Patents Assigned to The Boeing Company
  • Publication number: 20220147045
    Abstract: Sensor data fusion systems that provide noise reduction and fault protection. The sensor data fusion system fuses data acquired by respective accelerometers having different attributes. For example, one accelerometer has low noise and high bias, while another accelerometer has high noise and low bias when measuring specific force. The high-noise, low-bias accelerometer may be a gravimeter. Gravimeters and traditional accelerometers measure the same physical variable, i.e., specific force. By combining an expensive gravimeter and low-cost accelerometers, a synthetic sensor having both low noise and low bias may be achieved. Such synthetic sensors may be utilized in a gravity anomaly-referenced navigation system to achieve improved navigation performance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2021
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Rongsheng Li, Chang J. Yoo, Tung-Ching Tsao, Andrey Tolstov, Cody L. Gruebele
  • Publication number: 20220144455
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses and methods may provide for a verification system for an aircraft. The verification system includes a verification function subsystem to automatically verify an operational condition of one or more components of an aircraft based on airflow related signals, hydraulic related signals, and electrical signals and associated impedances and present the operational condition via a display. The airflow related signals may be obtained from a plurality of airflow fittings, the hydraulic related signals may be obtained from a plurality of hydraulic fittings, and the electrical signals and associated impedances may be obtained from a plurality of electrical connectors. At least two of the airflow fittings, at least two of the hydraulic fittings, and at least two of the electrical connectors may be positioned in different aircraft sections before additional aircraft sections are assembled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2021
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Vinh Q. Doan, Tri Minh Phan, Shu Hsin Robin Hsu, Luis Rogelio Gonzalez, Rickie Lee, Homero S. Cerna
  • Publication number: 20220144436
    Abstract: A galley cart assembly that includes a cart and a wheel assembly attached to the cart. The wheel assembly includes a plurality of wheels and a drive assembly configured to drive one or more of the plurality of wheels to propel the cart. The wheel assembly also includes a primary brake assembly to lock one or more of the plurality of wheels to prevent movement of the cart. Furthermore, the galley cart assembly includes a controller coupled to the cart and including a processor and a memory. The controller includes a turbulence monitoring system configured to detect a turbulence event. The controller is in communication with the wheel assembly, and is configured to automatically operate the primary brake assembly to lock the cart in position when the turbulence monitoring system detects the turbulence event. In certain configurations, an aircraft includes the galley cart assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 8, 2021
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Ranjith George Dass, Hafza Kareem Kurungattu Valappil, Abhay Joshi
  • Publication number: 20220147063
    Abstract: Methods, Systems, and Apparatus for coordinating drones to communicate with reduced signal to noise, harvest energy, or provide camouflage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2021
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Nathan D. Hiller
  • Publication number: 20220146256
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods for the inspection of holes in transparent materials, the apparatus including a processor, an illumination probe, and a detection probe. The illumination probe includes a laser light source and a reflective surface and is configured to be inserted into a first hole in the transparent material. The detection probe includes a second reflective surface and a photodetector and is configured to be inserted in a second hole in the transparent material. Laser light is directed onto the first reflective surface within the first hole and is reflected through a wall of the first hole, into the transparent material, and reflected by the second reflective surface to the photodetector. The photodetector transmits a measured light intensity value to the processor, which compares the light intensity value to a standard intensity value to determine whether or not a crazing condition exists in the second hole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2021
    Publication date: May 12, 2022
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Roger W. Engelbart, Elizabeth Ann Paton, Christopher M. Vaccaro
  • Patent number: 11326628
    Abstract: An actuator system for controlling a control surface of an aircraft, which includes a control structure which defines the control surface and the control structure has an axis of rotation about which the control structure can rotate relative to the aircraft. A first actuator assembly has a first actuator arm and a second actuator assembly has a second actuator arm. The first actuator assembly and the second actuator assembly are spaced apart from one another along the axis of rotation. The first actuator arm is connected to a first band member and the first band member is connected to the control structure on a first side of the axis of rotation and the second actuator arm is connected to a second band member and the second band member is connected to the control structure on a second opposing side of the axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: David W. Kirkbride
  • Patent number: 11328137
    Abstract: A system is provided that includes a rack including mount positions to accept electronic equipment modules that are rack mountable and equipped with respective RFID tags, and a RFID reader array including RFID readers each of which is associated with a respective mount position, and has a read field that among the mount positions extends into only the respective mount position. Processing circuitry causes an RFID reader to radiate an interrogation signal within its read field, and in response, receive module identifiable information from an RFID tag of an electronic equipment module mounted at the mount position. A signal including the module identifiable information and mount position identifiable information is transmitted to the processing circuitry, and a second signal to a computer configured to identify the electronic equipment module from the module identifiable information, and locate the electronic equipment module at the mount position from the mount position identifiable information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Roland N. Freeman, Brandon E. Wickline, Rahul C. Thakkar, Mark J. Boyer
  • Patent number: 11324346
    Abstract: Trays for tray tables that prevent liquid spilled on a top surface of the trays from spreading over edges of the trays. A casing having a top surface with at least one aperture through the top surface, a receptacle within the casing positioned below the aperture in the top surface configured to receive an absorbent pad that can be removably positioned in the receptacle below the aperture to be in communication with the top surface of the tray. Spilled liquids can be guided toward the aperture in the top surface and absorbed in the absorbent pad within the casing. The absorbent pad may be a superabsorbent material. The top surface can have a superhydrophobic coating.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Pawel Kajak
  • Patent number: 11327221
    Abstract: A floor lighting assembly includes a luminous composite sheet and a light transmissive carpet. The luminous composite sheet has a top side, a bottom side, and an edge extending from the top side to the bottom side. The light sources are arranged in a row and are configured to emit light into the light guide film through the edge. The light transmissive carpet is disposed above the top side of the light guide film. The light transmissive carpet includes a backing structure and a pile mounted to and extending from the backing structure. The light guide film is configured to spread and redirect the light that is received therein through the edge for emitting the light through the top side of the light guide film such that some of the light is transmitted through the light transmissive carpet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Jeffrey Lynn Duce, Karen L. Hills
  • Patent number: 11327052
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an ultrasonic inspection probe for inspecting parts. The ultrasonic inspection probe comprises a probe body that comprises an ultrasonic array and a plate attachment surface. The ultrasonic array comprises a plurality of ultrasound elements, each selectively operable to generate an ultrasonic beam and each fixed relative to the plate attachment surface. The ultrasonic inspection probe also comprises an interface plate, comprising a body attachment surface, removably attachable to the plate attachment surface of the probe body, and a part inspection surface, shaped to complement a shape of one of the parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Roy M. Gagnon, Jeffry J. Garvey, James C. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 11326064
    Abstract: Provided are epoxy-based components and methods of fabricating such components. Specifically, an component comprises an epoxy-based composite part and a UV protective coating disposed over the part. This coating allows for the component to be exposed to UV radiation without any additional coating and without deterioration of the epoxy-based composite part. Specifically, the component may be exposed to interior lights and direct sun during its subsequent fabrication and/or transportation. The UV protective coating comprises polyurethane and silicate filler, such as hydrated aluminum silicate and/or hydrated magnesium silicate. The coating may have a transmittance of less than 1% or even less than 0.1% in the UV range. An epoxy primer layer may be formed directly over the UV protective coating followed by various other coatings, including a decorative finish.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Loren F. Gibson, Nelson N. Akwari, Heath D. Kaufman
  • Patent number: 11325339
    Abstract: In an example, a composite structure having a variable gage is described. The composite structure includes a first end having a first gage, a second end having a second gage, which is less than the first gage, a plurality of continuous plies, and a plurality of drop-off plies. Each continuous ply extends from the first end to the second end. Each drop-off ply includes a tip having a tapered shape. Each drop-off ply extends from the first end to a respective position of the tip of the drop-off ply between the first end and the second end. The tips of the plurality of drop-off plies are arranged in a monotonically-inward pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2021
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Jiangtian Cheng
  • Patent number: 11328842
    Abstract: Systems and methods for designing and assembling form boards with attached wire routing devices for use in wire bundle assembly. The assembly method comprises: (a) establishing a coordinate system of a form board having a multiplicity of holes; (b) using a computer system to determine locations of form board devices of different types with reference to the coordinate system of the form board based on engineering data specifying a wire bundle configuration; and (c) fastening the form board devices of different types to respective holes of the form board having centers closest to respective locations determined in step (b). The form board devices may be inserted robotically or manually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Lars E. Blacken, Damien O. Martin, Eerik J. Helmick, Keith M. Cutler, John R. Porter
  • Patent number: 11326994
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides for parallel sample stress rupture test in a controlled environment by loading predefined amounts of weight on stack lines; positioning the stack lines on a tensioning platform in alignment with respective upper clamps when the tensioning platform is a first distance away from the upper clamps; clamping samples to a corresponding lower clamp and upper clamp pair; and moving the tensioning platform to a second distance away from the upper clamps that is greater than the first distance such that the stack lines are suspended above the tensioning platform to apply individual tensions to the individual samples based on the predefined amount of weight loaded onto the individual stack lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Dennis L. Coad, Alan Buitekant, Douglas E. Bailey, James E. Russell, Patrick D. McAllister, Thomas M. Collins, Victor L. Alonso
  • Patent number: 11329460
    Abstract: A shield trim is performed by tearing bunched shield strands circumferentially along a circular edge. The apparatus includes a pair of aligned metal plates that have been drilled through multiple times such that holes of varying diameters pass through both plates. A cable gripper on the entry side of the device clamps the cable in place. A shield gripper on the rear side of the device closes over the exposed shielding of the cable, and the two plates are pushed together. The shield gripper travels with the rear plate, pushing the shield over the wires and causing the shield to bunch between the two plates. With the two plates pushed together, both grippers open and the cable is pulled free from the device. This pull forces a stress concentration which tears the shield strands across the sharp edge of the hole, producing a uniformly trimmed shield.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Grace L. Duncan, Bradley J. Mitchell, Nick S. Evans, Damien O. Martin
  • Patent number: 11325282
    Abstract: Methods of manufacturing composite workpieces that include positioning a heat-generating element proximate to an uncured composite workpiece, triggering the heat-generating element to produce an exothermic chemical reaction or exothermic physical reaction so that the temperature of the uncured composite workpiece is raised to a predetermined first temperature, and curing the composite workpiece while it is at a temperature that is at least the predetermined first temperature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Xiaoxi Wang, Gary Ernest Georgeson, Jonathan A. Santiago
  • Patent number: 11327067
    Abstract: A method, system, and apparatus for a rivet measurement system for non-destructive testing measurements comprising a first measurement apparatus, a second measurement apparatus and a rivet analyzer. The first measurement apparatus acquires non-destructive testing measurements for sample production grade rivets of a particular class installed in a production vehicle structure. The second measurement apparatus acquires destructive testing measurements for the sample production grade rivets of the particular class.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Robert Michael Lawton, Kelsea Cox, Lindsay Leigh Waite Jones, Ivan V. Kwok
  • Patent number: 11325712
    Abstract: Systems and methods for limiting infiltration of cabin air into the flight deck of an aircraft, where the systems include at least one upper nozzle disposed adjacent to and above an outer upper edge of a flight deck doorway and directed downwardly, and at least one lower nozzle disposed adjacent to and below an outer lower edge of the flight deck doorway and directed upwardly; a conduit system to deliver air from a flight deck air supply to the upper and lower nozzles; and an airflow controller configured to provide sufficient air flow from the flight deck air supply to the upper and lower nozzles to create directional airstreams across the gaps between the closed flight deck door and the upper and lower edges of the flight deck doorway, so that the airstreams limit infiltration of cabin air into the flight deck via the gaps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Bryce Avery Vandyke, Marcus Karel Richardson, Brian Tatsuo Imada, Myles Brown, Steven Michael Loukusa
  • Patent number: 11325688
    Abstract: In an example, a composite stringer is described. The composite stringer includes a skin flange having a first gage, a top flange having a second gage, and a web having a third gage and extending between the skin flange and the top flange. The skin flange is configured to be coupled to a support structure. The support structure includes at least one of a skin of a vehicle or a base charge. The second gage of the top flange is greater than the first gage of the skin flange and the third gage of the web. The skin flange, the top flange, and the web include a plurality of plies of composite material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Jiangtian Cheng
  • Patent number: 11328510
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided. The apparatus receives a video feed and processes the video feed in real-time as the video feed is received. The apparatus performs object detection and recognition on the video feed to detect and classify objects therein, performs activity recognition to detect and classify activities of at least some of the objects, and outputs classified objects and classified activities in the video feed. The apparatus generates natural language text that describes the video feed, produces a semantic network, and stores the video feed, classified objects and classified activities, natural language text, and semantic network in a knowledge base. The apparatus generates a graphical user interface (GUI) configured to enable queries of the knowledge base, and presentation of selections of the video feed, classified objects and classified activities, natural language text, and semantic network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Hieu T. Nguyen