Patents Represented by Attorney Ostrager Chong Flaherty & Broitman P.C.
  • Patent number: 8342017
    Abstract: A method for repeatably fabricating a test specimen assembly comprising a pair of fiber-reinforced plastic (FRP) test specimens adhesively bonded together, the bonded joint having respective areas of substantially different, but consistent variable adhesive bond strengths suitable as a calibration standard. The method comprises fabricating a first FRP test specimen having a bonding surface with first and second areas that have substantially different bonded joint performance-governing characteristics and then using adhesive to bond the bonding surface of the first FRP test specimen to the bonding surface of a second FRP test specimen. The different bonded joint performance-governing characteristics are achieved by treating first and second areas of the surface of the first FRP test specimen using different respective surface preparation techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Richard Henry Bossi, Marc J. Piehl, Douglas Allen Frisch, Kay Y. Blohowiak, William B. Grace, Peter J. Van Voast
  • Patent number: 8332504
    Abstract: A method for verifying the connectivity of software applications hosted on networked computers. The connectivity of hosted function applications to be loaded into networked computers is verified and validated using quasi-hosted function applications that simulate the communications functions (i.e., connectivity) of those hosted function applications. The quasi-hosted function applications are run on the same hardware that the real hosted function applications will be run on. Furthermore, the connectivity of a real hosted function application loaded into one computer can be verified and validated by simulating communications of that real hosted function application with a multiplicity of quasi-hosted function applications running on the networked computers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Calvin Ling, George K. Wu, Michael J. McNicholl, Seth J. Thorup
  • Patent number: 8301417
    Abstract: According to a preferred embodiment, a method for identifying the analytical transitional cross-sections of a rigid transport element is disclosed. The method includes providing a 3D model of a rigid transport element, a list of total edges from the 3D model, a list of total faces from the 3D model, and a list of connecting edges from the 3D model, identifying all edges from said list of total edges which have connectivity with any edge in the list of connecting edges and are part of a cross-section, placing the identified edges into a list of cross-section edges, and identifying the analytical cross-section that lies on the plane defined by the edges in said list of cross-section edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Weigang Hu
  • Patent number: 8286391
    Abstract: This invention reveals a type of portable building, which includes a box which forms the main body of the building, the box being cubic in shape, at least one movable top plate that forms the roof of the building, one side of such movable top plate connecting to and pivoting on one side of the top panel of the box, and such top plate rotating around the pivot downwards to lean against the side panel of the box, at least one movable bottom panel that is provided for the bottom panel of the building, one side of the movable bottom panel connecting to and pivoting on one side of the bottom panel, and such bottom panel rotating around the pivot downwards to lean against the side panel of the box, the pivots of the bottom panel and the top plate are located on the same side panel of the box, at least one side plate is provided for the side wall of the building, the side plate that supports between the edge of the bottom plate and the edge of the top plate being vertical and knock-down.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventors: Zhenqiu Yang, Xiuyuan Yang
  • Patent number: 8276850
    Abstract: A method of forming an exterior surface protective structure (12) for an aircraft (10) includes uniting a loaded surfacer (52) having a carrier (51) to a hybrid prepreg substrate (32). The prepreg substrate (32) includes a carbon fabric (44) with an integral conductive component (48) having conductivity with in a metal conductivity range and is united to a base substrate (30). The loaded surfacer (52) and the prepreg substrate (32) are cured, which includes interfacially adhering matter between the loaded surfacer (52) and the prepreg substrate (32). A protective fabric system (12) for an exterior (14) of an aircraft (10) includes the base substrate (30). The hybrid prepreg substrate (32) is coupled to the base substrate (30). The loaded surfacer (52) with the carrier (51) is interfacially adhered to the prepreg substrate (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Arlene McKeeman Brown
  • Patent number: 8276527
    Abstract: A corner bolt locking system for a safe or vault is disclosed for use with cam and link locking mechanisms and a generally rectangular door panel frame, having a corner hole through its corner. A reinforcement channel is disposed at the corner and aligned with the corner hole. A corner bolt link arm is pivotably attached to a rotatable pin cam plate, and a corner bolt is pivotably attached to the corner bolt link arm and positioned through the reinforcement channel and the corner hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Prosteel Security Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard E. Stepp
  • Patent number: 8272618
    Abstract: A minimum bond assurance feature for a pi-joint assembly is provided. The pi-joint assembly includes a substructure, a member coupled to the substructure. The substructure includes one or more standoff extending above one of the lower side, the front side and the back side of the substructure. The standoff includes a space location control surface. The member includes a base, a pair of axially elongated leg extending from the base to define a channel therebetween. The channel of the member has a first channel side, a channel floor and a second channel side, wherein the space location control surface may contact the member maintaining a standoff distance between the one of the lower side, the front side and the back side of the substructure and corresponding one of the channel floor, the first channel side and the second channel side of the member. A method of assembling a pi-joint assembly of the present invention is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Kilwin, Ronald J. Newcomer
  • Patent number: 8262841
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for fabricating adhesive bonded joints while minimizing the voids and/or porosity found in the cured bondline. In accordance with various embodiments, the apparatus comprises an evacuation chamber combined with a pressure inducing device to produce bonded joints that are both void free and thoroughly compacted. The surfaces to be bonded are continuously evacuated throughout the bonding process (pre-mating, mating, debulking and cure). Continuous evacuation is provided via standard vacuum, while the induced pressure can be pneumatically or mechanically provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Megan Nicole Watson, Joseph L. Hafenrichter, Mary H. Vargas, Michael W. Evens
  • Patent number: 8256712
    Abstract: A crew rest unit for an aircraft fuselage may be formed as a monocoque shell (10) having curved walls (10b) complementary to and fitting within an available space (20a, 20b) in the aircraft fuselage. The monocoque shell (10) provides an enclosure for at least one sleep area (14a, 14b) therein. The curved walls (10b) of the monocoque shell (10) have load-bearing mounting members (12) on their outer surfaces for attachment of fasteners (22) to an adjacent wall or frame for the pre-determined available space (20a, 20b) in the aircraft fuselage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Shawn H. Sorensen
  • Patent number: 8259012
    Abstract: A system that provides GPS-based navigation/orbit determination capabilities for high-altitude spacecraft. The system uses an existing spacecraft processor and an easy-to-space-qualify minimum-hardware front end to minimize the need for new space-qualified hardware. The system also uses coherent integration to acquire and track the very weak GPS signals at high altitudes. The system also uses diurnal thermal modeling of a spacecraft clock and precision orbit propagation to enable longer coherent integration, a special Kalman filter to allow weak signal tracking by integrated operation of orbit determination and GPS signal tracking, and a segment-by-segment, post-processing, delayed-time approach to allow a low-speed spacecraft processor to provide the software GPS capability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Rongsheng Li, Kamran Ghassemi, Clifford W. Kelley
  • Patent number: 8256306
    Abstract: A high-capacity low-profile load cell for measuring compression force. The load cell comprises a support ring, a diaphragm supported by the support ring, and first and second pluralities of strain gages arranged under the diaphragm for detecting strain produced by application of a load from above. The diaphragm comprises a slug portion and a plate portion that surrounds and supports the slug portion. The slug portion has a height greater than a thickness of the plate portion. The first plurality of strain gages is disposed on a bottom surface of the slug portion, while the second plurality of strain gages is disposed on a bottom surface of the plate portion. These strain gages are electrically connected to form a Wheatstone bridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Robert C. Bauer, Gerard V. Bohr, Marvin Luke, Ben YoungSon Won
  • Patent number: 8246770
    Abstract: A method for reworking an electrically conductive layer of a composite skin is disclosed in which a patch replaces the altered section of the electrically conductive layer. The method is performed by removing a portion of the electrically conductive layer to reveal the underlying composite skin. A patch is formed, having an electrically conductive section coupled to an adhesive having a low dielectric breakdown strength, and is then introduced over the underlying composite skin such that the adhesive layer covers the underlying composite skin and overlaps an unremoved portion of the electrically conductive layer. The patch is applied such that the electrically conductive section within the patch covers the adhesive layer and overlaps the unremoved section of the electrically conductive layer. The adhesive layer preferably has a low dielectric breakdown strength, so that electricity from lightning which strikes the composite skin may be conducted through the adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Patrice Ackerman, Steven Blanchard, Daniel Kovach
  • Patent number: 8237780
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for three-dimensional image viewing of an image display employs a pair of viewing glasses having left and right side lenses for alternate left-eye and right-eye image viewing by alternately blocking and passing left and right-eye image views from the image display. An image monitor is used to detect lens sync control information interleaved or embedded with image frames of the image display. The lens sync control information detected by the image monitor is decoded into left and right lens control signals for alternately blocking and passing of left and right-eye image views by the left and right side lenses, respectively, in order to generate three-dimensional image viewing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Dexter A. Schnebly, Basil L. Sneeringer
  • Patent number: 8231751
    Abstract: A method for reworking an electrically conductive layer of a composite skin is disclosed in which a patch replaces the altered section of the electrically conductive layer. The method is performed by removing a portion of the electrically conductive layer to reveal the underlying composite skin. A patch is formed, having an electrically conductive section coupled to an adhesive having a low dielectric breakdown strength, and is then introduced over the underlying composite skin such that the adhesive layer covers the underlying composite skin and overlaps an unremoved portion of the electrically conductive layer. The patch is applied such that the electrically conductive section within the patch covers the adhesive layer and overlaps the unremoved section of the electrically conductive layer. The adhesive layer preferably has a low dielectric breakdown strength, so that electricity from lightning which strikes the composite skin may be conducted through the adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Patrice Ackerman, Steven Blanchard, Daniel Kovach
  • Patent number: 8185983
    Abstract: A sink system includes a sink coupled to a storage area. The storage area is coupled to a bypass line and a common line, and a vacuum blower may apply pressure to the common line. First and second valves control the flow of fluids between the bypass line, storage area and common line, for operation of the system in a drain mode and a disposal mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Scott M. Wierenga
  • Patent number: 8185944
    Abstract: A server for transferring data between networks. The server is programmed to perform the following steps: (a) creating a receiving process, a filtering process and a forwarding process, the filtering process being dictated by a file that specifies filtering rules, wherein: (b) the receiving process receives data transmitted from a source host; (c) the filtering process filters the transmitted data based on the filtering rules; and (d) the forwarding process forwards only filtered data to a destination host.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Daniel D. Schnackenberg, Janell Schnackenberg, legal representative, Kelly S. Bunn, Thomas E. Donofrio, Steven L. Arnold, Travis S. Reid, Ryan D. Hammond
  • Patent number: 8173055
    Abstract: An aircraft fuselage barrel (10) includes a skin (12) and a shear tie (18). The shear tie (18) resides within and is integrally formed with the skin (12). The shear tie (18) is separate from and configured for frame attachment thereon. A multi-ring system (79) for fuselage barrel formation includes a mold (68) with a ring (50). The ring (50) has width (W2) approximately equal to a separation distance (D) between two adjacent fuselage frames (22) and includes a module (52) that has a circumferential length (L1) that is greater than a circumferential distance between two fuselage longerons (14). A support structure (80) is coupled to and supports the mold (68). A method of forming the aircraft fuselage barrel (10) includes constructing the support structure (80). Rings (86) of the mold (68) are attached to and over the support structure (80). The mold (68) is constructed. Material is laid-up onto the mold (68) to integrally form the one-piece fuselage barrel (10) including a Hat-configured longeron (14).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Branko Sarh
  • Patent number: 8147001
    Abstract: An aircraft seat assembly configured in accordance with an example embodiment of the invention offers a light weight and comfortable seat cushioning system that also provides energy-absorption and enhanced passenger maneuverability in extreme conditions such as may be experienced in a hard landing situation. The cushioning system includes a crushable, energy-absorbing layer, a main cushioning layer, a smaller ishial insert layer which may be the same as the main cushioning material and a semi-dynamic pneumatic cell which uses a dual action breather valve to vary its inflation with changes in cabin pressure. The seat cushion may be finished with a covering of cloth or upholstery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kelly L. Boren, Rush F. Green, Max U. Kismarton
  • Patent number: 8141465
    Abstract: In accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present disclosure, a wire bundle wrap cutter is provided for cutting wire bundle wraps. The wire bundle wrap cutter generally comprises a shaft with a cutting end, and a handle end, a cutting head perpendicular to the cutting end, and a handle with a trigger at the handle end. The cutting head defines a channel between a tongue and a blade enclosure. There is a cutting blade disposed in a slot in the blade enclosure which is movable from an enclosed position wherein the cutting edge is inside the blade enclosure to an activated position wherein the cutting edge is moved toward the tongue portion to cut a wire bundle wrap placed in the U-shaped channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Reynaldo P. Reyes
  • Patent number: D662341
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Prosteel Security Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Keith Sanders