / #20170084182

Method and apparatus for monitoring compliance with a non-transgression zone between aircraft approach corridors

A method, computing system and computer program product are provided to monitor compliance with a non-transgression zone between aircraft approach corridors, thereby facilitating simultaneous instrument approaches. In the context of a method, a predicted path of an aircraft is determined during a flight based upon at least a representation of a roll angle of the aircraft and a cross-track component of the velocity of the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

03/23/17 / #20170083636

Systems and methods for screening and matching battery cells and electronics

A method, system, and a computer readable medium enables determining a design layout of a battery that includes an electrical arrangement of one or more battery cells and one or more electrical components. The method also includes determining operational parameters of a batch of battery cells and electrical components to potentially be used in the battery and selecting at least one battery cell and at least one electrical component for the electrical arrangement of the design layout. ... The Boeing Co

03/23/17 / #20170082719

Probe calibration devices and methods

A probe calibration device that includes a first offset element having a substantially rectangular first aperture. The probe calibration device includes a tuned pass element disposed adjacent to the first offset element. ... The Boeing Co

03/23/17 / #20170082455

Controller for an aircraft tracker

A method, apparatus, and aircraft tracker system for reporting state information for an aircraft. A state of the aircraft is identified using sensor data received from an aircraft sensor system in the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

03/23/17 / #20170082428

Systems and methods for generating paths for processing physical profiles of parts

A method (100) of generating a path (470) for processing a physical profile (230) of a part (200) with a tool (303) is provided. The physical profile (230) has a shape. ... The Boeing Co

03/23/17 / #20170082397

Vertical drop segmented munitions dispenser

A munitions dispenser employs a plurality of launch tubes mounted in an array as a segmented dispenser assembly. Each tube in the array is configured to carry a selected munition releasably coupled in a cylindrical bore of the tube for substantially vertical release through a lower aperture. ... The Boeing Co

03/23/17 / #20170082314

Light weight thermoplastic flex foam and hybrid duct system

An aerospace vessel including a fuselage, a means for causing the fuselage to fly coupled to the fuselage, and an environmental control system within the fuselage. The environmental control system includes a duct made of closed cell thermoplastic foam, such as polyvinylidene fluoride foam.. ... The Boeing Co

03/23/17 / #20170082139

Systems, methods, and apparatus for supported shafts

Systems, methods, and apparatus are disclosed for transferring a rotational force. Apparatus include a shaft member that has a first end configured to receive a rotational force from a first mechanical component, and configured to receive a torsional load in response to receiving the rotational force. ... The Boeing Co

03/23/17 / #20170082063

Engine nozzle system for shock-cell noise reduction

A method and apparatus for reducing noise generated during operation of a propulsion system. In one illustrative embodiment, a nozzle system comprises a first nozzle and a second nozzle at least partially surrounded by the first nozzle. ... The Boeing Co

03/23/17 / #20170081021

Thermal actuation of riblets

Thermal actuation of riblets is described herein. One disclosed example apparatus includes a riblet defining an aerodynamic surface of a vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

03/23/17 / #20170081016

External structure mounting system for use with an aircraft

A mounting system for mounting an external structure to an aircraft includes a plurality of first mounting structures coupled to the aircraft and at least one link coupled to each first mounting structure of the plurality of mounting structures. The mounting system also includes a second mounting structure positioned proximate the at least one link, wherein the second mounting structure includes at least one aperture defined therein. ... The Boeing Co

03/23/17 / #20170081015

Wing structure, stringer structure, and related apparatus and methods of assembly

A wing structure for use with an aircraft is provided. The wing structure includes at least one wing section including an inboard portion, an outboard portion angled rearward from said inboard portion, and at least one stringer including a curved portion that extends across an interface defined between the inboard portion and the outboard portion. ... The Boeing Co

03/23/17 / #20170080747

Decorative laminate with non-visible light activated material and system and method for using the same

There is provided a decorative laminate having a first laminate layer, a second laminate layer, and a decorative layer disposed selectively between the first laminate layer and the second laminate layer. The decorative layer includes one or more visible materials, and one or more non-visible light activated materials that change from a non-visible state to a visible state when exposed to a light source. ... The Boeing Co

03/23/17 / #20170080681

Method of making a composite laminate having a damping interlayer

Composite laminates used in structural applications include an interlayer of soft material that provides damping action to reduce noise and vibration. The interlayer may comprise a viscoelastic material which deforms under stress caused by shock, noise or vibration. ... The Boeing Co

03/23/17 / #20170080670

Panel and associated closeout method

A panel having a layered structure including a core defining a first edge and a face sheet connected to the core, the face sheet including a protruding portion defining a second edge, wherein the second edge protrudes outward a distance from the first edge, and a trim piece connected to the layered structure, the trim piece including a trim member and a flange member extending from the trim member, the trim member defining a visible surface and a trim edge, wherein the trim member is positioned over the first edge, wherein the trim edge is connected to the protruding portion, and wherein the flange member is connected to the layered structure.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/23/17 / #20170080654

Verifiable quick patch repair for composite structures

A method for patching a depression in a composite parent structure. The method comprises: inserting an insert in the depression; placing a composite patch having a multiplicity of curved flexible members on one side of the composite parent structure in a position where a central portion of the composite patch overlies the insert and the flexible members confront opposing portions of the composite parent structure providing adhesive between the composite patch, the insert, and the composite parent structure; pressing the composite patch against the composite parent structure with sufficient pressure to force the flexible members to conform to the shape of the composite parent structure; and while the flexible members are in a stressed state, curing the adhesive in a manner that causes the flexible members to bond to the parent structure.. ... The Boeing Co

03/23/17 / #20170080651

Material tensioning system

A system and method for forming an item from a material, which may include elongated fibers and/or stretched broken fibers. The material is placed on a first clamping portion, which is placed on a fixture. ... The Boeing Co

03/23/17 / #20170080650

Material tensioning system

A system and method for forming an item from a material, which may include elongated fibers and/or stretched broken fibers. The material is placed on a first clamping portion, which is placed on a fixture. ... The Boeing Co

03/23/17 / #20170080517

Friction welding system

A method and friction welding system for friction welding. Metallic components are positioned such that welding surfaces of the metallic components contact each other. ... The Boeing Co

03/23/17 / #20170080453

Resin application tip for a cut edge

A method and apparatus for applying resin to a cut edge of a composite structure, the cut edge having exposed carbon fibers. The method comprises scanning the cut edge of the composite structure with a vision system to form scanned data. ... The Boeing Co

03/16/17 / #20170078834

System and method for providing secure access to a wireless network

A system and method are disclosed for controlling access by a portable electronic device (ped) to a wireless network. A near field communications (nfc) tag is affixed to each authorized ped. ... The Boeing Co

03/16/17 / #20170077370

Growth of carbon nanotube (cnt) leads on circuits in substrate-free continuous chemical vapor deposition (cvd) process

A method and structure for an electrical device and a plurality of electrical circuits including a plurality of carbon nanotubes (cnts). The method can include forming a first cnt catalyst layer including a plurality of first cnt catalyst plugs, a plurality of electrical circuits electrically coupled to the first cnt catalyst layer, and a second cnt catalyst layer including a plurality of second cnt catalyst plugs electrically coupled to the second cnt catalyst layer. ... The Boeing Co

03/16/17 / #20170076495

Immersive object testing system

An object testing system and method for testing an object. A three-dimensional environment is displayed with a model of an object and an avatar from a viewpoint relative to the avatar on a display system viewed by a human operator. ... The Boeing Co

03/16/17 / #20170076494

Immersive design management system

An object management system, an aircraft design system, and a method for managing an object. A three-dimensional environment with a model of an object and an avatar representing a human operator from a viewpoint relative to the avatar is displayed on a display system. ... The Boeing Co

03/16/17 / #20170075876

Methods and systems for state-based web framework architecture

A computer based method for utilizing static content in a dynamic environment to provide at least one defined functionality is described. The method includes identifying at least one function to be associated with the static content and the dynamic environment, identifying at least one state for each identified function, defining, in a computer memory, each identified state within a page object, the page object also defining within the computer memory page states and output attributes associated with output templates within the page object, creating, in the computer memory, output templates for each identified state, creating presentation pages and logic objects in the computer memory for each function, and creating engines to be executed by at least one computer processing device, each engine representing a function, the engines operable to use a corresponding page object to direct data traffic among the defined states within the computer memory.. ... The Boeing Co

03/16/17 / #20170075442

Touch screen bezel design for use in aviation operations

A touch screen bezel design that is optimized for use by a pilot during in-flight operations, which include vibrations, turbulence, and other factors affecting direct interaction with a touch screen. The bezel is further designed to include bezel indices which support touch interaction by a finger when a pilot's arm is near full extension as well as in other suboptimal postures. ... The Boeing Co

03/16/17 / #20170075350

Roll attitude-dependent roll rate limit

Systems and methods are provided for a roll attitude dependent roll rate limit that may limit an aircraft to a lower roll rate limit under normal flight conditions. The systems and methods may detect situations where a higher roll rate limit may be desirable and allow the aircraft to exceed the lower roll rate limit, to either a higher roll rate limit or a roll rate between the lower and higher roll rate limit.. ... The Boeing Co

03/16/17 / #20170075116

Virtual display of the real-time position of a robotic device to a human operator positioned on an opposing side of an object

Systems and methods for virtually displaying a robotic device to a human operator. An exemplary system includes an augmented reality headset for use by the human operator. ... The Boeing Co

03/16/17 / #20170074782

System and method for measuring thermal degradation of composites

A system for measuring thermal degradation of composites, may include a housing having an interior with an opening shaped to expose a test area of the composite to be tested to the interior; a light-emitting diode that emits primarily ultraviolet radiation, the diode mounted on the housing to direct the ultraviolet radiation into the interior and through the opening; an image sensor mounted on the housing and open to the interior to receive radiation emitted from the test area passing through the opening into the interior; and an image processor connected to receive a signal from the image sensor, the image processor determining a presence or absence of thermal degradation of the test area in response to the signal.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/16/17 / #20170074749

Sealing and testing segmented tools

A substantially air-tight triple seal arrangement along a seam between first and second tool segments comprises inner, middle and outer seals forming first and second substantially air tight vacuum chambers.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/16/17 / #20170074619

Methods of connecting testing equipment to a missile system

A missile system includes a plurality of components, and a testing instrumentation platform secured within at least one of the plurality of components. The testing instrumentation platform is secured within the component(s) through at least one platform supporting adapter assembly. ... The Boeing Co

03/16/17 / #20170074459

Method and system for regulating cryogenic vapor pressure

A vapor pressure regulation system includes a vessel including a vessel wall that defines an enclosure, and a temperature adjustment mechanism coupled to the vessel. A heat transfer between the temperature adjustment mechanism and the vessel is adjusted based on at least a vapor pressure within the vessel to facilitate regulating the vapor pressure within the vessel.. ... The Boeing Co

03/16/17 / #20170074319

Hydrodynamic bearing with compensated hydrostatic phase

A bearing assembly may include a first bearing element defining a first bearing surface and a second bearing element defining a second bearing surface. One of the first and second bearing elements may have a fluid channel with an inlet for receiving a bearing fluid and at least one outlet in the bearing surface of the one of the first and second bearing elements. ... The Boeing Co

03/16/17 / #20170074309

Locking quick-release pin assembly

A method and apparatus for a locking quick-release pin assembly. A cover comprises a body with an opening at a first end, a domed second end, and a plurality of tabs extending from the body. ... The Boeing Co

03/16/17 / #20170074302

Rework system for composite structures

A method and apparatus for reworking a composite structure. A fastener is cooled from a first temperature to a second temperature at which a diameter of a post of the fastener is reduced by a desired amount. ... The Boeing Co

03/16/17 / #20170073783

Quench plug systems and their use

Quench plug systems and their use in heat treating a workpiece. The quench plug system includes a tapered plug having a longitudinal core axis and a mandrel configured to be interposed between the tapered plug and the workpiece. ... The Boeing Co

03/16/17 / #20170073082

Aircraft flight control surface actuation monitoring system and method

A system for monitoring actuation of a flight control surface, the flight control surface being connected to a track that moves the flight control surface between at least a retracted position and an extended position, the system including a rack connected to the track, a pinion engaged with the rack and a rotation detector operatively connected to the pinion.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/16/17 / #20170073081

Vehicle occupant sensor system and method

A vehicle occupant sensor system for determining an occupant load distribution in a vehicle having a plurality of passenger seats may include a plurality of sensors, each of the plurality of sensors associated with a different one of the plurality of passenger seats for detecting an occupant in each of the plurality of passenger seats, and a weight of the detected occupant; and a computer connected to receive data from each of the plurality of sensors indicative of the weight and passenger seat location in the vehicle of the detected occupant in each of the plurality of passenger seats, and calculate from the data a total weight and center of gravity of the detected occupants in the plurality of passenger seats.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/16/17 / #20170073080

Articulated boom nozzle with torsion cable reel

A boom nozzle assembly for use with an aerial refueling boom on an aerial refueling aircraft where a shielded wiring cable from the aerial refueling boom is connected to an articulated boom nozzle through an electrical connection on the wear ring of the articulated boom nozzle and then routed to a solenoid and other devices of the articulated boom nozzle without passing through the universal joint area of the articulated boom nozzle. The boom nozzle assembly may include a torsion cable reel that keeps the shielded wiring cable in tension as the articulated boom nozzle changes its position relative to the boom nozzle assembly. ... The Boeing Co

03/16/17 / #20170073078

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

03/16/17 / #20170073072

Oxygen box for a limited maintenance access area above a ceiling panel of an aircraft cabin

An oxygen box is secured in an oxygen box hole through a panel of an aircraft cabin by fasteners that are positioned in an interior volume of the oxygen box and are inserted through holes in a back wall of the oxygen box that are aligned with fastener openings in an exterior bracket positioned behind the panel and behind the oxygen box opening where the fasteners are received by the fastener openings in the exterior bracket and the fasteners removably attach the oxygen box to the exterior bracket.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/16/17 / #20170073061

Aircraft fuselages

Aircraft fuselages are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a fuselage of an aircraft having a first section and a second section to which a tail assembly is to be coupled. ... The Boeing Co

03/16/17 / #20170073060

Apparatuses and methods for manufacturing a structure

A brace (200) for geometrically interlocking stringer pairs a of first stringers (106), coupled to a first panel (102), and stringer pairs b of second stringers (108), coupled to a second panel (104), of a structure (100). The brace (200) comprises a chassis (202) comprising first interlocks (204) and second interlocks (206) opposite the first interlocks (204). ... The Boeing Co

03/16/17 / #20170072882

Aircraft universal power converter

A power supply system suitable for use by an aircraft is disclosed. The power system converts power from an unregulated dc power source to multiple ac and dc voltage outputs. ... The Boeing Co

03/16/17 / #20170072674

Septumization of honeycomb sandwiches

An acoustic liner having a honeycomb core is fabricated by forming septa in a sheet of material, and assembling the sheet of material and the core. During the assembly process, the septa are respectively inserted as a group into cells of the core.. ... The Boeing Co

03/16/17 / #20170072638

Geometric sound absorption via additive manufacturing

Sound damping structures and methods for additively manufacturing composite structures having sound damping properties. In some embodiments, sound damping structures may be manufactured according to methods that may include selecting a desired sound damping geometry, inputting a three-dimensional computer-aided design model of the geometry into an additive manufacturing machine, and additively manufacturing a three-dimensional sound damping structure corresponding to the computer-aided design model.. ... The Boeing Co

03/16/17 / #20170072567

Enhanced robotic teaching tool

A device for aligning a robotic arm with an end-effector is provided. The device may include a spherical tool and a receiver. ... The Boeing Co

03/16/17 / #20170072557

Tracking-enabled extended reach tool system and method

An extended-reach tool system may include a gimbal positioned adjacent a surface opening; an extended-reach arm having a tool and engaging the gimbal; a sensor system for measuring a position of the arm relative to the gimbal and a position and spatial orientation of the tool relative to the opening; a computer control that converts one or both of the rotational and linear measurements from the sensor system into spatial location representations for virtual representations of 3-d models of the workpiece and tool, determines a position and orientation of the tool relative to the opening and workpiece, and adjusts the virtual representations of the 3-d models of the workpiece and tool as the arm and tool move relative to the workpiece, representing a real-time orientation of the tool relative to the workpiece; and a display for displaying the virtual representations of the 3-d models of the workpiece and tool.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/16/17 / #20170072235

Cargo fire-suppression agent distribution system

A cargo-fire-suppression agent distribution system and methods are presented. A fire-warning signal indicating presence of fire in a cargo compartment onboard a class e cargo aircraft at a first altitude is received. ... The Boeing Co

03/09/17 / #20170070308

Tdma rate reconfigurable matrix power amplifier and method of communication in a fdma/tdma architecture

A communication system including a communication platform, and a downlink communication module connected to the communication platform and having a matrix power amplifier, the matrix power amplifier including an input hybrid matrix, an output hybrid matrix, a bank of high power amplifiers disposed between and in communication with at least the input hybrid matrix and the output hybrid matrix, and a bank of adjusters disposed between and in communication with at least the input hybrid matrix and the output hybrid matrix. The communication system further includes a driver circuit connected to each adjuster in the bank of adjusters, the driver circuit being configured to command each adjuster to modify communication signals, passing through the matrix power amplifier, at time division multiple access rates.. ... The Boeing Co

03/09/17 / #20170070021

Systems and methods for maintaining orientation of an electrical connector during an assembly process

A connector support assembly is configured to securely retain a mating connector during an assembling process of an electrical connector. The connector support assembly may include a universal base including an insert channel, and a plurality of inserts configured to be interchangeably retained within the insert channel. ... The Boeing Co

03/09/17 / #20170069971

Broadband blade antenna defining a kite-shaped outer profile

A broadband blade monopole antenna is disclosed. The broadband blade monopole antenna includes a body portion that is substantially flat to define a two-dimensional plane that the body portion extends along. ... The Boeing Co

03/09/17 / #20170069779

Solar cell structures for improved current generation and collection

In one aspect, optoelectronic devices are described herein. In some implementations, an optoelectronic device comprises a photovoltaic cell. ... The Boeing Co

03/09/17 / #20170069440

Encapsulating protective cover for a switch

Methods and devices related to preventing accidental operation of a switch are disclosed. An example device includes a main body, and a latch element rotatably connected to the main body and is configured to move relative to the main body between an unlatched position and a latched position. ... The Boeing Co

03/09/17 / #20170069401

Machine-replaceable plasma-facing tile for fusion power reactor environments

An apparatus and method are disclosed for machine-replaceable plasma-facing tiles for fusion power reactor environments. The apparatus and method involve a tile that is fish scale shaped, and a tile support tube that is attached to the back portion of the tile. ... The Boeing Co

03/09/17 / #20170069400

Machine-replaceable plasma-facing tile for fusion power reactor environments

An apparatus and method are disclosed for machine-replaceable plasma-facing tiles for fusion power reactor environments. The apparatus and method involve a tile that is fish scale shaped, and a tile support tube that is attached to the back portion of the tile. ... The Boeing Co

03/09/17 / #20170068750

Formation of a simplified model

A method and apparatus for the formation of a simplified model. A computer system comprises a simplification system. ... The Boeing Co

03/09/17 / #20170067963

Methods and apparatus for test a performance of a generator

Methods and apparatus to test a generator of a hydrokinetic turbine are disclosed herein. An example method includes positioning a rim generator of a hydrokinetic turbine assembly on a testing apparatus prior to assembling the rim generator with the hydrokinetic turbine; orienting a rotational axis of the rim generator substantially vertically; and measuring a first output performance of the rim generator.. ... The Boeing Co

03/09/17 / #20170066527

Variable geometry flush boundary diverter

An airflow diverter system for an aircraft may include an external aircraft surface upstream from an engine inlet and a passage having an upstream opening adjacent the engine inlet. The passage may be configured to channel boundary airflow from the external aircraft surface away from the engine inlet. ... The Boeing Co

03/09/17 / #20170066521

Wing fold system rotating latch

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

03/09/17 / #20170066519

Thermally graded adaptive multifunctional cellular structures with shape memory alloys

In one or more aspects of the present disclosure, an aerospace vehicle includes a frame, an actuable multifunctional cellular structure connected to the frame, the actuable multifunctional cellular structure including a first face member and a second face member, and a shape memory alloy core coupled to the first face member and the second face member, and wherein, at least one of the first face member and the second face member is a graded thermal structure configured so that heat transferred through the graded thermal structure in a predetermined thermal pattern to the shape memory alloy core effects a predetermined change in a shape of the shape memory alloy core and effects a change in shape of the actuable multifunctional cellular structure.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/09/17 / #20170066044

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

03/09/17 / #20170065106

Adjustable mount assembly for mounting devices on a cubicle/office partition wall

An adjustable mount assembly for supporting a convex mirror or other devices on the top of a cubicle/office partition wall. In one embodiment, the adjustable mount assembly comprises a supporting element having a vertical tubular member configured to securely hold a connecting means, such as a z-bracket for supporting a convex mirror, an adjustable element insertable into the supporting element, and two clamping elements that when inserted into vertical slots in each of the supporting element and the adjustable element, form a clamping assembly that holds the adjustable mount assembly snugly in place on top of the partition wall. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170064067

Mobile cabin panel

A vehicle passenger cabin control system that includes a cabin control panel having an interface that is operable to receive control commands. The cabin control panel is operable to control at least one passenger cabin system in response to a received control command. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170063995

Method for providing flight management system data to peripheral devices

A flight management system may include a processor, a memory, a network communication interface, and a flexible data interface stored in the memory and executable by the processor. The flexible data interface is typically configured for providing an abstract data interface layer; retrieving, via the abstract data interface layer, data stored in the memory of the flight management system; and transmitting, via the network communication device, the data to a peripheral device in network communication with the flight management system.. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170063944

Flight data recorder streaming (fdrs) solution

In one or more embodiments, the method for a streaming flight data from an aircraft involves transmitting, from a flight data unit(s), the flight data to a flight data recorder streaming (fdrs) server. The method further involves determining, by the fdrs server, at least one antenna to use for streaming the flight data by analyzing the flight data. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170063640

Computing architecture visualization system

An environmental visualization system is provided for visualization of a computing architecture. The environmental visualization system may include a front-end system configured to receive signals communicated and carrying messages between source and destination network nodes separate and distinct from the system in a communication network composed of a plurality of network nodes within an environment of a user, interpret the messages to identify the source and destination network nodes, and generate data input for the signals that indicates the source and destination network nodes. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170063593

Gain distribution in compact high gain phased array antenna systems and methods

Systems and methods according to one or more embodiments are provided for a distributed gain function. The distributed gain function may be implemented, for example, as a second amplification stage to maintain amplification in an rf distribution network of a compact high gain phased array antenna system. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170063529

Lightweight cyber secure bi-directional aircraft communications addressing and reporting system (acars) transmission

The present invention generally relates to systems and methods for encrypting data. The disclosed techniques can include tracking a plurality of flight parameter values for a plurality of flight parameters of an aircraft, generating a first cryptographic key from the plurality of flight parameter values, encrypting plaintext using the first cryptographic key to generate a first ciphertext, and sending, from a sender to a receiver, a message comprising the first ciphertext.. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170063454

Conformal load bearing distributed sensing arrays

Systems, methods, and apparatus for an electromagnetic (em) panel are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, a disclosed electromagnetic (em) panel comprises an outer skin, an inner skin, a core disposed between the outer skin and the inner skin, and at least one receiver to receive at least one first signal. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170063453

System and method for establishing a free space optical link without gimbaled optics

A method and system for establishing a free space optical link that includes creating a first link between a first vehicle and a second vehicle and pointing a laser from the first vehicle to the second vehicle. The method includes steering the laser in a spiral pattern and recording a time at the first vehicle of each incremental position of the laser in a spiral pattern. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170063445

System and method for allocating resources within a communication network

A communication network may include a satellite configured to provide a plurality of satellite cells within a satellite coverage area, and one or more unmanned aerial vehicles (uavs) configured to fly within the satellite coverage area. Each uav is configured to fly over one of the satellite cells. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170063100

System and method for contactless energy transfer to a moving platform

A contactless energy transfer system has a first stationary platform and a second movable platform. The first platform has at least one light source coupled to a power source. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170062926

Integrated true time delay for broad bandwidth time control systems and methods

Systems and methods according to one or more embodiments are provided for a true time delay function. The true time delay function may be implemented, for example, as a selectable signal delay circuit for broad bandwidth time control of phased array antenna element signals. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170062920

Sliding radome with support structure

A radome includes a shell defining an internal volume. A track is coupled to the shell, and the track allows the shell to move axially between an open position and a closed position. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170062848

Process control for integrated hydrogen storage in fuel cell energy storage system

A process control system includes a storage chamber, a fuel cell in fluid communication with the storage chamber via a feed line, a suction dampening drum in fluid communication with the fuel cell via a product line, a compressor in fluid communication with the suction dampening drum and the storage chamber, a recycle line disposed between the feed line and the product line, and a pressure controller disposed in the recycle line. When the fuel cell is in an electrolysis mode, the pressure controller may be operated to maintain a minimum pressure level inside the drum.. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170062630

Concentrator photovoltaic cells bonded to flat-plate solar cells for direct and off-axis light collection

Systems, methods, and apparatus for light collection and conversion to electricity are disclosed herein. The disclosed method involves receiving, by at least one concentrating element (e.g., a lens), light from at least one light source, where the light comprises direct light and diffuse light. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170062629

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

03/02/17 / #20170061804

Air vehicle navigation systems and methods using a common runtime aircraft intent data structure

Example air vehicle navigation systems and methods are described herein that utilize a common runtime aircraft intent data structure (craids). An example method includes determining an initial condition of a flight of an air vehicle, determining a flight constraint, determining, using a common runtime aircraft intent data structure (craids), an aircraft trajectory based on the initial condition and the flight constraint, and performing the determined aircraft trajectory during the flight of the air vehicle.. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170061802

Procedure description language and operational rule file

Method and apparatus for planning and modifying a vehicle operation plan. A vehicle operation plan for a vehicle schedule is determined based on performance constraints of the vehicle and an operational rule file that defines operational restrictions on the vehicle based on states of the vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170061690

Energy spectrum visualization system

An environmental visualization system is provided for visualization of an energy spectrum. The environmental visualization system may include a front-end system configured to receive input from sensors configured to measure emissions within an environment of a user, and provide a corresponding sensed input that includes a at least one energy frequency of the emissions and that indicates a spatial-temporal distribution of the emissions within the environment. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170061068

Systems and methods for determining sizes and shapes of geodesic modules

A system and method determine a size and a shape for identical geodesic modules that are used to form a structure. The system and method may include analyzing input data regarding a size and a shape of the structure to be formed, and determining the size and the shape for each of the identical geodesic modules based on the size and the shape of the structure to be formed. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170061035

Apparatuses and methods for modeling tubing runs

A modeling assembly (100) for layout of rigid tubing comprises a first releasable coupling assembly (110) and a second releasable coupling assembly (120). The modeling assembly (100) also comprises a lockable adjustment assembly (130) comprising a first component (140) and a second component (150). ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170060792

Platform management system, apparatus, and method

A platform management system, apparatus, and method are disclosed that track schedule interruption data and at least one of delay risk data, deferral risk data, deferral data, and dispatch reliability data over time, compute cross-correlations between the schedule interruption data and the at least one of the delay risk data, the deferral risk data, the deferral data, and the dispatch reliability data, and computing a statistically significant probability of a schedule interruption based on the cross-correlations and a trend of the at least one of the delay risk data, the deferred maintenance data, the deferral data, and the dispatch reliability data projected over a predetermined time period into the future, and that compute delay risk data based on projected schedule interruption data and delay data.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170060141

Aircraft stall protection system

An aircraft stall protection system and method include calculating a first angle of attack and a second angle of attack based on aircraft configuration and environmental conditions, the first angle of attack being greater than the second angle of attack. The system and method limit the actual aircraft angle of attack to the first angle of attack for a predetermined period of time and thereafter the system and method limit the actual aircraft angle of attack to the second angle of attack. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170060140

Multi-directional control using upper surface blowing systems

Multi-directional control using upper surface blowing systems is described herein. One disclosed example method includes a flow director of an aircraft, where the flow director is to cause an exhaust stream of an upper surface blowing system to attach to a fuselage of the aircraft, and a controller to control the flow director to affect one or more of a pitch, a yaw or a roll of the aircraft by varying a degree of the attachment of the exhaust stream to the fuselage.. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170060115

Use of manufacturing compounds to create fiducial marks

A robotic tool is positioned relative to a feature of a component during a manufacturing process. The tool may be used to perform a manufacturing operation on the component. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170059686

Systems, methods, and apparatus for optical bore sight error measurement and correction

Systems, methods, and apparatus are disclosed for determining bore sight error. An apparatus may include an optical lens and a collimated light source configured to emit a beam of collimated light having a first wavelength, where the beam of collimated light passes through the optical lens and parallel to an optical axis of the optical lens. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170059531

Automated ultrasonic inspection of elongated composite members using single-pass robotic system

Apparatus and methods for ultrasonic inspection of elongated composite members in a single scan pass using pulse echo phased arrays operating in a bubbler method. The system concept is fully automated by integrating an inspection probe assembly to a robot and using the robot to move the inspection probe assembly along the part (i.e., outside of an inspection tank); and by integrating tooling fixtures that move out of the way as the inspection probe assembly travels along the length of the part during the inspection. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170059472

Cyclic flexing salt-spray chamber and methods

Aspects described herein generally relate to apparatus and methods for determining operational performance of material systems. Apparatus generally comprise a salt fog chamber having a fixture support having material system flexing components to test corrosion of an aircraft material system. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170059392

Remote target identification using laser doppler vibrometry

A laser doppler vibrometer architecture and detection technique that can remotely identify targets based on their natural vibration frequencies using a scanning fabry-pérot interferometer. The proposed systems and methods can have stand-off distances longer than the coherence length of the laser by using spectroscopic detection methods instead of coherent heterodyne detection using a local oscillator. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170059343

System and methods for real-time escape route planning for fire fighting and natural disasters

A forest fire real-time escape route planning system may include a processor that receives real-time geographical information system data. The system may include a firefighter endurance and route-planning model for determining, based on data received by the processor, one or more firefighter evacuation routes to one or more safe areas. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170059309

Integrated optical boresighting target

In some embodiments, the method for boresighting a system under test (sut) involves radiating, by the sut, an illuminating signal(s) to a target, where the illuminating signal(s) is radiated onto an external screen of the target. The method further involves detecting, by an external detector(s), the illuminating signal(s) radiated onto the external screen to produce an external detector measurement. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170059026

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

03/02/17 / #20170058984

Self-tuning tunable mass dampers

A tunable mass damper incorporates a frame and a voice coil supported in the frame. A magnet concentric with the voice coil is movable relative to the housing via the voice coil. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170058927

Non-linear scarf joint

Apparatus and methods provide for a non-linear scarf joint and a method for joining two components utilizing a non-linear scarf joint. A non-linear scarf joint includes multi-planar surfaces on connection ends of two components being joined to create a structure. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170058698

Methods and apparatus to adjust hydrodynamic designs of a hydrokinetic turbine

Methods and apparatus to adjust hydrodynamic designs of a hydrokinetic turbine are disclosed herein. An example method of generating hydrodynamic power via a hydrokinetic turbine includes identifying a first characteristic of a first location in a body of water where the turbine is to be installed and determining, based on the first characteristic of the first location, a geometry of a first turbine component of the turbine. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170058570

Lock assemblies for female drive receptacles

Lock assemblies for locking female drive receptacles include a portion with a feature that is configured to permit selective insertion of the portion of the lock assembly into the female drive receptacle when the portion is in a first rotational orientation and to selectively restrict removal of the portion from the non-circular receptacle when the portion is in a second rotational orientation that is offset from the first rotational orientation. The lock assembly is configured to receive a padlock to restrict rotation of the portion from the second rotational orientation to the first rotational orientation and thereby lock the lock assembly to the female drive receptacle.. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170058561

Remotely-activated self-centering cable latch

A hidden latch system for an interior structure of an aircraft is disclosed. The hidden latch system includes at least two engagement features coupled to an interior structure of an aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170058506

Systems and methods for manufacturing a tubular structure

A system and method determine a size and a shape for identical geodesic modules that are used to form a structure. The system and method may include analyzing input data regarding a size and a shape of the structure to be formed, and determining the size and the shape for each of the identical geodesic modules based on the size and the shape of the structure to be formed. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057668

Self-repair structures and methods for making the same

Methods and apparatuses are disclosed relating to multilayer 3d textile composite materials containing self-healing resins for use as protective structures on stationary objects, and moving objects including, without limitation, vehicles including spacecraft and aircraft.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057666

Ply blending and stacking sequence

A method and apparatus for ply blending. A desired thickness and a desired stiffness distribution for a composite structure are received. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057665

Surface modeling

A method includes receiving a reference design at a computing device. The reference design includes first geometrical information associated with a first set of composite materials to form a reference surface. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057662

Adaptive scan rate space surveillance sensor for super-geo orbits

Systems, methods, and apparatus for space surveillance are disclosed herein. In one or more embodiments, the disclosed method involves scanning, by at least one sensor on at least one satellite in super-geostationary earth orbit (super-geo), a raster scan over a field of regard (for). ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057661

Inclined super-geo orbit for improved space-surveillance

Systems, methods, and apparatus for space surveillance are disclosed herein. In one or more embodiments, the disclosed method involves scanning, by at least one sensor on at least one satellite in inclined super-geostationary earth orbit (super-geo), a raster scan over a field of regard (for). ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057660

Plindow mounted camera system

A porthole, a porthole plug in a vehicle, and an aircraft with portholes are provided. The porthole includes an opaque plug with an aperture therethrough. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057644

Synergetic noise absorption and anti-icing for aircrafts

Systems and methods are provided for an inductive coil anti-icing and noise absorption system. In certain versions, the inductive coil anti-icing and noise absorption system may include an inductive coil and a skin. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057640

Hybrid passive/active pressure prevention system

Disclosed herein is a hybrid mechanical/reactive pressure prevention system that includes a passive pressure control device operably coupled to a door that allows air within a pressurized vehicle to flow out of the pressurized vehicle. An event module detects a door event in the pressurized vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057637

Crew rest systems for aircraft and related methods

Presently disclosed crew rest systems for an aircraft may provide an upper crew rest positioned in the crown portion of the aircraft and a lower crew rest positioned in the cargo area of the aircraft, with both the upper crew rest and the lower crew rest being accessible from a single entrance enclosure. Each of the upper crew rest and lower crew rest may include one or more bunks, or locations for a crew member to rest (e.g., lie down). ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057635

Drone launch systems and methods

A drone launch system includes a canister defining an internal cavity, and a drone positioned within the internal cavity in a stowed state. The drone is configured to be ejected from the canister and transition from the stowed state into a deployed state outside of the canister. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057625

Three-position aircraft tail skid mechanism and method of actuation

A system includes an aircraft having a fuselage with a tail portion. A tail skid is disposed in an opening of the tail portion. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057619

Dynamic activation of pumps of a fluid power system

A method includes receiving pump cycle location data associated with a fluid power system. The fluid power system includes a plurality of pumps (including at least a first pump, a second pump, and a third pump). ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057618

Synergetic noise absorption and anti-icing for aircrafts

Systems and methods are provided for an inductive coil anti-icing and noise absorption system. In certain versions, the inductive coil anti-icing and noise absorption system may include an inductive coil and a skin. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057615

Methods of making and structures containing stiffeners having transition portions

A stiffener 100 comprises a first stiffener portion (102), having a first cross-sectional profile (104) that is constant along the first stiffener portion (102). The stiffener 100 also comprises a second stiffener portion (106), having a second cross-sectional profile (108) that is constant along the second stiffener portion (106). ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057613

Adjustable support structure for aircraft cabin ceiling

A system for adjusting a height of a ceiling panel in an aircraft and a corresponding method is disclosed. The system includes an arm and at least one ceiling support latch, wherein each of the at least one ceiling support latches is attached to the arm. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057612

Support system having a crown integration panel (cip)

A support system for a crown area of an aircraft and a corresponding method is disclosed. The support system includes a crown integration panel (cip). ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057611

Crown raceway support (crs) for crown integration panel (cip)

A dual-bracketed support system and a corresponding method are disclosed. The dual-bracketed support system includes (i) a first bracket connected to a support structure for a crown portion of an aircraft, (ii) a second bracket, and (iii) a support rod having a proximal end and a distal end. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057610

Elongated structures and related assemblies

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

03/02/17 / #20170057609

Self-aligning structural attachment for crown integration panel (cip)

A self-aligning structural attachment and a corresponding method are disclosed. The self-aligning structural attachment includes a main body having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the main body is attached to (i) a cip of a support system and (ii) a clevis on an airframe of an aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057345

Self-sealing liquid bladders

A self-sealing liquid bladder having a plurality of layers including a liquid impermeable material layer that is compatible with a liquid held in the bladder and at least one sealing layer that is conformally arranged to span a surface area of the liquid impermeable material layer and that is separated from a liquid held in the bladder by the liquid impermeable layer, the sealing layer including a sealing means that, in response to a penetration of both the liquid impermeable material layer and the sealing layer, substantially seals the penetration.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057344

Self-sealing liquid bladders

A self-sealing liquid bladder having a plurality of layers including a liquid impermeable material layer that is compatible with a liquid held in the bladder and at least one sealing layer that is conformally arranged to span a surface area of the liquid impermeable material layer and that is separated from a liquid held in the bladder by the liquid impermeable layer, the sealing layer including a sealing means that, in response to a penetration of both the liquid impermeable material layer and the sealing layer, substantially seals the penetration.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057343

Use of flaps in fuel bladders to seal punctures

A self-sealing bladder including a liquid impermeable material layer that is compatible with a liquid held in the bladder and a plurality of flexible sealing flaps extending inwardly from the interior surface of the liquid bladder wherein, in response to a hole formed in the bladder that establishes an unwanted flow of liquid from the bladder, at least one sealing flap responds to the unwanted flow of fluid by bending towards and at least partially covering the hole.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057342

Ballooning self-sealing bladders

A self-sealing liquid bladder having a wall including plurality of connected cells each cell having an elastic wall portion and a stiffened wall portion and at least one source of pressure associated with one or more of the plurality of cells.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057341

Self-sealing liquid bladders

A self-sealing liquid bladder having a plurality of layers including a liquid impermeable material layer that is compatible with a liquid held in the bladder and at least one sealing layer that is conformally arranged to span a surface area of the liquid impermeable material layer and that is separated from a liquid held in the bladder by the liquid impermeable layer, the sealing layer including a sealing means that, in response to a penetration of both the liquid impermeable material layer and the sealing layer, substantially seals the penetration.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057195

Ply blending and stacking sequence

A composite laminate is presented. The composite laminate comprises a plurality of plies having non-traditional angles. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057182

Textured caul plate and method of use

A system for manufacturing a composite article may include a resin-wetting control layer configured to be placed in contact with a composite ply of a composite preform. The resin-wetting control layer may be configured complementary to a ply surface of the composite ply.. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057181

Composite feedstock strips for additive manufacturing and methods of forming thereof

Provided are composite feedstock strips for additive manufacturing and methods of forming such strips. A composite feedstock strip may include continuous unidirectional fibers extending parallel to each other and to the principal axis of the strip. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057180

Methods of making composite charges

A method (500) of making charges (160) comprises forming a combined perimeter shape (130) having no circumferentially enclosed openings by geometrically combining primary perimeter shapes (132), corresponding to perimeter shapes of the charges (160), and secondary perimeter shapes (133), such that symmetry axes (138) of the primary perimeter shapes (132) are parallel to each other, lateral edges (134) of the primary perimeter shapes (132), adjacent to each other, are at least partially contiguous, and all boundary edges of the combined perimeter shape (130) are either parallel or perpendicular to the symmetry axes (138) of the primary perimeter shapes (132). The method also comprises contiguously depositing prepreg tows (172) to form prepreg composite plies (126) and laminating the prepreg composite plies (126) together to form a precursor sheet (128) having a precursor combined perimeter shape (174) that circumscribes the combined perimeter shape (130). ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057165

Composite feedstock strips for additive manufacturing and methods of forming thereof

Provided are composite feedstock strips for additive manufacturing and methods of forming such strips. A strip may include continuous fibers extending parallel to the principal axis of the strip. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057137

Systems and methods for sealant injection molding

A mold tool is provided that includes plural mold sub-volumes configured to receive a sealant, a mold channel in fluid communication with the mold sub-volumes, a sealant injection port in fluid communication with the mold channel, vacuum application ports in fluid communication with the mold sub-volumes, and an air control system. The air control system is operably coupled to the mold sub-volumes and the mold channel, and is configured to apply a vacuum to the mold sub-volumes via the vacuum application ports.. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057107

Cutting tool and method

A tool for cutting a tie wrap bound about a wire bundle. The tool includes a body portion having a generally disc-shaped cutter and cutting edge. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057100

Apparatus and methods for handling composite structures

Provided are end effectors and methods of using such end effectors for handling various composite structures. An end effector includes a support structure bendable relative the principal axis of the end effector. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057058

Method and apparatus for applying torque

One example of the present disclosure relates to a method of applying torque to an object, which threadably engages a part. The torque is applied with a wrench, comprising a first handle, a second handle, a planetary gear mechanism, a drive that comprises an internal gear and an external gear, and a first pawl, movably coupled to the first handle and biased to contact the external gear of the drive. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170057029

Geodesic structure forming systems and methods

A system and method determine a size and a shape for identical geodesic modules that are used to form a structure. The system and method may include analyzing input data regarding a size and a shape of the structure to be formed, and determining the size and the shape for each of the identical geodesic modules based on the size and the shape of the structure to be formed. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170056958

Collar delivery systems for swage guns

Systems and methods are provided for delivering collars to swage guns for swaging. One embodiment is an apparatus that includes a frame, arms movably attached to the frame, a tensioner mechanism that applies force to drive the arms towards each other, and fingers that each extend from an arm. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170056913

Cancelling damping induced by drag in synthetic jets using performance enhancements

An active flow control drag-induced damping reduction apparatus. The apparatus includes a variable frequency signal power supply; a jet generator defining an internal cavity and having pump member, and coupled to the variable frequency signal power supply to receive a control signal; a feedback sensor coupled to the pump member to generate a feedback signal measuring the reciprocating motion of the pump member; a detection circuit that receives the feedback signal and measures a difference compared to the variable frequency generator; and an adjustment circuit that receives the measured difference and tunes the variable frequency signal of the variable frequency signal power supply to maintain the jet generator at an optimum flow.. ... The Boeing Co

03/02/17 / #20170056694

Methods, systems and apparatus for lining an aircraft cargo compartment

Methods, systems and apparatus for lining an aircraft cargo compartment are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a liner having a fire-resistant composite layer to provide flame-penetration resistance to a compartment and a first metallic layer coupled to the composite layer to increase a structural rigidity of the composite layer to increase the flame-penetration resistance when the composite layer is exposed to fire.. ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170055342

Hybrid fabrication method for large area microwave circuits

A microwave device can include a printed circuit board substrate having a first microwave device subcircuit and a microdevice substrate having a second microwave device subcircuit. The first microwave device subcircuit may be formed at a low resolution and a low tolerance, while the second microwave device subcircuit may be formed at a high resolution and a high tolerance. ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170054828

Integrated scheduling of general messages and time-critical messages

A method, apparatus, and scheduling system for managing a mix of time-critical messages and general messages. Messages, which are referenced by message identifiers stored in a transmission queue buffer, are scheduled for transmission using a schedule configuration table. ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170054752

Method for analyzing suspicious activity on an aircraft network

An aircraft includes an aircraft network having nodes and links and a sandbox network in communication with the aircraft network. The sandbox network simulates the aircraft network and includes sandbox nodes corresponding to the nodes of the aircraft network, a first set of sandbox links corresponding to the links of the aircraft network, and a second set of sandbox links providing communication between sandbox nodes not in communication via the first set of sandbox links. ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170054740

Aeronautical message monitor

A system includes a transmitting line replaceable unit (tlru) configured to receive messages including instructions for avionics receiving line replaceable units (rlrus). The system further includes a memory configured to store validation data including a set of expected messages. ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170054561

Double authenitication system for electronically signed documents

Disclosed is a double authentication system (“das”) for electronically signing a first data from a user having a smart card, where the smart card has a personal identification number (“pin”). As an example, the das may include a client module, high assurance signing service (“hass”) module, and hardware security module (“hsm”).. ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170054208

Integrated low profile phased array antenna system

A phased array antenna for a mobile platform combines transmit and receive antennas within a common, low profile enclosure. Transmit and receive functions, a power supply, up and down frequency converters, and an antenna controller are integrated into closely packaged layers within the enclosure.. ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170054191

Additive manufacturing systems and methods for magnetic materials

Techniques are disclosed for systems and methods to provide a magnetic materials additive manufacturing system (mmams) configured to form compact magnetic structures and/or devices. A mmams includes a controller and one or more dispensers configured to dispense magnetic material matrix in a high resolution pattern in order to form the compact magnetic structures and/or devices. ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170054163

Inert gas generation from fuel cells

A dual purpose fuel cell configuration generates electricity and oxygen-depleted inert gases. The inert gaseous outflows are then applied to fuel tanks comprising electric compartments, fuel tanks, battery compartments, storage cavities, and refrigeration containers. ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170054118

Battery assembly, battery containment apparatus, and related methods of manufacture

A battery assembly is provided. The assembly includes a battery containment apparatus including a chassis base and divider sheets coupled to the chassis base, wherein the divider sheets are spaced from each other such that a battery cell slot is defined between adjacent sheets. ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170053635

Acoustic sandwich panel and method

A sandwich panel including a core having a first major side and an opposed second major side, the core defining cavities, a first liner sheet connected to the first major side, the first liner sheet defining apertures, wherein each aperture provides fluid communication with an associated cavity, and a bulk absorber material and/or a thermal conductor material received in at least a portion of the cavities.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170053536

Global positioning system ("gps") independent navigation system for a self-guided aerial vehicle utilizing multiple optical sensors

Disclosed is a global positioning system (“gps”) independent navigation system (“gins”) for a self-guided aerial vehicle (“sav”). The sav has a housing, where the housing has an outer surface, a length, a front-end, and a longitudinal axis along the length of the housing. ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170052259

Aircraft distress tracking and interface to search and rescue system

An apparatus and method of delivering an alert from an aircraft to a search and rescue system. An alert from an aircraft is received via a communications satellite. ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170052258

Aircraft tracking method and device and method of installation

A method and apparatus for tracking the position of an aircraft. A tracking device comprises a satellite navigation system receiver, a satellite communications transceiver, and a processor hermetically sealed within a housing attached on an outside of the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170052212

Test connector retaining harness assembly

An electrical system may include a first electrical connector configured to be coupled to an electrical panel, a second electrical connector configured to be coupled to a testing device that is configured to test components coupled to the electrical panel, and a retaining harness assembly that removably connects to the first and second electrical connectors to maintain a secure mating relationship between the first and second electrical connectors.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170052152

Analysis of a structure modeled with inconsistencies mapped thereon

A method for analyzing a structure includes processing nondestructive inspection (ndi) data for a multi-layer structure to define areas of inconsistency at an internal layer or an interface between adjacent layers. The method includes mapping the areas of inconsistency to finite elements of a finite element model of a nominal of the structure. ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170052125

Systems and methods for performing backscatter three dimensional imaging from one side of a structure

An imaging system for generating three dimensional image data using x-ray backscattering from one side of a structure is provided. The imaging system includes at least one x-ray source, at least one rotating collimator coupled to the at least one x-ray source, an x-ray detector, and a controller coupled to the at least one x-ray source, the at least one rotating collimator and the x-ray detector. ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170052070

Rapid automated infrared thermography for inspecting large composite structures

Systems and methods for infrared thermographic inspection of large-scale composite structures such as sections of an aircraft fuselage. Optical metrology is used to precisely locate the infrared images relative to a three-dimensional coordinate system of the composite structure. ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170051947

Solar refraction device for heating industrial materials

Disclosed is a solar refraction device (“srd”) for heating industrial materials in a heating container, having a bottom, with diffuse solar energy that impinges on an outside surface of the srd and is refracted through the srd. The srd may include a lens array assembly and a plurality of lens panes attached to the lens array assembly. ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170051777

Methods and apparatuses for manipulating swaging collars

An apparatus (100) for delivering a collar (140) concentrically in line with a central axis (a) of a fastener (142) and a working axis (b) of a swager (114) is disclosed. The apparatus (100) comprises a collar feeder (102), comprising a first end (104), a second end (106), an inlet (105), an outlet (107), and a through cavity (109) in communication with the inlet (105) and the outlet (107). ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170050830

Component moving system and method

A component moving system may include a cart, and a component support assembly coupled to the cart. The component support assembly may include a component cradle moveable in first linear translational directions, second linear translational directions that are orthogonal to the first linear translational directions, third linear translation directions that are orthogonal to the first and second linear translational directions, and first rotational directions.. ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170050750

Sound and scent search engine for mechanics

Method, apparatus, and computer program product for providing a cause of a scent and/or sound detected during operation of a vehicle are provided. In the event a vehicle operator hears a sound or smells a scent while operating a vehicle, a microphone can sample the sound and/or an electronic nose can sample the scent. ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170050738

Aft engine mounting link rotational stop collar

A method and apparatus for suspending a load is provided. A load is connected to a yoke by one or more mounting links. ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170050723

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

02/23/17 / #20170050720

Mitigation of surface discontinuities between flight control surfaces and an airframe of an aircraft

Embodiments provide a transitional element that bridges a gap between an edge of a flight control surface and an edge of a non-movable portion of an airframe. In one embodiment, a transitional element bridges a gap between an edge of a flight control surface and an edge of a non-movable portion of an airframe. ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170050405

Composite columnar structure having co-bonded reinforcement and fabrication method

A columnar structure comprises a generally hollow laminate core, an outer composite skin, and a sleeve-like reinforcement. The sleeve-like reinforcement surrounds the laminate core and is sandwiched between the laminate core and the outer composite skin for reacting compressive loads imposed on the columnar structure.. ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170050363

Ferrite composite sleeve systems and methods for coaxial applications

According to an embodiment, a method includes receiving a magnetic device design comprising a magnetic structure to be formed, at least in part, from a magnetic material matrix, wherein the magnetic material matrix is configured to be used in at least one of a magnetic materials additive manufacturing system (mmams) and a magnetic materials bulk extrusion system (mmbes); receiving the magnetic material matrix by at least one of the mmams and the mmbes; and dispensing the magnetic material matrix using at least one of the mmams and the mmbes to form the magnetic structure.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170050352

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

02/23/17 / #20170050308

Ergonomic automated workstation

A method, automated workstation, and computer system for automatically adjusting a workpiece to suit a particular operator is provided. An operator can be identified by scanning an identification badge, using facial recognition, or voice recognition. ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170050290

Apparatus and method for machining an interface between first and second layers of a workpiece

A tool is provided for machining an interface between coplanar first and second layers of a workpiece that defines an orifice extending at least partially through the first and second layers and intersecting the interface. A housing portion includes a first end, a longitudinally-opposed second end, and a peripheral surface extending therebetween. ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170050229

Apparatus and method for forming three-sheet panels

An apparatus for forming a panel, including a first face sheet, a second face sheet and a core sheet between the first face sheet and the second face sheet, may include a molding tool defining a forming cavity shaped to correspond to the panel, a heating system positioned adjacent to the forming cavity and configured to heat the forming cavity, and a pressurization system configured to pressurize a cavity volume between the tool and the panel and pressurize a panel volume between the first face sheet and the second face sheet.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170050213

Sealant application tip

A method and apparatus for applying a sealant to a structure. The method comprises scanning a surface of the structure with a vision system to form scanned data. ... The Boeing Co

02/23/17 / #20170050062

Fire detection and suppression pack for battery-powered personal computing devices

Systems and methods for mitigating the risk of and/or suppressing fires caused by lithium battery-powered personal computing devices used on the flight deck or in crew and passenger compartments onboard an aircraft. A fire detection and suppression pack is attached to a lithium-ion battery-powered portable personal computing device. ... The Boeing Co

02/16/17 / #20170047970

Systems and methods of analog beamforming for direct radiating phased array antennas

. . A method for processing data from an antenna array including a plurality of elements distributed on opposite sides of a central point is disclosed. The method includes determining an adjustment for a first signal associated with a beam and a first element of the plurality of elements. ... The Boeing Co

02/16/17 / #20170047723

Guides for and methods of forming a wire harness

A guide 100 for a wire harness 610 is disclosed. The guide 100 comprises a first surface 120; a second surface 130, at least a second portion 132 of which is parallel to at least a first portion of the first surface 120; a contoured surface 140 between the first surface 120 and the second surface 130; and a plurality of through, circumferentially enclosed openings 170 extending from the first surface 120 to the second surface 130. ... The Boeing Co

02/16/17 / #20170047700

Apparatuses and methods for installing electrical contacts into a connector housing

An apparatus (100) for installing at least one electrical contact (152) into a connector housing (150) comprises a base (110) configured to fixedly support the connector housing (150), an alignment guide (122), extending from the base (110) and having a central axis (164), and a carrier (124), translatably and pivotally coupled with the alignment guide (122). With the connector housing (150) fixedly supported by the base (110), the alignment guide (122) is configured to be parallel to an insertion axis (160) of a socket (154) of the connector housing (150), and the carrier (124) is movable parallel to the insertion axis (160). ... The Boeing Co

02/16/17 / #20170047698

Automated systems and methods for manufacturing electrical connectors using universal connector support assemblies

A connector support assembly is configured to securely retain an electrical connector during a manufacturing process. The connector support assembly may include a base, a first securing member, and a second securing member. ... The Boeing Co

02/16/17 / #20170047660

Ring antenna array element with mode suppression structure

A radio frequency (rf) circuit for a ring antenna array element includes first and second feed elements, and a conductive element disposed between the first and second feed elements. The first and second feed elements are electrically couplable to a conductive resonator for a frequency band. ... The Boeing Co

02/16/17 / #20170047564

Methods of inerting lithium-containing batteries and associated containers

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

02/16/17 / #20170046968

Flight simulation modeling of aircraft dynamic stall aerodynamics

Flight simulation models are described that have one or more model components that are based on angle-of-attack (aoa) rate. An example method includes monitoring a behavior of a simulated aircraft in a flight simulation, determining an aoa rate of the aircraft during a simulated dynamic stall maneuver, determining a value for a model component based on the determined aoa rate and simulating a first aerodynamic effect on the behavior of the aircraft during the simulated dynamic stall maneuver based on the value of the model component.. ... The Boeing Co

02/16/17 / #20170046824

Methods and systems for generating a fingerprint for verification of a reference object

Disclosed herein are methods and systems for generating a fingerprint for verification of a reference object, such as a layer or ply during a composite laminate layup procedure. An exemplary method includes the steps of generating at least one reference image of a reference object; removing lighting effects from the at least one reference image to create at least one processed image; generating a reference fingerprint for the reference object based on the at least one processed image; generating at least one candidate image of a candidate object; generating a candidate fingerprint for the candidate object based on the at least one candidate image; and comparing the candidate fingerprint and the reference fingerprint to determine a correlation. ... The Boeing Co

02/16/17 / #20170046462

Methods and systems for structural health monitoring

Methods and apparatus for structural health monitoring are described. In one example, a method for use in designing a structural health monitoring (shm) system for use in monitoring a host structure is described. ... The Boeing Co

02/16/17 / #20170045731

Off-axis optical telescope

An optical telescope is provided that includes a steering mirror configured to receive and redirect optical signals. The steering mirror is configured to be controllably oriented so as to control a direction in which the optical signals are redirected and to correspondingly control a line of sight. ... The Boeing Co

02/16/17 / #20170045409

System and method for detecting vehicle anomalies during ground travel

A system for detecting vehicle load anomalies during ground travel includes at least one inertial sensor sensing a pitch or a roll of a vehicle and outputting at least one of a pitch or a roll value; a computing device having a processor and a memory and an input coupled to an input and monitoring module, where said input and monitoring module receives one of the pitch or roll values output by the at least one inertial sensor, and said computing system further having a measuring module measuring an oscillation based on one of the output pitch or roll values and calculating an adjusted center of gravity value based on a comparison between an expected oscillation and the measured oscillation; said computing device having an output to an alert module that outputs an alert signal through said output if the adjusted center of gravity is outside of a predetermined threshold.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/16/17 / #20170045200

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

02/16/17 / #20170045080

Anti-rotation for eccentric bushings

An attachment system and method that includes first and second fittings, a first eccentric bushing positioned within the first fitting, and a second eccentric bushing positioned within the second fitting. The system may include a first friction washer positioned between the first bushing and first fitting and a second friction washer positioned between the second bushing and the second fitting. ... The Boeing Co

02/16/17 / #20170044798

Release systems, methods, and apparatuses

Systems, apparatuses, and methods of releasing doors that are locked in a closed position. The apparatus may include a follower assembly movably attached to a locking member that moves between a secured position and an unsecured position. ... The Boeing Co

02/16/17 / #20170043886

Component deployment system

A method and apparatus for deploying a group of panels. An apparatus comprises a group of panels in a folded configuration against a side of a spacecraft, a group of flexible members connected to the group of panels, and an interface system associated with the group of panels and the group of flexible members. ... The Boeing Co

02/16/17 / #20170043879

Tanker aircraft capacity extension system and method

A tanker aircraft capacity extension system shaped to fit within an aircraft cargo area may include a first portable fuel container having a first outlet port adapted to connect to an integral fuel system of the aircraft, and a first inlet port; and a second portable fuel container having a second outlet port adapted to connect to the first inlet port and a second inlet port adapted to connect to a third fuel container; when the second outlet port is connected to the first inlet port and the first outlet port is connected to the integral fuel system of the aircraft, fuel flows from the second fuel container, through the outlet port to the first inlet port into the interior of the first container, and out from the first outlet port of the first container.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/16/17 / #20170043856

Decompression panel for use in an aircraft

A method of installing and replacing a plurality of decompression panels into a sidewall assembly of an aircraft includes coupling a first decompression panel to at least one of a sidewall and a floor panel of the sidewall assembly. The method also includes inserting a tab of the first decompression panel into a slot of a second decompression panel. ... The Boeing Co

02/16/17 / #20170043848

Estimating vessel intent

A computer implemented method includes receiving maritime vessel automatic identification system (ais) data from a vessel. The method includes determining that the maritime vessel ais data includes anomalous data. ... The Boeing Co

02/16/17 / #20170043540

Multi-state bladder for manufacture of composite material

Within examples, methods and systems for a multi-state bladder or elastomeric apparatus for manufacture of composite material are provided. In one example, the elastomeric apparatus comprises an elastomer housing, and magnetic components within the elastomer housing such that application of a magnetic field to the elastomer apparatus changes a rigidity state of the elastomer housing to a secondary state. ... The Boeing Co

02/16/17 / #20170043510

Multi-state bladder for manufacture of composite material

Within examples, methods and systems for a multi-state bladder or elastomeric apparatus for manufacture of composite material are provided. The elastomeric apparatus includes a housing having a flexible surface state and a rigid surface state, a rod within the housing extending along a length of the housing, and a plurality of components mounted to the rod, such that in an engaged position of the rod the plurality of components cause the housing to have the rigid surface state, and in a disengaged position of the rod the plurality of components enable the housing to have the flexible surface state.. ... The Boeing Co

02/09/17 / #20170041792

Physical security in a shared, wireless data communications network

A shared data communications system includes a network file server and two routers, each with its own address. A first router provides wireless access to a first part of the system. ... The Boeing Co

02/09/17 / #20170041739

Method for associating wireless sensors to physical locations

Mapping the physical location of each sensor of a network of wireless sensors in a configured environment, each sensor being in communication with a server and its database, is achieved by attaching rfid tags to objects in the environment which contain both object-relevant information and the mac address of sensors proximate to those objects. The locations of the tags on the objects are proxies for the locations of the sensors identified on those tags. ... The Boeing Co

02/09/17 / #20170041331

Air-based and ground-based security information and event management system

A system, method, and computer readable media for detecting and mitigating the effects of a cyber event on an aircraft's network including an air-based security module and a ground-based security module that monitor the aircraft's networks and detect cyber events. A collaboration module facilitates communications between the air-based security module and the ground-based security module, and also switches the communications between the modules to an alternate, secure channel when a cyber event is detected. ... The Boeing Co

02/09/17 / #20170041152

Coupler for power line communication and power-over-ethernet

A coupler is provided. The coupler includes a power line, a plc-to-ethernet converter, a first transformer, and a power sourcing circuit. ... The Boeing Co

02/09/17 / #20170040915

Parallel modular converter architecture for efficient ground electric vehicles

Method and apparatus for powering electric motors. The electric motors are connected to a dc power supply by a parallel modular converter that includes a plurality of parallel power converters that convert the dc power to ac power. ... The Boeing Co

02/09/17 / #20170040686

Phase shift of signal reflections of surface traveling waves

An apparatus is provided for causing a phase-shift in reflected signals that are a reflection of surface-traveling wave signals of a select signal frequency. The apparatus comprises a conductive strip having a plurality of slots therein alternatingly arranged orthogonal to each other, each slot having an effective length that is a fraction between 9/16 and ⅞ of the wavelength associated with the select signal frequency, and a plurality of conductive enclosures respectively disposed under each of the plurality of slots. ... The Boeing Co

02/09/17 / #20170040524

Structural health management apparatus and system

A structural health management system may include a structural health management apparatus including a carbon nanotube element configured to generate an electrical output in response to a deformation of the carbon nanotube element, a piezoelectric element configured to actuate in response to an electrical voltage applied to the piezoelectric element, electrode elements coupled to the carbon nanotube element and the piezoelectric element, and a controller communicatively coupled to the structural health management apparatus, wherein the controller is configured to convert the electrical output into data representing a measurement value of a structural abnormality and to initiate application of the electrical voltage to the piezoelectric element to counter the structural abnormality upon the measurement value being equal to or greater than a predetermined threshold value.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/09/17 / #20170039908

Pilot-configurable information on a display unit

A small thin display unit that can be installed in the flight deck for displaying only flight crew-selected tactical information needed for the task at hand. The flight crew can select the tactical information to be displayed by means of any conventional user interface. ... The Boeing Co

02/09/17 / #20170039727

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

02/09/17 / #20170039370

Method and system for using principal components analysis (pca) to display trends in aircraft cyber events in real time

A system, method, and computer readable media for using principal components analysis (pca) to graphically display cyber event information about an aircraft or fleet of aircraft. A ground-based security module collects historical cyber log data about the aircraft and performs pca on the historical data to derive two principal components and their corresponding loading vectors. ... The Boeing Co

02/09/17 / #20170038781

Methods and apparatus of tracking moving targets from air vehicles

Methods and apparatus of tracking moving targets from air vehicles are disclosed. An example method in response to an estimated speed and an estimated location of a moving target, determines a detectability zone surrounding the moving target; and causes an air vehicle to follow the moving target outside of the detectability zone.. ... The Boeing Co

02/09/17 / #20170038313

Methods and system for determining shear angle

A method for determining an actual shear angle between an interior wall and a facesheet of a cellular panel using an imaging system is disclosed. The imaging system may include a radiation source and a detector diametrically opposed to the radiation source. ... The Boeing Co

02/09/17 / #20170038238

Methods and systems for direct fuel quantity measurement

A method for fuel quantity gauging that measures the quantity of liquid fuel in a fuel tank directly without the need to accurately locate fuel heights throughout the fuel tank using multiple fuel gauging probes. The method may comprise the following steps performed while fuel is flowing out of the fuel tank: (a) changing a volume of gas in the fuel tank (e.g., by injecting or venting gas) during a time interval; (b) measuring a rate of change of the volume of gas in the fuel tank during the time interval; (c) measuring a rate of flow of fuel out of the fuel tank during the time interval; (d) measuring a first pressure and a first temperature of the gas in the fuel tank at the start of the time interval; (e) measuring a second pressure and a second temperature of the gas in the fuel tank at the end of the time interval; and (f) calculating a quantity of fuel in the fuel tank based on the measurement data acquired in steps (c) through (f). ... The Boeing Co

02/09/17 / #20170037982

Shape memory alloy actuated butterfly valve

Methods and systems for a butterfly valve including a shape memory alloy (sma) tube trained for rotation are presently disclosed. The sma tube has a ground end coupled to a housing and rotating end coupled to a plate. ... The Boeing Co

02/09/17 / #20170037910

Torque tube assemblies for use with aircraft high lift devices

Example torque tube assemblies for use with aircraft high lift devices are described herein. An example apparatus includes a spline coupling having a first yoke, a sliding splined shaft having a second yoke and a torque tube having a first end and a second end opposite the first end. ... The Boeing Co

02/09/17 / #20170037886

Fastener installation in composite panels with fastener insert

Systems and methods provide for the installation of fasteners in a composite panel with a fastener insert. A fastener insert for a composite panel includes a body and a at least three arms extending from the body. ... The Boeing Co

02/09/17 / #20170037883

Aircraft hydraulic thermal management system

An aircraft hydraulic thermal management system utilizes fuel to cool hydraulic fluid by means of a heat exchanger. A hydraulic pump includes a case drain flow of hydraulic fluid at a first temperature to drive a hydraulic motor; the hydraulic motor circulates hydraulic fluid to a reservoir at a second temperature. ... The Boeing Co

02/09/17 / #20170037200

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

02/09/17 / #20170036767

Seat track

A titanium seat track may include a track plate formed of one of cold and hot rolled titanium. The track plate may include a top surface and a bottom surface. ... The Boeing Co

02/09/17 / #20170036752

Shape memory alloy-actuated propeller blades and shape memory alloy-actuated propeller assemblies

Shape memory alloy-actuated propeller blades and shape memory alloy-actuated propeller assemblies are disclosed. An example propeller blade includes a propeller body, a plate coupled to the propeller body, a torque transfer member, and a shape memory alloy (sma) actuator. ... The Boeing Co

02/09/17 / #20170036751

Method for the joining of wings or control surfaces to an airplane fuselage

Methods of joining a first aero structure part with a second aero structure part are disclosed, for example, methods of joining an airplane wing or control surface to an airplane fuselage or joining fins to a rocket body. The method comprises aligning a plurality of connection elements in a linear array within the second aero structure part, wherein the connection elements comprise a plurality of flexible connection elements and at least one rigid connection element, and attaching the first aero structure part to the second aero structure part at a plurality of connection points with the plurality of connection elements. ... The Boeing Co

02/09/17 / #20170036750

Sandwich panel inserts and related methods

The present disclosure relates to inserts for use with sandwich panels, such as composite panels, and related methods. Presently disclosed inserts may include a retention feature and/or an anti-rotation feature that may be configured to retain the insert in place within a bore formed in the sandwich panel. ... The Boeing Co

02/09/17 / #20170036381

In-situ injection molded fastener cap seal enabling high production rate and better quality

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

02/09/17 / #20170036350

Fastening system with vacuum alignment tool and methods of operating same

In one aspect, a vacuum alignment tool for holding and aligning a first fastener with a second fastener is provided. The vacuum alignment tool includes a main body including an end wall having an aperture disposed therein configured to receive at least a portion of the first fastener. ... The Boeing Co

02/09/17 / #20170036310

Method and apparatus for forming tooling and associated materials therefrom

Described herein is a method of forming tooling used to form a material. The method includes positioning a first susceptor made from a first susceptor material between first and second dies. ... The Boeing Co

02/09/17 / #20170036297

Method for forming tooling and fabricating parts therefrom

A method of forming tooling for fabricating a part made from a metal powder is described herein. The method includes forming a first sheet and second sheet. ... The Boeing Co

02/02/17 / #20170034316

System and method for selecting a communication network in a sensor network

A sensor network is disclosed, and includes a first network based on a wireless communication protocol, a second network based on a power line communication protocol, and at least one sensor node in communication with one of the first network and the second network. The sensor node includes at least one sensor and a control module in communication with the at least one sensor. ... The Boeing Co

02/02/17 / #20170034277

Method for managing messages across a controller area network

A controller area network has a plurality of nodes in communication through a bus. The nodes have controllers and computer readable instructions that, when executed, perform the steps of: receiving a new message; inserting the new message into the queue in order of priority if the queue is not full; refusing the new message if the queue is full and the priority of the new message is lower than the priorities of current messages in the queue; inserting the new message into the queue in order of priority if the queue is full and the priority of the new message is higher than a priority of at least one of the current messages; removing the new message from the queue if the current time exceeds an expiration indicator; sending the new message to the controller for transmission and holding the new message in the queue during transmission; and removing the new message from the queue after successful transmission.. ... The Boeing Co

02/02/17 / #20170032683

Multiple landing threshold aircraft arrival system

A system and method for safe and effective implementation of approach procedures for guiding multiple aircraft of different weights approaching a single runway for landing, whereby lighter incoming aircraft will fly higher than heavier aircraft to avoid the wakes from the heavier aircraft, for the purpose of increasing the landing rate and, in turn, the number of aircraft that can land.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/02/17 / #20170032299

Web-based system and method for facilitating off-loading of design requirements to a supplier

A method is provided of operating a web-based system to facilitate interactive exchange and modification of design requirements within a design requirements package between an enterprise and a supplier to the enterprise. The method comprises storing, by the enterprise, a design requirements package in an enterprise database. ... The Boeing Co

02/02/17 / #20170032263

Methods and systems for context driven information services and advanced decision making

A computer-implemented method for collating relevant information to assist a user in a decision-making process is provided. The method includes receiving, from a plurality of data sources, a plurality of pieces of data including contextual features, and populating at least one contextual model with the plurality of pieces of data. ... The Boeing Co

02/02/17 / #20170032159

Systems and methods for automated device pairing

A system is provided that includes a scanner movable relative to seat units and controllable devices each having rfid tags, the scanner configured to obtain a continuum of received signals, a distance sensor configured to determine a relative position of the scanner, a filter configured to disregard outliers and smooth the continuum into respective sets of received signal data, wherein each set of received signal data includes data points having a unique id and a received signal strength, and wherein a relative time and a relative position are determined for each data point, and a processor configured to determine a relative location of each rfid tag, based on the relative position associated with maximum received signal strength within the set of received signal data, and generate a data file including pairings of seat units and associated controllable devices based on similar relative positions of rfid tags.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/02/17 / #20170032077

Composite joint optimization

A method including receiving a joint parameter for a joint between at least two composite structural components, a ply stackup for each of the at least two composite structural components and an electromagnetic effect parameter in a controller, iteratively processing with the controller, the joint parameter and the ply stackup and outputting an optimized joint parameter based on at least a convergence of an electromagnetic effect resistance of the joint and the at least two composite structural components, and changing, with the controller, a value of one or more of the joint parameters and the ply stackup during the iterative processing to reach the convergence of the electromagnetic effect resistance.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/02/17 / #20170031657

Unified modeling language (uml) analysis system and method

A universal modeling language (uml) analysis method may include importing a plurality of tool-specific uml models from a plurality of uml tools. The tool-specific uml models are in different tool-specific formats. ... The Boeing Co

02/02/17 / #20170031116

Ruggedized photonic crystal sensor packaging

A method, system, and apparatus are disclosed for a ruggedized photonic crystal (pc) sensor packaging. In particular, the present disclosure teaches a ruggedized packaging for a photonic crystal sensor that includes of a hermetic-seal high-temperature jacket and a ferrule that eliminate the exposure of the optical fiber as well as the critical part of the photonic crystal sensor to harsh environments. ... The Boeing Co

02/02/17 / #20170030864

Two-dimensional array depression profiler and measurement device

Example systems and methods for non-destructive evaluation of depressions on a surface of an object are provided. One example system includes a measurement apparatus having a two-dimensional ultrasonic transducer array, a delay line material, a sealing member position such that the sealing member forms a cavity between the delay line material and a surface of the object, and a liquid inlet for injecting a liquid into the cavity. ... The Boeing Co

02/02/17 / #20170030863

Ultrasonic inspection using flexible two-dimensional array applied on surface of article

Methods for ultrasonic inspection of a structure by laying a flexible two-dimensional flexible ultrasonic transducer array over a damage site on the structure with minimal physical interaction with the array during set-up and without further movement of the array during data acquisition. In addition, the array may remain in place on a difficult-to-access surface to enable easy periodic inspections over a long period of time. ... The Boeing Co

02/02/17 / #20170030734

Guidance display for controlling aircraft turns for aircraft spacing

A method and apparatus of controlling movement of an aircraft. A turn path off of a planned route for an aircraft comprising a turn to direct the aircraft to an intercept point on the planned route is determined. ... The Boeing Co

02/02/17 / #20170030655

Heat exchanger systems and methods

An apparatus and method according to one or more embodiments are provided to transfer heat away from various types of thermal sources in flight and/or non-flight systems. Heat transfer may be implemented as a heat exchanger plate that effectively transports heat from a physically secured thermal source to a thermal sink and further to a radiator. ... The Boeing Co

02/02/17 / #20170029672

Encapsulated catalyst for aerospace grade resin systems

Methods and compositions, and components comprising the compositions, are disclosed relating to improved resin-based adhesives comprising encapsulating at least a catalyst compound. Further methods and compositions are disclosed relating to encapsulated catalysts in uncured resin-based adhesives, said encapsulated catalysts configured to release the catalyst compound and cure the uncured resin-based adhesive on-demand.. ... The Boeing Co

02/02/17 / #20170029667

Adhesive compositions and methods for their use and preparation

Adhesive compositions that contain thermally conductive carbon-based materials that are also electrically insulated; methods for using such adhesive compositions and methods for their preparation.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/02/17 / #20170029579

Systems and methods for composite radius fillers

A composite radius filler material is provided. The composite radius filler includes a resin, a first group of fibers dispersed within the resin, and a second group of fibers dispersed within the resin. ... The Boeing Co

02/02/17 / #20170029577

Noodle comprised of a matrix of discontinuous filaments

A method and apparatus for manufacturing a filler for a composite structure. The apparatus may comprise a filler. ... The Boeing Co

02/02/17 / #20170029133

Aircraft receptacle

A system and method for an aircraft refueling receptacle. The aircraft refueling receptacle comprises a pedestal, a flanged structure, a sliding valve, and a bolt. ... The Boeing Co

02/02/17 / #20170029102

Methods and systems for rotary wing active flow control

Within examples, systems for enhanced performance blades for rotor craft are provided and methods for operation. An example system for a rotary device is provided comprising a rotor blade coupled to a rotor hub. ... The Boeing Co

02/02/17 / #20170029088

Repairing a contoured composite panel

A method for repairing damage caused to a curved composite-material panel may include removal of a sector including through-thickness damage, installation of a patch performed from an exterior side of the panel, buildup of the void caused by removal of the sector, and installation of one or more composite repair plies.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/02/17 / #20170028644

Systems and methods for additively manufacturing composite parts

A system (100) for additively manufacturing a composite part (102) comprises a delivery assembly (266), a feed mechanism (104), and a source (116) of curing energy (118). The delivery assembly (266) comprises a delivery guide (112) movable relative to a surface (114) and is configured to deposit a continuous flexible line (106) along a print path (122). ... The Boeing Co

02/02/17 / #20170028640

Systems for additively manufacturing composite parts

A system (100) for additively manufacturing a composite part (102) is disclosed. The system (100) comprises a housing (104) and a nozzle (107). ... The Boeing Co

02/02/17 / #20170028639

Systems and methods for additively manufacturing composite parts

A method (500) of additively manufacturing a composite part (102) comprises applying a first quantity of a first part (253) of a thermosetting resin (252) to a first element (271) of a non-resin component (108) by pulling the first element (271) through a first resin-part applicator (236) and applying a second quantity of a second part (255) of the thermosetting resin (252) to a second element (273) of the non-resin component (108) by pulling the second element (273) through a second resin-part applicator (237). The method (500) also comprises combin