Patents Assigned to The Boeing Company
  • Publication number: 20180298478
    Abstract: An aluminum alloy including aluminum, about 6 to about 17.4 weight percent by weight magnesium, and at least one of chromium up to about 0.2 percent by weight, zirconium up to about 0.2 percent by weight and manganese up to about 0.3 percent by weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicants: The Boeing Company, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology
    Inventors: Donald S. Shih, Paul N. Wilson, Shae-Kwang Kim, Bong-Hwan Kim, Young-Ok Yoon
  • Publication number: 20180301803
    Abstract: A reconfigurable antenna comprises a plurality of antenna feed elements, a plurality of plasma switches respectively associated with the antenna feed elements, and control circuitry for independently operating the plasma switches to selectively activate and deactivate the antenna feed elements. Each plasma switch may comprise a volume of inert gas, and a pair of electrodes spanning the respective volume of inert gas. The reconfigurable antenna may comprise a power supply for supplying a voltage to the pair of electrodes of each of plasma switch sufficient to ignite the respective inert gas volume into a plasma field to deactivate the respective antenna feed element. Each plasma switch may optionally be operated to attenuate each antenna feed element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Larry L. Savage, Ted R. Dabrowski, Colin A. Diehl, John D. Williams, Enrique J. Ruiz
  • Publication number: 20180298473
    Abstract: An aluminum alloy including aluminum, about 2.5 to about 17.4 weight percent by weight magnesium, about 50 to about 3000 ppm calcium, and at least one of chromium up to about 0.2 percent by weight, zirconium up to about 0.2 percent by weight and manganese up to about 0.3 percent by weight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicants: The Boeing Company, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology
    Inventors: Donald S. Shih, Paul N. Wilson, Shae-Kwang Kim, Bong-Hwan Kim, Young-Ok Yoon
  • Publication number: 20180299317
    Abstract: Systems and methods that use a differential spectral liquid level sensor to measure the level of liquid in a reservoir (e.g., a fuel tank or other storage container). The use of a differential spectral liquid level sensor solves the problem of common-mode intensity variations (i.e., intensity variations not due to the level of the liquid) by having two different wavelengths propagate through the same optical path but have different spectral attenuations in the liquid. By determining the ratio of the received optical powers, common-mode intensity variations can be neutralized, thereby enhancing the accuracy of the received power reading and the resulting liquid level indication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Tuong K. Truong, Eric Y. Chan, Dennis G. Koshinz, Kim Quan Anh Nguyen, Eric J. Harvey
  • Publication number: 20180297573
    Abstract: Systems and methods for indicating the health of brakes on an aircraft or a ground vehicle. One method for monitoring brake health calculates the ratio of input energy to output energy during braking. The input energy is a function of commanded brake force and speed. The output energy may be measured by measuring the increase in temperature or the actual brake force over time during brake application. When using brake temperatures, the temperatures in a pair of brakes may optionally be compared. If the respective measured temperatures of the two brakes differ by an amount that exceeds a specified threshold, the system produces an indication that one brake may require repair or replacement. Variability due to operational and environmental factors that affect measured temperature can be reduced by comparing the measured brake temperatures for one brake with selected brake temperature data collected from the same brake during other landings under similar conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Shahriar Alam, Daniel D. Gilbertson, James Schimert
  • Publication number: 20180302165
    Abstract: A controller area network (CAN) comprising a plurality of CAN nodes that communicate via a CAN bus that comprises a fiber optical network. The fiber optical network uses a single fiber and a single wavelength for transmit and receive, and comprises a passive reflective optical star. The reflective optical star comprises an optical mixing rod having a mirror at one end. The other end of the reflective optical star is optically coupled to the transmitters and receivers of a plurality of optical-electrical media converters by way of respective high-isolation optical Y-couplers. Each CAN node produces electrical signals (in accordance with the CAN message-based protocol) which are converted into optical pulses that are broadcast to the fiber optical network. Those optical pulses are then reflected back to all CAN nodes by the reflective optical star.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Tuong K. Truong, Dennis G. Koshinz, Eric Y. Chan, Kim Quan Anh Nguyen, Sean M. Ramey, Timothy E. Jackson, Barkhung Henry Pang
  • Publication number: 20180299318
    Abstract: Systems and methods that use a passive differential optical sensor to measure the level of liquid in a reservoir (e.g., a fuel tank or other storage container). More specifically, the passive differential optical liquid level sensor solves the problem of common-mode intensity variations by employing three optical fibers that will be disposed vertically in the reservoir. The system comprises a side-emitting optical fiber having one end optically coupled to an optical source, a side-receiving optical fiber optically coupled to a first optical detector, and a total internal reflection optical fiber having one end optically coupled to the other end of the side-emitting optical fiber and another end optically coupled to a second optical detector. A computer or processor is configured to perform differential processing of the detected light and then determine the liquid level based on the differential processing results.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2017
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Tuong K. Truong, Dennis G. Koshinz, Eric Y. Chan, Kim Quan Anh Nguyen
  • Patent number: 10099240
    Abstract: An apparatus for delivering a glutinous substance from a cartridge to a brush is disclosed. The apparatus comprises a sleeve and a pressure-cap assembly. The pressure-cap assembly comprises a pressure cap, proximate an inlet of the sleeve. The pressure cap comprises a pressure input, selectively operable to apply pressure to the glutinous substance in the cartridge when the cartridge is received within the sleeve, the pressure cap is in the closed position, and a leading end of the cartridge is in sealed engagement with a valve. The apparatus further comprises a brush-arm assembly, configured to retain the brush and capable of rotating the brush. The valve is selectively operable to enable the glutinous substance to flow from the cartridge to the brush.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John W. Pringle, IV, John J. Brown, Angelica Davancens, Frederick B. Frontiera, Martin Guirguis, Raul Tomuta, Richard P. Topf, Don D. Trend, Jake B. Weinmann
  • Patent number: 10099385
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for carrying plies of material. One embodiment is an apparatus that includes an end effector of a robot. The apparatus includes a frame, and a fixed cup assembly that is attached to the frame. The fixed cup assembly includes a suction cup for holding a ply, a pneumatic line, and a shaft that is coupled with the suction cup and that houses the pneumatic line, the shaft enabling the suction cup to translate vertically. The apparatus also includes floating cup assemblies. Each floating cup assembly includes a Bernoulli cup, a pneumatic line applying positively pressurized gas to the Bernoulli cup, a shaft that is coupled with the Bernoulli cup and that houses the pneumatic line, the shaft enabling the Bernoulli cup to translate vertically, and a bearing that enables the Bernoulli cup to pivot about an end of the shaft to conform with a surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Goce Petrovski, Andrew Klimovski
  • Patent number: 10099445
    Abstract: A composite membrane assembly may include a plurality of stacked composite plies. Each composite ply may include a main body of reinforced fibers connected together with a resin. The main body may include a base connected to an opposed boundary surface through opposed ends and opposed sides. At least one non-orthogonal cut is formed through a thickness of the main body from the base to the boundary surface. The non-orthogonal cut(s) is staggered with respect to at least one other non-orthogonal cut of an adjacent composite ply so that the non-orthogonal cut(s) does not form a contiguous linear cut with the other non-orthogonal cut(s) of the adjacent composite ply.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Max Kismarton
  • Patent number: 10099456
    Abstract: A composite radius filler material is provided. The composite radius filler includes a resin, a first group of fibers dispersed within the resin, and a second group of fibers dispersed within the resin. The first group of fibers has a first length configured to facilitate orientation in a longitudinal direction. The second group of fibers has a second length that is shorter than the first length, with the second group of fibers configured to facilitate random orientation in a transverse direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Weidong Song, Tia Benson Tolle, Jonathan D. Robbins, Jamie J. Langabeer
  • Patent number: 10099765
    Abstract: A method and apparatus comprising a monolithic composite structure, a first edge of the monolithic composite structure, and a second edge of the monolithic composite structure. The first edge of the monolithic composite structure has a first shape configured to be connected to a structure in a vehicle. The second edge of the monolithic composite structure has a second shape configured to be connected to a body of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Robert Paci, Daniel Flores, Faustino A. Ayson
  • Patent number: 10100240
    Abstract: Compositions of the present disclosure comprise electrostatic dissipative compositions comprising a first polymer, a second polymer, and a naphthyl sulfonic acid. Methods of the present disclosure comprise heating a vehicle component by applying a voltage to a surface of a composition disposed on a vehicle component. The composition comprises a first polymer and a second polymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Rebecca A. Callahan, Patrick J. Kinlen, Eric A. Bruton
  • Patent number: 10099403
    Abstract: Provided is a method of forming a shaped structure. The method includes coupling a first section of a mold to a second section of the mold such that a mold cavity is defined, wherein a cross-sectional shape of the mold cavity corresponds to a cross-sectional shape of the shaped structure and wherein at least one of the first section of the mold and the second section of the mold comprise a soluble material; at least partially filling the mold cavity with a curable polymer; and curing the curable polymer in the mold cavity to make the shaped structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Andrew M. Zavada, Brandon D. Booth, Isbelia D. Cardona
  • Patent number: 10099465
    Abstract: Electromagnetic radiation scanning is used to monitor the integrity of a composite laminate structure. The composite laminate structure is optically resonant at a frequency of electromagnetic radiation, allowing inconsistencies in the laminate to be detected and mapped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Mark J. Clemen, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10099771
    Abstract: An aircraft, an aircraft wing structure and a method are provided in order to address lift and drag, such as by increasing lift and reducing drag. In the context of an aircraft wing structure, the aircraft wing structure includes a wing extending outboard from a fuselage of an aircraft. The wing also extends from a leading edge to a trailing edge. The aircraft wing structure also includes one or more actuators carried by the wing and causing fluid to be directed through one or more respective orifices defined by the wing so as to alter flow over a lower surface of the wing. The one or more orifices that are defined by the wing are closer to the leading edge than to the trailing edge. Thus, the fluid introduced through the one or more orifices may increase lift and reduce drag of the associated aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Arvin Shmilovich, Yoram Yadlin
  • Patent number: 10099338
    Abstract: A portable booth assembly for receiving a work piece to facilitate working on a work area of the work piece including a housing and an inner core disposed within an interior area of the housing is provided. The portable booth assembly includes an aperture that is formed in the housing and the inner core. The aperture is configured to receive the work piece. The inner core defining the aperture is configured to be supported by the work piece if the work piece is large, or support the work piece if the work piece is small, and isolate the work area within the portable booth assembly. The portable booth assembly further includes a cut out formed in the housing. The cut out is configured to enable access to the work area for working on the work area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Bernard L. DiAntonio, Antonio Paesano
  • Patent number: 10099805
    Abstract: A habitation module that provides an artificial gravity environment. In one embodiment, the habitation module includes a core structure having cylindrical sections spaced apart from one another, and a hub that slides over one of the cylindrical sections of the core structure to span a distance between the cylindrical sections. The hub includes a plurality of portals spaced radially around a circumference of the hub, and gravity chambers attach to portals of the hub. A drive mechanism rotates the hub about an axis in relation to the core structure to simulate a gravitational force within the gravity chambers. Rotary seals form an air-tight seal between the hub and the cylindrical sections of the core structure so that the interior of the hub and the gravity chambers may be pressurized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Raju Dharmaraj
  • Patent number: 10099767
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to inserts for use with sandwich panels, such as composite panels, and related methods. Presently disclosed inserts may include a retention feature and/or an anti-rotation feature that may be configured to retain the insert in place within a bore formed in the sandwich panel. In this manner, presently disclosed inserts may be secured without the use of adhesive compounds, which may increase efficiency and/or reduce costs in manufacturing apparatus that include one or more sandwich panels having one or more inserts placed therein. Presently disclosed methods of installing an insert into a sandwich panel may include rotating the insert with respect to the sandwich panel as the insert is installed, such that a portion of the insert may be positioned under the skin of the sandwich panel (e.g., a portion of the insert may be positioned between the skin and the core of the sandwich panel).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael Steven Lewis, Brad Jeremy Reeves, James S. Bradley, Christopher John Mills, Supriya Balachander, Brian M. Wilkie
  • Patent number: 10099902
    Abstract: A rail fixture that may include a plurality of track sections suspending a plurality of rail sections. The rail fixture may further include a traveler that traverses across one of the track sections, and a trolley that traverses across the plurality of rail sections. The rail fixture may further include a motorized winch assembly that may be used to lift a load to be moved toward the rail sections. The rail fixture may be used to move a load from a first location to a second location, for example, through an enclosed space having little clearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert D. Dixon, Kevin L. Salt, Jeffrey A. Zornes, David A. Haverberg, Michael D. Hinckley, Chris Carlson, Craig B. Morgan