Patents Assigned to The Boeing Company
  • Publication number: 20240157655
    Abstract: A system for joining a first thermoplastic component of a workpiece with a second thermoplastic component of the workpiece includes a first joining plate assembly comprising a housing, a heat plate, and a thermal insulator disposed between the housing and the heat plate, wherein the heat plate defines a heating surface; a second joining plate assembly opposed from the first joining plate assembly; and a clamping assembly engaged with both the first joining plate assembly and the second joining plate assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2022
    Publication date: May 16, 2024
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Paul G. Werntges, Gregory J. Hickman, Samuel J. Knutson
  • Publication number: 20240161633
    Abstract: A method for detecting and reporting an aircraft diversion event includes receiving a continuous real-time surveillance stream via a server from a real-time surveillance system. The surveillance stream describes respective flight trajectories a population of aircraft in a defined three-dimensional (3D) airspace. The method also includes accessing historical flight information, via a processor, regarding past flight trajectories in the 3D airspace, and accessing navigation data. Additionally, the method includes calculating, via the server using the surveillance stream, historical flight information, and navigation data, at least one probability of diversion (POD) metric indicative of a probability that a subject aircraft in the population of aircraft is experiencing the aircraft diversion event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2023
    Publication date: May 16, 2024
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Marko Zoricic, Andreas Sindlinger, David Scarlatti
  • Publication number: 20240161067
    Abstract: A system and a method include a maintenance coordination control unit configured to receive one or more health signals from one or more health management sub-systems of one or more aircraft. The one or more health signals include one or more tail assignments and one or more maintenance issues for the one or more aircraft. The maintenance coordination control unit is further configured to schedule one or more maintenance operations for the one or more aircraft. The one or more maintenance operations are configured to remedy the one or more maintenance issues.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2022
    Publication date: May 16, 2024
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Åke Mattias Grönkvist, Anders Forsman
  • Publication number: 20240158101
    Abstract: A system and a method include a scanner configured to scan one or more codes associated with an aircraft. A user interface includes a display. A maintenance control unit is configured to receive scanned data regarding the one or more codes from the scanner, and show one or more maintenance operations for the aircraft on the display in response to receiving the scanned data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2022
    Publication date: May 16, 2024
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Chitra Duraisamy
  • Publication number: 20240161329
    Abstract: Examples of the present disclosure provide localization systems and methods that detect a plurality of landmarks in scan data acquired by a scanning sensor disposed onboard a mobile inspection platform. The localization systems and methods determine, via one or more processors, centers of the landmarks based on scan points in the scan data that impinge perimeter surfaces of the landmarks, and determine a location of the mobile inspection platform in relation to the centers of the landmarks.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2023
    Publication date: May 16, 2024
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: James J. Troy
  • Publication number: 20240161261
    Abstract: A method includes steps of: (1) obtaining a metrology data set and a build data set representing an article; (2) determining a surface geometry of the article in the metrology data set and the build data set; (4) selecting a metrology data subset from the metrology data set representing the surface geometry; (5) selecting a build data subset from the build data set representing the surface geometry; (6) generating a metrology point cloud in a metrology coordinate system; (7) generating a build point cloud in a build coordinate system; (8) registering the metrology point cloud and the build point cloud; (9) calculating a transform between the metrology coordinate system and the build coordinate system; and (10) applying the transform to the metrology data set to convert the metrology data set to the build coordinate system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2022
    Publication date: May 16, 2024
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Robert W. Grube
  • Patent number: 11983023
    Abstract: Methods systems and apparatuses for reducing or substantially eliminating distortion in a transparent substrate in situ are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Tyler R. Sterling, Garrett Murdock Myhre, John Robert Lesh, Thanh Dac Tran
  • Patent number: 11983252
    Abstract: Techniques for securing computer executable software for tracking usage of at least one software application are presented. The computer executable software for tracking usage of at least one software application can include tracking software installed on a client and monitoring software installed on the client, where the monitoring software is hidden from users of the tracking software. The techniques can include tracking, by the tracking software, a usage of the at least one software application by the client; obtaining, by the tracking software, a status of the monitoring software; and restarting the monitoring software, by the tracking software, in response to obtaining a status of the monitoring software indicating that the monitoring software is not executing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Richard J. Dickson
  • Patent number: 11981431
    Abstract: A high-lift device surface and associated method of designing the high-lift device surface is described. Methods include entering one or more flight conditions, and receiving aerodynamic forces at a wing, the wing comprising a fixed portion, a seal coupled to and extending from the fixed portion of the wing, and a high-lift device surface having an as-built shape determined based on an anticipated deformation during flight. Methods also include deforming the high-lift device surface based, at least in part, on the received aerodynamic forces, contacting, based on the deforming, the high-lift device surface with the seal, wherein the deforming causes the high-lift device to deform from the as-built shape to a second shape, and wherein the contacting causes the high-lift device to fully contact the seal to prevent air flow between the seal and the high-lift device surface due to the received aerodynamic forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jan A. Kordel, Jacob Daniel Virnig, Michael Albert Balzer, Bruce Detert, Emanuel Rizal Setiawan
  • Patent number: 11980944
    Abstract: Implementations provide gas atomized metal matrix composite (“GAMMC”)-based feedstock for cold spray additive manufacturing (“CSAM”) enabling complex structural repairs. The feedstock is prepared by arranging a metal matrix composite (MMC) material in a gas atomization system, wherein the MMC material includes metal particles and ceramic particles. The feedstock is further prepared by performing gas atomization of the MMC material using the gas atomization system to atomize the MMC material, and producing a feedstock powder comprised of metal particles that are embedded with the ceramic particles from the atomized MMC material. The GAMMC-based feedstock comprises metallic (for binding to the substrate of the damaged part) and ceramic (for reinforcement) particles bonded together such that the ceramic particles bond directly to and within the metallic particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2023
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Bruno Zamorano Senderos, Ali Yousefiani, Michael B. Nicholas, Rogie I. Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 11982229
    Abstract: A compact inlet design including a single bulkhead and/or an acoustic panel extending into nacelle lip region for noise reduction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Holly J. Thomas, Brian L. Riedel, Alexandre D. Curaudeau, David W. Foutch, Steve G. Mackin
  • Patent number: 11981416
    Abstract: An aircraft fuselage end cargo door mechanism including a hinge rotatably coupling an aircraft fuselage end cargo door to a fuselage. The hinge being coupled to both the aircraft fuselage end cargo door and the fuselage so that an entirety of an axis of rotation of the aircraft fuselage end cargo door, defined by the hinge, relative to the fuselage is located forward of an entirety of a major joint line between the aircraft fuselage end cargo door and the fuselage. An uppermost portion of the major joint line comprises a joint line radius where a portion of the joint line radius formed by the aircraft fuselage end cargo door pivots within another portion of the joint line radius formed by the fuselage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Rick A. Jackson
  • Patent number: 11981112
    Abstract: A component assembly includes a core including a main body having a first surface and a second surface opposite from the first surface. One or more recessed cells are formed in each of the first surface and the second surface of the main body. The one or more recessed cells formed in the first surface extend toward the second surface. The one or more recessed cells formed in the second surface extend toward the first surface. A first layer is secured to the core at a first adhesive layer. A second layer is secured to the core at a second adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Steven Kenneth Brady, Marc Joel Piehl, Matthew McKinley Whitmer
  • Patent number: 11983883
    Abstract: A computer vision method and computer vision system can be used to process a time-based series of images. For a subject image of the time-based series, a light intensity value is identified for each pixel of a set of pixels of the subject image. A light intensity threshold is defined for the subject image based on a size of a bounding region for an object detected within a previous image of the time-based series captured before the subject image. A modified image is generated for the subject image by one or both of: reducing the light intensity value of each pixel of a lower intensity subset of pixels of the subject image that is less than the light intensity threshold, and increasing the light intensity value of each pixel of a higher intensity subset of pixels of the subject image that is greater than the light intensity threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Caleb G. Price, Jeffrey H. Hunt
  • Patent number: 11982191
    Abstract: Subsonic turbofan engines with variable outer guide vanes (OGVs) and associated methods. A subsonic turbofan engine includes an engine core configured to generate a torque, a fan configured to accelerate an air flow, an engine nacelle, and a plurality of OGVs positioned downstream of the fan. Each OGV is configured to transition among a plurality of OGV configurations defined between and including a nominal configuration and a reduced-drag configuration. The subsonic turbofan engine is configured to operate only at subsonic speeds. In examples, methods of operating a subsonic turbofan engine include transitioning each of a plurality of OGVs from a nominal configuration to a reduced-drag configuration. Transitioning each OGV from the nominal configuration to the reduced-drag configuration is performed while the subsonic engine operates at subsonic speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2022
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John Charles Vassberg, David T. Yeh, Dino Roman
  • Patent number: 11981434
    Abstract: A waste drain system is configured to be coupled to a toilet. The waste drain system includes a conduit including a main body defining an internal passage having a central longitudinal axis, and one or more cutting blades extending from the main body toward the central longitudinal axis. The one or more cutting blades are configured to cut one or more items that pass through the internal passage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Darren Carl McIntosh
  • Patent number: 11981426
    Abstract: Composite assemblies are described that include composite spars that are co-cured with one or more sacrificial members on their flanges, forming an integrated sacrificial surface for the composite spars. In one embodiment, the composite assembly includes a composite spar having a web and flanges that project from sides of the web. The composite assembly further includes a sacrificial member of composite materials co-cured with the composite spar on an outer surface of at least one of the flanges. In addition, the sacrificial member has an outer surface that has been machined into conformance with an inner surface of at least one skin panel for an aircraft structure to form a contact surface with the at least one skin panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Eric Sean Kamila, Joseph Lee Sweetin, III, Josephine LaCoe, Chilip Chan, Clifford D. Borowicz, Roozbeh Chavoshian, Ian Edward Schroeder
  • Patent number: 11981839
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming a tool. A film is applied to a reference part. A vacuum is applied to cause the film to conform to a surface of the reference part such that an adhesive side of the film faces outward from the reference part and a release side of the film conforms to and contacts the reference part. A plurality of composite plates is adhered to the adhesive side of the film over a plurality of flat portions of the reference part. An adhesive material is applied to fill in a plurality of gaps between the plurality of composite plates. The adhesive material is cured to form the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Michael J. Fleming
  • Patent number: 11981089
    Abstract: A joining system includes a holding fixture assembly configured to hold a fuselage skin. The stringers are temporarily attached to the fuselage skin. The joining system includes an upper beam assembly including an upper beam and a lower beam assembly. The lower beam assembly includes a lower beam and at least one lower heating element. The holding fixture assembly is coupled to the upper beam assembly. The holding fixture assembly is coupled to the lower beam assembly. The upper beam is movable relative to the lower beam to clamp the at least one of the plurality of stringers and the fuselage skin together prior to and during welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Byron J. Autry, Paul G. Werntges, Samuel J. Knutson, Gregory Hickman, Alice R. Arnold
  • Patent number: 11981090
    Abstract: A method of forming a reinforced panel may include engaging a reinforcement component having a faying surface with a first portion of a heated press, engaging an uncured panel component with an opposing second portion of the press, the panel component having a faying surface complementarily-configured with respect to the faying surface of the reinforcement component, treating the faying surface of the reinforcement component such that the faying surface is active for co-bonding with respect to the panel component, actuating the press to direct the first and second portions of the press toward each other, such that the faying surfaces are complementarily engaged under pressure; and heating the first and second portions of the press to a curing temperature associated with the panel component to substantially simultaneously co-bond the faying surfaces of the reinforcement component and the panel component together, cure the panel component, and form the reinforced panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2024
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Daniel Richard Ferriell, Timothy J. Luchini, Marcus Anthony Belcher