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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company

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 Company








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