Patents Assigned to The Boeing Company
  • Publication number: 20210130004
    Abstract: An energy harvesting system is provided and a corresponding method for harvesting energy from an aircraft cabin pressurization system utilizing the same. According to one aspect, an energy harvesting system includes an aircraft cabin enclosing a high-pressure environment of pressurized air. An air input receives incoming air from a low-pressure environment and an air output expels outgoing air from the high-pressure environment. A turbine receives the pressurized air expelled from the aircraft cabin and utilizes the pressurized air to produce rotational motion on a turbine shaft. An energy harvesting mechanism is coupled to the turbine shaft and utilizes the rotational motion from the turbine shaft to compress the incoming air or to create electrical energy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Nathan D. Hiller
  • Publication number: 20210133502
    Abstract: A computing device, method and computer program product are provided to generate training data for a machine learning system including training data representative of one or more edge scenes. In the context of a computing device, the computing device includes a simulator configured in accordance with a sampling algorithm to create a plurality of different scenes, including one or more edge scenes, within a scenario that is at least partially defined by one or more parametric attributes. The computing device also includes a physics engine generate training data representative of the plurality of different scenes including the one or more edge scenes. The physics engine is configured to modify the one or more parametric attributes to generate additional and different training data based upon another plurality of different scenes created by the simulator within another scenario that is at least partially defined by one or more parametric attributes, as modified.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2019
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Patrick Daniel DEES, Helen Amelia HAWKINS, Taylor S. LOPER, Grant A. ROSARIO
  • Publication number: 20210132025
    Abstract: A system for evaluating a bond includes first and second electrodes. A dielectric material layer is positioned at least partially between the first and second electrodes. A power source is connected to the first and second electrodes. The power source is configured to cause the first and second electrodes to generate an electrical arc. The electrical arc is configured to at least partially ablate a sacrificial material layer to generate a plasma.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Morteza Safai
  • Publication number: 20210134167
    Abstract: Systems and methods for autonomous taxi route planning for an aircraft. Clearance communication is received from a ground control station. A planning problem is generated from the clearance communication and sent to a route planner. The route planner receives the planning problem and plans an executable taxi route. Planning the executable taxi route can include generating a complete breadth first search graph from a start pose to a destination, pruning the graph, minimizing the graph, refining the graph, and extracting the shortest path from the graph.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Charles A. Erignac
  • Publication number: 20210133767
    Abstract: Techniques for qualifying a candidate supplier are presented. Such techniques may include obtaining a part produced by a candidate supplier and measuring a quantifiable property in each of a plurality of samples to obtain an empirical data set. Such techniques may also include selecting, based on the empirical data set, and fitting to the empirical data set, an appropriate linear mixed model for the quantifiable property. Such techniques may further include computing an acceptance parameter from a mean and standard deviation obtained from the appropriate linear mixed model. The acceptance parameter may include a process capability index or a tolerance interval bound. Such techniques may further include determining that the candidate supplier qualifies based on comparing the acceptance parameter to a threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2019
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kelsea Cox, Lindsay L.W. Jones, Robert M. Lawton, Emily O'Connor
  • Publication number: 20210129463
    Abstract: Described are methods and systems for repair of composite components without the use of vacuum bagging, The systems described herein include a composite repair structure with a repair laminate and a film sealant. The film sealant covers the repair laminate to prevent intrusion of air and other volatiles during bonding of the composite repair structure to the composite being repaired. As the film sealant prevents intrusion of air and other volatiles, the composite repair structure can be bonded to the structure to be repaired without the use of a vacuum bag. Thus, vehicle components can be repaired without disassembly from the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: John F. Spalding
  • Publication number: 20210129455
    Abstract: Described are methods and systems for a composite structure that allows for out of autoclave curing. Due to the layout of the composite structure, voids within the composite structure, formed out of autoclave, is reduced. The composite structure includes a composite laminate and one or more infusion films. The composite laminate includes a plurality of fiber tows that each include a plurality of fiber strands and a resin. The resin has a first viscosity within a first temperature range. The infusion film is disposed on a surface of the composite laminate and has a second viscosity lower than the first viscosity within the first temperature range. Methods of curing the composite structure are also described.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2019
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John F. Spalding, Kelsi M. Hays, Derek Huang
  • Publication number: 20210135163
    Abstract: A multifunctional composite panel and a system for fabricating the multifunctional composite panel are disclosed. The multifunctional composite panel may include a plurality of structural layers and a plurality of photovoltaic layers disposed adjacent the plurality of structural layers. The structural layers may include a plurality of alternating layers where each of the alternating layers includes a first layer and a second layer. The first layer may include one or more polymers and the second layer may include one or more inorganic materials. The system for fabricating the multifunctional composite panel may include a based configured to support the multifunctional composite panel and a plurality of application heads disposed proximal the based and configured to form layers of the multifunctional composite panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 11, 2021
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jiangtian Cheng, Paul S. Nordman, Hojun Yoon, Xiaobo Zhang
  • Publication number: 20210128764
    Abstract: An ultraviolet (UV) light sanitizing system and method are configured to sanitize at least one surface within an enclosed space. The UV light sanitizing system includes a UV light assembly that is selectively moveable between a stowed position and a deployed position. The UV light assembly is stowed within a stowage chamber connected to the enclosed space in the stowed position. The UV light assembly deploys out of the stowage chamber and into the enclosed space in the deployed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2021
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Jamie J. Childress, Teresa A. King
  • Publication number: 20210130010
    Abstract: A method includes making a first structure with a first plurality of pre-drilled holes at pre-defined locations, making a second structure with a second plurality of pre-drilled holes at pre-defined locations, making a third structure without pre-drilled full-size holes, measuring the location and orientation of the first and second plurality of pre-drilled holes in the first and second structures, determining the location of a third plurality of holes to be drilled in the third structure that correspond to first and second plurality of pre-drilled holes measured in the first and second structures, creating a program to drill the third plurality of holes in the third structure that align with the measured location and orientation of the first and second plurality of pre-drilled holes in the first and second structures based on the measure location and orientation of the first and second plurality of pre-drilled holes in the first and second structure, drilling the third plurality of holes in the third structu
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2021
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Craig A. Charlton, Branko Lakic, Jerald A. Hull, Christopher A. Greer, Justin H. Pratt
  • Publication number: 20210129992
    Abstract: A galley cart stowage system includes lower and upper cart compartments defining lower and upper galley cart cavities receiving the galley carts. The lower galley cart cavity is defined by walls and the upper galley cart cavity is defined by walls. A vertical conveyance device extends between the lower and upper cart compartments to move galley carts therebetween. A galley workspace has a countertop and a workspace volume located above the lower cart compartment and located below the upper cart compartment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Mithra M. K. V. Sankrithi
  • Publication number: 20210129461
    Abstract: A method and structure for processing a plurality of prepreg sheets includes a conveyor assembly having a first conveyor, a second conveyor, and a processing zone positioned between the first and second conveyors. In an implementation, a plurality of prepreg sheets are advanced from a plurality of material supply creels into the processing zone by a first conveyor and a second conveyor turning in opposite directions. Within the processing zone, a compressive pressure is applied to the prepreg sheets by first pressure plates attached to first conveyor and second pressure plates attached to the second conveyor. A thermoplastic within the prepreg sheets is melted within the processing zone by a heater to consolidate the prepreg sheets into a consolidated laminate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2019
    Publication date: May 6, 2021
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Paul Gabriel Werntges, Aaron Ross Cowin, Eileen Miller, Randall Dow Wilkerson, Joshua Paul Koehn
  • Patent number: 10994847
    Abstract: Provided are seat tracks comprising composite frames and methods of fabricating such seat tracks. A composite frame comprises two sets of fibers having different orientations. The first fibers may extend parallel to the principal axis of the track, while the second fibers may extend within planes perpendicular to that axis. Various characteristics of these fibers may be specifically selected such that the mechanical strength of the frame in the principal axis direction is greater than other directions. In other words, the composite frame may have anisotropic properties. This difference ensures that adequate support is provided during both normal conditions and extreme conditions. Specifically, during the normal operating conditions, most loads may be directed vertically, while at the extreme conditions most loads may be directed horizontally. Aligning the fiber orientation of the composite frame with various directions of expected load allows forming a very light yet sufficiently supportive seat track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Khambrel A. Simpson
  • Patent number: 10994857
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus to cool a vehicle heat source are disclosed herein. An example apparatus includes a first tank and a second tank. The first tank and the second tank are disposed on a vehicle. The second tank is in fluid communication with the first tank. An engine of the vehicle is to be supplied with fuel from at least one of the first tank or the second tank. The example apparatus also includes a cooling system disposed on the vehicle to cool the fuel flowing from the first tank to the second tank. The example apparatus further includes a heat exchanger operatively coupled to a heat source disposed on the vehicle. The fuel from the second tank is to flow to the first tank via the heat exchanger to cool the heat source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Timothy Edward Bowman, William Webster Behrens, Thomas W. Omohundro, Jeffrey M. Roach
  • Patent number: 10994823
    Abstract: Beaded panels and method of forming beaded panels. A beaded panel as described herein includes a base structure comprising a sheet of material, and beads that comprise a protrusion on a first side of the base structure, and a concavity on an opposing second side of the base structure. A geometry of the beads comprises a center section having a conic shape about a longitudinal axis, flared sections symmetric about the center section along the longitudinal axis, and a transition section that curves outward from a base of the center section and the flared sections to blend with a flat surface on the first side of the base structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Kenneth D. Cominsky
  • Patent number: 10994824
    Abstract: An example method for manufacturing a multicellular structure for acoustic damping is described that includes applying a porogen material to a solid support, inserting a multicellular frame into the solid support and through the porogen material so as to fill cells of the multicellular frame with the porogen material, fusing the porogen material, removing the multicellular frame from the solid support, and the multicellular frame contains a suspended fused porogen network attached to walls of the cells of the multicellular frame. The method also includes applying a solution to the suspended fused porogen network in the cells of the multicellular frame to percolate the suspended fused porogen network, curing the solution, and removing the suspended fused porogen network from the multicellular frame resulting in porous septum membranes of the cured solution in cells of the multicellular frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Erin E. Stache, Eric Herrera, Larken E. Cumberland, Shahriar Alam, Christopher S. Roper, Geoffrey McKnight
  • Patent number: 10993526
    Abstract: A support surface assembly includes a housing including a chamber and an opening. The support surface assembly also includes a support surface retractably coupled to the housing between a deployed position and a stored position. The support surface includes a plurality of slats pivotally coupled together, wherein each slat comprises a first end opening and an opposing second end opening. The support surface assembly also includes a plurality of rods associated with a corresponding slat of the plurality of slats. Each rod is positioned entirely within the first end opening of a first slat in the stored position and each rod is positioned partially within the second end opening of an adjacent second slat in the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Cynthia A. Vandewall, Blake Lane, Craig G. Vogel, Elizabeth O'Hearn, Brian Keller, Shuai Mu, Chuyu Ruan, Swati Chopra
  • Patent number: 10994760
    Abstract: An apparatus and methods for a convertible service and recycling cart for food and beverage service and waste sorting, compaction and storage are disclosed. An example cart apparatus includes a base, a first sidewall and a second sidewall each coupled to the base and a top support coupled to the first sidewall and the second sidewall. At least one opening is defined in the top support and a lid is removably coupled to the top support. The apparatus also includes at least one container that is configured to be removably coupled to the at least one opening in the top support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Jamie J. Childress
  • Patent number: 10994500
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a composite panel for an air vehicle having a predetermined size and shape. The method includes forming a frame including an outer mold line surface and at least one edge extending from the outer mold line surface. The outer mold line surface includes an OML inner surface. The edge includes an edge inner surface and an edge outer surface opposite the edge inner surface. The OML inner surface and the edge inner surface define a cavity. The method also includes positioning a plurality of uncured plies within the cavity. The OML inner surface and the edge inner surface support the uncured plies during a curing process. The method further includes curing the uncured plies using the curing process. A post-cure size and shape of the cured plies and the frame corresponds to the predetermined size and shape without trimming any of the cured plies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: David Pook
  • Patent number: 10994826
    Abstract: 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 boundary layer control device moves from the stowed position to the deployed position. A thickness of a boundary layer for the aircraft structure increases in a manner that increases a distance of a heat flow field from the aircraft structure during operation of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Gene Arthur Quandt, Matthew James Hemsath, Tracy L. Duvall, David Brian Christman, Frederick T. Calkins