Patents by Inventor David L. Banks

David L. Banks has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20190001581
    Abstract: Adhesive bondlines in a cell-based structural array are thermally cured using tooling blocks inserted into the cells. The tooling blocks have embedded susceptors that are inductively heated by an alternating electromagnetic field generated by an electromagnet.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2017
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Joseph Lawrence Hafenrichter, Joseph A. Marshall, Gary Earnest Georgeson, David L. Banks, Robert James Miller, Paul B. Mori
  • Patent number: 9287632
    Abstract: A structural wideband multifunctional aperture and methods are presented. A ground plane grounds radio frequency (RF) and direct current (DC) electrical fields. A structural egg crate circuit board comprises a grid of circuit board planes coupled to the ground plane and perpendicular to the ground plane around open boxes. A signal feed-line is coupled to the structural egg crate circuit board and couple-able to a signal transmission line. A driven feed layer parallel to the ground plane is coupled to the signal feed-line and to a side of the structural egg crate circuit board opposite to the ground plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Charles W. Manry, Jr., Manny S. Urcia, David L. Banks
  • Patent number: 8912975
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for reworking an antenna aperture. A plurality of antenna cells comprise walls and antenna elements on the walls. Replacement antenna cells are placed adjacent to the plurality of antenna cells. The replacement antenna cells comprise a replacement wall and a replacement antenna element on the replacement wall. A conductive splice is attached to the replacement antenna element and to a one of the antenna elements on a one of the walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Joseph L. Hafenrichter, Joseph A. Marshall, IV, Jeffrey Lynn Duce, Manny Salazar Urcia, Jr., Otis Franklin Layton, David L. Banks
  • Publication number: 20140152510
    Abstract: A structural wideband multifunctional aperture and methods are presented. A ground plane grounds radio frequency (RF) and direct current (DC) electrical fields. A structural egg crate circuit board comprises a grid of circuit board planes coupled to the ground plane and perpendicular to the ground plane around open boxes. A signal feed-line is coupled to the structural egg crate circuit board and couple-able to a signal transmission line. A driven feed layer parallel to the ground plane is coupled to the signal feed-line and to a side of the structural egg crate circuit board opposite to the ground plane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Charles W. Manry, JR., Manny S. Urcia, David L. Banks
  • Patent number: 8629800
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for detecting a vehicle. An apparatus comprises a proximity detection system, a vehicle management system, and a notification system. The proximity detection system is associated with an aircraft and operably connected to a transducer. The proximity detection system is configured to determine a distance of a vehicle from a surface of the aircraft and a velocity of the vehicle relative to the aircraft. The vehicle management system operably connected to the proximity detection system. The vehicle management system is configured to determine a time the vehicle will be a threshold distance from the surface of the aircraft and an threshold amount of time to bring the vehicle to a predetermined velocity. The notification system is associated with the proximity detection system and configured to generate a notification signal in response to a determination that the time is less than the threshold amount of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: David M. Anderson, David L. Banks, Robert L. Avery, Aydin Akdeniz
  • Publication number: 20110087417
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for detecting a vehicle. An apparatus comprises a proximity detection system, a vehicle management system, and a notification system. The proximity detection system is associated with an aircraft and operably connected to a transducer. The proximity detection system is configured to determine a distance of a vehicle from a surface of the aircraft and a velocity of the vehicle relative to the aircraft. The vehicle management system operably connected to the proximity detection system. The vehicle management system is configured to determine a time the vehicle will be a threshold distance from the surface of the aircraft and an threshold amount of time to bring the vehicle to a predetermined velocity. The notification system is associated with the proximity detection system and configured to generate a notification signal in response to a determination that the time is less than the threshold amount of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: David M. Anderson, David L. Banks, Robert L. Avery, Aydin Akdeniz
  • Patent number: 7869305
    Abstract: The present invention comprises systems and methods for preventing collisions between aircraft and ground vehicles. In one embodiment, a system includes a proximity detection unit and a transducer proximate to a selected structural portion of an aircraft, the proximity detection unit being operable to emit ranging signals through the transducer and to receive reflected signals through the transducer to determine the position of an object within a ranging area adjacent to the structural portion. The system further includes an alarm device coupled to the proximity detection unit that is responsive to a signal generated by the proximity detection unit. In another embodiment, a method includes determining a distance between the ground service vehicle and a selected structural portion of the aircraft when the vehicle is positioned in a ranging area about the aircraft. The method further includes generating a proximity alarm based upon the distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: David M. Anderson, David L. Banks, Robert L. Avery, Aydin Akdeniz, William J. Renton
  • Patent number: 7822258
    Abstract: A mobile platform is provided which has at least one component having an array of distributed piezoelectric transmitters and an associated array of distributed receivers. The receivers are configured to receive ultrasonic transmissions from the transmitters. Data from the receivers is stored in memory and processed through an algebraic reconstruction tomography algorithm which forms an image of the defect within the component. An algorithm is used to determine the position and size of the defect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Simon D Senibi, David L Banks, Chris K Carrell, Mark A Curry
  • Patent number: 7817843
    Abstract: A mobile platform is provided which has at least one component having an array of distributed piezoelectric transmitters and an associated array of distributed receivers. The receivers are configured to receive ultrasonic transmissions from the transmitters. Data from the receivers is stored in memory and processed through an algebraic reconstruction tomography algorithm which forms an image of the defect within the component. An algorithm is used to determine the position and size of the defect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Simon D Senibi, David L Banks, Chris K Carrell, Mark A Curry
  • Publication number: 20100177011
    Abstract: A phased array antenna (PAA) is provided. The PAA includes a plurality of layers fabricated using an additive process such that the PAA conforms to a curvilinear surface. The plurality of layers include: a radiating layer placed on a first surface of a first dielectric layer; a feed layer operationally coupled to a second surface of the first dielectric layer; and a second dielectric layer having a first surface operationally coupled a power and control layer and a second surface operationally coupled to a ground layer. An adhesive layer operationally couples the feed layer to the power and control layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Publication date: July 15, 2010
    Inventors: Daniel J. Sego, David L. Banks, Manny S. Urcia
  • Patent number: 7698075
    Abstract: A system and method for detecting damage to a structure is provided. The system includes a voltage source and at least one capacitor formed as a layer within the structure and responsive to the voltage source. The system also includes at least one sensor responsive to the capacitor to sense a voltage of the capacitor. A controller responsive to the sensor determines if damage to the structure has occurred based on the variance of the voltage of the capacitor from a known reference value. A method for sensing damage to a structure involves providing a plurality of capacitors and a controller, and coupling the capacitors to at least one surface of the structure. A voltage of the capacitors is sensed using the controller, and the controller calculates a change in the voltage of the capacitors. The method can include signaling a display system if a change in the voltage occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mark A Curry, Simon D Senibi, David L Banks
  • Publication number: 20090295622
    Abstract: The present invention comprises systems and methods for preventing collisions between aircraft and ground vehicles. In one embodiment, a system includes a proximity detection unit and a transducer proximate to a selected structural portion of an aircraft, the proximity detection unit being operable to emit ranging signals through the transducer and to receive reflected signals through the transducer to determine the position of an object within a ranging area adjacent to the structural portion. The system further includes an alarm device coupled to the proximity detection unit that is responsive to a signal generated by the proximity detection unit. In another embodiment, a method includes determining a distance between the ground service vehicle and a selected structural portion of the aircraft when the vehicle is positioned in a ranging area about the aircraft. The method further includes generating a proximity alarm based upon the distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: David M. Anderson, David L. Banks, Robert L. Avery, Aydin Akdeniz, William J. Renton
  • Patent number: 7579980
    Abstract: The present invention comprises systems and methods for preventing collisions between aircraft and ground vehicles. In one embodiment, a system includes a proximity detection unit and a transducer proximate to a selected structural portion of an aircraft, the proximity detection unit being operable to emit ranging signals through the transducer and to receive reflected signals through the transducer to determine the position of an object within a ranging area adjacent to the structural portion. The system further includes an alarm device coupled to the proximity detection unit that is responsive to a signal generated by the proximity detection unit. In another embodiment, a method includes determining a distance between the ground service vehicle and a selected structural portion of the aircraft when the vehicle is positioned in a ranging area about the aircraft. The method further includes generating a proximity alarm based upon the distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: David M. Anderson, Aydin Akdeniz, David L. Banks, William J. Renton, Robert L. Avery
  • Publication number: 20080172178
    Abstract: The present invention comprises systems and methods for preventing collisions between aircraft and ground vehicles. In one embodiment, a system includes a proximity detection unit and a transducer proximate to a selected structural portion of an aircraft, proximity detection unit being operable to emit ranging signals through the transducer and to receive reflected signals through the transducer to determine the position of an object within a ranging area adjacent to the structural portion. The system further includes an alarm device coupled to the proximity detection unit that is responsive to a signal generated by the proximity detection unit. In another embodiment, a method includes determining a distance between the ground service vehicle and a selected structural portion of the aircraft when the vehicle is positioned in a ranging area about the aircraft. The method further includes generating a proximity alarm based upon the distance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 16, 2007
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: David M. Anderson, Aydin Akdeniz, David L. Banks, William J. Renton, Robert L. Avery
  • Patent number: 7379165
    Abstract: The present invention comprises systems and methods for preventing collisions between aircraft and ground vehicles. In one embodiment, a system includes a proximity detection unit and a transducer proximate to a selected structural portion of an aircraft, the proximity detection unit being operable to emit ranging signals through the transducer and to receive reflected signals through the transducer to determine the position of an object within a ranging area adjacent to the structural portion. The system further includes an alarm device coupled to the proximity detection unit that is responsive to a signal generated by the proximity detection unit. In another embodiment, a method includes determining a distance between the ground service vehicle and a selected structural portion of the aircraft when the vehicle is positioned in a ranging area about the aircraft. The method further includes generating a proximity alarm based upon the distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2008
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: David M. Anderson, Aydin Akdeniz, David L. Banks, William J. Renton, Robert L. Avery
  • Patent number: 7113142
    Abstract: A conformal, load bearing, phased array antenna system having a plurality of adjacently positioned antenna aperture sections that collectively form a single, enlarged antenna aperture. The aperture sections are each formed by intersecting wall panels that form a honeycomb-like core having a plurality of electromagnetic radiating elements embedded in the wall panels that form the core. The aperture wall panels are assembled onto a single, multi-faceted back skin, bonded thereto, and then machined to produce a desired surface contour. A radome formed by a single piece of composite material is then bonded to the contoured surface. Antenna electronics printed wiring boards are also bonded to an opposite side of the back skin. The contour is selected to match a mold line of a surface into which the antenna system is installed. The antenna is able to form an integral, load bearing portion of the structure into which it is installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Douglas A McCarville, Gerald F Herndon, Joseph A Marshall, IV, Robert G Vos, David L Banks
  • Patent number: 7109943
    Abstract: A phased array antenna aperture able to form a structural, load bearing portion of another structure, for example, a portion of a mobile platform. The antenna aperture is formed with a plurality of radiating elements sandwiched between prepreg fabric plies to form independent wall sections having a plurality of electromagnetic radiating elements embedded therein. The wall sections are secured in a honeycomb arrangement to form an array of cells of radiating elements. The manufacturing methods described herein enable arrays of widely varying sizes and shapes to be created and used as structural, load bearing portions of a wing, fuselage, door panel or other area of a mobile platform. The antenna aperture is lightweight because it does not include the weight of parasitic support components typically required in the construction of phased array antenna apertures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Douglas A McCarville, Gerald F Herndon, Joseph A Marshall, IV, Robert G Vos, Isaac R Bakker, David L Banks
  • Patent number: 7109942
    Abstract: An antenna aperture and method of assembling same. The antenna aperture forms a honeycomb-like core structure with dipole radiating elements integrally formed into structural wall portions of the honeycomb-like core. The antenna aperture has sufficient structural strength to form a structural portion of a mobile platform, while still being sufficiently light in weight for weight-critical applications such as with airborne mobile platforms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2006
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Douglas A. McCarville, Gerald F. Herndon, Joseph A. Marshall, IV, Robert G. Vos, Isaac R. Bakker, David L. Banks
  • Patent number: 7046209
    Abstract: A antenna aperture having electromagnetic radiating elements embedded in structural wall portions of a honeycomb-like core. Independent wall sections each having a plurality electromagnetic radiating elements are formed into the honeycomb-like core. Feed portions of each radiating element form teeth that are copper plated before being assembled onto a back skin panel. Each of the teeth are then generally machined flush with a surface of the back skin to present electrical contact pads which enable electrical coupling to each of the radiating elements by an external antenna electronics board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Douglas A McCarville, Gerald F Herndon, Joseph A Marshall, IV, Robert G Vos, David L Banks, Isaac R. Bekker
  • Patent number: 6925869
    Abstract: The invention provides a fuel-tank system with an ultrasonic fuel-gauging system for an aircraft. The fuel-tank system includes a fuel tank, a transducer carrier tape covered with a separation barrier, and coupled to a surface of the fuel tank, and at least one ultrasonic transducer attached to the transducer carrier tape. An ultrasonic signal from at least one ultrasonic transducer is reflected from a fuel-air surface and a reflected signal is received by at least one ultrasonic transducer to determine a fuel level in the fuel tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Simon D. Senibi, David M. Anderson, David L. Banks, James J. Childress, Mostafa Rassaian