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Apparatus, system, and method for induction heating

Described herein is an apparatus for induction heating. The apparatus includes a plurality of induction heating cells attachably coupled together. ... The Boeing Co

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

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

Autonomous performance of an operation on an object using a generated dense 3d model of the object

A method for performing an operation on an object includes capturing a plurality of images of the object. Each image is a different view of the object. ... The Boeing Co

Method and apparatus for testing rf performance of a satellite wiring harness and signal processing units

A method of testing a design of a satellite payload transponder with modules of radio frequency (rf) communications circuitry includes executing a modeling application for establishing a modeling environment for generating a virtual satellite payload transponder and virtual test equipment. The virtual satellite payload transponder has virtual modules of rf communications circuitry, with functionality equivalent to that of the satellite payload transponder with modules of rf communications circuitry. ... The Boeing Co

Method and apparatus for testing design of satellite wiring harness and signal processing units

A method of testing designs of wiring harnesses includes generating a virtual electrical system including virtual wiring harnesses that interconnect virtual modules of communications circuitry including signal sources and signal destinations. The method also includes testing signal pathways and thereby the virtual wiring harnesses. ... The Boeing Co

Systems and methods for designing and modeling products in a cloud environment

Systems, computer readable media, and method concern receiving a processing request associated with a design or modeling of a product. The method also includes initiating one or more processes in a cloud for the processing request. ... The Boeing Co

Methods and apparatus to minimize command dynamics of a satellite

Methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture to minimize command dynamics of a satellite are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a steering law module to calculate a first set of vectors to maneuver a space vehicle, and calculate a second set of vectors based on projecting the first set of vectors onto a fixed plane. ... The Boeing Co

Methods and apparatus to perform observer-based control of a vehicle

Methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture to perform observer based control of a vehicle are disclosed. An example apparatus includes an error module to calculate a difference between a first state of a vehicle and a second state of the vehicle, the second state based on a measurement from a sensor, an observer module todetermine a third state of the vehicle based on the difference, a baseline control module to generate a first command based on the third state, and a vehicle module to execute the first command to control the vehicle.. ... The Boeing Co

Probe for detecting structural integrity of part

Disclosed herein is a probe for detecting structural integrity of a part. The probe comprises an outer shield, having a hollow tubular shape, defining a first interior channel, and comprising a part-engagement end. ... The Boeing Co

Engine shaft assembly and method

An engine shaft assembly for an engine is provided. The engine shaft assembly includes a shaft and a thermal distribution layer. ... The Boeing Co

Vented hinge assembly

A hinge assembly includes a first monument piece having a first knuckle and a monument leaf attached, and a second monument piece having a first knuckle and a monument leaf attached to the first knuckle of the second monument piece, with the second monument piece spaced apart from the first monument piece by a monument piece space. A door piece includes an intermediate door knuckle extending across the monument piece space, and a door leaf coupled to the intermediate door knuckle. ... The Boeing Co

String reels with level wind apparatus

Example string reels with level wind apparatus are disclosed herein. An example level wind apparatus includes a guide to direct a line onto or away from a reel when the reel is rotating. ... The Boeing Co

Removable cover assembly for a bracket mounted roller

A removable cover assembly for a bracket mounted roller is provided and that includes a cover having a contoured bottom to cover a portion of a bracket mounted roller, a pin slidably disposed on the contoured bottom and a retaining tab configured to be slidably received in a slot on a top portion of the roller bracket. The removable cover assembly further includes a lever having a flanged end pivotally coupled to the cover, being pivotal to cause the flanged end to displace the pin, the latch being pivotal between a latched position in which the pin is displaced to cause the retaining tab to be received within the slot to retain the cover assembly to the bracket, and an unlatched position in which the pin is retracted to withdraw the retaining tab from the slot and permit removal of the cover assembly.. ... The Boeing Co

Method and apparatus for fabrication of lattice composite fuselage for commercial aircraft employing steered fiber lay up

A system for fabrication of an aerospace structure incorporates a mold having a surface and at least one unidirectional sfl head adapted to lay down a plurality of collimated tows in a predetermined laminated pattern on the mold surface to produce a fuselage skin. At least one cross plied laminate sfl head is adapted to lay down a cross plied laminate base interface on the fuselage skin to establish a lattice rib shape for each of a plurality of lattice ribs. ... The Boeing Co

09/27/18 / #20180273178

Carpet display systems and methods

A carpet display system includes a plurality of carpet modules. Each of the plurality of carpet modules includes a translucent support panel, a carpet layer secured to the support panel, and a light-emitting element coupled to the support panel. ... The Boeing Co

09/27/18 / #20180273176

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

09/27/18 / #20180273159

Aircraft wing space frame

Aircraft wings have an interior volume that incorporates a space frame as a primary supporting structure of the wing, and enables securement of an aircraft fuselage to the wing. The space frame includes carbon fiber rods arranged to handle tensile and compression loads otherwise carried by conventional wing spars, ribs, and stringers normally connected to heavy structural metal wing box joints at the sides of a fuselage for attachment of left and right wings. ... The Boeing Co

09/27/18 / #20180272652

Method of reinforcement for additive manufacturing

Materials and methods is present for manufacturing fiber reinforced parts. A powder material comprising a matrix material of a size particular distribution comprising substantially oriented fiber of a predetermined length distribution and diameter (l/d). ... The Boeing Co

09/27/18 / #20180272571

Apparatuses and methods for applying materials over fastener heads protruding from non-horizontal surfaces

An applicator (200) for applying a material (104) over a fastener head (112), protruding from a non-horizontal surface (116) of a part (114), comprises an enclosure (210) and a daubing lever (220). The daubing lever (220) passes through the wall (213) of the enclosure (210) and is movably coupled to the enclosure (210). ... The Boeing Co

09/27/18 / #20180272375

Systems and methods for sealant layering

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

09/27/18 / #20180272373

Dispensing units for controlling substance flow and related methods

A dispensing unit (100) for controlling flow of a substance (101) is disclosed. The dispensing unit (100) comprises a nozzle (102) and a plug (110). ... The Boeing Co

09/27/18 / #20180272372

Dispensing units for controlling substance flow and related methods

A dispensing unit (100) for controlling flow of a substance (101) comprises a nozzle (102) and a plug (110). The nozzle comprises an outlet (122) and a channel (104) that comprises a longitudinal symmetry axis (130), a sealing surface (106), and an alcove surface (108), contiguous with the sealing surface (106) and outwardly recessed relative to the sealing surface (106); and a plug (110). ... The Boeing Co

09/20/18 / #20180270988

System and method for cryogenic cooling of electromagnetic induction filter

Provided is a cooling device, and methods of fabricating and operating such cooling devices, for electromagnetic induction (emi) filters. Specifically, a cooling device is provided which comprises a housing enclosing the electromagnetic induction filter. ... The Boeing Co

09/20/18 / #20180269535

Battery cell design for preventing internal short circuits from occurring and propagating using positive temperature coefficient (ptc) materials

A battery and related methods are described. The battery can include a plurality of battery cell segments. ... The Boeing Co

09/20/18 / #20180269463

Battery cell design for preventing internal short circuits from occurring and propagating

A battery and related methods are described. The battery can include a plurality of battery cell segments. ... The Boeing Co

09/20/18 / #20180268722

System and method for optimization of aircraft fuel economy in real-time

A system and method for the real-time optimization of aircraft fuel economy is disclosed. Sensors are provided to monitor in-flight performance characteristics, to monitor the status of aircraft control elements during flight, to monitor fuel consumption, and to identify aircraft position information during flight. ... The Boeing Co

09/20/18 / #20180268335

Turn time analytics

Methods, apparatuses, and computer program products are provided for automatically identifying a shortest duration of time for an aspect of an operation. Electronic data related to instances of past operations of at least one vehicle is received. ... The Boeing Co

09/20/18 / #20180267498

Apparatus, system, and method for picking, placing, and melting solder sleeves onto shielded electrical wires and cables

Systems and methods are provided for wire processing. In certain examples, a wire processing system is disclosed. ... The Boeing Co

09/20/18 / #20180266974

Method and system for non-destructive testing

A non-destructive testing system includes a test article interface and a reference article interface. The test article interface includes a connector to couple to a metal component of an article under test (aut) and a connector to couple to a carbon fiber composite component of the aut. ... The Boeing Co

09/20/18 / #20180266596

Bulkhead fitting

A method electrically separates two fluid lines across a structural boundary. Fluid is transported between a first channel through a first fluid line and a second channel through a second fluid line across the structural boundary formed by a structure. ... The Boeing Co

09/20/18 / #20180266584

Data-driven unsurpervised algorithm for analyzing sensor data to detect abnormal valve operation

A computer-implemented method, system, and computer program product are provided. A plurality of maintenance messages (mmsgs) are identified. ... The Boeing Co

09/20/18 / #20180266478

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

09/20/18 / #20180266329

Hybrid drive system for transferring power from a gas turbine engine of an aircraft

A hybrid drive system driven by a gas turbine engine is disclosed. The hybrid drive system includes a planetary gear set, a first motor-generator, and a second motor-generator. ... The Boeing Co

09/20/18 / #20180265820

Cleaning composition and method for enhanced sealant adhesion

Methods comprising the steps of contacting a surface with a liquid composition comprising a cleaning agent, an adhesion promoter, and at least one dye, the surface having a first surface contamination; transitioning at least one portion of the surface in the first surface contamination state to a second surface contamination state and simultaneously distributing the at least one dye and at least one adhesion promoter on the surface associated with the second surface contamination state, the second surface contamination state having reduced or eliminated surface contamination, the transitioning step simultaneously cleaning and preparing the at least one portion of the surface for adhesion to another material; and identifying remaining surface in the first surface contamination state, and compositions adapted for the method thereof.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/20/18 / #20180265751

Thermally conductive flexible adhesive for aerospace applications

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

09/20/18 / #20180265418

Bonding dissimilar ceramic components

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

09/20/18 / #20180265225

Strong bonded joints for cryogenic applications

A method and apparatus for strong bonded wide joints for cryogenic applications. In one advantageous embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a three-dimensional preform and a plastic matrix. ... The Boeing Co

09/20/18 / #20180265216

Secondary flight deck door privacy/barrier panel system

An aircraft and system of doors for providing security to a flight deck of the aircraft, and methods for operating the same, are provided. A passenger cabin is separated from a flight deck by an aisle that includes doors at either end. ... The Boeing Co

09/20/18 / #20180265215

Methods and apparatus for determing seatbelt status

Methods and apparatus for determining seatbelt status are disclosed. An example system includes a plurality of seats including seatbelts. ... The Boeing Co

09/20/18 / #20180265111

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

09/20/18 / #20180264776

Decorative laminates having an open-cell foam layer

Decorative laminates having an open-cell foam layer are disclosed herein. An example decorative laminate includes a decorative layer, an open-cell foam layer coupled to the decorative layer and an adhesive layer coupled to the open-cell foam layer.. ... The Boeing Co

09/20/18 / #20180264710

Automated system and method for smoothing wrinkled material

A method and apparatus for smoothing a material having wrinkles. The material is positioned on a vacuum table having a group of segments. ... The Boeing Co

09/20/18 / #20180264539

Self-aligning riveting tools and methods of operating thereof

Provided are self-aligning riveting tools and methods of utilizing such tools for installing rivets. A tool includes an aligning sleeve, which is slidably coupled to a first die. ... The Boeing Co

09/20/18 / #20180264525

Acoustic panel cleaning

Disclosed herein is a method. The method includes applying a fluid to a perforated upper layer. ... The Boeing Co

09/20/18 / #20180264505

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

09/20/18 / #20180264502

Reusable applicators and related methods

A method (500) for removing glutinous substance (298) from applicator (100) comprises removing plunger (342) from applicator (100) before glutinous substance (298) has solidified; allowing glutinous substance (298) to solidify inside applicator (100); detaching side cover (110) from base portion (111) of first body portion (102) to expose first sealant plug (302); severing first sealant plug (302) from second sealant plug (304); severing first sealant plug (302) from third sealant plug (300); detaching tip portion (106) of applicator (100) from second body portion (104) to expose a portion of second sealant plug (304); extracting second sealant plug (304) from second body portion (104) by pulling portion of second sealant plug (304) in direction (320) along second body portion (104); separating first sealant plug (302) from base portion (111) of first body portion (102); and extracting third sealant plug (300) from end-effector interface (112) of first body portion (102).. . ... The Boeing Co

09/06/18 / #20180255458

System and a computer-implemented method for machine-to-machine authentication of an apparatus

A system and a method of authentication to improve security communication between machines are disclosed. The system includes a retrieving unit (120) that identifies a critical component (102) of an apparatus (110) in response to an authentication request for the apparatus (110) and retrieves authentication information for the critical component (102) comprising expected physical and digital signatures for the critical component (102) and one or more associated additional components (104). ... The Boeing Co

09/06/18 / #20180255455

Commercial satellite operations with secure enclave for payload operations

Systems, methods, and apparatus for commercial satellite operations with secure enclave for payload operations are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, the disclosed method comprises generating, by a secure enclave of a host satellite operation center (soc), hosted commands according to service specifications for at least one hosted user. ... The Boeing Co

09/06/18 / #20180255454

Secured multi-payload antennas operators operations

A disclosed method for secured multi-payload antennas operators operations comprises generating, by an antenna operations center (aoc), aoc commands using an antenna location pointing request for each of at least one antenna associated with each of at least one customer. The method further comprises transmitting, by a satellite operation center (soc), the aoc commands and soc commands to a vehicle via a ground antenna, where the soc commands are related to at least one antenna associated with a host. ... The Boeing Co

09/06/18 / #20180255027

Virtual transponder utilizing inband telemetry

Systems, methods, and apparatus for a virtual transponder utilizing inband telemetry are disclosed. A disclosed method for a virtual transponder utilizing inband telemetry comprises transmitting, by a hosted payload (hop) operation center (hoc), encrypted hosted commands to a host spacecraft operations center (soc). ... The Boeing Co

09/06/18 / #20180255026

Virtual transponder utilizing inband commanding

Systems, methods, and apparatus for a virtual transponder utilizing inband commanding are disclosed. A disclosed method comprises transmitting, by a hosted payload (hop) operation center (hoc), encrypted hosted commands to a hosted receiving antenna. ... The Boeing Co

09/06/18 / #20180255025

Protected multi-operators payload operations

Systems, methods, and apparatus for protected multi-operators payload operations are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, a disclosed method for protected multi-operators payload operations comprises transmitting, by a hosted payload (hop) operation center (hoc), encrypted hosted commands to a host spacecraft operations center (soc). ... The Boeing Co

09/06/18 / #20180255024

Hosted payload operations

A method for hosted payload operations comprises transmitting, by a hosted payload (hop) operation center (hoc), encrypted hosted commands to a host spacecraft operations center (soc). Also, the method comprises transmitting, by the host soc, encrypted host commands and the encrypted hosted commands to a vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

09/06/18 / #20180254866

Secured independent hosted payload operations

Systems, methods, and apparatus for secured independent hosted payload operations are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, a disclosed method for payload operations comprises receiving, by a command receiver on a vehicle, host commands from a host satellite operations center (soc). ... The Boeing Co

09/06/18 / #20180254823

Virtual transponder

A disclosed method for a virtual transponder comprises generating a configuration for a portion of a payload on a vehicle utilized by a host user by using an option for each variable(s) for a portion of the payload utilized by the host user. The method further comprises generating a configuration for a portion of the payload utilized by a hosted user by using an option for each variable(s) for a portion of the payload utilized by the hosted user. ... The Boeing Co

09/06/18 / #20180254822

Inband telemetry for a virtual transponder

Systems, methods, and apparatus for inband telemetry for a virtual transponder are disclosed. A disclosed method for inband telemetry for a virtual transponder comprises transmitting, by a payload antenna on a vehicle, a payload signal to a hosted receiving antenna. ... The Boeing Co

09/06/18 / #20180254651

Modular battery with battery cell and submodule interconnectivity

A modular power system is configured to supply configurable power to a load. The system includes battery submodules, each having at least one submodule circuit that is configured to replaceably connect one or more of a plurality of battery cells to a submodule positive bus and a submodule negative bus. ... The Boeing Co

09/06/18 / #20180254593

Plasma confinement of a laser gain media for gain-amplified lasers

Laser amplification utilizing plasma confinement of a gas laser gain media is described. The gas laser gain media is compressed into plasma utilizing a self-reinforcing magnetic field referred to a plasma pinch (e.g., a flow stabilized z-pinch). ... The Boeing Co

09/06/18 / #20180252680

Method and apparatus for acoustic emissions testing

An apparatus comprises an acoustic sensing system and an analyzer module. The acoustic sensing system is positioned relative to an object, wherein the acoustic sensing system detects acoustic emissions and generates acoustic waveform data for the acoustic emissions detected. ... The Boeing Co

09/06/18 / #20180252625

Compression test fixture and method therefore

A compression test fixture including a first specimen engagement member having a first channel, the first channel having a first depth; a second specimen engagement member having a second channel having a second depth that is different than the first depth; and at least one coupling member engaged to both the first specimen engagement member and the second specimen engagement member such that a gap is defined between the first specimen engagement member and the second specimen engagement member, where the first channel and the second channel support the test specimen within the gap such that at least one opposing major surface of the test specimen is visible within the gap.. . ... The Boeing Co

09/06/18 / #20180252519

Inspection system for alignment in restricted volumes

An inspection system is presented. The inspection system comprises a remotely controllable imaging assembly and a scale reticle. ... The Boeing Co

09/06/18 / #20180252279

Elliptically interfacing gear assisted braking system

An elliptically interfacing gear assisted braking system may include an input shaft with a coupled input gear, a wobble plate, a rotor with a reaction gear, and an actuated brake mechanism, or brake. The input shaft may define an axis of rotation and the wobble plate may have a wobble axis disposed at a non-zero angle relative to the rotation axis. ... The Boeing Co

09/06/18 / #20180251632

Ablative material with a polymeric phosphorylated amide

An ablative material comprises a phenolic resin, a polymeric phosphorylated amide, and a number of fillers. The polymeric phosphorylated amide is in the ratio of between 1 and 10 parts of the polymeric phosphorylated amide per 100 parts of phenolic resin or resin solids, by weight.. ... The Boeing Co

09/06/18 / #20180251357

Flush mountable bottle openers

Provided are flush mountable bottle openers and methods of using such openers to remove bottle caps. These openers may be used in aircraft and other types of vehicles as well as any applications where protrusion away from supporting structures may be undesirable. ... The Boeing Co

09/06/18 / #20180251235

System and method for detecting and removing moisture in an aircraft

A system and method for detecting and removing moisture in a vehicle such as a commercial aircraft is disclosed. Moisture detection sensors are mounted in areas of the vehicle which are inaccessible during use. ... The Boeing Co

09/06/18 / #20180251205

Aircraft cabin panel and method of manufacturing the same

An interior panel for use in an aircraft cabin includes an inner core including a first surface and an opposing second surface. The interior panel also includes a first honeycomb layer coupled to the first surface and a second honeycomb layer coupled to the second surface. ... The Boeing Co

09/06/18 / #20180250843

Scraping tools that deburr multiple edges of a part

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

09/06/18 / #20180250798

Torque reaction tools and methods for use

An example torque reaction tool includes a first arm having an end with a longitudinally extending cavity, and an opposite end with a first socket drive element disposed perpendicular to a longitudinal axis of the cavity. The torque reaction tool further includes a second arm having an end portion slidably disposed within the cavity, and an opposite end with a second socket drive element thereon, oriented in the same direction as the first socket drive element. ... The Boeing Co

09/06/18 / #20180250794

Multi-functional debur tool

A system and method for a composite finishing system. The composite finishing system comprises an abrasive bit with an abrasive material on a removal surface of the abrasive bit, where in the abrasive bit has a pilot structure that positions an abrasive surface relative to an edge break intersection of a hole in a composite structure when a pilot structure is placed into the hole.. ... The Boeing Co

08/23/18 / #20180242390

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

08/23/18 / #20180242091

Vibration monitoring systems

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

08/23/18 / #20180241717

Multi-level security device

A multi-level security system may include multiple independent processors each configured to independently process data respectively from or for a different security level. For example, the multi-level security system may process data being communicated between aircrafts of different security levels. ... The Boeing Co

08/23/18 / #20180241465

Hitless rearrangement of a satellite-hosted switch via propagated synchronization

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

08/23/18 / #20180241356

3d low flux, high-powered mmic amplifiers

The present disclosure relates systems and methods for providing a three-dimensional device architecture for transistor elements in a power amplifier circuit. Namely, an example system may include a plurality of high electron mobility transistors disposed on a first substrate. ... The Boeing Co

08/23/18 / #20180241145

Electrical connectors having field shaping rings

Electrical connectors having field shaping rings are disclosed. A disclosed example apparatus includes a body of a connector, where the body has a longitudinal axis, an electrical conductor extending substantially parallel to the longitudinal axis and within the body, and an annular electrode embedded within the body.. ... The Boeing Co

08/23/18 / #20180241121

Radio frequency chokes for integrated phased-array antennas

Embodiments described herein provide for integrating a transmit phased-array (tx) antenna and a receive phased-array (rx) antenna onto an electrically-conductive plate that forms a ground plane. The plate includes groves that operate as an rf choke. ... The Boeing Co

08/23/18 / #20180240227

Identifying a pathway for condition of assembly validation

A method and apparatus for establishing a pathway for performing an automated validation of a condition of assembly. A sensor system coupled to an automated guided vehicle is moved into test positions relative to the structure. ... The Boeing Co

08/23/18 / #20180240226

Automated validation of condition of assembly

A method and apparatus for performing an automated validation of a condition of assembly for a structure. A plurality of images of the structure are registered to a computer model of the structure in which an image in the plurality of images captures a portion of the structure. ... The Boeing Co

08/23/18 / #20180239847

Maintaining computational flow in a data-dependent constraint network

Presented are methods for determining computational flow for a data-dependent constraint network that are especially useful for modeling and trading off alternative configurations in a single computational environment, during design analysis and optimization of an engineering system. These methods leverage a preexisting constraint management system that uses a bipartite graph of variables and constraints to model an engineering system and employ logic formulae based world sets to determine the applicability of the constraints to different system configurations. ... The Boeing Co

08/23/18 / #20180238835

Inspection system

An inspection system comprises a sensor array and a fluid chamber. The fluid chamber is configured to provide a fluid coupling environment between the sensor array and a structure. ... The Boeing Co

08/23/18 / #20180238786

Test coupons having node bonds, methods for testing node bonds, and related apparatuses

A test coupon having node bonds is disclosed. In some aspects, the method includes a first foil and a second foil, stripes of adhesive serially disposed across a width of the first foil or the second foil and coupling the first foil and second foil to one another to form node bonds, and a first adherend coupled to the first foil and a second adherend coupled to the second foil such that the first foil and the second foil are provided between the first adherend and the second adherend, the first adherend and the second adherend being connectable to load blocks of a test apparatus capable of loading the test coupon to determine characteristics of each of the node bonds formed from the stripes of adhesive. ... The Boeing Co

08/23/18 / #20180238638

Heat exchangers made from additively manufactured sacrificial templates

A method of manufacturing a heat exchanger including a heat exchanger core of a first material, the method including additive manufacturing a sacrificial scaffold of a second material, the sacrificial scaffold corresponding in shape to that of the heat exchanger core, coating the sacrificial scaffold with a layer of the first material, and removing the sacrificial scaffold to leave behind the heat exchanger core with an integrated self-aligned passage.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/23/18 / #20180238471

Shuttle valve with damping

An example valve includes: (i) a valve body defining a first longitudinal bore therein and including a first inlet, a second inlet, and an outlet; (ii) a cage disposed in the first longitudinal bore coaxial with the valve body, where the cage defines a second longitudinal bore therein; (iii) a pin mounted and extending longitudinally within the second longitudinal bore at an end of the cage adjacent to the first inlet; and (iv) a spool shiftably mounted within the second longitudinal bore and configured to move axially therein to shift between a first position and a second position. The spool includes a blind hole formed at an end thereof facing the pin and coaxial therewith, such that as the spool shifts from the second position to the first position, a portion of the pin is received within the blind hole of the spool.. ... The Boeing Co

08/23/18 / #20180238370

Radiused lead-in for interference fit fasteners

An assembly comprising first and second structural elements having aligned holes, an fastener that occupies at least respective portions of the holes without a surrounding sleeve, and a mating part that is coupled to the fastener. The fastener comprises: a head; a circular cylindrical shank extending from the head; a mating portion comprising external projections; and a transition portion disposed between the shank and the mating portion. ... The Boeing Co

08/23/18 / #20180238361

Tapered lead-in for interference fit fasteners

An assembly comprising first and second structural elements having aligned holes, a fastener that occupies at least respective portions of the holes without a surrounding sleeve, and a mating part that is coupled to the fastener. The fastener comprises: a head; a circular cylindrical shank extending from the head; a mating portion comprising external projections; and a transition portion disposed between the shank and the mating portion. ... The Boeing Co

08/23/18 / #20180237167

Hanging clamped supports for aircraft

Systems and methods are provided for hanging inspection systems for aircraft from floor beams of those aircraft. One embodiment is a method that includes selecting a floor beam of an aircraft, attaching a hanging support to a floor beam, and placing an inspection system at a mount of the hanging support.. ... The Boeing Co

08/23/18 / #20180237164

Fixture, system, and method for testing loads in a flexible aerodynamic member

A fixture, system, and method are provided for testing one or more axial loads in a flexible aerodynamic member. The fixture has a structural frame assembly with a first end portion, a second end portion, and an intermediate portion. ... The Boeing Co

08/23/18 / #20180237150

Quick installation fuel dam

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

08/23/18 / #20180237121

Undercarriage-mounted airfoil

An aircraft nose gear-mounted flight control device promotes aircraft stability during low-speed phases of flight, including take-offs and landings. The flight control device is an operable airfoil secured to an aircraft nose gear, either to a vertical support strut or to a wheel axle thereof. ... The Boeing Co

08/23/18 / #20180237044

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

08/23/18 / #20180236734

Method and apparatus for continuously fabricating a composite sandwich structure

A method for continuously fabricating a composite sandwich structure includes the steps of: (1) moving a laminate, substantially continuously, through a preheating zone, wherein the laminate includes a first face sheet, a second face sheet and a core sandwiched between the first face sheet and the second face sheet; (2) preheating the laminate to a preforming temperature above a glass transition temperature of the laminate and below or equal to a crystalline melt temperature of the laminate as the laminate is being moved through the preheating zone; (3) moving the laminate, substantially continuously, through a consolidation zone; and (4) consolidating the laminate as the laminate is being moved through the consolidation zone to form a continuous length of the composite sandwich structure.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/23/18 / #20180236732

Method and apparatus for continuously fabricating a composite sandwich structure

A method for continuously fabricating a composite sandwich structure includes the steps of: (1) preheating a laminate to a preforming temperature above a glass transition temperature of the laminate but below or equal to a crystalline melt temperature of the laminate as the laminate is substantially continuously moved through a preheating zone, wherein the laminate comprises a first face sheet, a second face sheet and a core sandwiched between the first face sheet and the second face sheet; (2) consolidating the laminate as the laminate is substantially continuously moved through a consolidation zone in line with the preheating zone to form a continuous length of the composite sandwich structure; (3) moving the composite sandwich structure, substantially continuously, through at least one of a texturing zone and a coating zone; and (4) incrementally applying at least one of a surface texture and a surface coating to at least one surface of the composite sandwich structure.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/23/18 / #20180236720

Thermoformed cascades for jet engine thrust reversers

A cascade for a jet engine thrust reverser is fabricated by co-consolidating pre-consolidated thermoplastic strongbacks and vanes. The strongbacks are reinforced with continuous fibers, and the vanes are reinforced with discontinuous fibers.. ... The Boeing Co

08/23/18 / #20180236644

Method and tool for removing a tapered sleeve bolt from a component

A tapered sleeve bolt removal tool for removing a tapered sleeve bolt includes a stop sleeve configured to be coupled to a threaded end of a bolt of the tapered sleeve bolt. The stop sleeve has a stop shoulder configured to abut against a bottom of a sleeve of the tapered sleeve bolt. ... The Boeing Co

08/23/18 / #20180236638

Modular tooling fixture with interchangeable panel defining a tooling surface

A tooling assembly is provided, for use with a panel defining a tool-side surface and the tool-side surface defining a profile. The tooling assembly includes a base, a plurality of support members fixedly attached to the base, a plurality of frames, and a securing system. ... The Boeing Co

08/23/18 / #20180236485

Sealant injection systems

Sealant injection systems for injecting sealant into a cavity, the sealant injection systems including a sealant dispensing tip having a proximal end portion, a body portion, and a distal end portion that define a continuous channel to an aperture in the distal end portion for dispensing sealant material into a cavity, where the aperture is surrounded by a compressible material. The distal end portion may have a linear ridge defined on an end face, the aperture being asymmetrically provided relative to the ridge.. ... The Boeing Co

08/23/18 / #20180236278

Systems and methods for flammability reduction and ventilation using nitrogen-enriched gas for transportation vehicle protection

An example unit load device inerting system includes a nitrogen generation system, a first conduit coupled to the nitrogen generation system to carry nitrogen, an inlet located downstream of the first conduit and attached to a unit load device to deliver the nitrogen into the unit load device, an outlet attached to the unit load device, and a second conduit coupled to the outlet to carry gas out of the unit load device. An example method includes flowing nitrogen through a first conduit from a nitrogen generation system to an inlet located downstream of the first conduit and the inlet is attached to a unit load device to deliver the nitrogen into the unit load device, and venting the unit load device to transport gas out of the unit load device through a second conduit coupled to an outlet configured to be attached to the unit load device.. ... The Boeing Co

08/16/18 / #20180235031

Trimmable heat blanket and heating method

. . An electrical heat blanket includes an array of individual resistive heating element circuits that are spaced apart from each other. The heat blanket is trimmed to a desired size and/or shape by severing the blanket along cut lines between the circuits.. ... The Boeing Co

08/16/18 / #20180234174

System and method for optical time-domain reflectometry and design data wire testing

A system for testing continuity of a cable assembly includes an optical time domain reflectometry (otdr) device selectively coupled to an input connector of a cable and a design database storing cable data. The cable data indicates at least a length of the cable. ... The Boeing Co

08/16/18 / #20180233908

Power distribution control within a modular converter system using efficiency calculations

A method is disclosed for controlling power distribution from a plurality of inverters to one or more loads. The method comprises determining, using one or more computer processors, a plurality of possible combinations of the plurality of inverters to meet load demands corresponding to the one or more loads. ... The Boeing Co

08/16/18 / #20180233253

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

08/16/18 / #20180233050

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 system includes memory storing code and at least one processor to execute the code to cause the at least one processor to access an initial scenario including a source point, a target point, and a no flight zone, determine a computation time for identifying a lateral path for an aircraft to traverse that avoids the no flight zone, determine whether the determined computation time satisfies a threshold of a reference computation time, change the first number of vertices to a second number of vertices when the reference computation time is not satisfied, determine a buffer area surrounding the no flight zone, construct a visibility graph including lateral paths, and identify one of the lateral paths as being shorter than others of the lateral paths.. ... The Boeing Co

08/16/18 / #20180231455

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

08/16/18 / #20180231166

Tube fitting

A tube fitting including a sleeve member having a circumferential collar portion, the circumferential collar portion including a first tapered surface, a first coupling member having a circumferential engagement flange portion configured to couple with the circumferential collar portion of the sleeve member, and a second coupling member that includes a longitudinally extended sealing portion. The longitudinally extended sealing portion includes a second tapered surface that couples with the first tapered surface so as to circumferentially expand the longitudinally extended sealing portion, when the first tapered surface and the second tapered surface are coupled to each other, and form a fluid seal between the second coupling member and the sleeve member.. ... The Boeing Co

08/16/18 / #20180231032

Phase tailoring for resonant flow devices

A device including a resonant array of a plurality of synthetic jet generators where neighboring jet generators are coupled, resulting in the potential for constructive and destructive interference between jets of the plurality of synthetic jet generators depending on the relative phase of a corresponding plurality of drive signals to plurality of synthetic jet generators. The device also includes a controller configured to control the relative phase of the corresponding plurality of drive signals to effect a change in a first jet emitted by a first synthetic jet generator of the plurality of synthetic jets by changing a given phase of a second jet emitted by a second synthetic jet generator of the plurality of synthetic jet generators.. ... The Boeing Co

08/16/18 / #20180230940

Load distribution panel assembly, system and method

There is provided a load distribution panel assembly for a gas turbine engine. The assembly has a panel structure having at least one circumferential structural panel having a first end, and a second end coupled to a fixed structure of the gas turbine engine. ... The Boeing Co

08/16/18 / #20180230693

Method of assembly of composite core sandwich edge joint

A composite wall assembly edge joint, includes a first composite buildup pad secured to a first composite face sheet with the first composite buildup pad having a first tapered section with a first inclined surface which extends in a first direction and having a second section which extends from the first tapered section with a second surface which extends in a second direction, different from the first direction, toward a first end of the first composite face sheet. The assembly further includes a composite flute core member, having a tapered first portion secured to the first tapered section; a second portion secured to the first composite face sheet; and a third portion which extends in the second direction, away from the tapered first portion, toward the first end of the first composite face sheet secured to the second section.. ... The Boeing Co

08/16/18 / #20180230619

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

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

08/16/18 / #20180230577

Powdered titanium alloy composition and article formed therefrom

A titanium alloy melt includes about 7.0 to about 9.0 percent by weight vanadium (v), about 3.0 to about 4.5 percent by weight aluminum (al), about 0.8 to about 1.5 percent by weight iron (fe), at most about 0.15 percent by weight oxygen (o), and titanium (ti) and a titanium alloy powder, formed from the titanium alloy melt, includes about 7.0 to about 9.0 percent by weight vanadium (v), about 3.0 to about 4.5 percent by weight aluminum (al), about 0.8 to about 1.5 percent by weight iron (fe), at most about 0.18 percent by weight oxygen (o), and titanium (ti).. . ... The Boeing Co

08/16/18 / #20180229990

Hinged lid handling tool

An ergonomic apparatus for handling a hinged lid that reduces force required to open the hinged lid and bending by a user, maintains the lid in an open position to prevent accidental closure of the lid, and assists with closing the lid. The apparatus has a horizontal member with an attachment means for removably coupling the apparatus to the hinged lid, a vertical member extending from a proximal end of the horizontal member, and a handle in operable communication with the vertical member. ... The Boeing Co

08/16/18 / #20180229863

Additively manufactured reinforced structure

A grid stiffened structure which includes a wall which extends in a direction transverse relative to a plane and an elongated rib connected along an elongated dimension of the rib to the wall such that the elongated rib extends along the wall and forms an angle with an axis which extends in a direction perpendicular to the plane. The elongated rib defines a free sidewall which extends from the wall positioned on a first side of the elongated rib and extends in a direction about the elongated rib and transverse to the elongated dimension to the wall positioned on a second side of the elongated rib. ... The Boeing Co

08/16/18 / #20180229849

Reverse air cycle machine (racm) thermal management systems and methods

An aircraft includes a thermal management system that is configured to cool portions of the aircraft. The thermal management system includes at least one reverse air cycle machine (racm) mounted on an engine of the aircraft, and a vapor cycle system (vcs) that is configured to cool the portions of the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

08/16/18 / #20180229489

Fluted core sandwich shell edge joint

A composite wall assembly edge joint including a first composite buildup pad having a first tapered section is secured to and extends along a first composite face sheet. A second composite buildup pad having a second tapered section is secured to and extends along a second composite face sheet, wherein the first and second composite buildup pads are positioned between spaced apart first and second composite face sheets. ... The Boeing Co

08/16/18 / #20180229463

Densification methods and apparatuses

A method includes a first electrode exhibiting a first seebeck coefficient, a second electrode exhibiting a second seebeck coefficient greater than the first seebeck coefficient, and particles between the first and second electrodes exhibiting a third seebeck coefficient between the first and second seebeck coefficients. Heat is generated due to the peltier effect at a junction between the first electrode and the particles and at a junction between the second electrode and the particles. ... The Boeing Co

08/16/18 / #20180229453

Method of assembly of composite core sandwich edge joint

A method for assembling a composite wall assembly edge joint including laying up a first composite face sheet, laying up a first composite buildup pad having a first tapered section onto the first composite face sheet and positioning a composite flute core member, including a tapered first portion with a first inclined surface and a second inclined surface. First inclined surface is positioned onto the first tapered section of the first composite buildup pad and a second portion of the composite flute core member extends from the tapered first portion along first composite face sheet. ... The Boeing Co

08/16/18 / #20180229452

Method of making thermoplastic composite structures and prepreg tape used therein

A thermoplastic composite structure is produced by consolidating and forming a composite preform to a desired shape. The preform comprises plies of a high melt temperature thermoplastic prepreg that are tacked together by a low melt temperature thermoplastic adhering the plies together in fixed registration.. ... The Boeing Co

08/16/18 / #20180229443

Efficient sub-structures

A component, including a part, comprising a honeycomb-like structure formed from at least a seamless resin-infused fiber composite material. The honeycomb-like structure includes a first plurality of honeycomb-like cells, and a second plurality of honeycomb-like cells, different than the first plurality of honeycomb-like cells.. ... The Boeing Co

08/16/18 / #20180229311

Receivers and methods for forming such receivers

A method of forming a receiver 130 comprises arranging first structures 120a in a first set 117 and second structures 120b in a second set 119 such that the first structures 120a and the second structures 120b extend within an interior space 136 of the receiver 130 in a direction normal to a longitudinal central axis 112 of the interior space 136. The method further comprises indirectly bonding the first set 117 of the first structures 120a to the second set 119 of the second structures 120b.. ... The Boeing Co

08/16/18 / #20180229062

Atmospheric air monitoring for aircraft fire suppression

A fire suppression system for a compartment of an aircraft includes a sensor system, at least one valve, and a controller. The sensor system is located within the compartment and includes, at least, a first sensor and a second sensor. ... The Boeing Co

08/09/18 / #20180226860

Energy harvesting airport

An example system for harvesting energy from air vehicle thrust operations includes a runway surface for air vehicle takeoff and landing, where the runway surface comprises a door, and where the door is openable to a cavity positioned below the runway surface. A plurality of wind turbine blades is positioned within the cavity, and the plurality of wind turbine blades are rotatable by air flowing into the cavity. ... The Boeing Co

08/09/18 / #20180225979

Methods and systems for controlling the flight of aircraft

Methods and systems for controlling the flight of aircraft are disclosed. An example system includes a flight management computer to receive a first time of arrival at a first target waypoint of an aircraft and a second time of arrival at a second target waypoint, determine a first set of cruise speed and descent speed pairs corresponding to the first time, the first set satisfying the first time, determine a second set of cruise speed and descent speed pairs corresponding to the second time, the second set satisfying the second time, select a cruise speed and descent speed pair from the first set or the second set, determine an aircraft trajectory that satisfies the selected cruise speed and descent speed pair, and cause at least one of: 1) the aircraft to travel along the aircraft trajectory or 2) the aircraft trajectory to be displayed.. ... The Boeing Co

08/09/18 / #20180224351

Variable load and load vector application system

A load is provided to an article under test, the article under test having a surface movable about an axis of rotation. The article under test, such as a wing or other aerodynamic component of an aircraft, is load tested by determining a change in attitude of the article under test about the axis of rotation. ... The Boeing Co

08/09/18 / #20180224317

Fuel level sensor having dual fluorescent plastic optical fibers

An airplane fuel level optical sensor using one side-emitting plastic optical fiber (spof) and two fluorescent plastic optical fibers (fpofs) to detect the airplane fuel level without using any electrically conductive component or element placed inside the fuel tank. This dual-fpof sensor is capable of achieving high resolution and high accuracy with a one-time calibration in the actual airplane's fuel tank environment. ... The Boeing Co

08/09/18 / #20180223890

Load-indicating washer

A load-indicating washer for use with a fastener. The washer is comprised of a circular base plate, a domed cap that projects from the base plate, a cavity formed between the circular base plate and the domed cap, and a fastener hole that extends through the circular base plate and the domed cap. ... The Boeing Co

08/09/18 / #20180223815

Injection system and method for injecting a cylindrical array of liquid jets

An injection system includes a reservoir for containing liquid, and a gating plate having a circular array of gating plate apertures. The injection system additionally includes a faceplate positioned adjacent to the gating plate and having a circular array of faceplate orifices. ... The Boeing Co

08/09/18 / #20180223106

Salt spray-resistant metal-filled infrared reflective coating for aerospace application

The present disclosure relates to highly reflective coating formulations that produce coatings having an average infrared reflectivity ranging from about 75% to about 90% at wavelengths ranging from about 0.5 μm to about 1000 μm, methods for making the coatings and coating mixtures, and substrates comprising such coatings.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/09/18 / #20180223055

Graphene-augmented composite materials

Graphene fibers made from a graphene film formed into an elongated fiber-like shape and composite materials made from the graphene fibers. The elongated fiber-like shape may be the graphene film in a rolled spiral orientation or the graphene film in a twisted formation. ... The Boeing Co

08/09/18 / #20180222632

Flexible configuration system, methods, equipment, and aircraft

A flexible configuration system, method equipment and aircraft are disclosed. This system may use a pallet that includes a load bearing member; and a pallet data network system carried by the load bearing member. ... The Boeing Co

08/09/18 / #20180222605

Dual condenser loop heat pipe for satellites with sun-normal radiators

Systems, methods, and apparatus for dual condenser loop heat pipes for satellites with sun-normal radiators are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, a disclosed method for a satellite thermal management system comprises heating, in an evaporator, a liquid to convert the liquid to a vapor. ... The Boeing Co

08/09/18 / #20180222572

Methods and apparatus for integrating rotary actuators in flight control systems

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

08/09/18 / #20180222571

Aerodynamic control surface and associated trailing edge close-out method

An aerodynamic control surface including an upper panel having an upper panel aft end portion, a lower panel having a lower panel aft end portion, mechanical fasteners connecting the upper panel aft end portion to the lower panel aft end portion, and a fairing having a fairing forward end portion and a fairing aft end portion, wherein the fairing forward end portion is connected to either the upper panel or the lower panel, and wherein the fairing aft end portion is connected to the other of the upper panel or the lower panel.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/09/18 / #20180222157

Rigidized hybrid insulating non-oxide thermal protection system and method of producing a non-oxide ceramic composite for making the same

A thermal protection system is provided for a vehicle substructure. The thermal protection system comprises an outer layer for protecting the vehicle substructure. ... The Boeing Co

08/09/18 / #20180222133

Composite structure and methods of assembling same

A composite structure and method of assembling a composite structure is provided. The composite structure includes a base member having an outer surface and an inner surface. ... The Boeing Co

08/09/18 / #20180222060

End effectors carrying plies of material for shaping by a mandrel

Systems and methods are provided for carrying plies of material. One embodiment is an apparatus that includes an end effector of a robot. ... The Boeing Co

08/09/18 / #20180222053

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

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

08/09/18 / #20180222025

Hybrid tool pins

A re-useable, easily removable tool pin features a non-stick outer surface with a harder inner core configured to be gripped by a removal tool for extraction of the tool pin, without damage, from a mold and from composite plies that may have cured in contact with the tool pin. The tool pin prevents insertion into the mold such that the extractor tool is not attachable to the tool pin. ... The Boeing Co

08/09/18 / #20180222024

Apparatuses and methods for releasing cable ties

A tool 100 comprises chassis 120, slider 110, first jaw 130, second jaw 140 and compression spring 190. Chassis 120 comprises distal end 125, proximal end 126, opposite distal end 125, and distal interior wall 111, facing proximal end 126 of chassis 120. ... The Boeing Co

08/09/18 / #20180221970

Cutting tool

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

08/09/18 / #20180221966

System and method for precisely drilling matched hole patterns using surface mapped features

A system and method is disclosed for performing matched drilling operations on mating first and second workpieces. A microscopic camera is mounted on a movable spindle holding a tool. ... The Boeing Co

08/09/18 / #20180221914

Systems and methods for applying materials to interface areas

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

08/02/18 / #20180220519

Plasma pinch neutron generators and methods of generating neutrons

A neutron generator includes a fuel source configured to provide a neutron-producing fuel. The neutron generator includes a plasma confinement device coupled to the fuel source and configured to generate a z-pinch of the neutron-producing fuel.. ... The Boeing Co

08/02/18 / #20180220453

Hybrid mac protocol, based on contention and reservation, for mobile ad hoc networks with multiple transceivers

A mobile ad hoc network communication system is disclosed with a medium access control (mac) protocol that combines features of contention and reservation to provide a hybrid mac protocol. Gaining initial access to a channel is achieved using random access, such as a carrier sense multiple access (csma) type protocol, in which contention for a channel occurs among users only over available (non-reserved) channels. ... The Boeing Co

08/02/18 / #20180219285

Spherical dielectric lens side-lobe suppression implemented through reducing spherical aberration

A method to mitigate an antenna multipath, rayleigh fading effect. The method includes coupling an antenna on top of a structure, wherein the structure is covered by a radio frequency (rf) radiation absorbing layer, wherein the structure has a shape such that any reflecting surface of the structure is perpendicular to an incoming rf signal. ... The Boeing Co

08/02/18 / #20180219149

Methods of assembling a thermoelectric generator

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

08/02/18 / #20180218820

Magnetic core signal modulation

A electromagnetic device may include a core in which a magnetic flux is generable and an opening through the core. A primary conductor winding may be received in the opening and extend through the core. ... The Boeing Co

08/02/18 / #20180218505

System and method to improve object tracking using tracking fingerprints

A method includes receiving image data at a first tracking system. The image data represents a region in an image of a sequence of images. ... The Boeing Co

08/02/18 / #20180218221

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

08/02/18 / #20180217266

Systems and methods to detect gps spoofing

A method of indicating whether a gps signal received by a vehicle is accurate includes obtaining the gps signal and calculating position information of the vehicle based on the gps signal. The method further includes obtaining position information of another vehicle via a broadcast. ... The Boeing Co

08/02/18 / #20180216775

Isolated human work platform for stabilized positioning of collaborative robotics

An isolated human work platform for stabilized positioning of collaborative robotics. A base platform is provided, and a work platform is positioned above the base platform for supporting one or more humans. ... The Boeing Co

08/02/18 / #20180216355

System for four collaborative robots and humans in a narrowing work envelope

A method and apparatus for supporting collaborative robots and humans in a narrowing work envelope. A base platform is provided, and a work platform is positioned above the base platform for supporting one or more humans, wherein the work platform is narrower than the base platform, and the work platform is positioned relative to the base platform to provide areas for positioning one or more robots on one or more sides of the work platform. ... The Boeing Co

08/02/18 / #20180215590

Belt drive dual robot gantry

A method and apparatus for positioning robots using a gantry. A base platform is provided, and a work platform is positioned above the base platform for supporting one or more humans. ... The Boeing Co

08/02/18 / #20180215535

Systems and methods for controlling an environment within a volume

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

08/02/18 / #20180215487

Triggerless cable tie tension and cut tool

A tool for installing a cable tie has an axial length with no hand grip or trigger projecting laterally from the length of the tool and the tool is activated electronically by a push button to pull the tail of the cable tie and then cut the tail from the cable tie adjacent the head of the cable tie.. . ... The Boeing Co

08/02/18 / #20180215467

Overhead bin with two substantially rigid shelves

An overhead bin comprises a substantially rigid first shelf, bin sides, a substantially rigid second shelf above the first shelf, and a number of doors. The bin sides are connected to and extending upward from sides of the first shelf. ... The Boeing Co

08/02/18 / #20180215108

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

08/02/18 / #20180215100

Distortion prediction and minimisation in additive manufacturing

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

08/02/18 / #20180215071

Apparatus for extruding ceramic slurry

An extruder includes a receptacle for containing material to be extruded. The extruder further includes a dispersion blade positioned within the receptacle and a nozzle secured to the receptacle. ... The Boeing Co

08/02/18 / #20180215053

Cable carrier crossover supplying four non-static locations

A method and apparatus for supplying cables to robots at non-static locations. A base platform is provided, and a work platform is positioned above the base platform for supporting one or more humans. ... The Boeing Co

08/02/18 / #20180215018

Fastener-installation systems and methods

A fastener-installation system is described that includes a driver to drive a fastener into a structure and a fastener feeder to load the fastener into a loaded position of the driver. The fastener feeder includes a fastener magazine to hold a plurality of fasteners. ... The Boeing Co

08/02/18 / #20180214591

Automated decontamination of complex areas

Provided are mobile decontamination units and methods of using such units for decontaminating various areas, such as aircraft cabins. A mobile decontamination unit comprises at least one aerosol dispersing nozzle and at least one aerosol directing fan. ... The Boeing Co

07/26/18 / #20180212412

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

07/26/18 / #20180212410

Apparatus for maintaining wire shielding positioning during electrical component placement

Systems and methods are provided for wire processing. In certain examples, a wire processing system is disclosed. ... The Boeing Co

07/26/18 / #20180212409

Apparatus for cable processing

An apparatus for processing a cable including an insulating member, a shielding layer, and a conductor, the apparatus includes a frame forming a housing having an aperture configured to receive an end portion of the cable; a first gripping member disposed within the housing and being configured to grip the cable; and a second gripping member disposed within the housing and being configured to grip the cable; wherein the second gripping member is mounted within the housing so as to be movable relative to the first gripping member to effect fanning and cutting of a portion of the shielding layer,. . ... The Boeing Co

07/26/18 / #20180212324

Antenna array system for producing dual polarization signals

An antenna array system (“aas”) for directing and steering an antenna beam is described in accordance with the present disclosure. The aas 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

07/26/18 / #20180212319

Non-foster active antenna

In examples, systems and methods for increasing the performance of electrically-small antennas are described. An example system comprises an electrically-small antenna having an antenna feed. ... The Boeing Co

07/26/18 / #20180210466

Aircraft refueling with sun glare prevention

Systems and methods for aircraft refueling with sun glare prevention. One embodiment is a method that includes calculating a future time to position a receiver aircraft via an optical sensor with respect to a supply aircraft for an aerial fuel transfer, and calculating a sun position relative to the position of the receiver aircraft for the future time. ... The Boeing Co

07/26/18 / #20180210313

Electromagnetic effect resistant spatial light modulator

A reconfigurable optical device includes a spatial light modulator and an optical signal generator. The spatial light modulator includes a layer of optically-sensitized carbon nanotubes, and each optically-sensitized carbon nanotube is configured to transition between a conductive state and a semiconductive state responsive to an optical signal. ... The Boeing Co

07/26/18 / #20180210026

Systems and methods for propagating brush discharge testing

Propagating brush discharge testing systems may include a dielectric layer, an initiation electrode, a high-voltage switch, an optical sensor, and a controller. The initiation electrode has an exposed tip positioned adjacent to a surface of the dielectric layer. ... The Boeing Co

07/26/18 / #20180209943

Apparatus, system, and method for inspecting parts

Disclosed herein is an apparatus for inspecting structural integrity of a part. The apparatus includes a body and at least one sensor. ... The Boeing Co

07/26/18 / #20180209938

Apparatus, controller, and method for inspecting a part

Described herein is a method of inspecting a part for defects. The method includes applying an electromagnetic field to the part using a defect detection coil and one or more noise cancelation coils. ... The Boeing Co

07/26/18 / #20180209837

System and method for determining a load capability

In a particular implementation, a method includes generating an initial weight estimate associated with an aircraft based on a reference operational empty weight (oew) and at least one of a latitude or an altitude of the aircraft at a first location. The reference oew is predetermined at a second location that is distinct from the first location. ... The Boeing Co

07/26/18 / #20180209613

Light-converting lighting assembly

A lighting assembly is configured to selectively emit light at a first frequency and light at a second frequency. The lighting assembly includes a light source that is configured to emit the light at the first frequency over a light emission path, a light converter, and an actuator operatively coupled to the light source or the light converter. ... The Boeing Co

07/26/18 / #20180208759

Composite structure having an inorganic coating adhered thereto and method of making same

The present disclosure provides a composite structure and associated method for preparing a composite substrate comprising an inorganic coating that is adhered to an organic-based substrate via an adhesion promoting agent comprising a molecule having a urea moiety at one end of the molecule and an alkoxysilane moiety at the other end of the molecule. The use of adhesion promoting agent having at least one of an amine or imine moiety and an alkoxysilane moiety promotes tight adhesion of the inorganic coating to the substrate.. ... The Boeing Co

07/26/18 / #20180208334

Configurable vehicle seat and method therefore

A conformal seat insert for an adjustable vehicle seat, the conformal seat insert comprising an insert frame, the insert frame having one or more insert reference features for locating the insert frame on a seat frame of the vehicle seat in a predetermined position relative to the seat frame, and a contoured support surface formed in the insert frame, the contoured support surface having a crew reference point corresponding to an acromial point of a shoulder of a seat occupant of the adjustable vehicle seat, the crew reference point being a datum from which an eye position of the seat occupant is established relative to instrumentation of an aerospace vehicle in which the adjustable vehicle seat is located.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/26/18 / #20180208328

Method and system for joining structures

A method includes making a first structure with a first plurality of pre-drilled holes at pre-defined locations, making a second structure with a second plurality of pre-drilled holes at pre-defined locations, making a third structure without pre-drilled full-size holes, measuring the location and orientation of the first and second plurality of pre-drilled holes in the first and second structures, determining the location of a third plurality of holes to be drilled in the third structure that correspond to first and second plurality of pre-drilled holes measured in the first and second structures, creating a program to drill the third plurality of holes in the third structure that align with the measured location and orientation of the first and second plurality of pre-drilled holes in the first and second structures based on the measure location and orientation of the first and second plurality of pre-drilled holes in the first and second structure, drilling the third plurality of holes in the third structure based on the program, positioning the third structure on the first and second structures such that the third plurality of holes in the third structure are aligned with the first and second plurality of pre-drilled holes in the first and second structures, and inserting fasteners through the third plurality of holes and the first and second plurality of predrilled holes that are aligned with the third plurality of holes to secure the second structure to the first structure using the third structure.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/26/18 / #20180208324

Gas-flammability sensing systems and methods

Gas-flammability sensing systems and methods may be used to determine the flammability of gas mixtures in measurement volumes such as a fuel tank (e.g., an aircraft fuel tank). Gas-flammability sensing systems include a test cell structured to receive a gas sample, a heater in thermal communication with the test cell, and a gas meter configured to measure a physical property of the gas sample within the test cell related to the combustion state of the gas sample. ... The Boeing Co

07/26/18 / #20180208320

Galley cart and galley system of an aircraft

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

07/26/18 / #20180208319

Configurable vehicle seat and method therefore

An adjustable vehicle seat includes a seat frame forming a seat back, the seat frame being configured to couple with an aerospace vehicle; a seat pan coupled to the seat frame, where one or more of the seat frame and the seat pan is configured to couple the seat pan to the seat frame in one of a plurality of positions relative to the seat frame so that an eye position of a seat occupant relative to instrumentation within the aerospace vehicle is decoupled from a size of the seat occupant.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/26/18 / #20180208298

Single axle, semi-levered landing gear with shortening mechanism

A semi-levered landing gear including a shock strut configured for coupling to an airframe of an aircraft, a truck lever being rotatably coupled to the shock strut, a tension link assembly having a tension link assembly first end, a tension link assembly second end and at least one tension link assembly rotation axis, the tension link assembly first end being coupled to the shock strut, and the tension link assembly second end being coupled to the truck lever, and a positioning mechanism configured for coupling to one or more of the airframe and the shock strut and being coupled to the tension link assembly, wherein the tension link assembly is configured to rotate the truck lever about the truck pivot axis of rotation between a truck lever extended position and a truck lever stowed position.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/26/18 / #20180208292

Moisture path close-out and thermal control system and methods of assembling same

A moisture control assembly for use with a support beam extending through an insulation layer is provided. The insulation layer is positioned between an outer wall and an inner wall. ... The Boeing Co

07/26/18 / #20180208217

Support systems and methods for a transportation system

A transportation system includes a first support tower, a second support tower, a suspension cable extending between the first and second support towers, and a tube defining an interior channel extending between the first and second support towers. A vehicle is configured to travel through the interior channel. ... The Boeing Co

07/26/18 / #20180208216

Support systems and methods for a transportation system

A transportation system includes a tube defining an interior channel. A vehicle is configured to travel through the interior channel. ... The Boeing Co

07/26/18 / #20180207891

Systems and methods for forming a composite part

In an example, a method for forming a composite part includes, based on a part specification, cutting layers of material in a sequence and positioning the layers to form a stack. For each layer, after positioning the layer and before cutting a next layer in the sequence, the method includes (i) scanning along a length of the layer to determine an image, (ii) determining, based on the image, at least two edges of the layer, (iii) determining, based on the edges, a measured width at locations along the length of the layer, (iv) comparing the measured width at each location to a target width at the location, (v) deciding, based on the comparison, whether to adjust the production process, and (vi) if the decision is to adjust the production process, then adjusting the production process based on the comparison. ... The Boeing Co

07/26/18 / #20180207884

Compound shimming

Disclosed herein is a method. The method includes identifying a first location on a first part to place a first shim tab to form a first portion of a compound shim. ... The Boeing Co

07/26/18 / #20180207851

Extruded deposition of fiber reinforced polymers

A fiber reinforced polymer part is fabricated by rastering a deposition head over a substrate, and additively forming part features by extruding a polymer having an entrained continuous reinforcement from the deposition head onto a substrate.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/26/18 / #20180207840

Mandrel for composite part fabrication and repair

In an example, a mandrel for a composite part includes an upper-mandrel portion, a lower-mandrel portion, and a mid-mandrel portion between the upper-mandrel portion and the lower-mandrel portion. The mandrel also includes a cavity and an exterior surface defined by the upper-mandrel portion, the lower-mandrel portion, and the mid-mandrel portion. ... The Boeing Co

07/26/18 / #20180207759

Methods and apparatus to align threaded fasteners

Example methods and apparatus to align threaded fasteners are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a socket to hold a fastener and a sensor disposed adjacent the socket. ... The Boeing Co

07/26/18 / #20180207749

Method of manufacturing an object from granular material coated with a metallic material and a related article of manufacture

A method of manufacturing an object is disclosed. In some aspects, the method includes selectively heating an initial layer of a composition, including elements of a granular material coated with a metallic material. ... The Boeing Co

07/26/18 / #20180207712

Two-stage riveting

A method and apparatus for installing a fastener. A reactive structural force is generated in a first direction during installation of the fastener. ... The Boeing Co

07/26/18 / #20180207708

Air management of honeycomb composite inserts

A fastener assembly includes a base which defines a bore which extends through the base. The fastener assembly further includes a receptacle wherein the receptacle includes a sidewall wherein the sidewall defines a channel which extends through the receptacle. ... The Boeing Co

07/26/18 / #20180207653

Adjustable cantilevered paint actuation system

A surface treatment assembly for treating a contoured surface includes a surface treatment array formed from a plurality of base structures, each base structure operably coupled to a first phalange structure and a first phalange structure first end. A second phalange structure operatively coupled to each first phalange structure and a phalange joint disposed between each first phalange structure and each second phalange, thereby forming a finger structure. ... The Boeing Co

07/19/18 / #20180202974

Extended reach inspection apparatus

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

07/19/18 / #20180202959

Structural health monitoring system

A structural health monitoring system may include a structural health monitoring device comprising a measuring circuit attachable to a target area of a workpiece. The measuring circuit may be communication with a radio circuit having an antenna configured to facilitate offboard communication. ... The Boeing Co

07/19/18 / #20180202949

X-ray sidescatter inspection of laminates

Systems and methods are provided for detecting gaps in composite parts. One method includes radiating a beam of x-rays in a firing direction towards surface of a multi-layer carbon fiber reinforced polymer (cfrp) part, acquiring data indicating intensity of sidescatter radiation received at an x-ray detector that extends along the cfrp part in the firing direction, and examining the acquired data for gaps at the cfrp part based on differences in intensity indicated by the data.. ... The Boeing Co

07/19/18 / #20180202910

System and method for loading a test asset

A test structure includes a frame, a shear reduction plate configured to couple to a first end of a test asset, and multiple rockers. Each rocker includes a first end that has a curved contact surface configured to contact the shear reduction plate and a second end having a connector movably coupled to the frame and configured to pivot, responsive to a bending moment applied to the test asset, such that the curved contact surface rocks in contact with the shear reduction plate.. ... The Boeing Co

07/19/18 / #20180202834

System and method for gyro rate computation for a coriolis vibrating gyroscope

In accordance with one or more aspects of the present disclosure, a method including supplying a first voltage input to a coriolis vibratory gyroscope at a first bias voltage; supplying a second voltage input to the coriolis vibratory gyroscope at a second bias voltage, the second bias voltage being different than the first bias voltage; detecting a difference in responses of the coriolis vibratory gyroscope due to the first bias voltage and the second bias voltage; and determining a gyro rate of the coriolis vibratory gyroscope as a function of the difference in responses and a correction term.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/19/18 / #20180202392

Optical heat exchanger and associated method

An optical heat exchanger and an associated system and method are provided to allow a vehicle, such as an unmanned air vehicle, a rocket or the like, to deliver more payload at a lower cost. The optical heat exchanger includes a support surface defining a plurality of tapered openings. ... The Boeing Co

07/19/18 / #20180202313

Flexible band electrical component mounts and methods

Systems and methods are provided for a flexible band electrical component mount that includes a flexible band configured to receive one or more electrical components. The flexible band may be configured to couple to and/or wrap around at least a portion of an aircraft propulsor. ... The Boeing Co

07/19/18 / #20180202080

Multi-part filaments for additive manufacturing and related systems and methods

Multi-part filaments for additive manufacturing comprise an elongate filament body. The elongate filament body comprises a first body part extending longitudinally along the elongate filament body, and a second body part extending longitudinally along the elongate filament body. ... The Boeing Co

07/19/18 / #20180201396

Multiple space vehicle launch system

A space vehicle system, a method of manufacturing a multiple space vehicle launch system, and a method to transmit a launch load between space vehicles during a launch are disclosed. The space vehicle system may include a first space vehicle including a first core structure, a second space vehicle including a second core structure releasably attached to the first space vehicle in a stacked configuration, a first solar array supported by the first core structure, the first core structure extending beyond a lower edge of the first solar array, and a second solar array supported by the second core structure, the second core structure extending beyond an upper edge of the second solar array.. ... The Boeing Co

07/19/18 / #20180201390

Remote optical control surface indication system

A remote optical control surface indication system comprising mechanisms configured to engage heads of respective fasteners that attach an alignment indexing plate to a vehicular structure having a control surface coupled thereto. The system further comprises: a camera having a field of view that encompasses a portion of an end face of the control surface when the mechanisms are engaged with the fasteners and when the control surface is in a neutral position; a source of light that is activatable to project light that illuminates the end face of the control surface; a display screen comprising an array of pixels; and a computing system configured to process image data captured by the camera to determine a current position of a centerline of the end face of the control surface relative to a baseline position and control the display screen to display symbology indicating the current position relative to the baseline position.. ... The Boeing Co

07/19/18 / #20180201359

Insulation system

An insulation system comprises a first insulation blanket and a second insulation blanket. The first insulation blanket extends circumferentially within a curved body. ... The Boeing Co

07/19/18 / #20180201357

Continuous insulation blanket cap strip assemblies and methods of using same

A blanket assembly for use in at least one bay and with at least one frame member of an aircraft, the assembly including an insulation blanket. The insulation blanket includes a bay section sized and shaped to fit within the bay and of sufficient thickness to provide insulation to the bay, a return section disposed on a first side of the bay section; and a cap section disposed on a second side of the bay section, opposite the first side. ... The Boeing Co

07/19/18 / #20180201029

System for printing images on a surface and method thereof

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

07/19/18 / #20180201008

Splices comprising honeycomb cores supported by tie clips and methods of forming thereof

Provided are splices comprising honeycomb cores and adhesive layers with tie clips supporting the honeycomb cores. Also provided are methods of forming such splices. ... The Boeing Co

07/19/18 / #20180199743

Tray table trays

Trays for tray tables that prevent liquid spilled on a top surface of the trays from spreading over edges of the trays. A casing having a top surface with at least one aperture through the top surface, a receptacle within the casing positioned below the aperture in the top surface configured to receive an absorbent pad that can be removably positioned in the receptacle below the aperture to be in communication with the top surface of the tray. ... The Boeing Co

07/12/18 / #20180199122

Apparatuses and methods for acoustically exciting a face panel of a stowage bin inside a vehicle

. . A media system for a vehicle having a chassis comprises an electroacoustic transducer, integrated into a face panel of a stowage bin inside the vehicle. The stowage bin comprises a mounting structure that is stationary relative to the chassis of the vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

07/12/18 / #20180198054

Piezoelectric bimorph disk outer boundary design and method for performance optimization

A bimorph disk actuator is disclosed including a substrate formed from a substrate composite material and having a first substrate surface and a second substrate surface, a first piezoceramic disk rigidly connected to the first substrate surface of the substrate, a second piezoceramic disk rigidly connected to the second substrate surface of the substrate, and a first composite ring formed from a first ring composite material, rigidly connected to the first substrate surface and surrounding the first piezoceramic disk. A second composite may be rigidly connected to the second substrate surface and surrounding the second piezoceramic disk. ... The Boeing Co

07/12/18 / #20180196119

High speed, three-dimensional locating

A disclosed method for a locating system comprises transmitting, by at least two transmitters on each of at least one transmitter platform, at least one signal, where each of the signals transmitted from a different transmitter is modulated at a different oscillation frequency, and the distance between the transmitters on each of the transmitter platforms is known. The method further comprises receiving, by a detector(s) on each of a target platform(s), the signal(s). ... The Boeing Co

07/12/18 / #20180195691

Electromagnetic radiation shielding assembly

An method for making a shielding assembly includes the steps of: forming a plurality of active layers, wherein each active layer of the plurality of active layers includes a base material and a fluorescent molecule; and forming a multi-layer laminate including the plurality of active layers.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/12/18 / #20180194971

Ergonomic adhesive noodle applicator

Apparatus and methods for manually applying flexible noodles (e.g., noodles made of adhesive material) to a workpiece (e.g., a composite part) during production or construction. The noodle is fed out over a series of upright rolls and rollers to the target area. ... The Boeing Co

07/12/18 / #20180194949

Sol-gel coating compositions including corrosion inhibitor-encapsulated layered metal phosphates and related processes

A layered tetravalent metal phosphate composition (e.g., a layered zirconium phosphate composition) and a first corrosion inhibitor (e.g., cerium (iii), a vanadate, a molybdate, a tungstate, a manganous, a manganate, a permanganate, an aluminate, a phosphonate, a thiazole, a triazole, and/or an imidazole) is dispersed in an aqueous solution and stirred to form a first solution. A precipitate of the first solution is collected and washed to form a first corrosion inhibiting material (cim), which includes the first corrosion inhibitor intercalated in the layered tetravalent metal phosphate composition. ... The Boeing Co

07/12/18 / #20180194495

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

07/12/18 / #20180194468

Cargo handling systems and methods

A cargo handling system is configured to load and unload a cargo container with respect to a cargo holding area of a vehicle. The cargo handling system includes parallel roller tracks extending from a floor. ... The Boeing Co

07/12/18 / #20180194456

Temperature sensitive self actuated heat boundary layer control device

A method and apparatus for a boundary layer control device located relative to an aircraft structure. The boundary layer control device has a stowed position and a deployed position. ... The Boeing Co

07/12/18 / #20180194450

Systems and methods for controlling moisture ingress in aircraft skin mounted electronics

A system for controlling moisture ingress in aircraft skin mounted electronics, comprising: a moisture diverter comprising a substantially planar base flange, configured to sealingly engage an underlying surface of an interior structure of an aircraft, and, a shroud having a moisture impermeable wall extending inboard from the base flange and defining an enclosure therein for enclosing an electrical connector.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/12/18 / #20180194073

Composite structures having bondlines with matched electrical conductivity

Two composite laminates are joined together by a bondline having portions exposed to the ambient environment. The bondline contains scrim having an electrical conductivity and impedance matched to that of the laminates in order to mitigate effects of lightning strikes.. ... The Boeing Co

07/12/18 / #20180193900

Blind tack bolt with higher clamp-up strength

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

07/12/18 / #20180193870

Automated maskless paint applicator

An applicator assembly for treating a surface includes a material applicator configured to dispense a treatment material on a surface and an applicator clamp configured to support and position a dispensing end of the material applicator. An applicator tip is inserted into a dispensing aperture formed in the applicator clamp, and the applicator tip is configured to receive the treatment material from the dispensing end of the material applicator. ... The Boeing Co

07/05/18 / #20180190851

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

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

07/05/18 / #20180190850

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

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

07/05/18 / #20180190048

Reducing nuisance fault indications from a vehicle using physics based and data driven models

An off-board apparatus is provided for reducing nuisance fault indications from a vehicle. The apparatus is communicably coupled to a vehicle health monitoring (vhm) system, or one or more vehicle systems for at least collecting and communicating data thereto such as data that indicates fault generated by a line replaceable unit of the vehicle in response to a built-in test. ... The Boeing Co

07/05/18 / #20180189746

Duty block time control via statistical analysis

Method and apparatus for statistically determining buffers for time variances for scheduled operations. Buffers for a particular operation can be based on a statistical analysis of past instances of the specific operation, and a buffer can be applied based on a selected statistical confidence interval. ... The Boeing Co

07/05/18 / #20180188215

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

07/05/18 / #20180188024

Detachable protective coverings and protection methods

A detachable hazard detection device includes a protective covering configured to detachably couple to an article. A plurality of proximity sensors are coupled to the protective covering. ... The Boeing Co

07/05/18 / #20180187979

Heat pipe with non-uniform cross-section

A heat pipe comprises a tube and protrusions. The tube has an internal surface, an external surface, and a length running from a first end to a second end. ... The Boeing Co

07/05/18 / #20180187710

Method of making 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

07/05/18 / #20180186140

Methods and apparatus to form venting pathways in pressure sensitive adhesives for laminate stacks

Methods and apparatus to form venting pathways in pressure sensitive adhesives for laminate stacks are disclosed. An example method includes forming a laminate stack including a gas permeable nonwoven layer and a pressure sensitive adhesive layer, a surface of the pressure sensitive adhesive layer facing a surface of the gas permeable nonwoven layer, and processing the laminate stack such that a plurality of venting pathways are formed in the pressure sensitive adhesive layer to enable trapped gas to pass through the pressure sensitive adhesive layer.. ... The Boeing Co

07/05/18 / #20180186137

Self-indicating backing paper and methods for use

Example systems and methods are described including backing paper for use with uncured pre-impregnated material. An example system includes a backing paper having a first surface and a second surface. ... The Boeing Co

07/05/18 / #20180186099

Forming composite features using steered discontinuous fiber pre-preg

Interlaminar features of a composite structure are laid up by placing and steering individual chopped fiber pre-preg segments onto a substrate.. . ... The Boeing Co

07/05/18 / #20180185976

Method and device for removing material from a substrate

A material removal device for removing material from a substrate includes a holder extending between first and second sides and a grinding wheel supported by the holder and being operable to remove the material from the substrate. The holder has a guide frame at the first side and a support frame at the second side. ... The Boeing Co

07/05/18 / #20180185891

Large-area selective ablation systems and methods

A method (200) of using a laser ablation system (100) to clean an area (130) of a surface (128) with a laser beam (120), having a target fluence and a target irradiance. The area (130) comprises scan regions (136), each having a scan width (140). ... The Boeing Co

06/28/18 / #20180184016

Active real-time characterization system using fiber optic-based transmission media

A system for providing active real-time characterization of an article under test is disclosed. An infrared light source, a first visible light source and a second visible light source each outputs and directs a beam of coherent light at a particular area on the article under test via respective optical fibers. ... The Boeing Co

06/28/18 / #20180183980

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

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

06/28/18 / #20180183085

Electrical power distribution system and method for a grid-tied reversible solid oxide fuel cell system

A reversible solid oxide fuel cell (rsofc) system includes a reversible solid oxide fuel cell (rsofc) unit, a bi-directional alternating current/direct current (ac/dc) converter, coupled to the rsofc unit, a common bus, coupled to the bi-directional ac/dc converter and to a power grid, and a plurality of rsofc subsystems, coupled to receive power only through the common bus. The rsofc unit has a fuel cell mode, wherein the rsofc unit produces electrical power from fuel, and an electrolysis mode, wherein the rsofc unit consumes electrical power to produce the fuel. ... The Boeing Co

06/28/18 / #20180179056

Composite material containing graphene

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

06/28/18 / #20180178709

Cargo restraint system

An apparatus, a vehicle and a method for securing intermodal cargo containers is provided. Couplers include pins and bottom supports to engage apertures and bottom surfaces of corner fittings for intermodal cargo containers. ... The Boeing Co

06/28/18 / #20180178583

Positioning systems

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

06/21/18 / #20180176011

Method and system for generation of cipher round keys by bit-mixers

. . System and methods for generating round keys for a cryptographic operation are disclosed. The systems and method can use logic circuits that are operable to: obtain first inputs and second inputs; perform a bit-mixer operation on each of the first inputs and the second inputs; and generate round keys based on the performing. ... The Boeing Co

06/21/18 / #20180175632

Methods for steering a magnetic field for smart wireless power transmission

Systems and methods for mitigating constraints associated with wireless power transmission in applications where the position and orientation of the desired magnetic field changes over time, for example, because the position and orientation of the receiver being powered changes over time or because different receivers having different positions and orientations are being powered at different times. In accordance with some embodiments, the system employs a plurality of wireless power transmitters in a defined space, each transmitter consisting of individual coils oriented orthogonally relative to each other. ... The Boeing Co

06/21/18 / #20180175496

Adjacent antenna interference mitigation

A system for mitigating radio frequency interference includes a multiple patch antenna array including a multiplicity of patch antenna elements. The multiple patch antenna array is positioned relative to an interfering antenna such that signals from the interfering antenna cause interference with the multiple patch antenna array. ... The Boeing Co

06/21/18 / #20180174715

Automated wire processing system and methods

Systems and methods are provided for wire processing. In certain examples, a wire processing system may be disclosed. ... The Boeing Co

06/21/18 / #20180174714

Automated wire processing system and methods

Systems and methods are provided for wire processing. In certain examples, a wire processing system may be disclosed. ... The Boeing Co

06/21/18 / #20180174712

Automated wire processing system and methods

Systems and methods are provided for wire processing. In certain examples, a wire processing system may be disclosed. ... The Boeing Co

06/21/18 / #20180174470

Systems and methods for establishing a flight pattern adjacent to a target for a vehicle to follow

An example method of establishing a flight pattern adjacent to a target for an aerial vehicle to follow includes determining a stand-off distance to the target. The stand-off distance indicates a distance from the target at a point along the flight pattern. ... The Boeing Co

06/21/18 / #20180174312

Method and apparatus for raw sensor image enhancement through georegistration

A method and apparatus for generating an image from raw sensor data. In one embodiment, the method comprises reading the raw sensor data from a sensor, the raw sensor data taken from a sensor at a sensor inertial state, generating an estimate of the sensor inertial state, retaining the raw sensor data while performing steps comprising: generating an image, the image generated at least in part from the estimated sensor inertial state and the raw sensor data and generating an updated estimate of the sensor inertial state, the updated estimate of the sensor inertial state generated at least in part from the generated image and the estimated sensor inertial state. ... The Boeing Co

06/21/18 / #20180173962

System for displaying the status of use of aircraft overhead luggage storage bins

A system and method are disclosed for displaying the storage status of overhead luggage storage bins in an aircraft. A camera is provided that is mounted with a field of view directed at an inner portion of a group of open bins. ... The Boeing Co

06/21/18 / #20180172822

Method and apparatus for multiple raw sensor image enhancement through georegistration

A method and apparatus for generating an image from raw sensor data. In one embodiment, the method comprises reading a plurality of raw sensor data sets from one or more sensors at a plurality of sensor inertial states, generating an estimate of each of the plurality of sensor inertial states, and while retaining each of the raw sensor data sets, generating an image, the image generated at least in part from the plurality of estimated sensor inertial states and the plurality of raw sensor data sets, and generating an updated estimate of at least one of the sensor inertial states, the updated estimate of the at least one of the sensor inertial states generated at least in part from the generated image and the plurality of estimated sensor inertial states. ... The Boeing Co

06/21/18 / #20180172645

Methods for creating a wrinkle reference standard for use in inspecting composite structures

Methods, systems and components made according to the methods and systems, are disclosed relating to making inspection reference standards for the non-invasive inspection of composite materials.. . ... The Boeing Co

06/21/18 / #20180172576

Methods and apparatus for conducting particle erosion tests of vehicle surfaces

Methods and apparatus for conducting particle erosion tests of vehicle surfaces are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a particle dispersion chamber. ... The Boeing Co

06/21/18 / #20180172549

Test fixture for tensioning and cooling an article

A test fixture for securing a test article is disclosed. The test fixture comprises a frame, an upper grip, a lower grip, a tensioner assembly, and a cooling assembly. ... The Boeing Co

06/21/18 / #20180172548

Non-destructive leak source detection and identification for complex bagging in conjunction with flow measurement systems

Testing of vacuum bags used in manufacturing of complex co-cure composite structures provides leak detection that allows an operator to identify leaks within a custom vacuum bag without further damaging the bag, such as by cutting vacuum ports into the bag. Such leak detection can allow the operator to find and repair the leak or, if not repairable or at a location of the bag for which repair is not feasible, take other corrective action.. ... The Boeing Co

06/21/18 / #20180172172

Fluid flow control device

Disclosed herein is a flow control device. The flow control device comprises a sheet made from a shape memory alloy. ... The Boeing Co

06/21/18 / #20180171990

Deforming shape memory alloy using self-regulating thermal elements

Disclosed herein is an actuator for effectuating a shape memory alloy (sma). The actuator includes a body including shape memory alloy. ... The Boeing Co

06/21/18 / #20180171664

Apparatuses and methods for cowl latch indication

A latch indication assembly includes a latch and an indicator assembly. The latch is movable between a locked position and an unlocked position, and is configured to secure a fan cowl of an aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

06/21/18 / #20180170576

Conductive fastening system for composite structures

A conductive fastener system for connecting a composite structure to a support structure includes a composite structure hole that extends through the composite structure and shares a common axis with a support structure hole that extends at least partially through the support structure. A fastener comprising a shank having an outer surface passes through the composite structure hole and at least partially through the support structure hole and provides an annular space between the outer surface of the shank and the inner surface of the composite structure hole. ... The Boeing Co

06/21/18 / #20180170570

Aircraft refueling boom soft limits control

A control system for an aircraft refueling boom controls the movements of the boom in certain areas in a total field of movement volume of possible boom movements based on the location of the boom in the total field of movement volume and based on the current rate of movement of the boom in the total field of movement volume.. . ... The Boeing Co

06/21/18 / #20180170562

Enhanced performance jet engine mounting struts

In one example, 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 including 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

06/21/18 / #20180170560

Boundary layer ingestion integration

Systems and methods for integrating boundary layer ingestion (bli) apparatus into an aircraft (1) are disclosed. The longerons (34) in the aft fuselage (18) may be extended to support an aft propulsor (20). ... The Boeing Co

06/21/18 / #20180170536

Rotor/wing aircraft including vectorable nozzle

A method of operating an aircraft having a rotor/wing assembly and a nozzle comprises vectoring the nozzle into a position for creating vertical thrust, and using the rotor/wing assembly and the nozzle together to create vertical thrust during a rotary mode of operation.. . ... The Boeing Co

06/21/18 / #20180170526

Methods and apparatus to extend a leading-edge vortex of a highly-swept aircraft wing

Methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture to extend a leading-edge vortex of a highly-swept wing aircraft wing are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a shoulder wing coupled to a fuselage of an aircraft above a highly-swept wing of the aircraft, the shoulder wing operative in a first position to extend a leading-edge vortex spanwise along the highly-swept wing of the aircraft.. ... The Boeing Co

06/21/18 / #20180170518

Methods and apparatus to validate an aircraft control system command

Methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture to validate an aircraft control system command are disclosed. An example apparatus disclosed herein includes a detection module to determine a status of a component of a folding wingtip assembly operatively coupled to a wing of an aircraft and determine a flight stage of the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

06/21/18 / #20180170516

Methods and apparatus to control and monitor a folding wingtip actuation system

Methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture to control and monitor a folding wingtip actuation system are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a collection module to obtain flight stage information of an aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

06/21/18 / #20180170515

Wing flap deflection control removal

A high-lift device surface and associated method of designing the high-lift device surface is described. The flap can be attached to a wing on aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

06/21/18 / #20180169991

Flexible compactor with reinforcing spine

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

06/21/18 / #20180169971

Fused filament fabrication machine

A fused filament fabrication (fff) machine includes a cabinet defining a build chamber for building a workpiece including a part and a sacrificial tower for the part at a build location. A head assembly has a filament dispenser for dispensing media through a liquefier tip at the build location during a build process. ... The Boeing Co

06/21/18 / #20180169930

Interlayer-toughened filament-wound composite structure

Disclosed herein is a method for filament winding. The method includes bonding a veil material to the unidirectional fabric to veil-stabilize the unidirectional fabric. ... The Boeing Co

06/21/18 / #20180169807

Modular and reconfigurable support system

An apparatus and method for supporting an object. In one illustrative embodiment, an apparatus may comprise a support structure, a positioning system, and a retention system. ... The Boeing Co

06/21/18 / #20180169687

Variable cross-section compliance mechanism

A surface treatment support structure assembly for treating a contoured surface includes a support structure array formed from a plurality of base structures, each base structure being operably coupled with respect to one another and configured to slide along a longitudinal axis and rotate about a laterally translating axis which is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. The support structure array further includes at least one applicator head coupled to each base structure of the support structure array, each of the at least one applicator head being configured to treat the contoured surface. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180167864

Multi-hop networking protocol for wide-area energy harvesting sensor network deployments

The present invention provides an ehsn communication protocol that uses a beaconing scheme to facilitate communication between multiple low power sensor nodes. In the illustrative embodiment, the desired sensor data flows through a series of sensor nodes from the origin sensor to a destination node through a set of intermediate relay nodes. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180167391

Authenticating an aircraft data exchange using detected differences of onboard electronics

Systems and methods are provided for authenticating aircraft communications using detected difference of on board electronics. One embodiment is a method that includes detecting a request for an exchange of data between an aircraft and an off-board system, and selecting a line replaceable unit (lru) of the aircraft based on at least one parameter of the request. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180167102

Phased array beam tracking using beam gain coding

A system for phased array signal beam tracking includes a phased array transmitter configurable for transmitting a signal beam at a selected transmit beam angle from a plurality of different transmit beam angles. The system also includes a beam gain angle coding assembly configured for modulation of a gain of the signal beam to produce a resulting gain profile of the signal beam. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180166779

Phased array antennas for high altitude platforms

An aircraft includes a fuselage, wings coupled to the fuselage, and a transceiver. The aircraft further includes a plurality of planar phased array antennas coupled to the transceiver and fixedly attached to the fuselage or to at least one of the wings. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180166602

Multijunction solar cell having patterned emitter and method of making the solar cell

A multijunction solar cell includes a base substrate comprising a group iv semiconductor and a dopant of a first carrier type. A patterned emitter is formed at a first surface of the base substrate. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180165983

Sonar target simulator

A sonar target simulator (“sts”) for training a sonar operator is disclosed. The sts is configured to create a plurality of simulated scenarios within a gaming area having a plurality of environments. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180165979

Electronic device and method for debriefing evidence-based training sessions

An electronic device for collecting evidence during training sessions. The electronic device comprises a communications module for acquiring real-time training session data during a training session; a real-time data acquisition module for generating time-stamped training session data; an input unit for acquiring instructor rating data input by an instructor during the training session; a real-time instructor rating module for generating time-stamped instructor rating data; a storing module for storing real-time data of the training session in a data repository, including the time-stamped training session data and the time-stamped instructor rating data; a debriefing module for retrieving real-time data of a training session from the data repository, replay the real-time data on a display, and update the instructor rating data in the data repository with updated instructor rating data received from an instructor during the replay.. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180165978

System and method for interactive cognitive task assistance

A cognitive assistant that allows a maintainer to speak to an application using natural language is disclosed. The maintainer can quickly interact with an application hands-free without the need to use complex user interfaces or memorized voice commands. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180165975

Runway exiting systems and methods for aircraft

A runway exiting system is configured to determine a suitable exit off of a runway for an aircraft. The runway exiting system includes a housing, and one or more processors within the housing that are configured to determine a current position of the aircraft on the runway, determine a current rate of deceleration of the aircraft on the runway, and determine the suitable exit off of the runway for the aircraft based, at least in part, on the current position of the aircraft on the runway and the current rate of deceleration of the aircraft on the runway.. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180165968

Flight plan analysis systems and methods for unmanned aerial vehicles

A flight plan analysis system is configured to determine a flight plan decision regarding a proposed flight plan for an unmanned aerial vehicle (uav). The flight plan analysis system includes a flight plan database that stores risk factor data, and a flight plan analysis unit communicatively coupled to the flight plan database. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180165934

Automated object and activity tracking in a live video feed

An apparatus is provided for automated object and activity tracking in a live video feed. The apparatus receives and processes a live video feed to identify a plurality of objects and activities therein. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180165894

Vehicle system prognosis device and method

A method for determining a vehicle system prognosis includes detecting a predetermined characteristic of a vehicle with one or more sensors, obtaining a plurality of sensor signals corresponding to the predetermined characteristic, receiving the plurality of sensor signals from the one or more sensors and determining an input time series of data based on the sensor signals, generating, a matrix of time series data based on the input time series of data, clustering the matrix of time series data based on predetermined clustering criteria into a predetermined number of clusters, generating a sparse temporal matrix based on the predetermined number of clusters, extracting extracted features that are indicative of an operation of a vehicle system from the sparse temporal matrix and determining an operational status of the vehicle system based on the extracted features, and communicating the operational status of the vehicle system to an operator or crew member of the vehicle.. . ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180165826

Intra-sensor relative positioning

An example system for determining relative position information includes a plurality of positioning devices for determining relative position data within a three-dimensional space, each positioning device having a line of sight. The relative position data determined via each positioning device includes relative position data with respect to the positioning device for each other positioning device within its line of sight. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180165522

Target object recognition in infrared images

A method and apparatus for recognizing target objects. The method comprises identifying a group of target objects in an image. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180164775

Robotic task system

A method for implementing machining tasks for an object. The method identifies location coordinates for a plurality of holes. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180164441

Accelerated satellite acquisition scheme

A user terminal includes a reconfigurable phased array antenna having a plurality of antenna elements. The user terminal is operable for: broadening a field of regard of the reconfigurable phased array antenna; receiving signals from a plurality of satellites within the field of regard using the reconfigurable phased array antenna; determining one or more attributes of the received signals for each of the satellites; and selecting one of the plurality of satellites for communication based on the attributes of the received signals. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180164140

Systems and methods for installation of sensors for fuel quantity indicating systems

An example system includes a fuel tank, fittings mounted through a wall of the fuel tank, and optical sensors positioned within the fittings. A respective optical sensor includes a first pressure sensing end inserted through a fitting and internally into the fuel tank and a second end extending externally from the fuel tank. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180164096

Dynamic dimensional measurement system

A system for determining an optimal clocking orientation of an object at which to attach mating structure to the object includes a plurality of radiation devices mounted on an object, a plurality of transceivers configured to emit radiation toward the object, and a processor. The object potentially has a first as-built object configuration that differs from an as-designed object configuration. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180163754

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

06/14/18 / #20180163297

System and process for chemical vapor deposition

A chemical vapor deposition method comprises flowing a carrier liquid through a reactor. A fluid comprising one or more reactants is introduced into the carrier liquid. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180162591

Pallet for transporting electrical connectors

A pallet, manufacturing system, and method for transporting and assembling different electrical connectors are provided. The pallet includes first and second jaw assemblies spaced apart from a connector support. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180162561

Systems and methods for deploying spacecraft

In an example, a spacecraft system includes a plurality of spacecraft in a stack. The stack has one or more layers, each layer includes at least two spacecraft, and each spacecraft is releasably coupled to one or more adjacent spacecraft in the stack. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180162556

Nano-energetic applications for aircraft

A non-destructive examination (nde) system for use on a structural element comprises nano-energetic actuators configured for creating a controlled combustion in response to thermal energy, thereby inducing vibrations in a surface of the structural element. The nde system further comprises sensors configured for measuring the vibrations induced in the surface of the structural element and generating vibration data. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180162543

Noncombustible gas distribution methods and systems on aircraft

A noncombustible gas distribution method includes distributing noncombustible gas to a center wing tank throughout a continuous, first flight period and, as a result, reducing flammability exposure time during the first flight period or during a subsequent flight period. The method includes not distributing noncombustible gas to left and right main wing tanks while the noncombustible gas is distributed to the center wing tank throughout the first flight period and while the left and right main wing tanks are non-flammable. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180162542

Liner assembly, engine housing, and methods of assembling the same

A liner assembly includes a core and a septum coupled to the core. The liner assembly also includes a facesheet coupled to the septum. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180162541

Variable incident nacelle apparatus and methods

Variable incident nacelle apparatus and methods are disclosed herein. An apparatus for varying an incident angle of a nacelle of an aircraft engine relative to an aircraft wing comprises a pylon frame member to be rigidly coupled to the aircraft engine. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180162528

Aerial launch and/or recovery for unmanned aircraft, and associated systems and methods

Aerial launch and/or recovery for unmanned aircraft, and associated systems and methods. A representative system includes a first, carrier aircraft having an airframe a propulsion system carried by the airframe and positioned to support the carrier aircraft in hover, and a capture line carried by the carrier aircraft and deployable to hang from the carrier aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180162527

Unmanned aerial system targeting

An unmanned aerial system (uas) includes a body and a lift and propulsion system coupled to the body. The uas includes a weapon coupled to the body. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180162512

Apparatuses and methods for aerodynamic window assemblies

A window assembly for an aircraft is provided that includes a windshield, a side window, a post, and an airflow surface. The windshield is oriented toward a front of the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180162511

Moisture diversion systems and methods of using same

A moisture diversion system of an aircraft for capturing moisture from at least one internal aircraft structure or at least one gap, the moisture diversion system comprising: a drip shield with an upper surface having a concave shape, at least one moisture channel disposed in the upper surface of the drip shield, the drip shield being in a moisture capturing orientation under the at least one internal aircraft structure or the at least one gap.. . ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180162510

Stringer-frame intersection of aircraft body

Disclosed herein is a body of a mobile vehicle. The body includes skin, a stringer, and a frame. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180162112

Septumization of cellular cores

A composite acoustic liner has a septumized cellular core. Septa are installed in the core as the individual core cells are being formed. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180162103

Stiffening elements and methods of using stiffening elements in current return networks

A stiffening element that includes one or more integral current flowpaths may include: a first layer including carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic plies; a second layer including one or more glass-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic plies; and/or a third layer including aluminum. The third layer may form an outer surface of the stiffening element. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180162102

Laminate structures comprising fiber-reinforced thermoplastic prepreg plies

A laminate structure may include: an aluminum layer; a glass composite layer adjacent to the aluminum layer; and/or a carbon composite layer adjacent to the glass composite layer, opposite to the aluminum layer. The glass composite layer may include one or more glass-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic prepreg plies. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180162101

Material systems and methods of manufacturing material systems

A material system may include: an aluminum layer; a glass composite layer adjacent to the first aluminum layer; and a carbon composite layer adjacent to the first glass composite layer, and opposite to the first aluminum layer. A method of manufacturing a material system may include: stacking an aluminum layer, glass composite layer that may include thermoplastic prepreg plies, and carbon composite layer so that the aluminum layer is adjacent to the glass composite layer, and the glass composite layer is adjacent to the carbon composite layer; and consolidating the thermoplastic prepreg plies to soften the aluminum layer. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180162092

Fiber-modified interlayer for a composite structure and method of manufacture

A fiber-modified interlayer includes a nonwoven fabric layer formed of continuous fibers, and discontinuous fibers attached to the nonwoven fabric, the fiber-modified interlayer is attached to at least one reinforcing layer of structural tows to form an interlayer-toughened reinforcing fabric, at least one layer of the interlayer-toughened reinforcing fabric is infused with a matrix material and cured to form a composite structure.. . ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180162075

Systems and methods for making prepreg composite sheets including contoured charges

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

06/14/18 / #20180162072

Automated resin and fiber deposition for resin infusion

A composite structure is fabricated by laying up at least one ply of fiber reinforcement and at least one layer of resin on a tool. The resin film layer is formed by laying strips of resin film. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180162039

Method for fabricating thermoplastic sandwich structural panel using thermoforming and compression molding

A method for making a structural sandwich panel includes the steps of positioning a first and second thermoplastic skin elements in overlying relationship with respect to a heated male and heated female die molds respectively. A first pressure reduction is applied between the first thermoplastic skin element and the heated male die mold and a second pressure reduction is applied between the second thermoplastic and the heated female die mold. ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180161802

Sealant-applicator tip and method for applying a sealant material

A sealant-applicator tip (100) comprises a body (102), having a plane of symmetry (104) and comprising an inlet opening (106). The sealant-applicator tip (100) also comprises a head (108), extending from the body (102) opposite the inlet opening (106). ... The Boeing Co

06/14/18 / #20180161738

Device for efficient mixing of laminar, low-velocity fluids

A gas delivery system and method for delivering reactants such as a first gas through a first conduit and a second gas through at least one second conduit, for example, through a plurality of second conduits. The plurality of second conduits may each have a length, wherein at least a portion of the length is entirely disposed within the first conduit. ... The Boeing Co

06/07/18 / #20180160567

System and method for cryogenic cooling of electromagnetic induction filter

Provided is a cooling device, and methods of fabricating and operating such cooling devices, for electromagnetic induction (emi) filters. Specifically, a cooling device is provided which comprises a housing enclosing the electromagnetic induction filter. ... The Boeing Co

06/07/18 / #20180160050

Automated local positioning system calibration using optically readable markers

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

06/07/18 / #20180159288

Apparatuses and methods for manipulating a wire

An apparatus (100) for manipulating a wire (400) comprises a first lever (102) and a second lever (202). The first lever (102) comprises a first tip-support portion (112), a first handle portion (118), and a first hinge portion (108). ... The Boeing Co

06/07/18 / #20180158966

Thermal management system for controlling the temperature of a reflective surface having a solar concentrator array

A thermal management system (“tms”) for controlling the temperature of a selective reflective panel is disclosed. The tms includes a solar concentrator array, a temperature sensor, and a controller. ... The Boeing Co

06/07/18 / #20180158754

High power thermally conductive radio frequency absorbers

Radio frequency (“rf”) absorbing devices used as rf termination devices or free space absorbers, for example, are formed with a planar wafer made of an inorganic thermally conductive material. The planar wafer has a first surface and a second surface opposite the first surface. ... The Boeing Co

06/07/18 / #20180157455

Synchronized side-by-side display of live video and corresponding virtual environment images

Systems and methods for synchronized display of visualizations of three-dimensional (3-d) models and video images of aircraft for use in assembly of an aircraft. A video display process is configured to process the video image data so that the video images will have a user-selected viewpoint when displayed. ... The Boeing Co

06/07/18 / #20180157221

Control system having variable gain feed forward (vgff) control

A system for controlling a plurality of actuators is disclosed. The system includes at least one device for operating the plurality of actuators, at least one processor in communication with the device, and a memory coupled the processor. ... The Boeing Co

06/07/18 / #20180156689

Tunable mass damper characterization test stand

A test stand for characterization of a tunable mass damper may include (a) a support base including a stop member, (b) a test plate coupled to the support base, with the test plate configured to move relative to the support base and to fixedly carry a tunable mass damper, (c) a spring coupled to the support base and the test plate, (d) a lever configured to be releasably coupled to the test plate and to move the test plate relative to the support base against the urging of the spring, and (e) a latch mechanism configured to release the test plate from the lever when the test plate is at a predetermined position relative to the support base. The motion of the test plate, after the test plate has been released by the latch mechanism, may be halted by the stop member of the support base.. ... The Boeing Co

06/07/18 / #20180156679

Method and apparatus for measuring a preload of a fastener

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

06/07/18 / #20180156293

Dual rack and pinion rotational inerter system and method for damping movement of a flight control surface of an aircraft

There is provided a dual rack and pinion rotational inerter system for damping movement of a flight control surface of an aircraft. The system has a flexible holding structure disposed between the flight control surface and a support structure of the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

06/07/18 / #20180155093

Apparatus for controlled application of a viscous fluid

Systems and methods for dispensing a viscous fluid using an apparatus that may include: a housing; an applicator coupling on the housing that can releasably couple an applicator that contains a viscous fluid; a gas supply coupling that receives a pressurized gas from a gas supply; a valve having a first open position in which the valve can be gradually and controllably opened to adjustably control the delivery of pressurized gas to the applicator coupling, and a second closed position where the pressurized gas delivered to the applicator coupling is vented; and a valve actuator configured to permit a user to gradually and controllably open the valve to controllably dispense the viscous fluid from the applicator, where ceasing to depress the valve actuator vents the applicator coupling and immediately discontinues the dispensing of viscous fluid from the applicator.. . ... The Boeing Co

06/07/18 / #20180155065

Systems and methods for multi-spacecraft distributed ascent

Example methods and systems of deploying a constellation of spacecraft are described. An example method includes releasing a cluster of spacecraft from a launch vehicle at a first orbit, separating spacecraft in the cluster of spacecraft from each other to minimize overlap of visibility periods from a ground station, and raising each of the spacecraft as separated simultaneously in a synchronized ascent to a respective final orbit. ... The Boeing Co

06/07/18 / #20180155053

Differential for control surface actuators

An actuation mechanism, a flap mechanism, and an aircraft are provided. The actuation mechanism includes drive links and drive mechanisms connected to opposite ends of the flap that move the flap to various positions. ... The Boeing Co

06/07/18 / #20180155046

Methods and apparatus to cool a vehicle heat source

Methods and apparatus to cool a vehicle heat source are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a first tank and a second tank. ... The Boeing Co

06/07/18 / #20180155043

Composite fan cowl having core with varying thickness

An engine nacelle comprised of an inlet, an exhaust end, and a composite fan cowl. The composite fan cowl has a core with a thickness varying in a direction moving from the inlet to the exhaust end.. ... The Boeing Co

06/07/18 / #20180155042

Composite fan cowl with a core having tailored thickness

An engine nacelle comprised of a top portion with hinges and a composite fan cowl pivotally connected to the top portion by the hinges. The composite fan cowl comprises a core with a hinge zone having a first thickness and a body zone having a second thickness. ... The Boeing Co

06/07/18 / #20180155002

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

06/07/18 / #20180154715

Trailer-mounted mock landing gear

An example apparatus is configured to couple to a trailer and a tow vehicle. The apparatus includes a frame; one or more clamps mounted to the frame and configured to couple the frame to an underplate of the trailer; and a shaft having a first end rotatably coupled to the frame and a second end configured to couple to at least one replicated element of a towed vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

06/07/18 / #20180154623

Preparing laminate materials for testing

Methods of preparing laminate test samples for subsequent testing, including positioning the test sample within a fixture body, securing the test sample within the fixture body, applying a separating force to urge a first layer portion of the test sample away from a second layer portion of the test sample, and separating the first layer portion from the second layer portion to create a predetermined separation length along the test sample, provided that the predetermined separation length is established by an interaction between the fixture body and the test sample as the first layer portion is separating from the second layer portion.. . ... The Boeing Co

06/07/18 / #20180154596

Method and material efficient tooling for continuous compression molding

Thermoplastic laminates are fabricated in a continuous compression molding production line. A lay-up of laminate plies is placed in a recess on a carrying tool, and the tool is moved through successive forming operations on the line, including preforming and consolidation operations. ... The Boeing Co

06/07/18 / #20180154588

Systems and methods for cure control of additive manufacturing

Systems for cure control of additive manufacturing comprise a build volume, a curing energy source, and a controller. The curing energy source is configured to actively deliver curing energy to discrete sections of a part as it is being additively manufactured. ... The Boeing Co

06/07/18 / #20180154583

Adhesive-bonded attachment device

An adhesive-bonded attachment device includes a mounting base including a mounting surface, a structural adhesive disposed on the mounting surface, and a pressure-sensitive adhesive disposed on the mounting surface bordering the structural adhesive, wherein the structural adhesive and the pressure-sensitive adhesive define a bonding surface configured to be bonded to a contact surface of a structure, and an attachment feature disposed on said mounting base.. . ... The Boeing Co

06/07/18 / #20180154457

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

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

06/07/18 / #20180154455

Systems and methods for forming perforations in a barrel structure

A drilling system includes a single robotic drilling unit having a drill end effector positioned inside a barrel section configured as a composite sandwich structure having an inner face sheet. The robotic drilling unit is operable to drill a plurality of perforations into the inner face sheet using the drill end effector. ... The Boeing Co

06/07/18 / #20180154322

Apparatus, system, and method for producing a sealant

Described herein is a method for producing a sealant. The method includes mixing a first material with a second material at a manufacturing site to produce the sealant. ... The Boeing Co

06/07/18 / #20180153308

Ergonomic puncture-resistant pads

Ergonomic puncture-resistant pads are disclosed. An example disclosed herein includes a first layer configured to be adjacent a person and to conform to the person; a second layer coupled to the first layer, the second layer configured to resist puncture; and a third layer coupled to the second layer, the third layer including a flexible support structure extending away from the second layer, the third layer configured to support the person and to conform to a shape of a surface supporting the person, the flexible support structure configured to contact the surface, the flexible support structure including cavities to receive at least one object protruding from the surface to isolate the person from the at least one protruding object.. ... The Boeing Co

05/31/18 / #20180151898

Methods and apparatus for cryogenic fuel bayonet transfers

Methods and apparatus for cryogenic fuel bayonet transfers are disclosed. A disclosed example fuel transfer system includes a fuel tank. ... The Boeing Co

05/31/18 / #20180151304

Perovskite solar cells for space

Provided is a multijunction photovoltaic device, including: a first subcell and a second subcell. The first cell includes a base semiconductor layer and a second semiconductor layer. ... The Boeing Co

05/31/18 / #20180151301

Epitaxial perovskite materials for optoelectronics

A semiconductor device includes a semiconductor substrate and at least one perovskite layer disposed on the substrate. The semiconductor substrate includes a single-crystal semiconductor and the at least one perovskite layer includes a single-crystal organometallic-halide ionic solid perovskite.. ... The Boeing Co

05/31/18 / #20180150778

Method and apparatus for manufacturing or producing a product in accordance with an ergonomic safety evaluation

An integrated safety-evaluation with labor-time-standard system is provided that includes a work-task manager, integrated module and ergonomic safety evaluator. The work-task manager may be configured to receive a work instruction and determine work elements applicable to the work instruction, with the work elements may have respective associated elemental unit times, elemental risk ratings and frequency values. ... The Boeing Co

05/31/18 / #20180150618

Porosity simulation for oxide ceramic matrix composites

Systems and methods for designing oxide ceramic matrix composite parts entail creating a simulation of the oxide ceramic matrix composite part based on expected processing parameters to be used to create the oxide ceramic matrix composite part as well as material characteristics of one or more materials to be used to create the part. The part so created is subjected to simulated structural testing to predict performance of a potential physical counterpart, and the physical counterpart of the simulated oxide ceramic matrix composite part is then produced if the simulated testing yields results that conform to predetermined performance requirements.. ... The Boeing Co

05/31/18 / #20180149437

Thermal management device and method using phase change material

A device manages thermal energy applied to a composite patch on a structure having a heat sink. The device includes an enclosure configured to be placed on the structure overlying the composite patch, and a phase change material within the enclosure for absorbing the thermal energy.. ... The Boeing Co

05/31/18 / #20180149091

Power extraction system and method for a gas turbine engine of a vehicle

A power extraction system and method for a gas turbine engine of a vehicle are provided. The system has an hp spool tower shaft coupled between an hp spool of the gas turbine engine and an accessory gearbox assembly coupled to the gas turbine engine. ... The Boeing Co

05/31/18 / #20180148196

Automated fastening machine using a compound contour vacuum track for automation of final assembly from the interior of a fuselage

A compound contour vacuum track, and an automated fastening machine using the track, for automation of final assembly inside an aircraft fuselage. The track is mounted at an angle to a surface, such as an inside surface of the fuselage, wherein the surface has one or more holes through which fasteners are inserted. ... The Boeing Co

05/31/18 / #20180148195

Compound contour vacuum track for automation of final assembly from the interior of a fuselage

A compound contour vacuum track, and an automated fastening machine using the track, for automation of final assembly inside an aircraft fuselage. The track is mounted at an angle to a surface, such as an inside surface of the fuselage, wherein the surface has one or more holes through which fasteners are inserted. ... The Boeing Co

05/31/18 / #20180148194

Enhanced tooling for interference-fit fasteners

Systems and methods are provided for installing fasteners. One exemplary embodiment is a method that includes inserting a fastener into a hole, and gripping ends of the fastener via dies. ... The Boeing Co

05/31/18 / #20180148168

Self-contained aerial cargo vehicle

An aerial vehicle includes one or more rotors and a cargo container. The one or more rotors are configured to propel the aerial vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

05/31/18 / #20180148159

Latch pin assembly

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

05/31/18 / #20180148156

System and method for flag door operation

An aircraft includes a first structure between a pressure-controlled region of the aircraft and a non-pressure-controlled region of the aircraft and a second structure between the non-pressure-controlled region and an exterior of the aircraft. The aircraft also includes a first door assembly that includes a first door configured to cover a first opening between the pressure-controlled region and the non-pressure-controlled region and a second door configured to cover a second opening between the non-pressure-controlled region and the exterior. ... The Boeing Co

05/31/18 / #20180148153

Fuselage skin panel connection system and method for connecting skin panels

An aircraft is provided. The aircraft includes truss elements configured to form a space frame fuselage, and skin panels connected with the truss elements and configured to form a skin over said space frame fuselage. ... The Boeing Co

05/31/18 / #20180147800

Configurable cooling assembly and cooling method

An assembly of thermally conductive cooling blocks is configured to be placed against a composite skin between a heating blanket used to thermally cure a composite repair patch and a structure formed of a heat sensitive material. The cooling block assembly conducts heat away from the skin to prevent overheating of the heat sensitive material.. ... The Boeing Co

05/31/18 / #20180147794

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

05/31/18 / #20180147757

Particulate-binder composite article and associated system and method for manufacturing the same

A system for manufacturing a particulate-binder composite article including a mold defining a mold cavity, a first opening into the mold cavity, and a second opening into the mold cavity, a mass of a particulate material received in the mold cavity, a binder source in selective fluid communication with the mold cavity by way of the first opening, the binder source including a binder material, a first filter disposed across the first opening, the first filter being permeable to the binder material and substantially impermeable to the particulate material, and a second filter disposed across the second opening, the second filter being permeable to air and substantially impermeable to the particulate material.. . ... The Boeing Co

05/24/18 / #20180144511

Geometry correction for computed tomography

Disclosed are apparatus and methods determining a center offset distance for computed tomography (ct) imaging. A specimen is positioned between an emission source for outputting radiation towards the specimen while the specimen rotates with respect to a detector for receiving radiation that has passed through the specimen. ... The Boeing Co

05/24/18 / #20180144462

Geometry correction for computed tomography

Disclosed are apparatus and methods determining a center offset distance for computed tomography imaging. A specimen is positioned between an emission source for outputting radiation towards the specimen while the specimen rotates with respect to a detector for receiving radiation that has passed through the specimen. ... The Boeing Co

05/24/18 / #20180143676

Dc-based peer-to-peer network for aircraft

A passenger control unit (pcu) network is provided for a passenger aircraft having passenger seats in a plurality of zones, each zone having at least one column of seats, and each column having at least one row of seats. The pcu network includes a direct current (dc) power distribution system, and a plurality of wired pcus, one pcu associated with each passenger seat and coupled to the dc power distribution system. ... The Boeing Co

05/24/18 / #20180143151

Potentiometer testing systems and methods

A system includes analysis circuitry. The analysis circuitry is configured to determine a first electrical resistance between a first terminal of a potentiometer and a second terminal of the potentiometer. ... The Boeing Co

05/24/18 / #20180143126

Manufacture electrodes for electrochemical monitoring

In one aspect, a material system comprises a metal substrate and a first coating layer disposed on the metal substrate. A first electrode is directly disposed on the first coating layer, and a second electrode is disposed on the metal substrate. ... The Boeing Co

05/24/18 / #20180142506

Aircraft door latch arm rotation limiting device

An aircraft door latch arm rotation limiting device incorporates a flexible strap having a proximal end and distal end. The distal end is insertable through a loop eye proximate to an aircraft door. ... The Boeing Co

05/24/18 / #20180141664

Curved seating layout

A forward concave trapezoidal seating system and methods are presented. Trapezoidal seats comprise a front side smaller than a rear side. ... The Boeing Co

05/24/18 / #20180141636

Aircraft flap hinge

Aerodynamic drag associated with a flap hinge assembly used to pivotally mount a flap to the trailing edge of an aircraft wing can be reduced when the cross-sectional area of the hinge fairing which surrounds the flap hinge assembly is reduced in size. The reduction in cross-sectional area of the hinge fairing is enabled when the flap hinge assembly attachment footprint to the underside of the flap box is also reduced. ... The Boeing Co

05/24/18 / #20180141284

Systems and methods for additive manufacturing

Systems for additive manufacturing comprise a delivery guide configured to dispense a curable material to additively manufacture a part in sequential layers of the curable material, and a source of curing energy configured to direct the curing energy to a discrete region of the curable material forward of or at a location where a subsequent layer of the curable material is dispensed from the delivery guide against a preceding layer of the curable material to cure together the subsequent layer and the preceding layer. Methods of additively manufacturing comprise dispensing a subsequent layer of a curable material against a preceding layer of the curable material, and concurrently with the dispensing, directing curing energy to a discrete region of the curable material to cure together the subsequent layer and the preceding layer.. ... The Boeing Co

05/24/18 / #20180140878

Fire seal end cap and associated multi-member assembly and method

A fire seal end cap including a cap portion and a plug portion, wherein the plug portion protrudes from the cap portion, and wherein the cap portion and the plug portion are formed from a fire-resistant material.. . ... The Boeing Co

05/17/18 / #20180139209

Common authorization management service

An improved method in a computing environment for establishing access for individuals in at least one enterprise with one or more services provided by a plurality of service providers through the use of a common authorization management (cam) service is described herein. Through the cam service, an enterprise administrator can group together one or more individuals at one enterprise, identify access rights to one or more services in the plurality of service providers for each group of individuals based on security data defined by a service provider administrator, and associate individuals from the subset of the plurality of groups at each enterprise with access rights to one or more services provided by the plurality of service providers.. ... The Boeing Co

05/17/18 / #20180138585

System and method for reconfigurable polymer antenna

An antenna includes an ion exchange material and at least one polymer member coupled to a communication circuit. The at least one polymer member is configured to, responsive to receiving a bias voltage, interact with the ion exchange material to change electrical conductivity of the at least one polymer member.. ... The Boeing Co

05/17/18 / #20180137765

Maneuver prediction for surrounding traffic

This disclosure relates to navigating a vehicle based on predicted trajectories of other vehicles. Systems, methods, and computer-program products consistent with the disclosure perform operations including receiving location information of other vehicles. ... The Boeing Co

05/17/18 / #20180137229

Systems and methods for optimizing battery designs

Systems, computer readable media, and method concern determining operational parameters of an inventory of components to be included in a battery. The method further includes determining an initial working solution for a battery design layout for the battery. ... The Boeing Co

05/17/18 / #20180136733

Aircraft having gesture-based control for an onboard passenger service unit

An aircraft is provided that includes a passenger service unit for a passenger seated in a seat in its cabin. The aircraft includes a camera configured to acquire an image of the passenger, and a control module configured to at least receive the image of the passenger. ... The Boeing Co

05/17/18 / #20180136112

Mechanical testing apparatus

The mechanical testing apparatus comprises a wheel and a platform. The wheel is configured to hold a first specimen and rotate relative to a second specimen to apply torque to the second specimen using the first specimen. ... The Boeing Co

05/17/18 / #20180135717

Translational inerter assembly and method for damping movement of a flight control surface

There is provided a translational inerter assembly for damping movement of a flight control surface of an aircraft. The assembly has a press fit element fixedly disposed within a first end of the flight control surface and rotatably movable with the flight control surface. ... The Boeing Co

05/17/18 / #20180135683

Fasteners having enhanced electrical energy dispersion properties

Systems and methods are provided for fabricating fasteners. One embodiment is an apparatus that includes a fastener. ... The Boeing Co

05/17/18 / #20180135679

Anti-rotational fastener system

A fastener system includes a fastener including a fastener first end and a longitudinally opposed fastener second end, and an anchor configured to receive and capture the fastener upon rotation of the fastener in a first direction, wherein the anchor is further configured to engage the fastener first end upon complete rotation of the fastener in the first direction, and the anchor is further configured to prohibit further rotation in a second direction, opposite the first direction, upon engagement with the fastener first end.. . ... The Boeing Co

05/17/18 / #20180135558

System and method for increasing the efficiency of heating a cryogenic fluid flowing through a conduit

A system for increasing the efficiency of heating cryogenic fluid flowing in a downstream direction through a fluid conduit includes a heating mechanism, an upstream valve, a downstream valve, and a controller. The heating mechanism heats the cryogenic fluid, resulting in conversion of a portion of the cryogenic fluid into a buoyant flow moving in an upstream direction. ... The Boeing Co

05/17/18 / #20180135315

Adjustable platform system

A platform system is configured to allow an individual to be supported at a plurality of different heights, and includes a frame defining a plurality of platform adjustment levels, and an upper support platform that is configured to be selectively moved between the plurality of platform adjustment levels to provide the plurality of different heights.. . ... The Boeing Co

05/17/18 / #20180134514

Rotational wire transport for automated wire processing system and methods

Systems and methods are provided for a rotational wire transport. In certain examples, the rotational wire transport may be a part of a wire processing system. ... The Boeing Co

05/17/18 / #20180134399

Integrated strut support fittings with underwing longerons

A jet engine support structure includes an inboard support fitting that is configured to be operatively attached to the jet engine, an outboard support fitting that is configured to be operatively attached to the jet engine, an inboard longeron that is configured to be attached to the inboard support fitting and an exterior underside surface of an aircraft wing, an outboard longeron that is configured to be attached to the outboard support fitting and the exterior underside surface of the wing, and a drag brace fitting that is configured to be attached to the inboard longeron and the outboard longeron and operatively attached to the jet engine. These component parts are employed in operatively attaching the jet engine to the aircraft wing. ... The Boeing Co

05/17/18 / #20180134389

Chiller galley cart, galley, and method for cooling

A chiller galley cart includes a plurality of walls defining an interior cavity, a supply valve defined in one wall of the plurality of walls, and a return valve defined in one wall of the plurality of walls. The supply valve and the return valve are configured to couple to a chiller positioned in the interior cavity to provide cooled airflow from the chiller galley cart. ... The Boeing Co

05/17/18 / #20180134375

Temperature actuated panel

An example apparatus includes a wall having an opening and a panel attached to the wall over the opening. The panel includes a shape-memory material (smm). ... The Boeing Co

05/17/18 / #20180134265

Brake load alleviation functions

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

05/17/18 / #20180133936

Mechanically reinforced foam insulation panel and methods of making the same

A formation assembly for use in manufacturing a reinforced insulation panel including a foam material and a reinforcing structure includes a back plate including a first surface configured to receive the foam material, and a first support sheet spaced from the first surface to form a gap therebetween, wherein the first support sheet supports the reinforcing structure. The formation assembly also includes a second support sheet spaced from the first support sheet, wherein the second support sheet defines an upper boundary of the reinforced insulation panel. ... The Boeing Co

05/17/18 / #20180133924

Articulated molding insert

A method and apparatus for forming a part having a cavity with a complex contour is presented. The molding apparatus comprises a mold cavity and a molding insert. ... The Boeing Co

05/10/18 / #20180131098

High gain, constant beamwidth, broadband horn antenna

. . A horn antenna comprises an electrically conductive shell having an inner surface, a cavity formed in the shell, an aperture defined at one end of the cavity, a throat section coupled to the electrically conductive shell in communication with another end of the cavity opposite the aperture, and a spatially and frequency dependent radio frequency (rf) attenuator disposed within the cavity, such that an attenuation of rf energy propagating through the cavity between the throat section and the aperture more rapidly increases in an outward direction towards the inner surface of the electrically conductive shell as the frequency of the rf energy increases.. . ... The Boeing Co

05/10/18 / #20180131079

Dominant h-field multiband loop antenna including passive mixer

An antenna. The antenna includes a plurality of loop antennas sharing a common gap. ... The Boeing Co

05/10/18 / #20180130359

Flight range-restricting systems and methods for unmanned aerial vehicles

A flight range-restricting system is configured to control a flight range of an unmanned aerial vehicle (uav). The flight range-restricting system includes a database including a uav capabilities storage area that stores uav capabilities data indicative of technical specifications of the uav, and a restricted airspace storage area that stores restricted airspace data indicative of a restricted airspace. ... The Boeing Co

05/10/18 / #20180130322

Autonomous, low energy, access indication system

A system and method for detecting access to a monitored space including one or more controllers, one or more data collectors, and one or more sensors. The sensors are self-powered, wireless components having two states. ... The Boeing Co

05/10/18 / #20180130218

Method and system for identifying wire contact insertion holes of a connector

A method, system and computer program product are provided for identifying wire contact insertion holes of a connector to facilitate the automated insertion of the wire ends of a wire bundle assembly into the wire contact insertion holes of a connector. In the context of a method, each of a plurality of pixels of an image of the connector is analyzed to identify one or more candidate contact insertion holes for the connector. ... The Boeing Co

05/10/18 / #20180130217

Method and apparatus for performing background image registration

A method and apparatus for registering a first image having a first plurality of pixel values from a sensor having a plurality of pixels and a second image having a second plurality of pixel values of the plurality of pixels is disclosed. The method includes selecting a first image having a first plurality of pixel values and a second image having a second plurality of pixel values, grouping the first plurality of pixels according to a grid having a plurality of grid elements, each grid element having a plurality of pixels, determining a grid element displacement of the second image from the first image for each grid element of pixels, filtering the displacement of the second image from the first image to produce filtered valid grid element displacements and invalid grid element displacements, and determining a warping transform of each of the grid element displacements.. ... The Boeing Co

05/10/18 / #20180128751

Combined surface inspection using multiple scanners

Provided are methods and systems for inspecting surfaces of various components, such as evaluating height deviations on these surfaces. A method involves aggregating inspection data from multiple line scanners into a combined data set. ... The Boeing Co

05/10/18 / #20180128657

System and method for performing an automated inspection operation

An inspection apparatus for performing an automated inspection operation across a surface of a workpiece is disclosed. The inspection apparatus may include a platen fabricated from a magnetic material and having a platen surface, and an inspection module disposed on the platen surface and having an inspection end effector. ... The Boeing Co

05/10/18 / #20180128625

Tracking a target using multiple tracking systems

A tracking system for tracking a moving target includes a processor and a tracking module that implements an iterative process for tracking the moving target. The iterative process includes receiving sensor data for a current state of the moving target. ... The Boeing Co

05/10/18 / #20180128621

Tracking a target moving between states in an environment

An apparatus is provided for tracking a target moving between states using an iterative process. The apparatus receives sensor data for a current state i, and applies a cubature information filter and an h-infinity filter thereto to respectively produce an estimate for the upcoming state i+1 and a measure of error thereof, and adjust the measure of error. ... The Boeing Co

05/10/18 / #20180128585

Fire-retarding artillery shell

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

05/10/18 / #20180128484

Combustion device test apparatus and method

A combustion device test apparatus including a combustion device, a holding station configured to hold the combustion device, a fuel supply conduit, and a pressure wave fuse coupling the fuel supply conduit to the combustion device, the pressure wave fuse being frictionally coupled to one or more of the combustion device and the fuel supply conduit at a frictional coupling such that the pressure wave fuse is configured to disengage one or more of the combustion device and the fuel supply conduit at the frictional coupling upon traversal of a flame front pressure wave through the pressure wave fuse.. . ... The Boeing Co

05/10/18 / #20180127897

Resin-infused short fiber composite materials

Systems and methods are provided for fabrication of short-fiber composites. One embodiment is a method for forming a short-fiber composite. ... The Boeing Co

05/10/18 / #20180127098

Air supply and return system of a galley of an aircraft

A galley includes a cart compartment having a chamber defined by a rear wall behind the cart compartment, side walls along sides of the cart compartment, a mid-wall above the cart compartment and a bottom wall below the cart compartment. The galley includes a supply duct having an air supply device at the cart compartment having an air-through supply vent configured to be in flow communication with an air-through galley cart when received in the cart compartment to supply cooled airflow into an interior of the air-through galley cart and an air-over supply vent configured to be in flow communication with the chamber to supply the cooled airflow into the chamber for cooling an exterior of an air-over galley cart when received in the cart compartment. ... The Boeing Co

05/10/18 / #20180127082

Airline door retractable wave fence with steps for evacuation

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

05/10/18 / #20180126715

Heated double diaphragm tool for decorative laminate application

A panel laminator includes a first frame defining an outer boundary, the first frame operable to support a panel to be laminated and a first flexible diaphragm supported by the first frame to cover the outer boundary. The laminator includes a second frame sized and shaped to conform to the first frame along the outer boundary and a second flexible diaphragm supported by the second frame to match the outer boundary. ... The Boeing Co

05/10/18 / #20180126711

Pre-formed thermoplastic filler for thermoset structure

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

05/10/18 / #20180126671

Systems and methods for thermal control of additive manufacturing

Systems for thermal control of additive manufacturing comprise a build volume within which a part is additively manufactured; a heat source positioned relative to the build volume and configured to actively deliver heat to discrete sections of the part as it is being additively manufactured; and a controller operatively coupled to the heat source and configured to direct delivery of heat from the heat source to discrete sections of the part as it is being additively manufactured to impart desired physical properties to the part. Methods of additively manufacturing a part comprise additively building a part from a feedstock material; and actively heating discrete sections of the part as the part is being additively built to impart desired physical properties to the part.. ... The Boeing Co

05/10/18 / #20180126667

Systems and methods for additively manufacturing composite parts

Systems and methods for additively manufacturing composite parts are disclosed. Systems comprise at least a feedstock source and a feed mechanism. ... The Boeing Co

05/10/18 / #20180126524

Apparatuses and methods for tightening or loosening threaded couplings

A tool (100) for rotating a first component (210) of an assembly (200) relative to a second component (220) of the assembly (200) is disclosed. The tool (100) comprises a ring support (130), a first wrench (110), coupled to the ring support (130), a worm ring (140), rotationally coupled to the ring support (130), a second wrench (120), coupled to the worm ring (140), and a worm screw (150), rotationally coupled to the ring support (130) and in mesh with the worm ring (°).. ... The Boeing Co

05/10/18 / #20180126514

Apparatus, system and method for performing automated finishing operations on a workpiece

A finishing apparatus for performing an automated finishing operation on a surface of a workpiece is disclosed. The finishing apparatus may include a platen fabricated from a magnetic material and having a platen surface, and a finishing module disposed on the platen surface and having a finishing operation end effector. ... The Boeing Co

05/10/18 / #20180126447

Utility fixture for creating a distributed utility network

A method and apparatus for distributing a number of utilities. The number of utilities may be coupled between a number of utility sources and a utility fixture. ... The Boeing Co

05/10/18 / #20180126416

Integrated automation of paint processes incorporating arrayed painting and inkjet printing

A method of treating a tubular surface which defines an axis extending from a first surface end to a second surface end includes partially surrounding the tubular surface, at a first position, with a first set of treating units, with the treating units arranged in a first arcuate array. Furthermore, each treating unit is configured to include a plurality of first applicator heads. ... The Boeing Co

05/10/18 / #20180126198

Automated human personnel fall arresting system and method

An automated human personnel fall arresting system including a holonomic base platform, a boom arm movably mounted to and depending from the base platform, at least a portion of the arm being movable in three degrees-of-freedom relative to the base platform, a tether supported by the arm, an operator harness coupled to the tether so as to be dependent from the arm, at least one sensor disposed on the arm and configured to sense movement of the portion of the arm in two degrees-of-freedom of the three degrees-of-freedom, and a controller mounted to the base platform and communicably coupled to the at least one sensor, the controller being configured to automatically control position of the base platform in two orthogonal translational directions and one rotation direction controlled independently from translation, relative to the operator harness, based on signals from the at least one sensor.. . ... The Boeing Co

05/03/18 / #20180123165

Solid state fiber-based battery system and method of forming same

A solid state battery system and methods of forming a solid state battery system. The solid state battery system has a plurality of fiber battery cells formed into a pattern. ... The Boeing Co

05/03/18 / #20180122250

Automatic braking system controller

An automatic braking system controller automatically decelerates an aircraft on a runway according to a brake-to-exit or a constant deceleration function. The automatic braking system controller determines whether the aircraft can decelerate to a selected velocity prior to reaching a target location along the runway. ... The Boeing Co

05/03/18 / #20180122248

Flight control system with low-frequency instrument landing system localizer anomaly detection and method of use

A flight control module for detecting anomalies in ils localizer signals during landing of an aircraft is provided. The flight control module includes a communication interface and a processor coupled thereto. ... The Boeing Co

05/03/18 / #20180120850

Flight control system with synthetic intertial glideslope deviation and method of use

A flight control module for computing glideslope deviation during landing of an aircraft is provided. The flight control module includes a communication interface and a processor. ... The Boeing Co

05/03/18 / #20180120849

Flight control system with synthetic intertial localizer deviation and method of use

A flight control module for computing localizer deviation during landing of an aircraft is provided. The flight control module includes a communication interface and a processor. ... The Boeing Co

05/03/18 / #20180120500

Multicore optical fiber cable strain enhancement

An optical fiber cable assembly which includes an optical fiber cable which includes at least a first core and a second core positioned spaced apart from one another within a cladding material, wherein the at least first core and the second core and the cladding material extend in a direction of a length of the optical fiber cable. The assembly further includes material positioned at a predetermined location along the length of the optical fiber cable, wherein the material is associated with the optical fiber cable such that when the material is exposed to an environment change, the material transmits a force onto the optical fiber cable, changing a shape of the optical fiber cable.. ... The Boeing Co

05/03/18 / #20180120268

Wrinkle characterization and performance prediction for composite structures

Methods that provide wrinkle characterization and performance prediction for wrinkled composite structures using automated structural analysis. In accordance with some embodiments, the method combines the use of b-scan ultrasound data, automated optical measurement of wrinkles and geometry of cross-sections, and finite element analysis of wrinkled composite structure to provide the ability to assess the actual significance of a detected wrinkle relative to the intended performance of the structure. ... The Boeing Co

05/03/18 / #20180120196

Method and system for non-destructive testing using an unmanned aerial vehicle

Provided is a nondestructive inspection (“ndi”) system that includes an unmanned aerial vehicle (“uav”) comprising a body structure, the body structure comprising one or more support structures where each of the one or more support structures comprise a releasable end structure; and one or more ndi sensors integrated to a respective releasable end structure. The ndi system can also include a location tracking system that can determine a position, an orientation, or both of the uav and/or one or more ndi sensors relative to a structure being inspected.. ... The Boeing Co

05/03/18 / #20180120173

Integrated hyper-redundant tactile sensor network based on structural fibers

A system and method are disclosed for measuring stress in a composite structure including an integral sensor network. The composite structure is formed in layers with each of the layers formed from parallel fibers. ... The Boeing Co

05/03/18 / #20180119640

Fan nacelle trailing edge

A fan nacelle, a gas turbine engine cell assembly, and an aircraft are provided. The fan nacelle includes a fan duct skin arranged in a fan duct to direct airflow from the fan of a turbofan engine toward a fan nozzle. ... The Boeing Co

05/03/18 / #20180118540

Flexible hydrostatically normalized cradle to support fuselage sections for assembly

A fuselage cradle support assembly, which can be used as part of a jacking system during aircraft manufacture, is described. The fuselage cradle support assembly can include an array of fuselage cradles. ... The Boeing Co

05/03/18 / #20180118375

Methods and systems for assessing damage to a structure and determining repair information

An example computer-implemented method of assessing damage to a structure includes receiving information of damage to the structure, and identifying a damage type for the damage. Following, the damage type and the information is compared with a first reference having allowable damage limits of the structure for that damage type, a second reference having damage repair information and associated damage repair processes, and a database having historical repair information for the damage type. ... The Boeing Co

05/03/18 / #20180118364

System and method for augmenting a primary powerplant

An aircraft propulsion system includes a fan, a primary powerplant, an augmenting powerplant and a controller. The primary powerplant is coupled to the fan and configured to rotate the fan during a first flight stage and during a second flight stage. ... The Boeing Co

05/03/18 / #20180118332

Vortex generators responsive to ambient conditions

A deployable vortex generator attached to a lifting surface includes a vane moveable relative to the lifting surface. The vane moves from a deployed position to a retracted position in response to a change in ambient conditions. ... The Boeing Co

05/03/18 / #20180118325

Rotating retractable step system

A rotating retractable step system positioned within a cutout of a wall is presented. The rotating retractable step system comprises a foot pedal and a support shaft. ... The Boeing Co

05/03/18 / #20180117860

Compaction method for automated fiber placement

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

05/03/18 / #20180117859

Methods for forming a composite blade stiffener and facilitating application of barely visible impact damage treatments

An example method for forming a flat composite charge into a composite blade stiffener includes cutting a flat composite charge along a cut line into a first piece and a second piece having an angle, positioning the first piece and the second piece of the flat composite charge on a forming mandrel about a tooling plunger, activating the tooling plunger to drive the first piece and the second piece into a cavity of the forming mandrel resulting in the first piece and the second piece folding at the cut line, withdrawing the tooling plunger from the cavity of the forming mandrel, compressing the forming mandrel to apply a lateral pressure to the first piece and the second piece folded into the cavity, and applying a vertical pressure to a first flange and a second flange of the first piece and the second piece, respectively, to form the composite blade stiffener.. . ... The Boeing Co

05/03/18 / #20180117775

Robot end effectors that carry objects

Systems and methods are provided for facilitating the operations of an end effector that grasps objects such as baggage. One exemplary embodiment is a system that includes a finger of an end effector of a robot. ... The Boeing Co

04/19/18 / #20180109334

Single e-probe reduced aperture waveguide coupler

A method for managing a wireless communications system may include the steps of: (1) requesting wireless communication links between a plurality of user terminals and an airborne communications relay terminal, (2) designating one of the plurality of user terminals as a primary user terminal to make a direct communication with the relay terminal, (3) designating other ones of the plurality of user terminals as secondary user terminals to make direct communication with the primary user terminal, (4) connecting the primary user terminal directly to the relay terminal, and (5) connecting the secondary user terminals indirectly to the relay terminal through the primary user terminal.. . A temporary microwave horn antenna coupling device is configured for collecting or injecting quantifiable samples of rf energy. The device comprises a reduced and highly matched radiating aperture, and a waveguide mounted single electric field probe. ... The Boeing Co

04/19/18 / #20180109333

Single e-probe field aperture coupler

A temporary microwave horn antenna coupling device is configured for collecting or injecting quantifiable samples of rf energy. The device comprises single electric field probe mounted at the radiating aperture of a radiating payload. ... The Boeing Co

04/19/18 / #20180109316

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

04/19/18 / #20180109177

Systems and methods for a dual function inrush limiting circuit

Systems and methods are provided for a dual function inrush limiting circuit (ilc). The systems and methods may include a level shift circuit (lsc). ... The Boeing Co

04/19/18 / #20180108986

System and method for wireless communications using an adaptable diamond phased array antenna system

An antenna system includes an array of radiating elements forming a diamond shape. The diamond shape includes a first axis and a second axis. ... The Boeing Co

04/19/18 / #20180108261

Inference and interpolation of continuous 4d trajectories

The present disclosure generally relates to systems and methods for determining a four-dimensional (4d) trajectory of an aircraft without requiring aircraft performance data or meteorological data. The techniques can include: detecting a plurality of 4d aircraft states of the aircraft, determining, for each of a plurality of pairs of adjacent aircraft states, a respective aircraft transition, detecting a plurality of pairs of repeat adjacent aircraft transition, discarding, for each pair of repeat adjacent aircraft transitions, a respective aircraft state from the plurality of aircraft states, and electronically transmitting the plurality of aircraft states after the discarding.. ... The Boeing Co

04/19/18 / #20180107194

Model-based definition for machining aircraft parts

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

04/19/18 / #20180106589

Three-dimensional gap measurement systems and methods

An electronic feeler gauge (110) comprises a sensor blade (112), a transmitting system (120), and a receiving system (124). The sensor blade (112) comprises transmission induction coils (114), reception induction coils (116), and measurement sites (118), spaced in two dimensions about the sensor blade (112). ... The Boeing Co

04/19/18 / #20180106588

Three-dimensional gap measurement systems and methods

An electronic feeler gauge (110) comprises a sensor blade (112), a transmitting system (120), and a receiving system (124). The sensor blade (112) comprises transmission induction coils (114), reception induction coils (116), and measurement sites (118), spaced in two dimensions about the sensor blade (112). ... The Boeing Co

04/19/18 / #20180106282

Panel fastening system

A fastening system for joining a first composite sandwich panel and a second composite sandwich panel comprising a cam assembly and a stud receiving assembly. The cam assembly is configured to be positioned within a first hole extending through a thickness of a first composite sandwich panel. ... The Boeing Co

04/19/18 / #20180106273

Apparatus and methods to deploy a fluid flow channel

Apparatus and methods to deploy a fluid flow channel are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a first loop coupled to an outside surface of a vehicle via a first fastener, a second loop coupled to the vehicle and disposed a distance from the first loop, and a flexible material having a first end coupled to the first loop and a second end coupled to the second loop, where the flexible material is to form a fluid flow channel between the first loop and the second loop.. ... The Boeing Co

04/19/18 / #20180105702

Composition for inhibiting corrosion

The present disclosure is directed to the agents, compositions, and methods for inhibiting corrosion in various substrates, for example in metal substrates. The compositions for inhibiting corrosion comprise at least one organic heterocyclic compound and at least one metal salt or mixed metal salt selected from rare earth, alkali earth and transition metals.. ... The Boeing Co

04/19/18 / #20180105290

Composite panel tool

A method and apparatus for holding a panel. A rigid frame is secured on an aircraft on a rework area on the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

04/19/18 / #20180105282

Systems and methods for containing ignition within a battery housing

A battery housing including a plurality of side walls oriented to define an interior, and at least one partition that subdivides the interior into at least a first battery compartment and a second battery compartment. The at least one partition defines a flame arrestor configured to provide fluid communication between the first battery compartment and the second battery compartment such that combustion gases are ventable therebetween.. ... The Boeing Co

04/19/18 / #20180105257

Inflatable propeller

A method and apparatus for controlling movement of an aircraft. An aerodynamic function desired for controlling the movement of the aircraft at a particular altitude is identified. ... The Boeing Co

04/19/18 / #20180105256

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

04/19/18 / #20180105253

Galley footstep systems and methods

A compartment door of a galley within an internal cabin of a vehicle (such as an aircraft) includes a front panel having a front outer surface, and a footstep system secured to the front panel. The footstep system is moveable between a retracted position and an extended support position. ... The Boeing Co

04/19/18 / #20180105252

Moisture control apparatuses and methods of using same

A moisture control apparatus for use with a structure within an aircraft, the structure including an upper surface, the moisture control apparatus comprising: a moisture absorbing layer including a moisture absorbing material, the layer including a leading edge, a trailing edge, side edges, an upper surface, and, a lower surface; and, a reverse-bevel defined along the leading edge of the layer, wherein the reverse-bevel and the upper surface of the structure define a gutter configured to retain moisture flowing along the upper surface of the structure.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/19/18 / #20180105251

Wicking moisture control apparatuses and methods of using same

A moisture control apparatus for use with a structure within an aircraft fuselage, the structure including an upper surface, the apparatus comprising: a moisture absorbing layer including a moisture absorbing material, the layer including a leading edge, a trailing edge, side edges, an upper surface, and, a lower surface; and, a wicking layer disposed in fluid communication with the lower surface of the moisture absorbing layer, the wicking layer including a wicking layer leading edge, a wicking layer trailing edge and a wicking layer upper surface configured for capillary action of moisture from the wicking layer trailing edge towards the wicking layer leading edge, wherein the wicking layer leading edge is offset from the leading edge of the moisture absorbing layer such that an offset portion of the wicking layer is exposed to air to facilitate evaporation of the moisture.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/19/18 / #20180104820

Method and apparatus for compliant robotic end-effector

A method and apparatus for performing an operation on a workpiece using a multi-axis compliant end-effector for attachment to a robotic device. The end-effector is positioned at a nominal location of a workpiece feature on which the operation is to be performed. ... The Boeing Co

04/19/18 / #20180104775

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

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

04/19/18 / #20180104743

3d printing of an object from powdered material using pressure waves

A system includes a chamber to receive a powdered material to be used to form an object. The system includes actuators coupled to the chamber. ... The Boeing Co

04/19/18 / #20180104726

Processing tool cleaning using laser ablation

Provided are methods for cleaning processing tools from residue using laser ablation. Also provided are processing tools comprising non-metal base portions and protective optical layers that cover and shield these base portions from laser ablation. ... The Boeing Co

04/12/18 / #20180103554

Systems and methods for providing electrical signals to electrical devices within an interior cabin of a vehicle

A vehicle include an interior cabin including a plurality of structural components, a plurality of electrical devices within the interior cabin, a power supply, and an electrical signal distribution system mounted to at least one of the plurality of structural components and electrically coupled to the power supply and the plurality of electrical devices. The electrical signal distribution system includes a printed circuit board (pcb), and a plurality of outlets coupled to the pcb. ... The Boeing Co

04/12/18 / #20180102967

Cascaded redundancy architectures for communication systems

An example redundancy architecture is described that includes a plurality of nominal rf paths, a plurality of spare input rf paths, a controllable input switching system, a plurality of spare output rf paths, and a controllable output switching system. The controllable input switching system is configured to selectively link any one of the plurality of spare input rf paths to any one of the plurality of nominal rf paths while avoiding disruption of service on the other nominal rf paths. ... The Boeing Co

04/12/18 / #20180102718

Multiple electromechanical actuator control system

A system for controlling multiple actuators that are attached to a structure for moving and positioning the structure include a magnetic flux sensor in a motor of each actuator. The magnetic flux sensor senses a magnetic flux in an associated motor and generates an electrical signal that corresponds to the magnetic flux in the associated motor. ... The Boeing Co

04/12/18 / #20180101996

Aircraft maintenance program bridging systems and methods

An aircraft maintenance bridging system and method are configured to determine at least one transition option that transitions one or more aircraft from a current maintenance program schedule to a new maintenance program schedule. The aircraft maintenance bridging method includes analyzing the current maintenance program schedule and the new maintenance program schedule with a maintenance bridging determination control unit, and determining the transition option(s), using the maintenance bridging determination control unit, for the aircraft based on analyzing the current maintenance program schedule and the new maintenance program schedule.. ... The Boeing Co

04/12/18 / #20180101932

System and method for upsampling of sparse point cloud for 3d registration

A method for three-dimensional point cloud registration includes generating a first upsampled three-dimensional point cloud by identifying at least one missing point in the three-dimensional point cloud, determining an intensity of neighboring pixels filling the at least one missing point in the three-dimensional point cloud with a filler point using depth information from depth values in the three-dimensional point cloud that correspond with the neighboring pixels, generating a second upsampled three-dimensional point cloud by determining at least one local area of the first upsampled three-dimensional point cloud, determining entropies of pixels in the two-dimensional image that correspond with the at least one local area, adding at least one point to the at least one local area based on the entropies of pixels in the two-dimensional image and a scaled entropy threshold, and registering the second upsampled three-dimensional point cloud with a predetermined three-dimensional model.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/12/18 / #20180101160

Surface based hole target for use with systems and methods for determining a position and a vector of a hole formed in a workpiece

In examples, systems for determining a position and a vector of a hole formed in a workpiece based on scanned data of the workpiece are described. The system includes a target for coupling to the hole formed in the workpieced, a scanner for projecting a light pattern onto the target and surrounding workpiece and for generating a plurality of data points representative of a surface area of a cylinder body of the target, and a processor for receiving the plurality of data points generated by the scanner and generating a three-dimensional (3d) model of at least a portion of the workpiece. ... The Boeing Co

04/12/18 / #20180100790

Load path status detection system

A load path status detection system comprising a primary fastener, a load sensor, a primary structural link, and a secondary structural link. The primary fastener extends through the primary structural link. ... The Boeing Co

04/12/18 / #20180100781

Apparatus and method to detect aircraft wing deflection and twist during flight

A monitoring system for an aircraft which includes a laser secured to a fuselage of the aircraft and a laser beam target device secured to a wing of the aircraft, wherein the laser is positioned to emit a laser beam onto the laser beam target device for ascertaining a deflection of the wing. A method is also provided for sensing the deflection of a portion of a wing of an aircraft which includes the steps of emitting a laser beam from a laser secured to the fuselage of an aircraft and receiving the laser beam at a laser beam target device secured to a wing of the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

04/12/18 / #20180100743

Computer-implemented method and a system for guiding a vehicle within a scenario with obstacles

A method and a system for guiding a vehicle from a source to a target within a scenario with obstacles are disclosed. The source is established as a starting point and a subpath to the target is computed. ... The Boeing Co

04/12/18 / #20180099766

Artificial gravity system with a unibody 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 that rotates about an axis in relation to the stationary structure. ... The Boeing Co

04/12/18 / #20180099763

Methods and devices for light distribution in an aircraft, and aircraft including such devices

Lighting components for illuminating an aisle portion of a cabin floor of an aircraft, and aircraft and passenger seats for an aircraft including the same are disclosed. Said lighting components are configured to illuminate at least a portion of the aisle, between adjacent passenger seats positioned on either side of the aisle. ... The Boeing Co

04/12/18 / #20180099761

Real time aircraft stress monitoring system

A method and apparatus for an aircraft monitoring system. The aircraft monitoring system comprises targets associated with the wing of the aircraft, a camera system and a monitor. ... The Boeing Co

04/12/18 / #20180099755

Modular environmental control chamber

An example modular environmental control chamber (mecc) includes an outer chamber formed by an outer chamber housing section enclosing an outer face of a section of fuselage and an inner chamber formed by an inner chamber housing section enclosing an inner face of the section of fuselage. An outer chamber airflow delivery and return system includes an outer chamber blower for directing temperature-controlled air to the outer chamber through an air inflow aperture of the outer chamber housing section and an outer chamber air return duct connected to an air outflow aperture of the outer chamber housing section. ... The Boeing Co

04/12/18 / #20180099753

Privacy partition, system and method

A privacy partition having a frame covered in fabric having a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration that defines a perimeter. The privacy partition include a first connector that selectively connects a portion of the privacy partition to a portion of a seat. ... The Boeing Co

04/12/18 / #20180099740

System and method for correcting wing twist of an aircraft

A system which includes a first light beam locating sensor associated with a first position to be located on a wing of an aircraft. The first light beam locating sensor senses a first light beam at an identifiable position on the first light beam locating sensor. ... The Boeing Co

04/12/18 / #20180099736

Aircraft wings, aircraft, and related methods

Aircraft wings, aircraft, and related methods. Aircraft wings include a spoiler constructed substantially of a monolithic structural body with an upper side that defines a portion of an airfoil surface of an aircraft wing. ... The Boeing Co

04/12/18 / #20180099732

System and method for transporting methane

A methane transportation system is provided. The system may include a methane source configured to dispense methane at a first location, and an underwater vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

04/12/18 / #20180099710

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

04/12/18 / #20180099518

Actuated print head assembly for a contoured surface

An applicator assembly for treating a contoured surface including an attachment frame configured to secure and position an applicator head. In some embodiments, the applicator head is configured to apply a surface treatment to the contoured surface. ... The Boeing Co

04/12/18 / #20180099368

Debris collection for a milling process

A debris removal apparatus for a milling machine. In one embodiment, the debris removal apparatus includes a hollow, cylindrical suction member that attaches to a tool shaft which holds an end mill to rotate with the tool shaft. ... The Boeing Co

04/12/18 / #20180099316

Methods and systems for plasma cleaning a container using a magnet

An example method for plasma cleaning a container includes generating plasma flowing within the container, applying a magnet to an exterior surface of the container causing the plasma within the container to be attracted to the magnet, and moving the magnet in a motion over the exterior surface to control movement of the plasma within the container and to clean one or more areas of the container with the plasma according to the motion. An example system for plasma cleaning a container includes a power source, a gas inlet on the container for dispersing a gas within the container, and based on current flowing, the gas converts to plasma. ... The Boeing Co

04/05/18 / #20180098141

Apparatuses and methods for acoustically exciting a face panel of a stowage bin inside a vehicle

A media system 100 for vehicle 102 having chassis 104 comprises electroacoustic transducer 114, integrated into face panel 108 of stowage bin 110 inside vehicle 102. Stowage bin 110 comprises mounting structure 112 that is stationary relative to chassis 104 of vehicle 102. ... The Boeing Co

04/05/18 / #20180097271

Simplification of complex waveguide networks

An improved system for simplifying a complex waveguide network in a satellite system is described herein. A waveguide network device may be configured with at least two housing portions attached together. ... The Boeing Co

04/05/18 / #20180096785

Superconducting air core inductor systems and methods

Provided is a low-weight, high-efficiency inductor design for use with or in electrical power equipment, such as inverters. A toroidal power inductor includes a support structure comprising an outer shell, an inner shell, and one or more coolant channels formed therebetween, a plurality of conductors wrapped around and supported by an exterior surface of the outer shell, and an interior cavity substantially enclosed by the inner shell of the toroidal support structure. ... The Boeing Co

04/05/18 / #20180096610

Stereo camera system for collision avoidance during aircraft surface operations

A collision avoidance system comprises a pair of video cameras mounted to a vertical stabilizer of the aircraft, a machine vision processing unit, and a system to inform the pilots of a potential collision. The machine vision processing unit is configured to process image data captured by the video cameras using stereoscopic and structure from motion techniques to detect an obstacle that is near or in the path of the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

04/05/18 / #20180095928

Mobile computing device and method of transmitting data therefrom

A mobile computing device is provided. The device includes a first port having a pinout configuration that is configured to support at least one data format, a data source configured to provide data of a second data format that is different from the at least one data format, and a first multiplexer configured to selectively direct data from the data source towards the first port. ... The Boeing Co

04/05/18 / #20180094915

Digital image correlation pattern application with aspirated ink

A system for strain testing employs an ink aspiration system adapted to apply a stochastic ink pattern. The stochastic pattern is applied to a test article and a test fixture receives the test article. ... The Boeing Co

04/05/18 / #20180094903

Autonomous flight termination system and method

An autonomous flight termination system for terminating vehicle flight after the vehicle is launched from an aircraft includes a global positioning system (gps) receiver; a termination unit selected from a cut-off switch connected to terminate vehicle flight when actuated, and a switch connected to detonate an explosive on the vehicle; a system controller for receiving a first signal indicating separation of the vehicle from the aircraft and a second signal from the gps receiver to calculate an actual vehicle trajectory, and for sending a third signal to actuate the termination unit to terminate the flight of the vehicle when the actual vehicle trajectory is determined to be outside the safety bounds of a mission-planned flight trajectory; and a failsafe controller connected to receive operational data of the system controller, and to actuate the termination unit when the operational data indicates that the system is in an error state.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/05/18 / #20180094623

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

04/05/18 / #20180094622

High stiffness shape memory alloy actuated aerostructure

A shape memory alloy (sma) actuated aerostructure operable to dynamically change shape according to flight conditions is disclosed. Deformable structures are actuated by sma actuators that are coupled to face sheets of the deformable structures. ... The Boeing Co

04/05/18 / #20180094445

Landing gear platform

A landing gear platform is positionable between rearward and forward tires on one side of an aircraft landing gear and rearward and forward tires on the opposite side of the aircraft landing gear. The platform includes a pair of chocks that engage between the rearward and forward tires on the one side of the aircraft landing gear and the rearward and forward tires on the opposite side of the aircraft landing gear and prevent the tires from rotating. ... The Boeing Co

04/05/18 / #20180093772

Systems and methods for wirelessly transmitting electrical signals to an overhead stowage bin assembly of a vehicle

A vehicle includes an internal cabin, and a system for wirelessly transmitting electrical signals between a first component and a second component within the internal cabin. The system includes a first circuit including a first coil secured to the first component. ... The Boeing Co

04/05/18 / #20180093750

Puffing propulsion for super pressure balloons

Systems and methods according to one or more embodiments are provided for a super pressure balloon puffing propulsion system that provides for directional control of the balloon. In one example, a system includes a lift gas envelope and a ballonet coupled within the lift gas envelope. ... The Boeing Co

04/05/18 / #20180093446

Non-crimp fabric and method of manufacturing

A non-crimp fabric includes a non-crimp layup of one or more non-crimp layers, each one of the non-crimp layers is formed of tows arranged parallel to each other, a nonwoven fabric that includes a nonwoven fabric layer engaged to an outer non-crimp layer of the non-crimp layup, the nonwoven fabric layer is formed of fibers, wherein a portion of the fibers extend at least partially though the non-crimp layup to hold the non-crimp layers and the nonwoven fabric layer together.. . ... The Boeing Co

04/05/18 / #20180093445

Decorative laminates including thermoplastic ink layers and related methods

Decorative laminates including thermoplastic ink layers and related methods are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a reinforcing layer to provide a rigidity to a decorative laminate, thermoplastic ink applied to the reinforcing layer to form a decorative pattern of the decorative laminate, and a film layer coupled to the thermoplastic ink to form the decorative laminate. ... The Boeing Co

04/05/18 / #20180093431

Advanced variable radius laminated composite radius filler

A composite radius filler include a base portion and a tip portion. The base portion is formed of composite plies varying in overall width along an overall lengthwise direction and defining a variable cross-sectional shape of the base portion along the lengthwise direction. ... The Boeing Co

04/05/18 / #20180093428

System and method for making pin reinforced sandwich panel and resulting panel structure

A system for forming a structural member which includes a first collimated light source and a reservoir containing a volume of photo-monomer resin wherein the first collimated light source is positioned spaced apart from the photo-monomer resin. The system further includes a first face sheet structure defining at least one bore which extends through the first face sheet structure wherein a portion of the first face sheet structure is positioned under a surface of the volume of photo-monomer resin such that photo-monomer resin is positioned within the bore.. ... The Boeing Co

03/29/18 / #20180092256

Fabrication of ceramic matrix composites with carbon nanotubes and graphene

Systems and methods are provided for fabrication of a ceramic matrix composite (cmc) material with carbon nanotubes and graphene. One embodiment is a method for forming a ceramic matrix composite structure. ... The Boeing Co

03/29/18 / #20180091797

Apparatus and method of compensating for relative motion of at least two aircraft-mounted cameras

A method is provided of compensating for variations in distance and orientation between first and second wing-mounted cameras of an aircraft due to flexing of at least one aircraft wing. The method comprises determining a first distance and orientation between the first wing-mounted camera and the second wing-mounted camera during a neutral wing condition of the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

03/29/18 / #20180091226

Communication systems and methods

In an example, a method of communication includes receiving a data set comprising a plurality of data items, and analyzing the data set to determine a plurality of distinct data values of the plurality of data items. The method also includes associating, based on the analysis of the data set, each distinct data value with a respective wavelength among a plurality of wavelengths. ... The Boeing Co

03/29/18 / #20180090669

Anisotropic piezoelectric device, system, and method

A micro electromechanical (mem) device includes a first electrode, a second electrode, and a shaped carbon nanotube with a first end and a second end. The first end of the shaped carbon nanotube is conductively connected to the first electrode and the second end is conductively connected to the second electrode. ... The Boeing Co

03/29/18 / #20180089390

Method and system for tuning a musculoskeletal model

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

03/29/18 / #20180089247

Flight management system updates

An improved system for updating a flight management system of an aircraft is described. A flight management system is configured to execute an operation. ... The Boeing Co

03/29/18 / #20180088013

Self contained load frame for in-situ inspection

A load frame for applying a tensile load to a test sample during a test or measurement includes a first gripper for gripping a first end of the test sample, a second gripper for gripping a second end of the test sample, and a tensioner for applying the tensile load to the test sample. The load frame further includes a first end tube that encircles the first gripper, a second end tube that encircles the second gripper, and a center tube that encircles a mid-portion of the test sample during the test or measurement. ... The Boeing Co

03/29/18 / #20180087851

Valve system

A valve system comprises a plurality of motors and a plurality of valves. The plurality of motors is formed from a printed circuit board. ... The Boeing Co

03/29/18 / #20180087474

Dual turn thrust reverser cascade systems and methods

Systems and methods are provided for a thrust reverser system with a straight vane thrust reverser cascade. The thrust reverser system may also include a blocker door and a turning door. ... The Boeing Co

03/29/18 / #20180087162

Corrosion resistant surface treatment and primer system for aluminum aircraft using chromium-free inhibitors

An article includes a substrate; a first corrosion protection layer disposed on the substrate; and a second corrosion protection layer disposed on the first corrosion protection layer. The first corrosion protection layer includes a sol-gel composition and the second corrosion protection layer includes a polyurethane composition. ... The Boeing Co

03/29/18 / #20180086639

Recovery of fibers from fiber reinforced polymers with lewis bases

A composition comprising a lewis base containing depolymerization liquid and methods of using the lewis base depolymerization liquid to depolymerize the polymer component of fiber reinforced polymers to form free fibers.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/29/18 / #20180086479

Electric charge dissipation system for aircraft

A method and apparatus comprising a first composite layer and a second composite layer in which the second composite layer is associated with the first composite layer. The first composite layer and the second composite layer form a structure. ... The Boeing Co

03/29/18 / #20180086473

Nacelle fan cowl tangential restraint

Systems and methods are provided for an aircraft propulsor with a fan cowl with one or more tangential restraints. The tangential restraints may be configured to contact one or more tangential receiving portions of a fixed portion of the aircraft propulsor. ... The Boeing Co

03/29/18 / #20180086463

System and method for deployment of an aircraft weapons system

A device for mounting a weapon system to an aircraft includes an adaptor to couple to an internal structure of the aircraft. The device also include a gun mount and a deployment system. ... The Boeing Co

03/29/18 / #20180086431

Process and machine for reducing a drag component of a horizontal stabilizer on an aircraft

A process and a machine for improving a performance of a particular model of an aircraft, via reducing a size of a horizontal stabilizer for the particular model of the aircraft, the process comprising augmenting a nose-down moment, for the particular aircraft model, provided by a reduced horizontal stabilizer for the particular aircraft model, via addition of an ailevatoron mixer.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/29/18 / #20180086430

Process and machine for reducing a drag component of a horizontal stabilizer on an aircraft

A process and a machine for improving a performance of a particular model of an aircraft, via reducing a size of a horizontal stabilizer for the particular model of the aircraft, the process comprising augmenting a nose-up moment, for the particular aircraft model, provided by a reduced horizontal stabilizer for the particular aircraft model, via addition of an ailevatoron mixer.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/29/18 / #20180086429

Airfoil-shaped body having composite base skin with integral hat-shaped spar

An airfoil-shaped body (such as a wing or a flight control surface) comprising a base assembly made of composite material, which base assembly in turn comprises a base skin and one or more hat-shaped spars integrally formed with the base skin. The airfoil-shaped body further comprise a close-out skin that is attached to the hat-shaped spars using fasteners. ... The Boeing Co

03/29/18 / #20180085992

Method and system for forming masks

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

03/29/18 / #20180085883

Grinding booth assembly and method for grinding a work piece

A portable booth assembly for receiving a work piece to facilitate working on a work area of the work piece including a housing and an inner core disposed within an interior area of the housing is provided. The portable booth assembly includes an aperture that is formed in the housing and the inner core. ... The Boeing Co

03/29/18 / #20180085878

Method and apparatus for monitoring automated drilling processes

A system and method for mapping the cutting of a plurality of features in a three dimensional workpiece with a plurality of cutting tools controlled by a plurality of cutting tool machines according to process information is disclosed. The method comprises receiving the process information describing cutting parameters the plurality of features from the plurality of cutting tool machines, parsing the process information to extract the cutting parameters, transforming each feature location in the workpiece from a three dimensional space to a two dimensional space, initiating a call to retrieve cutting tool tracking information from each cutting machine for each of the plurality of cutting tools while cutting the plurality of features in the three dimensional workpiece and providing cutting status associated with each feature at the coordinate transformed location of each feature for presentation in the two dimensional space.. ... The Boeing Co

03/29/18 / #20180085877

Method and apparatus for centralized compliance, operations and setup of automated cutting tool machines

A system and method for cutting at least one of a plurality of features in a workpiece with at least one of a plurality of cutting tools controlled by at least one of a plurality of cutting tool machines is disclosed. The method receives process information describing cutting parameters from cutting tool machines, retrieves predicted cutting tool wear information relating a predicted cutting tool wear value to the cutting parameters, retrieves cutting tool information that include measured cutting tool wear information for the one of the plurality of cutting tools, computes a predicted cutting tool wear value for the one of the plurality of cutting tools from the measured cutting tool wear information, and cuts the at least one feature according to the computed predicted cutter wear value.. ... The Boeing Co

03/29/18 / #20180085860

Flexible and local laser shroud

Systems and methods according to one or more embodiments are provided for a flexible and local laser shroud that conforms to a contoured work surface and confines laser light energy from a laser end effector to the work surface. In one example, a system includes a laser end effector coupled to a robotic arm to provide laser light energy to a work surface. ... The Boeing Co

03/29/18 / #20180085792

System and method for high speed fod detection

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

03/29/18 / #20180085611

Fall protection apparatus and method

A system and method for restraining movement using a first adapter and a second adapter. The first adapter includes a first body, a first engagement component connected to the first body, and a first fastening component configured to fasten to a first attachment point of an aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

03/29/18 / #20180084956

Hand drying systems and methods

A hand drying system and method for a lavatory includes a blower housing that includes a blower that is configured to generate airflow within an air chamber. An exhaust vent is configured to be secured to the lavatory. ... The Boeing Co

03/22/18 / #20180083656

Blind source separation of signals having low signal-to-noise ratio

A blind source separation (bss) system comprises means for gathering wideband signal power spectral information without using special fourier transform hardware/software systems and without using extremely large signal memories. The method involves taking the combined energy output of a large set of bss filters that are operating under a blind source separation algorithm that looks for signals of interest, along with instantaneous filter characteristics such as center frequency, bandwidth and spectral response, and records a weighted spread energy into a frequency- and time-based histogram. ... The Boeing Co

03/22/18 / #20180082595

Graphical user interface for optimization of flight plan schedule, ride quality, and efficiency

An aircraft system, computer-implemented method, and computer program product for optimizing a flight plan for schedule, ride quality, and efficiency is provided. Tradeoff preferences between on-schedule operations, ride quality, and efficiency are received. ... The Boeing Co

03/22/18 / #20180082425

Line segment detection in low contrast images

A method for detecting line segments in an image. The method includes receiving an image taken by a camera. ... The Boeing Co

03/22/18 / #20180081045

Ladar systems with dynamic receiver filters

Ladar systems and methods are disclosed. Ladar systems include a ladar transmitter configured to emit a laser signal from a platform and a ladar receiver configured to detect the laser signal returning from a target moving relative to the platform. ... The Boeing Co

03/22/18 / #20180080882

Method and system for automated data collection and part validation

An inspection system comprises a crane system, a six axis, one hundred and fifty degree articulating robotic arm, a laser inspection system, and a communications system. The robotic arm is connected to a base of the crane system. ... The Boeing Co

03/22/18 / #20180080495

Induction-softened thermoplastic shims

A shim assembly includes a shim material configured to be positioned between a first component and a second component. A wire is in contact with the shim material. ... The Boeing Co

03/22/18 / #20180079885

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

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

03/22/18 / #20180079528

Apparatuses and methods for reducing ozone creation from ultraviolet (uv) light

Apparatuses and methods are described for use of an ultraviolet (uv) light source, such as in a cleaning device, in which ozone creation due to reaction of the uv light with oxygen in the air is reduced. An example method includes dispersing, by a gas outlet, oxygen-depleted gas over a uv light source, and directing uv light from the uv light source to pass through the oxygen-depleted gas onto an area. ... The Boeing Co

03/22/18 / #20180079526

Method for placing electrical conductors interior to a composite structure prior to curing

A method for placing electrical conductors interior to a composite structure prior to curing. A laminate stack is formed by assembling one or more composite layers, wherein the composite layers are pre-impregnated with a resin. ... The Boeing Co

03/22/18 / #20180079521

Light detection and ranging (lidar) ice detection

Method and system to detect ice accumulation on ice prone surfaces of an aircraft. The method and system sweeps a light detection and ranging (lidar) beam across ice prone surfaces to measure the shape of the ice prone surfaces. ... The Boeing Co

03/22/18 / #20180079512

Fluid ice protection system flow conductivity sensor

Method and system to sense ice protection fluid and verify a fluid ice protection system (fips) is distributing the ice protection fluid correctly.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/22/18 / #20180079511

Turbofan engine fluid ice protection delivery system

Method and system to deliver anti-ice fluid to an ice prone surface using a pressurized tank pressurized with engine bleed air. The method and system further uses an eductor to evacuate anti-ice fluid such that the anti-ice fluid's unwanted leakage is eliminated or reduced. ... The Boeing Co

03/22/18 / #20180079494

Aircraft landing gear, aircraft, and related methods

An aircraft landing gear structure includes a strut assembly configured to transition between a compressed configuration, an extended configuration, and a retracted configuration. The strut assembly has a compressed length, an extended length, and a retracted length, such that the compressed length and retracted length are less than the extended length. ... The Boeing Co

03/22/18 / #20180079481

Mounting member with anti-rotation bushings

A mounting member for a vehicle, the mounting member including a mounting member body having a longitudinal axis, at least one static opening extending through the body transverse to the longitudinal axis, and at least one blind listener bushing, each blind fastener bushing having a bushing body and a blind fastener receptacle extending axially through the bushing body. The bushing body has a bushing cross-sectional shape that interlocks and couples with a static opening cross-sectional shape of a respective one of the at least one static opening so that rotation of the at least one blind fastener bushing is constrained relative to the mounting member body and the static opening cross-sectional shape is maintained upon application of a blind fastener installation torque or blind fastener removal torque being applied to the blind fastener receptacle by a respective blind fastener.. ... The Boeing Co

03/22/18 / #20180079172

Method for promoting electrical conduction between metallic components and composite materials

A method for promoting electrical conduction between metallic components and composite materials. A composite body is coated with an adhering layer comprising a conductive material, and a metallic component is electrically connected to the conductive material of the adhering layer, when the metallic component is coupled to the composite body. ... The Boeing Co

03/22/18 / #20180079156

Method of positioning a braided fibre sleeve

A method of positioning a braided fibre sleeve relative to a tool surface, the braided fibre sleeve comprising a longitudinal axis and biaxially oriented tows arranged at acute angles relative to the longitudinal axis, the method comprising; applying tension to a plurality of axial threads disposed along the longitudinal axis, such tension forming a tensioned braided fibre sleeve; positioning the tensioned braided fibre sleeve relative to a tool surface; and releasing tension on the plurality of axial threads.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/22/18 / #20180079115

Vacuum port base

A vacuum port base comprises an upper face, a lower face, a first channel, and a second channel. The upper face is configured to interface with a vacuum port. ... The Boeing Co

03/22/18 / #20180079110

Reinforced bladder

A method and apparatus for a reinforced bladder are provided. The reinforced bladder comprises a bladder with a cross-sectional shape formed of a polymeric material and a number of reinforcements. ... The Boeing Co

03/22/18 / #20180078101

Hand dryer having managed air flow

A method and apparatus for drying objects in low-volume enclosed spaces is disclosed. In one embodiment, the apparatus is a hand dryer that comprises a dryer cavity including an input port, an exhaust port, and an opening for insertion of a hand having moisture thereon, an air channel, pneumatically coupling the exhaust port of the dryer cavity to the input port of the dryer cavity, the air channel substantially isolated from an interior volume of the lavatory, and a blower, communicatively coupled to the air channel, for moving air through the air channel and the dryer cavity.. ... The Boeing Co

03/15/18 / #20180077828

Carbon nanomaterial composite sheet and method for making the same

. . A carbon nanomaterial composite sheet and a method for making a carbon nanomaterial composite sheet may include a layer of a carbon nanomaterial structure being bonded to a carrier layer, the carrier layer being fabricated from a porous metalized nonwoven material.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/15/18 / #20180077797

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

03/15/18 / #20180076761

Power routing module with a switching matrix for a solar cell array

A power routing module with a switching matrix for electrically interconnecting a plurality of solar cells in an array, wherein the switching matrix is configured to dynamically route power among a plurality of current pathways connected between the power routing module and the plurality of solar cells. At least one of the solar cells has at least one cropped corner resulting in a corner region, an area of a substrate in the corner region remains exposed when the solar cells are attached to the substrate, and the power routing module with the switching matrix is attached to the substrate in the area of the substrate in the corner region that remains exposed.. ... The Boeing Co

03/15/18 / #20180076743

Methods and apparatus to perform torque balance control of co-shafted motors

Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture to perform torque balance control of co-shafted motors are disclosed. An example method includes calculating a first torque value based on first phase currents of a first motor that is driving a shaft connected to a control surface, and calculating a second torque value based on second phase currents of a second motor that is driving the same shaft. ... The Boeing Co

03/15/18 / #20180076568

Variable-clocking terminal assembly

A variable-clocking terminal assembly includes a crimp barrel, a terminal lug, and a locking collar. The crimp barrel includes a crimp portion having a crimp portion cavity sized and configured to receive a cable end of an electrical cable. ... The Boeing Co

03/15/18 / #20180076518

Heat regulation for components of phased array antennas

Systems and methods are provided for regulating heat for a phased array antenna (paa). The system includes a paa, which includes array elements to handle radio frequency (rf) signals. ... The Boeing Co

03/15/18 / #20180076350

Solar cells for a solar cell array

A solar cell for a solar cell array with one or more grid on a surface thereof, wherein electrical connections are made to the grids in a plurality of locations positioned around the solar cell; and the electrical connections extend to one or more conductors located under the solar cell. The conductors located under the solar cell are buried within a substrate, and each of the conductors comprises a low resistance conducting path that distributes current from the solar cell. ... The Boeing Co

03/15/18 / #20180076349

Power routing module for a solar cell array

A power routing module for electrically interconnecting solar cells in an array, wherein the power routing module includes: an electrically conductive layer for electrically interconnecting the solar cells; and an insulation layer for electrically insulating the electrically conductive layer. At least one of the solar cells has at least one cropped corner that defines a corner region. ... The Boeing Co

03/15/18 / #20180076348

Rework and repair of components in a solar cell array

A substrate for solar cells is configured such that an area of the substrate remains exposed when at least one solar cell having at least one cropped corner that defines a corner region is attached to the substrate, one or more electrical connections for the solar cell are made in the corner region resulting from the cropped corner of the solar cell, and at least one of the electrical connections, connecting a first interconnect in a first location, is repaired by connecting a second interconnect in a second location in the at least one of the electrical connections different from the first location.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/15/18 / #20180076346

Solar cell array connections using corner conductors

A solar cell array is comprised of at least one solar cell and a substrate for the solar cell. The solar cell has at least one cropped corner that defines a corner region, wherein the corner region includes at least one contact for making an electrical connection to the solar cell. ... The Boeing Co

03/15/18 / #20180076344

Nano-metal connections for a solar cell array

An electrical connection is formed between first and second conductive elements, by inserting a nano-metal material between the first and second conductive elements; and heating the nano-metal material to a melting temperature to form the electrical connection between the first and second conductive elements. The nano-metal material may comprise a nano-metal paste or ink comprised of one or more of gold (au), copper (cu), silver (ag), and/or aluminum (al) nano-particles that melt or fuse into a solid to form the electrical connection, at a melting temperature of about 150-250 degrees c., and more preferably, about 175-225 degrees c. ... The Boeing Co

03/15/18 / #20180076339

Prefabricated conductors on a substrate to facilitate corner connections for a solar cell array

A substrate for solar cells is fabricated such that an area of the substrate remains exposed when at least one solar cell having at least one cropped corner that defines a corner region is attached to the substrate; the area of the substrate that remains exposed includes one or more conductors printed on the substrate; and electrical connections between the solar cell and the conductors are made in the corner region resulting from the cropped corner of the solar cell. The substrate may also include buried conductors for making series connections that determine a flow of power through a plurality of solar cells, including corner-to-corner and column-to-column connections for the plurality of solar cells that are attached to the substrate in a two-dimensional (2-d) grid of an array. ... The Boeing Co

03/15/18 / #20180076000

X-ray back scattering for inspection of part

Described herein is an x-ray backscatter apparatus for non-destructive inspection of a part. The apparatus includes an x-ray emitter and a zone plate. ... The Boeing Co

03/15/18 / #20180075717

Systems and methods for interfacing with an aircraft cabin control system

Systems and methods for interfacing with an aircraft cabin control system are provided. One system includes a controller configured to control cabin services associated with one or more passengers, a portable electronic device configured to wirelessly connect to the controller and a seat location identifier associated with a seat of one passenger of the passengers. ... The Boeing Co

03/15/18 / #20180074186

Airborne precision doppler velocity radar

Methods and systems for a precision doppler-based airborne platform velocity measurement system are presently disclosed. An example method comprises transmitting a radar signal with an antenna of an airborne platform. ... The Boeing Co

03/15/18 / #20180074170

Systems and methods for spatial filtering using data with widely different error magnitudes

A method for spatially filtering data includes receiving a plurality of signal parameter vectors including spatial-type information derived from a sensor and associated with a signal emitter, determining error magnitudes of a plurality of first and second coordinates, and transmitting the plurality of coordinates to at least two arrays of differing sparsity in an array data structure when the error magnitudes differ by a predetermined amount, where each array is representative of a physical spatial domain from which a plurality of signals are received by the sensor. The method also includes determining a plurality of elliptical error region probability objects representative of probability density functions of the plurality of coordinates, where each object is stored in association with at least one of the at least two arrays, and determining an intersection region between the plurality of objects that is representative of a location of the signal emitter.. ... The Boeing Co

03/15/18 / #20180074169

Systems and methods for adding functional grid elements to stochastic sparse tree grids for spatial filtering

A method of spatially filtering signal parameter vector data includes receiving, at a computing device, a first signal parameter vector at a first time and a second signal parameter vector at a second time occurring after the first time. The first and second signal parameter vectors are derived from a plurality of signals received at a sensor, and include first and second signal data blocks, respectively. ... The Boeing Co

03/15/18 / #20180074157

System and method for ranging a prn receiver with a prn composite code

In accordance with one or more aspects of the present disclosure, a method for ranging of a prn receiver including generating, at a prn transmitting device that includes a processor and wireless transmitter and is in a line-of-sight position with the prn receiver, at least two component codes, time shifting, with the processor of the prn transmitting device, the at least two component codes relative to each other to form time shifted component codes, wirelessly transmitting, with the prn transmitting device, the time shifted component codes to the prn receiver with a predetermined modulation, and receiving the time shifted component codes with the prn receiver that includes a prn receiver processor, and determining a range estimate of the prn receiver based on a combination of the time shifted component codes with the prn receiver processor.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/15/18 / #20180074036

Mobile explosion lab systems and methods for incendivity testing

Methods of incendivity testing include applying a flexible sheet over a test article to form a sealed space between the flexible sheet and a surface region of the test article. Methods further include filling the sealed space with an indicator gas mixture, applying an energy discharge to the test article, and determining whether the indicator gas mixture in the sealed space reacted in response to the energy discharge. ... The Boeing Co

03/15/18 / #20180073884

Fuel consumption predictions using associative memories

A method, system, and computer program product for predicting fuel consumption for a vehicle operation is provided. An associative memory device is accessed, using one or more attributes of an operation plan for the planned vehicle operation, to determine at least one historical vehicle operation from a plurality of historical vehicle operations that is similar to the planned vehicle operation. ... The Boeing Co

03/15/18 / #20180073851

Validating parts using a number of contiguous coupons produced from part excess

A method and a check fixture is presented. A part having a number of contiguous coupons is processed using an automated tool. ... The Boeing Co

03/15/18 / #20180073539

Lockbolt collar feed mechanisms, lockbolt installation tools, and methods of installing lockbolt assemblies

Lockbolt collar feed mechanisms, lockbolt installation tools, and methods of installing lockbolt assemblies are disclosed. Lockbolt collar feed mechanisms comprise a collar cartridge and a mounting bracket operatively coupled to the collar cartridge and configured to be operatively coupled to a lockbolt installation tool. ... The Boeing Co

03/15/18 / #20180073527

Piezoelectric actuators optimized for synthetic jet actuators

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

03/15/18 / #20180073491

Shape memory alloy actuators with heat transfer structures, actuated assemblies including the shape memory alloy actuators, and methods of manufacturing the same

Shape memory alloy actuators with heat transfer structures, actuated assemblies including the shape memory alloy actuators, and methods of manufacturing the same are disclosed herein. The shape memory alloy actuators include a shape memory alloy torque tube and a heat transfer structure. ... The Boeing Co

03/15/18 / #20180073167

Composite structure having modifier material printed thereon

A composite fiber may include at least one reinforcing filament formed of a first material. A second material maybe systematically deposited in a printed onto the at least one reinforcing filament such that at least one of a length, a width, and a thickness of the second material varies across a surface of the at least one reinforcing filament. ... The Boeing Co

03/15/18 / #20180072432

Method of producing cored composite parts

A composite structure includes a base structure, a core disposed on the base structure, the core having a non-uniform contour relative to the base structure, a layered cover material disposed on the base structure covering the core, the layered cover material conforming to the non-uniform contour of the core and having at least one overlay ply, each of the at least one overlay ply having at least one slit cut through fibers of the respective overlay ply, and at least one cover ply having a shape that spans the at least one slit, and being configured to transfer a load across the at least one slit.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/15/18 / #20180072400

Open-channel stiffener

An open-channel stiffener for stiffening a panel has a bonding flange for bonding the stiffener to the panel through a bondline formed between the bonding flange and the panel to form a stiffened panel. The open-channel stiffener has a cross-sectional shape that aligns, or substantially aligns, a shear center of the stiffener with a centroid of the stiffener and aligns the shear center proximate an edge of the bondline, and removes the need for a radius filler noodle. ... The Boeing Co

03/15/18 / #20180072399

Aircraft wings and aircraft including such aircraft wings

Aircraft wings and aircraft including such aircraft wings are disclosed. An example apparatus includes an aircraft wing having a first panel; a second panel; ribs coupled between the first and second panels; and stiffeners coupled between the ribs in a spanwise direction and to the first panel, the coupling between the stiffeners and the first panel to deter axial loads from being received by the stiffeners, the stiffeners to increase a compressional stability of the first panel, wherein the coupling between the stiffeners and the first panel are indirect couplings formed via clips, the couplings formed via the clips deter the axial loads from being received by the stiffeners while increasing the compressional stability of the first panel.. ... The Boeing Co

03/15/18 / #20180071962

Gap fillers for composite materials

Systems and methods are provided for fabricating gap fillers for composite parts. One exemplary system includes a controller that acquires a geometry for a gap filler that will occupy a volume at a joint between laminates of curable constituent material, subdivides the geometry of the gap filler into layers, and for each layer: identifies variations in width of the layer along a length of the gap filler, and generates instructions for trimming a web of curable constituent material to match the variations in width of the layer. ... The Boeing Co

03/15/18 / #20180071773

Variable radius print head end effector

A surface treatment assembly for treating a contoured surface includes an adjustable base having at least a first contour shape and a second contour shape. The surface treatment assembly further includes a plurality of applicator heads that are coupled to the adjustable base. ... The Boeing Co

03/15/18 / #20180070973

Blade-protecting sheath for an ultrasonic cutting system

A blade-protecting sheath is configured to protect a cutting blade of an ultrasonic cutting system. The blade-protecting sheath includes a main body having a first end and an opposite second end, a blade-receiving channel formed through the first end, and a nut-retention chamber connected to the blade-receiving channel. ... The Boeing Co

03/08/18 / #20180069952

Portable communication devices with accessory functions and related methods

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

03/08/18 / #20180068551

Systems and methods for wind tunnel operation

A system for monitoring a model in a wind tunnel is provided. The system includes a plurality of sensors attached to a model in a wind tunnel. ... The Boeing Co

03/08/18 / #20180068499

Automated engineering order creation

A system of one or more processors for creating an engineering order for aircraft from a published, electronic service bulletin is disclosed. The system may include an interface, a database, and an engineering order (eo) module in operative communication with the interface and the database. ... The Boeing Co

03/08/18 / #20180068418

Apparatus, system, and method for enhancing image video data

Described herein is a method for enhancing image data that includes dividing an image into multiple regions. The method includes measuring variations in pixel intensity distribution of the image to determine high pixel intensity variations for identifying an intensity-changing region. ... The Boeing Co

03/08/18 / #20180068332

Aircraft motion assessment systems and methods

An aircraft motion assessment system and method includes associating a plurality of polling devices within an internal cabin of an aircraft with passenger seats onboard the aircraft, communicatively coupling a motion assessment control unit to the plurality of polling devices, and receiving, by the motion assessment control unit, passenger-input motion effects data from the plurality of polling devices.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/08/18 / #20180067501

Programmable multi-gravity test platform and method for using same

A system and method for collecting test data from a unit under test (uut) in a multi-gravity environment is disclosed. In one embodiment, the method comprises determining a desired accelerative load profile for the uut, determining the commanded flight profile of a flight vehicle at least in part from the desired accelerative load profile and a predicted dynamic response of the flight vehicle having the uut mounted thereto to the commanded flight profile, commanding the flight vehicle having the uut mounted thereto to fly the determined flight profile, and collecting the test data using a data acquisition system communicatively coupled to the uut.. ... The Boeing Co

03/08/18 / #20180067500

Optimum cruise climb tracking for reduced fuel consumption using vertical and lateral navigation

A method of optimizing a cruise climb of an aircraft. The method includes using vertical navigation and lateral navigation to track the cruise climb; and using tracking of the cruise climb to adjust a climb rate of the aircraft to match an optimal climb rate.. ... The Boeing Co

03/08/18 / #20180067484

Remotely operated mobile stand-off measurement and inspection system

Self-contained, remotely operated, mobile measurement and inspection systems for stand-off inspection of large target objects located at sites distant from an operations center. The systems comprise a mobile platform with on-board instrumentation capable of making dimensional measurements in the local coordinate system of the target object. ... The Boeing Co

03/08/18 / #20180067476

Predictive shimming of joints

A method and a system are provided for predicting and creating a shim for use in a joint where two parts, such as a skin and a substructure, are assembled together. Digital models for the skin and the substructure may be used as nominal maps of the outlines and profiles of the parts. ... The Boeing Co

03/08/18 / #20180067159

Automatic data bus wire integrity verification device

A device for verifying wire connectivity of a bus may include a bus connector configured to connect to a bus comprising a plurality of wires and measurement circuitry configured to perform a verification test on each wire of the bus. The verification test of each wire may include connecting a wire under test in a predetermined configuration relative to the other wires for performing the verification test and measuring a value of an electrical parameter associated with the wire under test. ... The Boeing Co

03/08/18 / #20180066951

Analysis of object movement within an environment

An apparatus is provided for directing movement of a physical object within a three-dimensional (3d) navigable region of an environment. Generally, the apparatus divides the navigable region into geometric segments, and assigns a sequence of the geometric segments from a location to a destination to, and for movement of, the physical object. ... The Boeing Co

03/08/18 / #20180066686

Sandwich panel joints and methods for joining sandwich panels

Joints for joining panels 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

03/08/18 / #20180065762

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

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

03/08/18 / #20180065761

Method of repairing damage to fuselage barrel and associated apparatus and system

Disclosed herein is a method of repairing damage to a fuselage barrel, having a one-piece construction, of an aircraft. The method includes determining at least a first virtual splice line and a second virtual splice line along the fuselage barrel in a direction parallel to a longitudinal axis of the fuselage barrel. ... The Boeing Co

03/08/18 / #20180065750

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

03/08/18 / #20180065733

Landing gear toggle lock mechanism

A landing gear lock assembly includes a first lock link, and a second lock link, a first end of the second lock link being rotatably coupled to the second end of the first lock link so that the first and second lock links unfold relative to each other in a first rotation direction. A toggle lock mechanism has a crank link and a toggle link rotatably coupled to each other, the toggle link being rotatably coupled to the second lock link, and the crank link being rotatably coupled to the first lock link so that the toggle link rotates relative to the second lock link, in a direction opposite the first rotation direction, to rotate the second lock link to a fully extended position relative to the first lock link. ... The Boeing Co

03/08/18 / #20180065726

Moisture path close-out and thermal control system and methods of assembling same

A moisture control assembly for use with a support beam extending through an insulation layer is provided. The insulation layer is positioned between an outer wall and an inner wall. ... The Boeing Co

03/08/18 / #20180065325

Dynamic heater control for automated fiber placement machines

Systems and methods are provided for dynamically managing heater position for an automated fiber placement (afp) machine. One embodiment is a method that includes retrieving distance data indicating predicted distances of a heating surface of a heater of the afp machine to a surface of a laminate being laid-up by the afp machine, for each of multiple locations along a path. ... The Boeing Co

03/08/18 / #20180065314

Radius filler for composite structure

A radius filler includes a plurality of fibers encapsulated in resin and braided into a braided radius filler. The braided radius filler has a substantially triangular shape with concave radius filler side surfaces and a substantially planar radius filler base surface.. ... The Boeing Co

03/08/18 / #20180065165

Method for superplastic forming a multilayer structure having a monolithic attachment member

A method for forming a multilayer structure from a precursor panel having an edge, the method including steps of connecting an attachment member to the precursor panel such that an edge of the attachment member is in alignment with the edge of the precursor panel and applying heat and gas pressure to expand the precursor panel.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/08/18 / #20180065134

Master application paths for coatings

A method of applying a coating to at least a portion of a surface of a structure using reusable master path rules. The surface of the structure is identified to form surface data. ... The Boeing Co

03/08/18 / #20180065130

Apparatuses and methods for bead application

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

03/08/18 / #20180064975

Expulsion of a fire suppressant from a container

Disclosed herein is an example method for expelling a fire suppressant from a container into a distribution manifold. The method includes generating a propellant gas that flows into the container via a first port of the container, thereby causing a pressure within the container to increase. ... The Boeing Co

03/08/18 / #20180064833

Deployable ultraviolet light sanitizing systems and methods

An ultraviolet (uv) light sanitizing system and method are configured to sanitize at least one surface within an enclosed space. The uv light sanitizing system includes a uv light assembly that is selectively moveable between a stowed position and a deployed position. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180063260

Local positioning with communication tags

. . A local positioning system may include a reader assembly and a data processing assembly. The reader assembly may be configured to read tag data from at least one wireless communication tag of a plurality of wireless communication tags disposed in spaced-apart fixed positions relative to a structure extending along an expanse when the reader assembly is disposed in the expanse proximate to the at least one wireless communication tag. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180062727

Steerable antenna assembly utilizing a dielectric lens

A steerable antenna assembly (“saa”) for receiving a plurality of incident radio frequency (“rf”) signals at a plurality of incident angles is disclosure. The saa includes an approximately spherical dielectric lens (“sdl”), a waveguide aperture block (“wab”), a switch aperture matrix (“sam”), and a radial aperture combiner (“rac”). ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180062401

Detecting internal short circuits in batteries

A battery management system (bms) described herein determines the internal resistance for a cell that may have an internal short circuit. In one aspect, the bms monitors the voltage across each of a plurality cells that are coupled in series. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180062250

Broadband stacked multi-spiral antenna array integrated into an aircraft structural element

A broadband stacked multi-spiral antenna array comprising two or more spiral antennas with a dielectric layer having a generally uniform thickness positioned between each pair of stacked antennas, which are all center-fed and in-phase. The antenna array may be embedded in a non-conductive material, such as fiberglass embedded in a resin, a honeycomb core sandwich, or structural foam, that may be used to form a structural element of a mobile platform. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180062066

Actuator assemblies, mechanical assemblies including the actuator assemblies, and methods of fabricating the same

Actuator assemblies, mechanical assemblies including the actuator assemblies, and methods of fabricating the same are disclosed herein. The actuator assemblies include a piezoelectric element having a first side and a second side, a first electrode in electrical communication with the first side, and a second electrode in electrical communication with the second side. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180061518

Electrically conductive materials

Methods of forming an electrically conductive carbon allotrope material comprise depositing a first material comprising a polymer and a sulfonic acid onto a carbon allotrope material to form a second material. The methods comprise curing the second material. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180061252

System, apparatus, and method using ads-b and tcas data for determining navigation solutions for a vehicle

A system using automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ads-b) data and traffic alert and collision avoidance system (tcas) data for determining navigation solutions for a vehicle is provided. The system has a communal position system (cps) with a cps sensor located in the vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180061246

Aircraft traffic spacing and timing control with dynamic flight path variation

An example method for aircraft traffic spacing and timing control with flight path variation of an aircraft includes receiving information of aircraft traffic for an area, determining an aircraft spacing plan for the aircraft traffic for the area based on spacing requirements due to separation standards or flow management constraints for the aircraft traffic, determining that a modification to a flight path of an aircraft is required to meet a longitudinal spacing requirement between the aircraft and one or more additional aircraft of the aircraft traffic based on the aircraft spacing plan, determining a flight path modification to the flight path for the aircraft based on the modification that causes the aircraft to remain within associated margins of the rnp instrument flight procedure and alters the longitudinal spacing between the aircraft and the additional aircraft of the aircraft traffic, and assigning the flight path modification to the aircraft via a data communication link.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180061245

Community noise management with aircraft dynamic path variation

An example method for flight path variation of an aircraft for noise management includes receiving noise inquiries of a community related to aircraft noise during flight over the community, receiving an output from noise sensors positioned within the community, determining a noise distribution plan for additional aircraft flying over the community so as to steer the additional aircraft and distribute additional aircraft noise in response to the noise inquiries and the output from the noise sensors, and based on flight path data of the additional aircraft and the noise distribution plan, assigning a flight path modification to aircraft via a data communication link. The flight path modification informs the aircraft to adjust the flight path to remain within associated margins of a required navigation performance (rnp) instrument flight procedure and to reduce noise impact to the community underneath the flight path.. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180061152

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

03/01/18 / #20180061123

3d vehicle localizing using geoarcs

Examples include methods, systems, and articles for localizing a vehicle relative to an imaged surface configuration. Localizing the vehicle may include selecting pairs of features in an image acquired from a sensor supported by the vehicle having corresponding identified pairs of features in a reference representation of the surface configuration. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180061055

2d vehicle localizing using geoarcs

Examples include methods, systems, and articles for localizing a vehicle relative to an imaged surface configuration. Localizing the vehicle may include selecting pairs of features in an image acquired from a sensor supported by the vehicle having corresponding identified pairs of features in a reference representation of the surface configuration. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180061037

Dynamic, persistent tracking of multiple field elements

A targeting system includes a personal display system, an attitude determination unit and processing circuitry. The personal display system generates or enables a live view of a physical environment including a field element. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180060670

Scene change detection via multiple sensors

An example method includes determining first classification rule(s) based on first data that classifies pixel groups of first reference image(s) as types of objects. The first reference image(s) are captured by a first sensor. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180059070

In-duct acoustic measuring apparatus and method

An apparatus and a method for measuring one or more acoustic parameters in a duct are described. The method includes arranging at least one pair of microphones in an array on a microphone support device, disposing the microphone support device including the array of microphones in the duct, generating an acoustic signal in the duct such that the acoustic signal propagates toward the array of microphones, and receiving by the array of microphones, the acoustic signal to provide a microphone output signal. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180059065

System and method for nondestructive evaluation of a test object

A system for nondestructive evaluation of a test object includes a platform, an electromagnetic acoustic transducer (emat) to create acoustic vibrations that travel along the test object; an infrared detector positioned to record thermal images of a plurality of test areas on the test object to detect flaws in the test object as the platform and the test object move relative to each other; and a control connected to actuate the emat and the infrared detector, synchronize the creation of vibrations with the recording of thermal images, receive a signal from the infrared detector indicative of the thermal image of the surface of the test object, and record locations of the flaws appearing on the thermal images of the test areas, all as the platform and the test object move relative to each other.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180059064

Acoustic emission sensor holder

A holder for attaching an acoustic emission sensor to a non-metallic and non-magnetic material has a tubular body with a closed top end and an open bottom end through which the sensor is insertable into the tubular body. The closed top end has a plurality of unitary flexible flaps angularly extending inwardly from an inner surface of the enclosed top end. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180058814

Compact laser and geolocating targeting system

A handheld targeting device that includes a geolocating system and a laser targeting system is provided. The geolocating system includes a laser range finder operable to emit a first pulsed laser beam toward an object from the first end of the housing and receive a returned first pulsed laser beam to calculate a distance to a target. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180058595

Guide vane check valves

Guide vane check valves, guide vane check valve assemblies, and poppets for guide vane check valve assemblies are disclosed. A guide vane poppet includes an elongate central core configured to form a fluid seal with a valve body of the check valve assembly. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180058373

Blocker door assembly having a thermoplastic blocker door for use in a turbine engine

A blocker door assembly for use in a gas turbine engine includes a facesheet including a plurality of openings to facilitate noise attenuation and a body portion coupled to the facesheet. The body portion includes a backsheet integrally formed with a honeycomb core, wherein the body portion is molded from a thermoplastic material.. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180058333

Bleed air systems for use with aircraft and related methods

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

03/01/18 / #20180058097

Method and apparatus for clocking stowage bin latches

An apparatus (100) for clocking a shaft (124) of a latch (122) relative to a housing (126) of the latch (122) is disclosed. The apparatus (100) comprises a body (102), comprising a surface (104) and a first opening (106), formed through the surface (104). ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180057722

Electrostatic dissipative compositions and methods thereof

Compositions of the present disclosure comprise electrostatic dissipative compositions comprising a first polymer, a second polymer, and a naphthyl sulfonic acid. Methods of the present disclosure comprise heating a vehicle component by applying a voltage to a surface of a composition disposed on a vehicle component. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180057697

Methods for making static dissipative coatings

The present disclosure relates generally to the field of static dissipative coatings. More specifically, the present disclosure relates to the methods of making static dissipative, preferably non-chromium-containing, coatings comprising carbon nanotubes, the coatings themselves, and structures comprising such coatings.. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180057694

Barrier coating system

The present disclosure provides a barrier-coating structure that includes a polymer-matrix composite having a first surface and a second surface. The barrier-coating structure includes a flexible layer having a first surface and a second surface and a sol-gel layer having a first surface and a second surface. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180057646

Carbon fiber composite, a medium incorporating the carbon fiber composite, and a related method

Carbon fiber composite additives, media incorporating the carbon fiber composites, and related methods are provided herein. In some aspects, a composition includes at least one medium; and a carbon fiber composite incorporated with the at least one medium, the carbon fiber composite including one or more carbon fibers with an epoxy resin matrix applied thereto to produce a composition having improved characteristics and filtration performance.. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180057192

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

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

03/01/18 / #20180057189

Thrust apparatuses, systems, and methods

Described herein is a thrust system for a vehicle that includes at least three electrical power controllers, at least four electrical switches each configured to receive electrical power from at least one of the at least three electrical power controllers, and at least three thrusters each configured to receive electrical power from at least one of the at least three electrical switches. The at least four electrical switches are operable to switch a supply of electrical power from any of the at least three electrical power controllers to any one of the at least three thrusters.. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180057188

Additive manufactured tool assembly

A tool assembly includes a support frame including support beams and support mounts supporting the support beams. The support frame is rigid and used to transport the tool assembly. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180057187

Aircraft pilot display system and method of use

A yaw feedback system for use by an aircraft is provided. The yaw feedback system includes a processor, a runway centerline indicator, and a yaw feedback indicator. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180057184

Methods and apparatus to control thrust ramping of an aircraft engine

Methods and apparatus to control thrust ramping of an aircraft engine are disclosed. An example thrust control system includes a sensor to measure a crosswind speed and a thrust manager to compare the measured crosswind speed to a crosswind threshold range. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180057176

Electrically conductive materials for heating and deicing airfoils

Composite airfoils of the present disclosure comprise a root section including a first surface. The airfoils comprise an intermediate section having a first surface and coupled with the root section at a first end. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180057149

Actuators for high lift devices on aircraft

Actuators for high lift devices on aircraft are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes an actuator for a high lift device of an aircraft including a motor and a transmission, where the transmission includes a first gear stage and a second gear stage, the first gear stage including a first worm gear and the second gear stage including a second worm gear, the first worm gear, the second worm gear and the motor operative to prevent backdrive of the actuator.. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180057142

Wing and method of manufacturing

A wing includes a wing box including interconnected spars, an interior system installed within the wing box, an opposed pair of skins fastened to and covering the wing box, wherein one of the skins closes out the wing, and a plurality of fastening systems configured to fasten the skins to the spars and provide protection from electromagnetic effects, wherein each one of the fastening systems includes a threaded fastener, a nut plate including a body and a cover, and a nut enclosed within the nut plate between the body and the cover, wherein the nut is restricted from rotation within the nut plate about a nut plate axis and is free to move linearly within the nut plate orthogonal to the nut plate axis.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180057140

Heat shield flange sliding joint

A thermal expansion joint is disclosed. In one non-limiting example the thermal expansion joint includes a bottom portion extending between a support structure and a trailing edge and the support structure is positioned proximate to a heat source. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180057137

Methods and components for wing-to-fuselage integration

A method for wing-to-fuselage integration is disclosed. The method includes attaching a fitting to a wing box assembly of an aircraft at an early stage of integration and then attaching the fitting to a stub beam attached to a fuselage panel of the aircraft at a later stage of integration. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180056670

Adaptable surface treatment repair system

A surface treatment repair assembly for applying a surface treatment to a contoured surface includes an attachment device configured to removably attach to the contoured surface and a robotic unit is coupled to the attachment device. Furthermore, a treating unit is operably mounted on the robotic unit and including a plurality of applicator heads forming a treatment array and each applicator head is configured to apply a surface repair treatment. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180056612

Actuatable flow media

An actuatable flow media for the control of a flow rate of a liquid through the flow media, the actuatable flow media comprising a base having at least one cavity formed therein, at least one aperture formed in the cavity defining a liquid flow path for the entry of liquid into or exit of liquid from the flow media; a flexible membrane arranged in spaced relation with the base and defining a liquid flow path through the flow media; and an elastically deformable element arranged in the cavity and extending between the base and the flexible membrane for actuation between at least a first configuration in which the element is substantially undeformed and the liquid flow path through the at least one aperture is open and a second configuration in which the element is substantially deformed and the liquid flow path through the at least one aperture is closed.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180056610

Method and system for fabricating a composite structure

A method and system for fabricating a composite structure is provided. At least a first layer of reinforcement material is placed on a surface of a tool. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180056554

Compression molding assembly and methods for molding a thermoplastic blocker door

A compression molding assembly for molding a honeycomb core, including a plurality of cells defined by a plurality of walls, of a blocker door is provided. The compression molding assembly includes a ram plate comprising a plurality of openings defined therethrough and a plurality of core inserts coupled to the ram plate such that the plurality of core inserts are configured to form the honeycomb core of the blocker door. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180056546

Method of locally influencing resin permeability of a dry preform

Resin permeation of a dry preform having one or more reinforcement plies is locally influenced during resin infusion using a selectively permeable veil applied to at least one of the reinforcement plies.. . ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180056511

Movement control for tracked robot assemblies that manufacture aircraft

Systems and methods are provided for controlling the motion of a tracked robot assembly. An exemplary method comprises disposing a mobile robot assembly proximate to a fuselage of an aircraft that is being assembled, aligning a left ranging sensor of the assembly with a left target, and aligning a right ranging sensor of the assembly with a right target. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180056436

Systems, methods, and devices for exit hole repair associated with welding operations

Systems, methods, and devices are disclosed herein that repair and fill exit holes created by welding operations on vehicle components or parts. Methods may include inserting a plug into the exit hole in one or more vehicle parts, where the exit hole is created by the welding operation performed on the one or more vehicle parts. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180056402

Locking drill bushing

A drill bushing for a drill unit. In one embodiment, the drill bushing includes a base member having an upper surface, a lower surface configured to rest on a workpiece having a pilot hole, and a retaining member that projects from the lower surface of the base member. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180056323

Apparatuses and methods for applying viscous material to a fastener

One example of the present disclosure relates to a daubing device for applying viscous material to a fastener. The daubing device comprises a housing comprising a first internal face and a second internal face, separated from the first internal face by a longitudinal distance l. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180055959

Multi-wavelength ultraviolet light sanitizing systems and methods

An ultraviolet (uv) light sanitizing system is configured to sanitize a structure. The uv light sanitizing system includes a uv light assembly that is configured to emit uv light onto the structure, and a uv light emission control unit coupled to the uv light assembly. ... The Boeing Co

03/01/18 / #20180055227

Toroidal support structures

Provided are toroidal support structures and assemblies comprising these structures. A toroidal support structure comprises one or more side panels forming a tubular ring and one or more floor panels forming a planar ring. ... The Boeing Co

02/22/18 / #20180054418

Firewall filter rules generation

A method includes obtaining, at a device, packet data descriptive of authorized traffic of a network. The method also includes generating, at the device, rule elements based on the packet data. ... The Boeing Co

02/22/18 / #20180053425

Performance-based track variation for aircraft flight management

An example method for modifying a flight path of an aircraft includes receiving real time positioning estimates for an aircraft, receiving an actual navigation performance (anp) of the aircraft informative of uncertainty in the position estimate, receiving a required navigation performance (rnp) instrument flight procedure for the aircraft, receiving spacing input from an air traffic controller that indicates spacing requirements between the aircraft and one or more other aircraft, receiving information relating to communities underneath the flight path, calculating, by a system onboard the aircraft, a modification to the flight path to be flown by the aircraft that causes the aircraft to remain within the containment boundaries of the rnp instrument flight procedure while reducing noise impact to the communities underneath the flight path and meeting the spacing requirements of the air traffic controller, and displaying a visual representation of a modified flight path for the aircraft.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/22/18 / #20180052261

Protective material and method for reflecting and dispersing incident energy

A protective material that includes a dielectric mirror having at least one layer, each layer of the dielectric mirror being configured to reflect at least a portion of incident energy of a predetermined wavelength; and a photonic, crystal array of periodic structures disposed within the dielectric mirror, the photonic crystal array of periodic structures being configured to disperse non-reflected incident energy of the predetermined wavelength transmitted through the dielectric mirror across the photonic crystal array of periodic structures in a direction parallel to a plane of the dielectric mirror.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/22/18 / #20180052068

Systems and methods for monitoring operative components of a vehicle based on ambient conditions

A component monitoring system is configured to indirectly monitor an operative health status of an operative component. The component monitoring system includes an ambient condition sensor within a chamber, an operative component coupled to the chamber. ... The Boeing Co

02/22/18 / #20180052061

Thermal event indicator for aircraft engine

A method for monitoring thermal events in an aircraft engine compartment includes obtaining first sensor data from a first sensor located within an engine compartment of an aircraft. The method also includes determining a time series moving average based at least in part on a subset of the first sensor data. ... The Boeing Co

02/22/18 / #20180052029

Systems and methods for determining a fuel level measurement of a fuel tank using optical sensor

An example fuel quantity indicating system includes a fuel tank, optical sensors mounted inside the fuel tank that each include a sensor chip and a diaphragm that deflects when ambient pressure differs from a reference pressure of the sensor chip, an optical fiber bundle that has an optical fiber connected to each of the optical sensors for guiding light to each of the optical sensors, and a processor connected to the optical fiber bundle for receiving outputs of the optical sensors indicative of respective pressures, and for determining a fuel level measurement of the fuel tank based on the outputs of the optical sensors.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/22/18 / #20180051945

Model-based method and system to detect heat exchanger fouling

A computer-implemented method, environmental control system (ecs) for an aircraft, and system are provided. Air temperatures at the inlet and outlet of a ram air duct for an ecs are measured. ... The Boeing Co

02/22/18 / #20180051943

Methods and apparatus to generate oscillating fluid flows in heat exchangers

Methods and apparatus to generate oscillating fluid flows in heat exchangers are disclosed. A disclosed fluid flow apparatus includes a repeating pattern of fins arranged in rows, where fins of each row are separated from one another by channels, where the fins have respective sub-channels extending therethrough to facilitate oscillation of fluid moving through the channels, and where each of the sub-channels defines a sub-channel inlet and a sub-channel outlet of a respective fin of the pattern.. ... The Boeing Co

02/22/18 / #20180051732

Seat track structural support for floor panels

A panel support clip including a frame having a first engagement, surface and at least one fastener retention feature, and a plurality of fingers each having a second engagement surface and a panel support surface opposite the second engagement surface, each of the plurality of fingers extends from the frame so that the second engagement surface opposes the first engagement surface to form a channel.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/22/18 / #20180051731

Panel systems and methods of assembling panel systems

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

02/22/18 / #20180051447

Ultraviolet light treating water dispensation systems and methods

A water dispensation system includes a water dispenser including a water conduit defining a water channel between a water inlet and a water outlet. A light emitter is coupled to the water conduit proximate to the water outlet. ... The Boeing Co

02/22/18 / #20180051361

Aluminum-titanium-vanadium-zirconium-niobium alloy composition for high temperature applications

An alloy composition that includes about 1 to about 9 atomic percent aluminum (al), about 25 to about 33 atomic percent titanium (ti), about 10 to about 33 atomic percent vanadium (v), about 5 to about 10 atomic percent zirconium (zr) and about 25 to about 33 atomic percent niobium (nb).. . ... The Boeing Co

02/22/18 / #20180050817

Integrated current return network in composite structures

An aircraft component incorporated in a current return network (crn) employs a composite structural element having a web. At least one flange is connected to the web. ... The Boeing Co

02/22/18 / #20180050808

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

02/22/18 / #20180050794

Vehicle load-limiting suspension apparatus and control methods therefor

A vehicle load-limiting suspension apparatus comprises at least one shear tab for controlling an amount of impact load applied to a vehicle structure when a vehicle impact event occurs. The vehicle load-limiting suspension apparatus further comprises at least one crush tube for limiting the amount of impact load applied to the vehicle structure after the at least one shear tab shears in response to occurrence of the vehicle impact event.. ... The Boeing Co

02/22/18 / #20180050788

Planked stringers that provide structural support for an aircraft wing

Systems and methods are provided for structurally supporting an aircraft wing. The system comprises a section of aircraft wing that includes skin. ... The Boeing Co

02/22/18 / #20180050787

Aircraft composite wingbox integration

Systems and methods are provided for integrating structural components of a wing box. One embodiment is a system that includes outboard planked stringers within an outboard section of a wing box and are co-cured with composite skin at the outboard section. ... The Boeing Co

02/22/18 / #20180050529

Vacuum bag sealing system and method for composite parts

A method for vacuum bag sealing a composite part including: using a composite bagging sheet including a first sealing surface and a first interlocking strip coupled to the first sealing surface of the composite bagging sheet; joining the first interlocking strip with a second interlocking strip coupled to a second sealing surface; and forming a sealed vacuum bag around an uncured composite part positioned between the first sealing surface and the second sealing surface.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/22/18 / #20180050471

Modular portable accelerated cure system

A modular accelerated cure system, for which the modules are of a size and weight to each be easily portable by one person, may be configured to fit a variety of parts, e.g., carbon fiber reinforced plastic (cfrp) components, such as found in the manufacture of composite aerospace structures. The system may be used to accelerate the cure of materials that allow elevated temperature cures, e.g., sealants, primers, coatings, paints, adhesives, and protective coatings, by increasing the ambient temperature surrounding a part, or a portion of the part, within each module in a controlled manner. ... The Boeing Co

02/22/18 / #20180050420

Apparatuses and methods for fabricating metal matrix composite structures

A method for forming a metal matrix composite (mmc) structure includes forming an assembly including at least two blocks of a primary phase material sharing an interface at which a secondary phase material is disposed. The assembly has a length, a width, and a thickness. ... The Boeing Co

02/22/18 / #20180050395

Magnet sensing portable autonomous device and method of operation

A magnet sensing portable autonomous device includes a platform. A plurality of wheel sets is coupled to the platform. ... The Boeing Co

02/22/18 / #20180050364

Method and applicator for applying sealant to fasteners

A liquid sealant applicator system that may include a liquid sealant applicator having a coupling to reversibly connect to a source of liquid sealant, a sidewall extending from the coupling and defining a sealant flow path, a flow restrictor that restricts the sealant flow path to an annular pattern of apertures in the flow restrictor, a porous matrix that fills at least a portion of the sealant flow path downstream of the flow restrictor, a matrix retainer configured to retain the porous matrix within the sealant flow path, and a fastener socket connected to the sidewall and having a distal end configured to be placed over and at least substantially enclose the head of a preselected fastener. The applicator is configured to provide a uniform application of sealant from the source of the liquid sealant to the head of the fastener enclosed by the fastener socket.. ... The Boeing Co

02/22/18 / #20180050122

Ozone ventilation systems and methods

A system and method of sanitizing one or more structures within an enclosed space includes operatively coupling an ozone ventilation control unit to an ultraviolet (uv) light assembly, an ozone sensor, and an exhaust fan, using the ozone ventilation control unit to operate the uv light assembly to emit uv light into or onto structure(s) of the enclosed space during a cleaning cycle, receiving, by the ozone ventilation control unit, an ozone presence signal indicative of an amount of ozone within the enclosed space from an ozone sensor that detects the amount of ozone within the enclosed space, using the ozone ventilation control unit to selectively activate and deactivate the exhaust fan based on the amount of ozone within the enclosed space, and using the ozone ventilation control unit to selectively activate and deactivate the uv light assembly based on the amount of ozone within the enclosed space.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/15/18 / #20180046202

Point-and-shoot automatic landing system and method

A point-and-shoot automatic landing system (p-a-s als) realizes safety and mission effectiveness benefits in vertical takeoff and landing (vtol) aircraft, allowing a pilot, using an inceptor device, to select an aim point with an aiming device providing visual indication of the aim point. Once a flight path is computed the pilot may allow the p-a-s als to automatically control the flight to touchdown. ... The Boeing Co

02/15/18 / #20180045854

System and methods for aviation winds uncertainty prediction

A wind forecast prediction apparatus includes an historical forecast patterns module configured to generate at least one historical wind forecast pattern and determine a deviation magnitude and a probability of occurrence of the at least one historical wind forecast pattern based on at least one actual wind value; a current wind forecast module; and a wind forecast prediction controller connected to the historical forecast patterns module and current wind forecast module, the wind forecast prediction controller is configured to generate a current wind forecast pattern based on current wind data from the current wind forecast module; and determine a matching historical wind forecast pattern from the at least one historical wind forecast pattern that matches the current wind forecast pattern, where the deviation magnitude and the probability of occurrence of the matching historical wind forecast pattern are combined with the current wind forecast pattern to generate a predicted wind forecast.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/15/18 / #20180045770

Apparatus for testing dielectric breakdown voltage

A test fixture for testing a material according to a particular test procedure. A metallic base and four non-conductive side panels are affixed along a periphery of the base to form an internal cavity, and a non-conductive top cover is hingedly connected to one side panel. ... The Boeing Co

02/15/18 / #20180045600

Variable spring-constant tuned mass damper

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

02/15/18 / #20180045574

Applique and method for thermographic inspection

A method of thermographic inspection includes absorbing, at an applique applied to a test area of an article, light from a testing light source. The method further includes emitting, by the applique, thermal radiation directed to a capture device, the thermal radiation corresponding to at least a portion of the light absorbed by the applique.. ... The Boeing Co

02/15/18 / #20180045497

System for visual obscuration of an object and dissipating energy of a laser weapon

A visual obscurant system for obscuring object from an observer having a field of view (fov) is disclosed. The system comprises a sensor for detecting characteristics that indicate a presence of the object, a light source for emitting light in an electromagnetic spectrum, a source, and a controller. ... The Boeing Co

02/15/18 / #20180045438

Methods and apparatuses for maintaining temperature differential in materials using thermoelectric devices during hot bonded repair

Methods systems and apparatuses are disclosed for maintaining and controlling the temperature of a material adjoining a composite material in situ, while the composite material is being heating during a composite material repair.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/15/18 / #20180044986

Work stand configurable for different work areas

A mobile work stand for working on work areas including a fence. The fence includes a plurality of adjacent first and second fence sections that are pivotally connected to each other to enable the fence to be configurable in different fence positions. ... The Boeing Co

02/15/18 / #20180044928

Cargo floor brace tool

A brace tool comprises a rigid frame, a platform mounted on the frame for adjustable positioning of the platform relative to the frame, and a plurality of suction cups. The plurality of suction cups can be removably attached to a flat surface that is adjacent to an inclined surface 12 above which work is to be performed. ... The Boeing Co

02/15/18 / #20180044024

Molded sidewall armrest between fuselage frame bays

An armrest system may include an inner sidewall panel attached to a vehicle frame. The inner sidewall panel may abut at least two parallel frame members of the vehicle frame. ... The Boeing Co

02/15/18 / #20180044021

Cart stowage placard enabling plate

A retractable placard system for galley cart storage bays is provided. The placard system includes an outer plate and a placard. ... The Boeing Co

02/15/18 / #20180043995

Active flow control systems and methods for aircraft

Example active flow control systems and methods for aircraft are described herein. An example method includes supplying pressurized air to a plurality of nozzles. ... The Boeing Co

02/15/18 / #20180043992

Horizontal tail load optimization system and method

A method of controlling an elevator of an aircraft includes selecting a factor for increasing or decreasing a predetermined horizontal tail load alleviation (htla) authority limit for an elevator based on at least one aircraft parameter. The htla authority limit decreases with an increase in mach number and/or airspeed. ... The Boeing Co

02/15/18 / #20180043493

Method and automated rover device for surface treatment

An automated rover device removes material from opposite surfaces of an elongate part, such as a composite stiffener. The device includes a pair of material removal tools along with a vacuum assembly for vacuuming away material removed by the tools.. ... The Boeing Co

02/15/18 / #20180043464

Friction stir welding method and assembly

A friction stir welded structure includes first and second members. The first member has a base defining opposed first and second surfaces, and spaced first and second walls extending outwardly from the second surface of the base to define a receptacle therebetween. ... The Boeing Co

02/15/18 / #20180043442

Apparatuses and methods for cutting a reverse spot-face in a workpiece

A reverse spot-facing tool for cutting a reverse spot-face in a workpiece using a reverse spot-facing cutter configured to engage a pilot shaft having a first end and a second end is disclosed. The workpiece comprises a through hole having a central axis. ... The Boeing Co

02/15/18 / #20180043440

Tool assembly, system, and method for transferring locations and dimensions of a pattern of holes

There is provided a tool assembly for transferring locations and dimensions of a pattern of holes from a first structure to a second structure. The tool assembly has a transfer plate with a transfer plate pattern of transfer plate holes that include a plurality of oversize holes and two transfer plate index holes. ... The Boeing Co

02/15/18 / #20180043438

Sliding adjustable toggle clamp

A tool including a pair of rails is attachable to the inside surface of the skin panel. A housing is pivotally and slidably connected between the pair of rails. ... The Boeing Co

02/15/18 / #20180043285

Apparatus, system, and method for removing gas in an immersion ultrasonic process

An apparatus for removing a gas in an immersion ultrasonic process is provided. The apparatus, in the form of an immersion ultrasonic transducer holder apparatus, has a body with a first end, a second end, a plurality of sides, and a hollow interior cavity portion. ... The Boeing Co

02/08/18 / #20180042094

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

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

02/08/18 / #20180041476

Data-at-rest (dar) encryption for integrated storage media

An improved system for providing transparent, in-line encryption of data-at-rest (dar) stored by a host controller of a host device. An encryption core is instantiated in a hardware device physically coupled to a system board within the host device. ... The Boeing Co

02/08/18 / #20180040959

Additive manufacturing for radio frequency hardware

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

02/08/18 / #20180040159

Method and apparatus for rapid scanning of a three dimensional surface

A system and method for scanning a three-dimensional surface is disclosed. In one embodiment, the method is evidenced by receiving scan data of the three dimensional surface, the scan data comprising a plurality of scan points defining a plurality of polygons and obtained from a scan direction, grouping the plurality of polygons into blotches having least one polygon, wherein no polygon of a blotch shares a common edge with a polygon of any other blotch, computing a directional vector for each blotch, the directional vector of each blotch weighted by an area of the blotch, computing a further scan direction from the directional vectors for the blotches and commanding a scanner to scan from the further scan direction.. ... The Boeing Co

02/08/18 / #20180040116

Methods and systems to analyze optical images for quantification of manufacturing part quality

Example systems and methods are described for validating a manufacturing tolerance of a structure. A method includes receiving a digital image of a cross-section of the structure at an interface of a computing device, identifying an outer boundary of the structure from the digital image, selecting a region of the outer boundary based on changes in a first derivative or a second derivative of points of the outer boundary, identifying a geometry feature of the region of the outer boundary by comparison to stored templates of geometry features of the structure, making a comparison of the geometry feature of the region of the outer boundary to a manufacturing specification for a corresponding portion of the structure, and determining whether the structure is within a manufacturing tolerance based on the comparison of the geometry feature to the manufacturing specification.. ... The Boeing Co

02/08/18 / #20180038902

Apparatus for detecting electrical conductance

An example method includes causing an actuator to apply a compressive force to an object. The compressive force pushes a first electrode against a first end of the object and causes a second end of the object to push against a second electrode. ... The Boeing Co

02/08/18 / #20180038836

Device and method to detect cracks in the countersink of a fastener

Disclosed are methods and systems to nondestructively detect cracks at or near a countersink of a fastener, such as a rivet, in a thin walled structure using lamb waves. Generation and detection of lamb waves at symmetric locations relative to the fastener provides signals used to calculate a symmetry parameter. ... The Boeing Co

02/08/18 / #20180038744

Systems for monitoring the environmental history of a component

Methods and systems for monitoring an environment history of a component using an indicator array that includes energy exposure indicator pads direct-printed onto a surface of the component in a geometric pattern. Each of the plurality of energy exposure indicator pads in the geometric pattern may include a mechanochromic material, a first thermochromic indicator responsive within a first temperature range, a second thermochromic indicator responsive within a second temperature range, and a third thermochromic indicator responsive within a third temperature range, provided that the first, second, and third temperature ranges are distinct from one another.. ... The Boeing Co

02/08/18 / #20180038547

Composite joint

A method, a composite joint, and a composite tank are presented. The composite tank comprises a curved wall, a plurality of shear fittings, and a plurality of bolts. ... The Boeing Co

02/08/18 / #20180038498

Stacked disk check valve

Fluid apparatus and related methods are disclosed. An example fluid apparatus includes a valve body defining a fluid flow passageway and a plurality of valve seats. ... The Boeing Co

02/08/18 / #20180038497

Stacked disk check valve

Fluid apparatus and related methods are disclosed. An example fluid apparatus includes a housing defining a fluid flow passageway between an inlet and an outlet. ... The Boeing Co

02/08/18 / #20180038261

Systems and methods for restraining exhaust gas ducts

Methods and systems for restricting movement in a flow mixer of an exhaust duct, the flow mixer having a first row of flutes and a second row of flutes generally opposite to the first row of flutes, each flute being elongated and defining an elongated axis. At least two flute ties connect, or couple, together at least two flutes from the first row of flutes and at least two flutes from the second row of flutes. ... The Boeing Co

02/08/18 / #20180037342

Multi-functional composite structure for extreme environments

A multi-functional composite structure has a modular design that can be altered depending on an extreme environment in which the structure will be exposed such as hazardous radiation, micro-meteoroid and orbital debris impacts, extreme temperature changes, etc. The material combinations employed in the multi-functional composite structure provide a supporting structure with low weight and maximum protection from radiation, debris impacts and temperature variations.. ... The Boeing Co

02/08/18 / #20180037338

Early detection of faulty deicing heaters on wide-body aircraft

A system and method for monitoring a critical component (e.g., an electrical deicing heater) on an aircraft. A first electrical current is input into the critical component, a second electrical current is returned from the critical component, and an electrical differential current of the critical component is detected. ... The Boeing Co

02/08/18 / #20180037324

Folding galley unit

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

02/08/18 / #20180037323

Galley compartment for a galley system of an aircraft

A galley system includes a galley compartment defining a cavity. The galley compartment has a door that allows access to the cavity. ... The Boeing Co

02/08/18 / #20180036967

System and method associated with drape forming

A system includes a bladder configured to deform to at least partially surround a draping tool. The bladder has a pattern configured to distort as the bladder deforms. ... The Boeing Co

02/08/18 / #20180036959

Tubular structure and a method of manufacturing thereof

Methods and structures are disclosed. An example method includes: rotating a tubular mandrel about a longitudinal axis of the tubular mandrel; depositing a composite material on an inner surface of the tubular mandrel to form a composite tubular member on the inner surface of the tubular mandrel; inserting and expanding an inner expandable mandrel within the composite tubular member to cause the inner expandable mandrel to press the composite tubular member against the inner surface of the tubular mandrel; curing the composite tubular member; removing the inner expandable mandrel; placing a frame within the composite tubular member; and removing the tubular mandrel so as to obtain the composite tubular member with the frame placed therein.. ... The Boeing Co

02/08/18 / #20180036922

In-mold apparatus and method for decorative application

An apparatus includes a matched die mold including a male die mold and a female die mold wherein the male die mold includes a first contoured surface and the female die mold includes a second contoured surface. The apparatus further includes a frame which defines an opening wherein the frame is positioned between the male die mold and the female die mold such that the frame is adapted to position a film layer across the opening and the opening is positioned in alignment with at least one of the first contoured surface and the second contoured surface.. ... The Boeing Co

02/01/18 / #20180035489

Apparatus for curing composite materials and method of use thereof

A method of supplying electricity to an electrical component inside a vacuum chamber may include positioning an electrical component inside a vacuum chamber, the electrical component having a first electrical connector portion. A second electrical connector portion may then be connected to the first electrical portion through a hole in a flexible wall of the vacuum chamber, the second electrical connector portion being electrically connected to circuitry disposed outside the vacuum chamber. ... The Boeing Co

02/01/18 / #20180034834

System and methods for providing secure data connections in an aviation environment

A secure communication management (scm) computer device for providing secure data connections in an aviation environment which, includes safety of flight information, is provided. The scm computer device includes a processor in communication with a memory. ... The Boeing Co

02/01/18 / #20180034355

Stator assembly including stator elements with slotted stator cores for use in an electrical motor

A stator assembly for an electric motor includes a drive plate, a first magnetic core and a second magnetic core. A first core slot is formed in the first magnetic core and a second slot is formed in the second magnetic core. ... The Boeing Co

02/01/18 / #20180034126

Multi-mode waveguide

An apparatus includes a waveguide. The waveguide includes a waveguide wall having a shape associated with a dominant propagation mode. ... The Boeing Co

02/01/18 / #20180033276

Using human motion sensors to detect movement when in the vicinity of hydraulic robots

The advantageous embodiments include a system for operating machinery in a manufacturing environment. The system includes a sensor system and a computer. ... The Boeing Co

02/01/18 / #20180033136

System and method for high speed surface and subsurface fod and defect detection

A system and method for the detection of foreign object debris materials or defects on and/or under a surface of a composite part under manufacture. A member, for example an inspection gantry, is configured to move over the surface. ... The Boeing Co

02/01/18 / #20180032366

Systems and methods for securing virtual machines

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

02/01/18 / #20180031491

System and method for high speed surface and subsurface fod and defect detection

A system and method for the detection of foreign object debris materials or defects on and/or under a surface (e.g., outer ply) of a composite part being formed by a composite layup machine. A gantry moves over the composite part along a predetermined length thereof. ... The Boeing Co

02/01/18 / #20180031220

Lighting device and system and method for making and using the same

A lighting device includes a light-emitting diode (led). A first carbon nanotube (cnt) is coupled to and extends from the led. ... The Boeing Co

02/01/18 / #20180029725

Curved aircraft substructure repair systems and methods

Systems and methods are provided for a curved aircraft substructure repair stiffener. The curved aircraft substructure repair stiffener may be formed by cutting a flat pattern, cutting a plurality of slits into the flat pattern, and bending the flat pattern a plurality of times. ... The Boeing Co

02/01/18 / #20180029719

Drag reducing liner assembly and methods of assembling the same

A liner assembly includes a core and a septum coupled to the core. The liner assembly also includes a facesheet coupled to the septum. ... The Boeing Co

02/01/18 / #20180029718

Water landing parachute trap and method

Systems and methods for aerially delivering cargo into a body of water while avoiding parachute entrapment and entanglement are described. The system includes a parachute having a canopy and suspension lines. ... The Boeing Co

02/01/18 / #20180029717

Three dimensional pinched airflow nozzle and methods for use thereof

Apparatus and methods for providing a desired volumetric conditioned airflow rate and for reducing noise level, airflow recirculation and airflow separation are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a nozzle housing having a pair of opposing sidewalls and a front and back wall that define an airflow passage. ... The Boeing Co

02/01/18 / #20180029688

Sliding joint kits, systems containing the same, and related methods

Presently disclosed sliding joint kits, sliding joints, and systems including the same may be configured to join a first panel and a second panel together such that at least a portion of the first panel and second panel are in sliding contact with one another, thereby allowing movement of one panel with respect to the other. In this manner, panels may be joined together while still allowing thermal expansion and resulting movement of one panel relative to the other. ... The Boeing Co

02/01/18 / #20180029687

Systems and methods for assembling a structurally reinforced composite structure

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

02/01/18 / #20180029317

Metal-modified, plasma-treated thermoplastics for improved electrical performance

A method of imparting electrical conductivity on an interlayer material is disclosed. In one non-limiting example the method includes forming the interlayer material from at least one layer of fabric of thermoplastic fibers. ... The Boeing Co

02/01/18 / #20180029285

Methods, system and apparatuses for in situ removal of window distortion

Methods systems and apparatuses for reducing or substantially eliminating distortion in a transparent substrate in situ are disclosed.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/01/18 / #20180029260

Force responsive pre-impregnated composite methods, systems and apparatuses

Composite materials are disclosed comprising at least one ply of dry fiber prepreg material comprising encapsulated resin-containing particles, components made from such composite materials, and methods of making such composite materials and dry fiber prepreg materials are disclosed.. . ... The Boeing Co

02/01/18 / #20180029131

Powdered titanium alloy composition and article formed therefrom

A titanium alloy composition that includes, other than impurities, about 7.0 to about 9.0 percent by weight vanadium (v), about 3.0 to about 4.5 percent by weight aluminum (al), about 0.8 to about 1.5 percent by weight iron (fe), about 0.14 to about 0.22 percent by weight oxygen (o), optionally about 0.8 to about 2.4 percent by weight chromium (cr), and the balance titanium.. . ... The Boeing Co

01/25/18 / #20180027382

System and method of aircraft surveillance and tracking

Described are systems and methods of aircraft surveillance and tracking. A method for aircraft tracking includes partitioning an airspace region into multiple sectors and generating multiple data structures corresponding respectively to each of the multiple sectors. ... The Boeing Co

01/25/18 / #20180026557

Balancing current within a parallel modular converter system

A current balancing system, and associated method and computer-readable medium are disclosed herein. The current balancing system comprises a plurality of power inverters, each power inverter included within a respective current loop and configured to generate a corresponding current amount. ... The Boeing Co

01/25/18 / #20180026290

Condensate recovery for reversible solid oxide fuel cells

Embodiments described herein provide for water reclamation from the exhaust stream of a rsofc while the rsofc operates in fuel cell mode. The reclaimed water is stored for use by the rsofc while in electrolysis mode. ... The Boeing Co

01/25/18 / #20180025543

Synthetic geotagging for computer-generated images

Systems and methods for constructing and saving files containing computer-generated image data with associated virtual camera location data during 3-d visualization of an object (e.g., an aircraft). The process tags computer-generated images with virtual camera location and settings information selected by the user while navigating a 3-d visualization of an object. ... The Boeing Co

01/25/18 / #20180024601

System and method for thermal management guidance

The present disclosure describes one or more systems, methods, routines and/or techniques for thermal management. One or more systems, methods, routines and/or techniques may provide advice or guidance (e.g., to a repair technician) regarding how to perform a hot bond repair, for example, on an aircraft component that has been damaged. ... The Boeing Co

01/25/18 / #20180024105

Systems and methods for non-flammable indication of incendivity

Incendivity test systems and methods are disclosed. Incendivity test systems include a non-flammable gas mixture and a test article in a test chamber. ... The Boeing Co

01/25/18 / #20180024007

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

01/25/18 / #20180023939

Retractable index pins and methods of operating thereof

Provided are self-retractable centering assemblies and methods of using these assemblies for alignment of parts having determinant assembly alignment holes. An assembly includes a center pin having a threaded portion threadably engaging a drive component. ... The Boeing Co

01/25/18 / #20180023512

Rocket fueling systems and methods

A rocket fueling system includes an insulated jacket configured to removably couple to at least a portion of a rocket and form an enclosed space between the insulated jacket and the at least the portion of the rocket. The rocket fueling system also includes a cryogen inlet in the insulated jacket. ... The Boeing Co

01/25/18 / #20180023343

Staggered step trestle ladder

A ladder has first and second support members, joined at their upper ends by a hinge. The first and second support members have left rail and a right rail that support plural first and second steps. ... The Boeing Co

01/25/18 / #20180022938

Corrosion inhibitor-incorporated layered double hydroxide and sol-gel coating compositions and related processes

A corrosion-resistant coating on an aluminum-containing substrate such as an aluminum substrate, an aluminum alloy substrate (e.g., aa 2024, aa 6061, or aa7075), or other aluminum-containing substrate includes a corrosion inhibitor-incorporated zn—al layered double hydroxide (ldh) layer and a sol-gel layer. A zinc salt and a corrosion inhibitor (e.g., a salt of an oxyanion of a transition metal such as a vanadate) is dissolved to form a zinc-corrosion inhibitor solution, and the substrate is immersed in or otherwise contacted with the solution to form the corrosion inhibitor-incorporated zn—al ldh layer on the substrate. ... The Boeing Co

01/25/18 / #20180022937

Sol-gel coating compositions including corrosion inhibitor-encapsulated layered double hydroxide and related processes

A zn—al layered double hydroxide (ldh) composition is added to a solution including a corrosion inhibitor and stirred, and a precipitate of the solution is collected, washed, and dried to form a corrosion inhibiting material (cim), in which the ldh composition is intercalated with the corrosion inhibitor. An inorganic cim and/or an organic cim may be formed. ... The Boeing Co

01/25/18 / #20180022936

Sol-gel coating compositions and related processes

An alkoxysilane is contacted with water and an inorganic acid to form a first composition. A zirconium alkoxide is contacted with an organic acid to form a second composition. ... The Boeing Co

01/25/18 / #20180022441

Electronically controlled rotary actuator for an aircraft control surface

A method and apparatus for positioning a control surface. A desired position for the control surface associated with an aerodynamic aircraft structure is identified. ... The Boeing Co

01/25/18 / #20180022440

Horizontal stabilizer trim actuator systems and methods

Systems and methods are provided for a hydraulic stabilizer trim actuator (hsta). The hsta may operate one or more movable control surfaces. ... The Boeing Co

01/25/18 / #20180022439

Leading edge systems and methods for aerospace vehicles

There is provided a leading edge system for an aerospace vehicle. The leading edge system has at least one structural member. ... The Boeing Co

01/25/18 / #20180022435

Space frame fuselage with pressure membrane

Disclosed are structures and features of a space frame aircraft. In particular, this disclosure relates to a space frame aircraft with a pressure membrane.. ... The Boeing Co

01/25/18 / #20180022434

Space frame aircraft bracing

Disclosed are structures and features of a space frame aircraft. In particular, this disclosure relates to bracing for a space frame aircraft.. ... The Boeing Co

01/25/18 / #20180021986

Drill spring device method of use

An apparatus for restoring a tool for fabricating a part from a composite laminate material including a contact member which includes a contact surface, wherein the contact member is adapted to be positioned within a bore of a wall of the tool such that at least a portion of the contact surface of the contact member aligns with a surface of the wall. The apparatus further includes a resilient member positioned with respect to the contact member such that an opposing side to the contact surface of the contact member, is positioned between the contact surface and the resilient member. ... The Boeing Co

01/25/18 / #20180021860

Fastener and method for fastening to associated structural assembly

A fastener for fastening a drill jig to overlapping work pieces and clamping the overlapping work pieces for facilitating accurate drilling of the overlapping work pieces including a fastener body and a damper assembly operatively connected to the fastener body. The damper assembly is configured to enable application of a first load to the drill jig, and the fastener body is configured to enable application of a second load to the overlapping work pieces when the fastener fastens the drill jig to the overlapping work pieces. ... The Boeing Co

01/25/18 / #20180021751

Apparatuses and methods for accurate structure marking and marking-assisted structure locating

Working equipment includes a tool configured to work a structure at a working location thereon, with the structure having an applied marking at a known location with a known relationship with the working location. A computer system is configured to determine placement of the structure, and accordingly position the tool into at least partial alignment with the working location, and which in at least one instance, the tool is aligned with a second, offset location. ... The Boeing Co

01/18/18 / #20180020440

Phased array radio frequency network for mobile communication

Systems and methods according to one or more embodiments are provided for routing wireless mobile communication signals using a phased array communication network. In one example, a system includes a plurality of phased array antennas configured to receive an rf modulated data packet. ... The Boeing Co

01/18/18 / #20180018952

Acoustic panels that include multi-layer facesheets

Systems and methods are provided for fabricating acoustic panels. One embodiment is a method comprising acquiring a core of acoustic cells, and fabricating a facesheet covering the core by: dispensing a base layer of material atop the acoustic cells while leaving openings into each of the acoustic cells, covering the openings by applying a liner of porous material atop the base layer, dispensing a cap layer of material atop liner while leaving gaps in the cap layer over the acoustic cells, and fusing the cap layer to the liner by directly radiating laser energy onto locations where the cap layer has been dispensed.. ... The Boeing Co

01/18/18 / #20180018764

System and method for generating enhanced stereographic videos of aircraft build processes

Provided is a system and method for generating enhanced stereographic videos of aircraft build processes. Specifically, the system comprises a stereoscopic recording device configured to capture a plurality of stages of an aircraft build process. ... The Boeing Co

01/18/18 / #20180017665

System and method for emitter detection

A signal receiver includes receive circuitry. The signal receiver further includes a processor coupled to the receive circuitry and configured to receive, from a filter, a stream of samples including a first set of samples. ... The Boeing Co

01/18/18 / #20180017505

System and method for internally inspecting a tubular composite part

A system and method for internally inspecting a tubular composite part so as to identify and measure adhesive flow therewithin are provided, along with an endpoint adapter assembly of a near infrared (nir) spectrometer. The system includes an end point adapter that fits within and maintains a consistent cross-sectional position within the tubular composite part. ... The Boeing Co

01/18/18 / #20180017481

Vehicle corrosion analyzer

A method and apparatus for analyzing potential corrosion for a vehicle. Potential corrosion surfaces for the vehicle are identified using a model for the vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

01/18/18 / #20180017475

Device for measuring the dynamic stress/strain response of ductile materials

A method and apparatus for measuring a dynamic tensile stress and/or tensile strain response of a material such as an elastic material and/or a ductile material. The apparatus may include a striker bar, a stretcher bar, and a drive assembly configured to propel the striker bar toward the stretcher bar. ... The Boeing Co

01/18/18 / #20180017410

System and method for dynamically determining and indicating an aircraft bank limit on an aircraft instrument panel

Systems and methods are provided for indicating a bank limit on an instrument display of an aircraft. In an example implementation, static air pressure measurements, impact air pressure measurements, an acceleration measurement, and an angle of attack may be received from corresponding sensors. ... The Boeing Co

01/18/18 / #20180016981

Acoustic paneling

Systems and methods are provided for acoustic paneling. One embodiment is a method for fabricating an acoustic panel. ... The Boeing Co

01/18/18 / #20180016373

Rapid cure polymeric resins

A polysulfide material having reactive vinyl end groups and a method of making a vinyl end-capped polysulfide material are described. The vinyl end-capped polysulfide material has potential applications as a sealant, an adhesive, a coating, a caulking, or the like. ... The Boeing Co

01/18/18 / #20180016130

Reduced boil-off thermal conditioning system

A reduced boil-off thermal conditioning system (“rbtc system”) for transferring liquid natural gas (“lng”) from a lng supply tank to a lng storage tank with reduced boil-off is disclosed. The rbtc system includes the lng storage tank, a cryogenic fluid tank within the lng supply tank, and a compressor. ... The Boeing Co

01/18/18 / #20180016028

Heating layer for film removal

Embodiments of the presently disclosed system include a thin thermoplastic or thermosetting polymer film loaded with non-polymeric inclusions that are susceptible to heating under a time-varying magnetic field. Insertion of this additional heating layer into a structural or semi-structural heterogeneous laminate provides an “on-demand” de-bonding site for laminate deconstruction. ... The Boeing Co

01/18/18 / #20180015996

Friction stir welded wingtip torque box

Provided are wingtip torque boxes and methods of fabricating such boxes using friction stir welding. Specifically, a wingtip torque box may be formed by friction stir welding two monolithic clamshells along their respective spars thereby forming a new monolithic structure. ... The Boeing Co

01/18/18 / #20180015581

Manufacturing byproduct collection systems and methods

A byproduct collection system is configured to collect byproducts of a manufacturing operation on a workpiece. The byproduct collection system includes a collection shroud defining a collection chamber, and a securing mount coupled to the collection shroud. ... The Boeing Co

01/18/18 / #20180014705

Manufacturing byproduct collection systems and methods

A byproduct collection system is configured to collect byproducts of a manufacturing operation on a workpiece. The byproduct collection system includes a collection shroud defining a collection chamber, and a securing mount coupled to the collection shroud. ... The Boeing Co

01/11/18 / #20180014432

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

01/11/18 / #20180013985

Secure aircraft camera monitoring system

Systems and methods according to one or more embodiments are provided for capturing images of an area of interest proximate to an aircraft, and securely transmitting the images as data files over an encrypted communication network associated with the aircraft. In one example, a system includes an image capture device configured to be secured to an aircraft to capture a plurality of images of a field of view of an area of interest proximate to the aircraft. ... The Boeing Co

01/11/18 / #20180013964

Active real-time characterization system

A system for providing active real-time characterization of an article under test is disclosed. An infrared light source, a first visible light source and a second visible light source each outputs and directs a beam of coherent light at a particular area on the article under test. ... The Boeing Co

01/11/18 / #20180011620

Viewpoint navigation control for three-dimensional visualization using two-dimensional layouts

Systems and methods for supplying an open interface (e.g., web pages) for viewpoint navigation control of a three-dimensional (3-d) visualization of an object that is simple to create and fast and easy to use. This viewpoint navigation control application allows users to control the viewpoint in a 3-d environment by interacting with (e.g., clicking on) a 2-d hyperlink layout within a web browser (or other 2-d viewer with hyperlink capability). ... The Boeing Co

01/11/18 / #20180011462

Machine system and associated method for optical endpoint control optimization

Provided is a machine system having optical endpoint control and associated method for maintaining having is provided constant optical contact. Specifically, the machine system comprises a machine capable of movement in at least one direction. ... The Boeing Co

01/11/18 / #20180010914

Navigation aids for unmanned aerial systems in a gps-denied environment

Example navigation aids for increasing the accuracy of a navigation system are disclosed herein. An example method disclosed herein identifying, with an aircraft intent description language (aidl) aid, an aidl instruction as associated with a first dynamic activity level of a plurality of dynamic activity levels and determining, with the aidl aid, an aircraft state to be affected by the aidl instruction. ... The Boeing Co

01/11/18 / #20180010628

Captive bolt and retainer

A fastener system includes a bolt and a retainer. The bolt has a first end and an opposing second end, wherein a recess having a predetermined shape is defined in the first end of the bolt. ... The Boeing Co

01/11/18 / #20180009949

Dinadic phenyl amine reactive endcaps

Dinadic phenyl amine reactive endcap monomers for application in high-temperature polymeric composites are described. The amine group of the endcap is directly reacted with a desired chemical backbone to provide the preferred rigidity and chemical resistance. ... The Boeing Co

01/11/18 / #20180009718

Oxide based ceramic matrix composites

A method of making a ceramic matrix composites (cmc) having superior properties at high temperatures. The cmc can include a sol gel mixture mixed or blended metal oxide particles. ... The Boeing Co

01/11/18 / #20180009547

Laser projected engine hazard zone systems and methods

An aircraft engine hazard zone projection system is described that includes an engine having an engine inlet and an engine outlet, and engine housing, and a light-emitting system connected to the engine housing. The light-emitting system is configured to project light on a ground below the engine housing so as to form at least one predetermined hazard zone surrounding the engine. ... The Boeing Co

01/11/18 / #20180009545

Systems and methods for determining atmospheric conditions during a flight test

A test flight system includes a test aircraft, and an atmospheric conditions-detecting vehicle that is separate and distinct from the test aircraft. The atmospheric conditions-detecting vehicle is configured to be deployed during a test flight of the test aircraft to detect atmospheric conditions of an environment in which the test aircraft operates during the test flight.. ... The Boeing Co

01/11/18 / #20180009523

Optimized pitch and roll control apparatus for an aircraft

An apparatus for controlling the pitch of an aircraft. The apparatus includes a horizontal control column extending from a control wheel horizontally towards a front wall of a cockpit. ... The Boeing Co

01/11/18 / #20180009158

Free-form spatial 3-d printing using part levitation

A part is fabricated by an additive manufacturing process while levitating in space. Constituent features of the part are formed by 3-d printing. ... The Boeing Co

01/11/18 / #20180009136

Multilayer riblet applique and methods of producing the same

Multilayer riblet applique and methods of producing the same are described herein. One disclosed example method includes applying a first high elongation polymer material to a web tool, where the web tool is to be provided from a first roll, and heating, via a first heating process, the first high elongation polymer material. ... The Boeing Co

01/11/18 / #20180009113

Quick-change clamp arms for robot end effectors, systems including the same, and related methods

Presently disclosed systems and methods provide for a quick-change clamp arm that may be coupled to and removed from a robot end effector via a quick-change feature coupled to the robot end effector. Systems may include a plurality of such quick-change clamp arms that each may be coupled to a given robot end effector such that when one is removed, a different respective quick-change clamp arm may be coupled to the robot end effector. ... The Boeing Co

01/11/18 / #20180009082

Roto peening orbital drilling tool

A machining tool incorporates a shaft having a first end configured to fit into a machining collet. A cutting portion extends from a second end of the shaft. ... The Boeing Co

01/04/18 / #20180007819

Microwire array devices and methods for fabricating polymeric sheets containing microwires

A method for fabricating polymeric sheets containing microwires includes encapsulating at least a portion of individual lengths of a plurality of microwires in a non-conductive polymeric sheet while the microwires are attached to the substrate. The microwires are then detached from the substrate without removing the microwires from the polymeric sheet. ... The Boeing Co

01/04/18 / #20180007806

Flexible chassis interface device

An apparatus including a frame forming an interface device configured for connection to a test chassis, and at least one interface connector coupled to the frame, the at least one interface connector corresponding to connectors of a unit under test, the interface device being configured for insertion through one or more sealable apertures of an environmentally protective chassis that houses the test chassis, and coupling to an interface device seating surface of the environmentally protective chassis without any intervening environmental interface or environmental interface plane located between the interface device seating surface and the test chassis, wherein the frame forming the interface device includes a first end plate configured with electrical connectors and mechanical attachment members configured to align and attach a circuit card to the interface device.. . ... The Boeing Co

01/04/18 / #20180007288

Method and apparatus for using a regionally specific spectral model to identify the spectral bands for use for isolating remotely sensed materials of interest

A system and method for collecting spectral data of a region of interest with a sensor is described. In one embodiment, the method comprises generating a simulated spectral representation of a region of interest, identifying at least one of the plurality of materials as a material of interest within the region of interest, identifying other of the plurality of materials not identified as a material of interest as background materials within the region of interest, selecting a subset spectral portion of the spectral data according to the simulated spectral representation of the material of interest and the simulated spectral representation of the background materials within the region of interest, and configuring the sensor to collect a subset spectral portion of the spectral data.. ... The Boeing Co

01/04/18 / #20180005197

Aircraft non-periodic maintenance scheduling system

A system aggregates data related to a non-conformance system in an aircraft and allocates resources to repairing the non-conformance condition. The system includes a service bus that receives and distributes the non-conformance condition and an optimizer tool that generates repair alternatives. ... The Boeing Co

01/04/18 / #20180005011

Method and apparatus for on-board software selection of bands of a hyperspectral sensor based on simulated spectral representation of the region of interest

A system and method for surveying a region of interest with a mobile platform having a sensor having a plurality of narrow spectral bands spanning a contiguous frequency space is disclosed. In one embodiment, the method comprises generating a simulated spectral representation of a region of interest, identifying at least one of the plurality of materials as a material of interest within the region of interest, identifying other of the plurality of materials not identified as a material of interest as background materials within the region of interest, sensing, with the sensor, spectral data in the region of interest in the plurality of narrow spectral bands, selecting and transmitting only the spectral data of the one of more of the plurality of spectral bands of the sensor according to the simulated spectral representation of the material of interest.. ... The Boeing Co

01/04/18 / #20180004889

Finite element modeling and analysis of crack propagation in multiple planes of a structure

An apparatus is provided for predicting propagation of a crack in a structure. A finite element model is provided that represents the layers of the structure by meshes of elements having interfaces defined between adjacent elements in orthogonal potential crack planes. ... The Boeing Co

01/04/18 / #20180003857

Method and apparatus for simulating spectral information of geographic areas

A method and apparatus for simulating spectral representation of a region of interest is disclosed. In one embodiment, the method comprises determining a physical characteristic of a geospatial portion of the region of interest, associating the determined physical characteristic with a material of a spectral library, the spectral library having at least one spectral definition material, associating the spectral definition of the material with the geospatial portion of the region of interest, wherein the material is at least partially representative of the geospatial section of the region of interest, and generating the simulated spectral representation of the region of interest at least in part from at least the associated spectral definition of the at least one material.. ... The Boeing Co

01/04/18 / #20180003243

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

01/04/18 / #20180002133

Dynamic feeding systems for knitting machines

Systems and methods are provided for feeding thread at a knitting machine. One embodiment is a thread feeding device which includes a spool that supplies thread to a knitting device through a thread path and a motor that drives the spool. ... The Boeing Co

01/04/18 / #20180002020

Monument fixtures

A frame member, a monument for a vehicle, and a vehicle are provided. The frame member includes an extrusion that has a spar with first and second opposing surfaces and first and second opposing ends. ... The Boeing Co

01/04/18 / #20180001991

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

01/04/18 / #20180001840

Monument fixtures

A wall guard, monument, and vehicle are provided. The wall guard includes a retaining rail that is mountable to a wall surface of a monument in a vehicle. ... The Boeing Co

01/04/18 / #20180001578

Method for forming contoured composite laminates

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

01/04/18 / #20180001548

Additive-manufacturing systems, apparatuses and methods

Additive-manufacturing systems, surface-processing apparatuses, and methods of forming products using an additive-manufacturing head are provided. In one aspect, an additive-manufacturing system includes an additive-manufacturing head and a surface-processing device coupled to the additive-manufacturing head. ... The Boeing Co

01/04/18 / #20180001519

Apparatuses and methods for seal cap installation

One example of the present disclosure relates to a form for supporting a volume of a viscous substance encapsulating at least a portion of an object while the viscous substance solidifies to form a seal. The form comprises a non-metallic solidified material; a distal axial opening; a proximal axial opening; and a lateral wall between the distal axial opening and the proximal axial opening. ... The Boeing Co

01/04/18 / #20180001477

Analysis of end effector operations by a robot

Systems and methods are provided for placing non-destructive marks onto a part via an end effector of a robot. One embodiment is a system comprising an end effector of a robot. ... The Boeing Co

01/04/18 / #20180001418

Laser wire processing device

A wire guide and a laser wire-processing device that includes a wire guide are provided. The laser wire-processing device includes a housing and an aperture in a side of the housing, wherein the aperture defines a longitudinal axis that is substantially perpendicular to the aperture. ... The Boeing Co








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