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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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

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 Corporation

06/14/18 / #20180167864

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

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

06/14/18 / #20180167391

Authenticating an aircraft data exchange using detected differences of onboard electronics

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

06/14/18 / #20180167102

Phased array beam tracking using beam gain coding

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

06/14/18 / #20180166779

Phased array antennas for high altitude platforms

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

06/14/18 / #20180166602

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

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

06/14/18 / #20180165983

Sonar target simulator

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

06/14/18 / #20180165979

Electronic device and method for debriefing evidence-based training sessions

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

06/14/18 / #20180165978

System and method for interactive cognitive task assistance

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

06/14/18 / #20180165975

Runway exiting systems and methods for aircraft

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

06/14/18 / #20180165968

Flight plan analysis systems and methods for unmanned aerial vehicles

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

06/14/18 / #20180165934

Automated object and activity tracking in a live video feed

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

06/14/18 / #20180165894

Vehicle system prognosis device and method

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

06/14/18 / #20180165826

Intra-sensor relative positioning

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

06/14/18 / #20180165522

Target object recognition in infrared images

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

06/14/18 / #20180164775

Robotic task system

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

06/14/18 / #20180164441

Accelerated satellite acquisition scheme

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

06/14/18 / #20180164140

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

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

06/14/18 / #20180164096

Dynamic dimensional measurement system

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

06/14/18 / #20180163754

Truss end pad fitting

A mechanical fitting for connecting structures may include a base structure and a plate member. The mechanical fitting may also include a support structure for supporting the plate member at a predetermined spacing from the base structure. ... The Boeing Corporation

06/14/18 / #20180163297

System and process for chemical vapor deposition

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

06/14/18 / #20180162591

Pallet for transporting electrical connectors

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

06/14/18 / #20180162561

Systems and methods for deploying spacecraft

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

06/14/18 / #20180162556

Nano-energetic applications for aircraft

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

06/14/18 / #20180162543

Noncombustible gas distribution methods and systems on aircraft

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

06/14/18 / #20180162542

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

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

06/14/18 / #20180162541

Variable incident nacelle apparatus and methods

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

06/14/18 / #20180162528

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

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

06/14/18 / #20180162527

Unmanned aerial system targeting

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

06/14/18 / #20180162512

Apparatuses and methods for aerodynamic window assemblies

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

06/14/18 / #20180162511

Moisture diversion systems and methods of using same

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

06/14/18 / #20180162510

Stringer-frame intersection of aircraft body

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

06/14/18 / #20180162112

Septumization of cellular cores

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

06/14/18 / #20180162103

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

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

06/14/18 / #20180162102

Laminate structures comprising fiber-reinforced thermoplastic prepreg plies

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

06/14/18 / #20180162101

Material systems and methods of manufacturing material systems

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

06/14/18 / #20180162092

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

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

06/14/18 / #20180162075

Systems and methods for making prepreg composite sheets including contoured charges

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

06/14/18 / #20180162072

Automated resin and fiber deposition for resin infusion

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

06/14/18 / #20180162039

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

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

06/14/18 / #20180161802

Sealant-applicator tip and method for applying a sealant material

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

06/14/18 / #20180161738

Device for efficient mixing of laminar, low-velocity fluids

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

06/07/18 / #20180160567

System and method for cryogenic cooling of electromagnetic induction filter

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

06/07/18 / #20180160050

Automated local positioning system calibration using optically readable markers

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

06/07/18 / #20180159288

Apparatuses and methods for manipulating a wire

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

06/07/18 / #20180158966

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

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

06/07/18 / #20180158754

High power thermally conductive radio frequency absorbers

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

06/07/18 / #20180157455

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

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

06/07/18 / #20180157221

Control system having variable gain feed forward (vgff) control

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

06/07/18 / #20180156689

Tunable mass damper characterization test stand

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

06/07/18 / #20180156679

Method and apparatus for measuring a preload of a fastener

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

06/07/18 / #20180156293

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

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

06/07/18 / #20180155093

Apparatus for controlled application of a viscous fluid

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

06/07/18 / #20180155065

Systems and methods for multi-spacecraft distributed ascent

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

06/07/18 / #20180155053

Differential for control surface actuators

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

06/07/18 / #20180155046

Methods and apparatus to cool a vehicle heat source

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

06/07/18 / #20180155043

Composite fan cowl having core with varying thickness

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

06/07/18 / #20180155042

Composite fan cowl with a core having tailored thickness

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

06/07/18 / #20180155002

Elongated structures and related assemblies

An elongated structure comprising a web extending along a length of the elongated structure and a flange comprising a first flange portion, the first flange portion extending away from an area of the web. The first flange portion comprises a variable width along at least a portion of the length of the elongated structure. ... The Boeing Corporation

06/07/18 / #20180154715

Trailer-mounted mock landing gear

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

06/07/18 / #20180154623

Preparing laminate materials for testing

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

06/07/18 / #20180154596

Method and material efficient tooling for continuous compression molding

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

06/07/18 / #20180154588

Systems and methods for cure control of additive manufacturing

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

06/07/18 / #20180154583

Adhesive-bonded attachment device

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

06/07/18 / #20180154457

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

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

06/07/18 / #20180154455

Systems and methods for forming perforations in a barrel structure

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

06/07/18 / #20180154322

Apparatus, system, and method for producing a sealant

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

06/07/18 / #20180153308

Ergonomic puncture-resistant pads

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

05/31/18 / #20180151898

Methods and apparatus for cryogenic fuel bayonet transfers

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

05/31/18 / #20180151304

Perovskite solar cells for space

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

05/31/18 / #20180151301

Epitaxial perovskite materials for optoelectronics

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

05/31/18 / #20180150778

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

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

05/31/18 / #20180150618

Porosity simulation for oxide ceramic matrix composites

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

05/31/18 / #20180149437

Thermal management device and method using phase change material

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

05/31/18 / #20180149091

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

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

05/31/18 / #20180148196

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

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

05/31/18 / #20180148195

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

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

05/31/18 / #20180148194

Enhanced tooling for interference-fit fasteners

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

05/31/18 / #20180148168

Self-contained aerial cargo vehicle

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

05/31/18 / #20180148159

Latch pin assembly

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

05/31/18 / #20180148156

System and method for flag door operation

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

05/31/18 / #20180148153

Fuselage skin panel connection system and method for connecting skin panels

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

05/31/18 / #20180147800

Configurable cooling assembly and cooling method

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

05/31/18 / #20180147794

Integrated smart susceptor heater blanket debulk system for composites

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

05/31/18 / #20180147757

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

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

05/24/18 / #20180144511

Geometry correction for computed tomography

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

05/24/18 / #20180144462

Geometry correction for computed tomography

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

05/24/18 / #20180143676

Dc-based peer-to-peer network for aircraft

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








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