Patents by Inventor Gary E. Georgeson

Gary E. Georgeson 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).

  • Patent number: 10732149
    Abstract: Methods and systems may be configured to integrate data from fixed nondestructive inspection sensors positioned on a test specimen and data from laser ultrasound scans of the test specimen, in order to monitor and track damage and stress indications in the test specimen in real-time during mechanical stress testing of the test specimen. Data from the laser ultrasound scans may identify emergent areas of interest within the test specimen that were not predicted by stress analysis, and further allow for reconfiguration of the test plan in view of the emergent areas of interest, without having the stop the test. Laser ultrasound scans may be performed on the entire test specimen, with high-resolution scans being performed on emergent areas of interest. Thus, stress indications, or stress effects, in the test specimen may be measured, identified, and tracked in real-time (e.g., as growth is propagating) in a test specimen undergoing structural tests.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeong-Beom Ihn, Gary E. Georgeson, William Paul Motzer
  • Publication number: 20200233393
    Abstract: Situational-awareness controllers and methods to increase situational-awareness for an actor associated with a triggering event are described. An example method includes in response to receiving a notification of a triggering event generated by at least one sensor, a computing device accessing information that includes related to an actor associated with the triggering event. The computing device correlates the information to a compilation of historical information by (i) determining whether the actor's location is associated with one or more safety events stored as part of the compilation of historical information and (ii) determining a risk level of the actor based on whether the one or more associated safety events occurred within a predetermined range of time from the time associated with the triggering event. The computing device generates a command based on a result of the correlating and sends the command to at least one controllable device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 1, 2020
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventors: Gary E. Georgeson, James J. Troy, Scott W. Lea, Daniel J. Wright
  • Publication number: 20200232951
    Abstract: A non-destructive inspection apparatus includes a robotic device, an end effector coupled to the robotic device, and a controller coupled to the robotic device and the end effector. The controller is configured to determine, based on an amount of linear actuator extension of a sensor of the end effector and an amount of rotation of the sensor about a first axis of rotation and a second axis of rotation, a displacement of the sensor relative to a center point of the end effector surface so as to determine location information of the sensor, wherein sensor data for a location on a surface of a test article is sensed and correlated with the determined location information of the sensor. The robotic device controls movement of the end effector and is configured to determine, during the movement of the end effector, positional information for the center point of the end effector surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2019
    Publication date: July 23, 2020
    Inventors: Barry A. FETZER, Gary E. GEORGESON
  • Patent number: 10717162
    Abstract: An automated apparatus comprising: a chassis configured to be mounted on an airfoil-shaped body without contacting its trailing edge; a carriage translatably coupled to the chassis; and an end effector pivotably coupled to the carriage. The chassis comprises: a frame; a motorized drive rolling element rotatably coupled to the frame; a rocker mechanism pivotably coupled to the frame; first and second ball and socket bearings mounted to opposing ends of the rocker arm; and a third ball and socket bearing mounted to the frame. During a maintenance procedure, the airfoil-shaped body is oriented at a non-zero angle of attack with the leading edge higher than the trailing edge and with the balls of the ball and socket bearings in contact with the airfoil-shaped body. A gravitational force exerted urges the chassis toward the trailing edge of the airfoil-shaped body for all chordwise positions of the carriage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Joseph L. Hafenrichter, Gary E. Georgeson
  • Publication number: 20200225191
    Abstract: Aspects provide for in-situ monitoring of a structure, such as a portion of an in-operation vehicle, by a patch and controller by transmitting, at a first time, a first signal from a first transceiver of a plurality of transceivers in contact with the structure; receiving the first signal carried in the structure at a second transceiver of the plurality of transceivers at a known distance from the first transceiver; determining a baseline signal characteristic of the first signal as received at the second transceiver; transmitting, at a second time, a second signal from the first transceiver; receiving the second signal carried in the structure at the second transceiver; determining a diagnostic signal characteristic of the second signal as received at the second transceiver; and in response to determining that a difference between the baseline signal characteristic and the diagnostic signal characteristic exceeds a threshold, generating an alert.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2019
    Publication date: July 16, 2020
    Inventors: Shahrooz M. Jahanbin, Gary E. Georgeson
  • Patent number: 10710615
    Abstract: An example system for inspecting railcar axles includes a flash source, an infrared camera, and a trigger sensor. The flash source is configured to apply a thermal pulse toward a surface of a railcar axle of a railcar wheelset, while the railcar wheelset is on a track. The infrared camera is configured to capture infrared data indicative of a thermal response of the surface of the railcar axle to the thermal pulse. The trigger sensor is configured to trigger the flash source to apply the thermal pulse based on a position of the railcar wheelset on the track. The example system can also include a processor configured to determine whether the captured infrared data is indicative of a crack on the surface of the railcar axle, and a vision camera configured to capture an image of the surface of the railcar axle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Gary E. Georgeson, Morteza Safai, Tyler M. Holmes, Scott W. Lea, Jyani Vaddi
  • Patent number: 10712286
    Abstract: In an example, a method for non-destructive evaluation of a structure is described. The method comprises identifying a portion of a surface of the structure for evaluation. The method further comprises controlling an armature to align a two-dimensional array of sensors with the portion of the surface. The method further comprises causing the two-dimensional array of sensors to engage the portion of the surface. The method further comprises, responsive to determining that the two-dimensional array of sensors has engaged with the portion of the surface, (i) releasing the two-dimensional array of sensors from the armature, and (ii) scanning, the portion of the surface to collect sensor data. The method further comprises, after scanning the portion of the surface, (i) controlling the armature to couple to the two-dimensional array of sensors, and (ii) causing the two-dimensional array of sensors to disengage with the portion of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Barry A. Fetzer, Gary E. Georgeson
  • Publication number: 20200207031
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for composite part fabrication. One embodiment is a method for fabricating a composite part. The method includes selecting a tool with sides made of a core material in a desired size and shape, disposing a preform of a fiber reinforced material that surrounds the tool, resulting in a lamina assembly comprising the preform and the tool, heating the tool and the preform, co-bonding the tool to the fiber reinforced material within the lamina assembly, and hardening the preform and the tool into a hybrid composite part.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Gary E. Georgeson, Kenneth Harlan Griess
  • Publication number: 20200207488
    Abstract: Provided is a nondestructive inspection (“NDI”) system that includes an unmanned aerial vehicle (“UAV”) comprising a body structure and at least one support arm. The support arm includes a first arm portion having a first end coupled to the body structure and a second end coupled to a second arm portion. The second arm portion includes a first end coupled to the second end of the first arm portion and a second end coupled to an NDI scanning device. The support arm also includes a compliant member disposed between the first arm portion and the second arm portion. The NDI scanning device includes one or more NDI sensors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: James J. Troy, Gary E. Georgeson, Joseph L. Hafenrichter, Scott W. Lea
  • Publication number: 20200207033
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for utilizing pellet-loaded bladders to consolidate and/or harden composite parts. One embodiment is a method for fabricating a composite part. The method includes laying up a preform that is made of fiber reinforced material and that includes a cavity, inserting one or more bladders that are loaded with expandable pellets into the cavity, inflating the bladders in response to a triggering condition, consolidating the preform while the bladders are inflated, deflating the bladders, and removing the bladders from the cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2019
    Publication date: July 2, 2020
    Inventors: Xiaoxi Wang, Gary E. Georgeson
  • Publication number: 20200200713
    Abstract: Embodiments described herein utilize Non-Destructive Inspection (NDI) scan data obtained during a process performed on a surface of a structure to update a location of an NDI scanner on the surface. A subsurface feature within the structure is detected based on the NDI scan data, which are correlated with pre-defined position data for the subsurface feature. A measured location of the NDI scanner on the surface is corrected based on the pre-defined position data for the subsurface feature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2018
    Publication date: June 25, 2020
    Inventors: Joseph Lawrence Hafenrichter, Gary E. Georgeson, James J. Troy
  • Patent number: 10690581
    Abstract: An infrared (IR) thermography system for inspecting porosity of a test part of a given thickness is provided. The IR thermography system may include a thermal detector configured to detect IR signals emitted from the test part, and a controller in electrical communication with at least the thermal detector. The controller may be configured to at least determine thermal test data associated with the test part based on the IR signals, generate thermal model data based on the thickness of the test part, and determine porosity of the test part based on a comparison between the thermal test data and the thermal model data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey G. Thompson, Gary E. Georgeson, Tyler M. Holmes
  • Publication number: 20200191749
    Abstract: Described herein is a system for determining structural characteristics of an object, the system including a first laser, a second laser, one or more processors, and a computer readable medium storing instructions that, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the system to perform functions. The functions include illuminating, by the first laser, a surface region of an object with an incident light pulse, thereby causing the object to exhibit vibrations; illuminating, by the second laser, the surface region with an incident light beam, thereby generating responsive light that is indicative of the vibrations; detecting the responsive light and determining a difference between a characteristic of the responsive light and a reference characteristic that corresponds to the surface region; determining a position of the surface region within a three-dimensional space; and displaying the surface region such that the difference is indicated at the position of the surface region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Inventors: Gary E. Georgeson, Jeong-Beom Ihn, William P. Motzer, Jill P. Bingham
  • Publication number: 20200182835
    Abstract: An apparatus for automated maintenance of limited-access areas on large structures. The apparatus is a rolling or sliding tool-equipped mobile platform that is adhered to a surface by operation of one or more adherence fans and then propelled across the surface by operation of one or more propulsion fans. The adherence and propulsion fans are coupled to a base made of semi-rigid material. The adherence fans produce suction forces in one or more suction zones to adhere the mobile platform to the surface. The propulsion fans produce thrust to propel the surface-adhered mobile platform in a desired direction across the surface. The tool-equipped mobile platform is capable of adhering to and moving over a non-level surface on a large structure while keeping standoff contact elements in contact with the surface regardless of surface contour. The propulsion fans, adherence fans and maintenance tool (e.g., an NDI sensor unit) are controlled by a computer system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2018
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Joseph L. Hafenrichter, Gary E. Georgeson
  • Publication number: 20200182739
    Abstract: Automated apparatus for performing maintenance functions on airfoil-shaped bodies having short chord lengths, the apparatus being movable in a spanwise direction along the airfoil-shaped body. In accordance with various embodiments, the apparatus comprises a blade crawler capable of supporting any one of a plurality of end effectors for performing a set of maintenance functions on an airfoil-shaped body, such as a blade component. Included in these functions are multiple options for nondestructive inspection, drilling, grinding, fastening, appliqué application, scarfing, ply mapping, depainting, cleaning, and painting devices that are attached as the end effector for the blade crawler. As a whole, the blade crawler reduces maintenance time, labor hours and human errors when robotic maintenance functions are performed on blade components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Joseph L. Hafenrichter, Gary E. Georgeson, Scott W. Lea
  • Publication number: 20200180787
    Abstract: Devices for maintaining crawler alignment on complex-shaped blades and for enabling the blade crawler to traverse over trailing edge protrusions. Using ball and socket bearings or air pads in place of alignment wheels, the crawler will be able to track along complex-geometry rotor blades, propellers and other airfoils. Using an oversized-diameter roller, a semi-flexible roller, or a dual-roller arrangement, the crawler will be able to traverse over trailing edge protrusions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Publication date: June 11, 2020
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Joseph L. Hafenrichter, Gary E. Georgeson
  • Patent number: 10677715
    Abstract: Methods are presented. Signals are sent into a first surface of a structure using an ultrasonic transducer. Ultrasound response signals are received at the ultrasonic transducer. A portion of a second surface of the structure is heated while the ultrasonic transducer is sending signals into the first surface, wherein the second surface is on an opposite side of the structure from the first surface. Infrared images of the portion of the second surface of the structure are taken after heating the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Hong Hue Tat, William Joseph Tapia, Barry Allen Fetzer, Gary E. Georgeson, Martin L. Freet, Jeffrey G. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20200166938
    Abstract: Methods for performing maintenance operations using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The methods are enabled by equipping a UAV with a maintenance tool capable of performing a desired maintenance operation (e.g., nondestructive inspection) on a limited-access surface of a large structure or object (e.g., a wind turbine blade). The UAV uses re-orientation of lifting means (e.g., vertical rotors) to move the maintenance tool continuously or intermittently across the surface of the structure while maintaining contact with the surface of the structure undergoing maintenance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2018
    Publication date: May 28, 2020
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Joseph L. Hafenrichter, Gary E. Georgeson
  • Patent number: 10663401
    Abstract: A method may include scanning a surface of a composite workpiece with multiple electromagnetic pulses, each of the multiple electromagnetic pulses being associated with a respective location on the surface of the composite workpiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Morteza Safai, Gary E. Georgeson
  • Patent number: 10656075
    Abstract: A method of laser bond inspection is provided. The method includes applying a thermochromatic energy-absorbing material to an inspection site of a test article. The method includes delivering a first amount of energy to the inspection site using a laser. The first amount of energy generates stresses in the test article. The method includes absorbing the first amount of energy into the thermochromatic energy-absorbing material to produce an observable thermal response that correlates to the first amount of energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Morteza Safai, Gary E. Georgeson