Patents Assigned to The Boeing Company
  • Patent number: 10027004
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a waveguide. The waveguide includes a waveguide wall having a shape associated with a dominant propagation mode. The waveguide includes a first dielectric material having a cross-sectional area that varies along a length of a portion of the waveguide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Larry L. Savage, Ted R. Dabrowski, Corey M. Thacker
  • Patent number: 10024792
    Abstract: There is provided a removable chromatic witness assembly, system, and method to monitor thermal events and impact events on a surface of a composite structure. The removable chromatic witness assembly has a plurality of chromatic witness geometric configurations separately coupled in an arrangement to one or more portions of a polymeric film layer. Each chromatic witness geometric configuration has a plurality of chromatic probes of a same type incorporated into an adhesive material. At least two of the geometric configurations have a different type of chromatic probes with a different sensing capability for thermal events and impact events on the composite structure. The polymeric film layer and the geometric configurations form the removable chromatic witness assembly in a form of a removable chromatic witness applique configured to be removably applied directly and continuously to the surface of the composite structure, and configured to monitor the thermal and impact events.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Ryan E. Toivola, Alex Kwan-Yue Jen, Sei-Hum Jang, Brian D. Flinn, Eric G. Winter, Gary E. Georgeson, Wesley L. Holman, Gregory R. Gleason, Scott R. Johnston
  • Patent number: 10026325
    Abstract: An aircraft system, computer-implemented method, and computer program product for optimizing a flight plan for schedule, ride quality, and efficiency is provided. Tradeoff preferences between on-schedule operations, ride quality, and efficiency are received. A multi-axis chart that includes axes for on-schedule operations, ride quality, and efficiency is displayed. Values are arranged along the respective axes based on the tradeoff preferences. When a flight plan is received, values for on-schedule operations, ride quality, and efficiency are extracted. A triangle is overlaid on the multi-axis chart such that apexes of the triangle intersect the respective axes at locations corresponding to the extracted values. When multiple optional flight plans are received, multiple triangles corresponding to the respective flight plans can be overlaid on the multi-axis chart. The pilot can identify a most-preferable flight plan based on visual differences between the triangles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: James R. Hamilton, Kenneth Sain
  • Patent number: 10026225
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for analyzing a joint. The apparatus comprises a graph generator and a model generator. The graph generator forms a first graph based on a plurality of points within a region. The plurality of points represent a plurality of locations relative to a structure for a plurality of fastener devices configured to be installed in the structure to form a joint. The graph generator is configured to identify primary points and secondary points based on the first graph. The graph generator is further configured to form a second graph using the primary points, the secondary points, and the first graph. The model generator is configured to generate a two-dimensional model comprised of triangular sectors using vertices of the second graph. The two-dimensional model is configured for use in forming a mesh for use in performing finite element analysis for the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Robert Erik Grip
  • Patent number: 10026982
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein provide for water reclamation from the exhaust stream of a RSOFC while the RSOFC operates in fuel cell mode. The reclaimed water is stored for use by the RSOFC while in electrolysis mode. An embodiment includes a RSOFC, a condensate tank, a condenser, and a controller. The RSOFC generates electrical power and water vapor by consuming hydrogen gas in the fuel cell mode, and consumes electrical power and water to generate the hydrogen gas in the electrolysis mode. The condenser condenses the water vapor into water, and directs the water to the condensate tank. The controller, responsive to transitioning the RSOFC from the fuel cell mode to the electrolysis mode, supplies the water to the RSOFC from the condensate tank, and supplies the electrical power to the RSOFC to electrolyze the water and to generate the hydrogen gas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Joshua M Mermelstein, Catherine Cannova
  • Patent number: 10022896
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for heating a part. The part is heated with the part at least partially surrounded by a surface of a tooling system, while a heatsink system is positioned relative to the part. A thermal conduction between the heatsink system and the part is changed during heating of the part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Keith Daniel Humfeld, Steven Michael Shewchuk
  • Patent number: 10022781
    Abstract: A manufacturing method employing a robotic assembly system includes first and second fastener system components that are positioned by a robotic assembly on opposite sides of at least two structural pieces that are to be fastened together. The first system component includes a particular tool of a plurality of different types of tools, where the particular tool installs a particular fastener of a plurality of different types of fasteners. Each tool includes a block or base of magnetic material with a passageway opening for the fastener associated with the tool passing through the base. The robotic assembly positions the tool against one side of the structural pieces to be fastened, and positions an electromagnet assembly on the opposite side of the structural pieces. Activating the electromagnet assembly clamps the structural pieces together. With the fastener positioned in a hole through the structural pieces, the tool is activated to install the fastener between the structural pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Branko Sarh, Harinder S. Oberoi, Rodney S. Wright, Jeffrey L. Miller
  • Patent number: 10024773
    Abstract: A test structure includes a frame, a shear reduction plate configured to couple to a first end of a test asset, and multiple rockers. Each rocker includes a first end that has a curved contact surface configured to contact the shear reduction plate and a second end having a connector movably coupled to the frame and configured to pivot, responsive to a bending moment applied to the test asset, such that the curved contact surface rocks in contact with the shear reduction plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Kenneth P. Schilling
  • Patent number: 10025406
    Abstract: A touch screen bezel design that is optimized for use by a pilot during in-flight operations, which include vibrations, turbulence, and other factors affecting direct interaction with a touch screen. The bezel is further designed to include bezel indices which support touch interaction by a finger when a pilot's arm is near full extension as well as in other suboptimal postures. The bezel is also designed to elicit understanding that the screen it surrounds is touch-enabled, providing a common interface look and feel for all touch-enabled screens on the flight deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Lisa C. Thomas, Michael E. Foster, Mark I. Nikolic
  • Patent number: 10024665
    Abstract: The different advantageous embodiments provide a system and method for suggesting significant environmental waypoints along a trajectory to improve the efficiency of a flight plan. Desired information is identified, wherein the desired information is information needed to perform at least one of completing a flight plan and updating a flight plan. It is determined whether to identify environmental information points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Louis J. Bailey, Ryan D. Hale
  • Patent number: 10026227
    Abstract: The different illustrative embodiments provide a method for augmenting reality that may be applied to repairs performed on a composite structure. An image may be recorded of a first layer of a composite component. The image may relate to a first repair performed at a first time. Physical data may be captured for the composite component from a surface layer of the composite component using a number of portable devices. A multi-dimensional representation of a combined augmented reality of the composite component including a display of various layers of the composite component selected by a user may be generated. A user selection may include a time restriction and a spatial restriction. The number of portable devices may display the multi-dimensional representation comprising physical data for an image of the surface of the composite component and digital data for an overlay of composite layers beyond the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Brian Dale Laughlin, Richard Eugene Murrish, Jan H. Vandenbrande
  • Patent number: 10024082
    Abstract: A locking pin includes a body having a plurality of apertures defined through a sidewall. A closure is disposed at an end of the body. A plurality of latch bolts is disposed in the body and adjacent to the closure. Each latch bolt is moveable through a corresponding one of the apertures and between a locked position, disposed at least partially outside of the body, and an unlocked position, disposed at least substantially within the body. A keeper is coupled to each of the latch bolts and configured to retain the latch bolt in the latched position and to bias the latch bolt for movement from the locked position to the unlocked position. A mechanism selectably engages each latch bolt to move the latch bolt to the locked position, and selectably disengages from the latch bolt to allow the keeper to move the latch bolt to the unlocked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Bob Marsh, Joshua Kye Terry, Dain Willey
  • Patent number: 10022920
    Abstract: A system and method are provided to fabricate a composite part formed of a plurality of pieces of composite material in accordance with a predefined weight requirement. In the context of a system, a source of electromagnetic signals configured to impinge upon a supply of composite material is provided. The system also includes a detector to capture the electromagnetic signals following propagation through the supply of composite material during which at least some of the electromagnetic signals are absorbed by the composite material in a manner proportional to the density of the composite material. The system further includes a computing system to generate a weight distribution map of the supply of composite material based upon the electromagnetic signals captured following propagation through the supply. The weight of a plurality of pieces of composite material cut from the supply of composite material and combined into a composite part is determinable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Morteza Safai, Ronald G. Turner
  • Patent number: 10022949
    Abstract: A system for use in fabricating a laminate structure from a plurality of layers of material is provided. The system includes a marker coupled to at least two of the plurality of layers, and a positioning system configured to arrange the plurality of layers in a predetermined layup position based on a position of the markers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Dallas Steven Scholes, Richard M. Sutherland, John F. Spalding, Robert J. Keeler
  • Patent number: 10022922
    Abstract: A patch may be used to rework a composite structure in the field. The patch is bonded to the structure by a layer of adhesive and includes perforations that allow the escape of air from the adhesive as the patch is compressed against the structure. A spacer may be introduced between the patch and the structure to control the thickness of the adhesive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Steven Donald Blanchard, Aydin Akdeniz, John Spalding, David M. Anderson, Michael W. Evens
  • Patent number: 10023250
    Abstract: Provided are multi-tread vehicles and methods of operating such vehicles to access small interior spaces. A multi-tread vehicle may include two or more tread sections such that each pair of adjacent tread sections is interconnected by a connector section. Furthermore, each pair may have one or more degrees of articulations, such as being pivotable with respect to each other around one or more axis and/or being bendable with respect to each other around one or more axis. These articulation degrees may be provided by the connector section and/or by couplings between the connector section and each tread section. In some embodiments, each tread section may include two portions detachably coupled to each other. This detachable coupling may be used for disassembly of the multi-tread vehicle after or even during its use, for example, when only a portion of the vehicle needs to be retrieved from an interior space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Gregg W. Podnar
  • Patent number: 10023285
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for insulation and moisture drainage. One exemplary system comprises a liner. The liner covers a frame element of an aircraft. The liner includes a first waterproof lip that is attached to a first insulator and protrudes towards the frame element. The first waterproof lip and the first insulator form a first drainage channel for the frame element. A second waterproof lip is attached to a second insulator and protrudes towards the frame element. The second waterproof lip and the second insulator form a second drainage channel for the frame element. The first waterproof lip and the second waterproof lip each include a lengthwise fixation element that attaches the first waterproof lip to the second waterproof lip, sealing at least a portion of the lengthwise gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jennifer Lynn Dickson, Jesse Vitalez Tibayan, Irina Alekseevna Zakharova
  • Patent number: 10023286
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for insulation and moisture drainage. One exemplary embodiment is an apparatus comprising a bay blanket configured to insulate an aircraft. The bay blanket includes insulation, and a first waterproof lip that protrudes from the insulation in an outboard direction towards a frame of the aircraft and extends along a length of a leftward side of the bay blanket. The bay blanket also includes a second waterproof lip that protrudes from the insulation in an outboard direction towards the frame of the aircraft along a length of a rightward side of the bay blanket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jennifer Lynn Dickson, Jesse Vitalez Tibayan, Irina Alekseevna Zakharova, Mark L. Larson
  • Patent number: 10022809
    Abstract: A reverse spot-facing tool for cutting a reverse spot-face in a workpiece using a reverse spot-facing cutter configured to engage a pilot shaft having a first end and a second end is disclosed. The workpiece comprises a through hole having a central axis. The reverse spot-facing tool comprises a stop configured to be located between the first end and the second end of the pilot shaft; a biasing assembly that generates a first thrust force and an equal and opposite second thrust force when the reverse spot-facing cutter is cutting the reverse spot face; and a thrust bearing configured to be positioned between the biasing assembly and the stop. When the reverse spot-facing cutter is cutting the reverse spot-face, the thrust bearing transmits the second thrust force from the biasing assembly to the stop, and the biasing assembly transmits the first thrust force to the workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Walter F. Gurnavage
  • Patent number: 10023316
    Abstract: Embodiments herein provide an interface that adjusts for distance changes between mobile seats. One embodiment comprises an elongated housing having a bottom side that mounts to a seat track, an opposing top side having an opening, and side walls between the bottom side and the top side. The housing has a front side that receives an end of a seat track cover within an interior space of the housing. The surfaces of the side walls within the interior space include pairs of slots in opposition that extend from the top side toward the bottom side. The pairs of slots receive an electrical connector of the seat, and mate it to an electrical connector of the seat track cover. A spacing of the pairs of slots along a length of the housing defines a variable distance between the end of the seat track cover and a leg of the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Kathryn Mary Neville