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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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company








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