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: 9950813
    Abstract: A robotic apparatus comprising an articulated arm mounted to a chassis and having an end effector capable of inspecting the root and tip, as well as the length between the root and tip, of an airfoil-shaped body (such as a rotorblade). The robotic apparatus has means for propelling the chassis in a spanwise direction. The chassis-mounted articulated arm facilitates the scanning of sensors over the root or tip of the airfoil-shaped body without repositioning the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Joseph L. Hafenrichter, Gary E. Georgeson
  • Patent number: 9945735
    Abstract: There is provided a system, a method, and a thermochromatic witness assembly to monitor a thermal environment of a composite structure. The thermochromatic witness assembly has a polymeric material and one or more thermochromatic probes mixed into the polymeric material to form a thermochromatic probe mixture. The thermochromatic probe mixture is applied to a transparent polymeric film, or is formed into the transparent polymeric film with a pressure sensitive adhesive (PSA) applied thereto, thus forming the thermochromatic witness assembly in a form of a thermochromatic applique. The thermochromatic applique is configured to be applied directly and continuously to a surface of the composite structure. The thermochromatic applique is further configured to monitor the thermal environment of the composite structure by detecting one or more temperatures and one or more times the surface of the composite structure is exposed to the thermal environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Gary E. Georgeson, Wesley L. Holman, Jr., Brandon P. Jamison, Randy J. Grove
  • Patent number: 9939411
    Abstract: An extended reach inspection apparatus may include a scanner device and a robotic manipulator arm. The robotic manipulator arm may include a plurality of arm segments including a distal end arm segment and a proximal end arm segment. A movable joint may couple the distal end arm segment to the robotic manipulator arm. A telescoping extension mechanism may be coupled to the distal end arm segment. The scanner device is mounted to the telescoping extension mechanism for moving the scanner device between a retracted position proximate the robotic manipulator arm and an extended position at a distance from the robotic manipulator arm. A control handle may be coupled to the proximal end arm segment of the plurality of arm segments for manipulating the robotic manipulator arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Nathan R. Smith, Gary E. Georgeson, Paul S. Rutherford, Jeffrey R. Kollgaard
  • Patent number: 9931827
    Abstract: A structural repair includes a tell-tale optical witness that allows the health of the repair to be visually monitored. The optical witness includes a stress sensitive fluorescent dye that shows changes in local strain/stress patterns when the repair is subjected to electromagnetic energy of a particular wavelength. The dyes fluoresce more or less strongly as a function of the local stress/strain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Gary E. Georgeson, Kenneth Harlan Griess, Russell Lee Keller, Everett A. Westerman
  • Patent number: 9924103
    Abstract: An improved mechanism for calibrating a local positioning system through the use of passive or retro-reflective markers is described herein. A plurality of imaging targets with the passive or retro-reflective markers may be attached or affixed on a surface of an object. The local positioning system may then capture a first image of the imaging targets in a non-illuminated state and further capture a second image of the imaging targets in an illuminated state. A difference image between the first and second captured images may be computed and then segmented. The local positioning system may then identify the plurality of imaging targets based on the segmented difference image and position itself to extract information. The extracted information may then be used to help calibrate the local positioning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Barry A. Fetzer, James J. Troy, Gary E. Georgeson
  • Patent number: 9915633
    Abstract: Example systems and methods for non-destructive evaluation of depressions on a surface of an object are provided. One example system includes a measurement apparatus having a two-dimensional ultrasonic transducer array, a delay line material, a sealing member position such that the sealing member forms a cavity between the delay line material and a surface of the object, and a liquid inlet for injecting a liquid into the cavity. The example system also includes a processor configured to determine, using ultrasonic signals received from the two-dimensional ultrasonic transducer array, at least one property of a depression such as a dent on the surface of an object. The example system may also be configured to provide an output that is indicative of whether the at least one property of the depression satisfies a predetermined criterion. Another example system includes a compressible elastomeric delay line material that conforms to a surface of an object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Gary E. Georgeson, Tyler M. Holmes, Jeffrey R. Kollgaard
  • Publication number: 20180067484
    Abstract: Self-contained, remotely operated, mobile measurement and inspection systems for stand-off inspection of large target objects located at sites distant from an operations center. The systems comprise a mobile platform with on-board instrumentation capable of making dimensional measurements in the local coordinate system of the target object. The systems comprise multiple hardware and software components networked to a control interface that enables the operator at the operations center to teleoperate the equipment. Various embodiments include rough-terrain and floatable mobile measurement and inspection systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James J. Troy, Scott W. Lea, Gary E. Georgeson, William P. Motzer
  • Publication number: 20180065762
    Abstract: Systems and methods for high-speed non-destructive inspection of a half- or full-barrel-shaped workpiece, such as a barrel-shaped section of an aircraft fuselage. Such workpieces can be scanned externally using a mobile (e.g., translating) arch gantry system comprising a translatable arch frame disposed outside the fuselage section, a carriage that can travel along a curved track carried by the arch frame, a radially inward-extending telescopic arm having a proximal end fixedly coupled to the carriage, and an NDI sensor unit coupled to a distal end of the telescoping arm. The stiffeners of the fuselage sections can be scanned using a mobile scanner platform disposed inside the fuselage section, which platform comprises a radially outward-extending telescopic arm rotatably coupled to a mobile (e.g., holonomic or linear motion) platform and an NDI sensor unit coupled to a distal end of the telescoping arm.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2017
    Publication date: March 8, 2018
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Gary E. Georgeson, Barry A. Fetzer, James J. Troy, Scott W. Lea
  • Publication number: 20180059065
    Abstract: A system for nondestructive evaluation of a test object includes a platform, an electromagnetic acoustic transducer (EMAT) to create acoustic vibrations that travel along the test object; an infrared detector positioned to record thermal images of a plurality of test areas on the test object to detect flaws in the test object as the platform and the test object move relative to each other; and a control connected to actuate the EMAT and the infrared detector, synchronize the creation of vibrations with the recording of thermal images, receive a signal from the infrared detector indicative of the thermal image of the surface of the test object, and record locations of the flaws appearing on the thermal images of the test areas, all as the platform and the test object move relative to each other.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Inventors: John R. Hull, Gary E. Georgeson, Morteza Safai, Barry A. Fetzer, Steven K. Brady, Jeffrey G. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20180038792
    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: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2016
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    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
  • Publication number: 20180024007
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for detecting defects in a laminate of uncured, compacted composite sheets. After a number of plies of composite sheets are arranged and compacted, a burst of heat energy is applied to a top surface of the laminate and a digital thermographic camera captures images of the top surface. A computer processor measures heat characteristics of the top surface to identify regions of the top surface with different heat characteristics. Such different areas are identified as regions that include a defect. The defect regions can be repaired by applying additional compaction and/or by removing at least a portion of some layers, removing any foreign object debris, replacing the layers, and compacting the replaced layers. After any defects are addressed, the laminate is cured.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2017
    Publication date: January 25, 2018
    Inventors: Tyler M. HOLMES, Gary E. GEORGESON, Jeffrey G. THOMPSON
  • Patent number: 9873527
    Abstract: There is provided a system and a method to map a thermal profile of a composite structure during curing in at least one of manufacture or repair of the composite structure. The system has a thermochromatic witness assembly having a first series of probes with a thermochromatic material applied either to a composite lay-up, or applied to a removable material adjacent the composite lay-up. The system further has a process assembly with a heat source to cure the thermochromatic witness assembly to form the composite structure. The system further has a light source to activate the thermochromatic material of the first series of probes to prompt an onset of color changes in the thermochromatic material to determine one or more maximum temperatures of the composite structure, to map the thermal profile of the composite structure during curing in at least one of manufacture or repair of the composite structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jason A. DeGaetano, Gary E. Georgeson
  • Publication number: 20180016028
    Abstract: Embodiments of the presently disclosed system include a thin thermoplastic or thermosetting polymer film loaded with non-polymeric inclusions that are susceptible to heating under a time-varying magnetic field. Insertion of this additional heating layer into a structural or semi-structural heterogeneous laminate provides an “on-demand” de-bonding site for laminate deconstruction. For example, in some embodiments when the heating layer is inserted between a cured Carbon-Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) layer and a Polymeric/Metallic film stackup layer, the heating layer can be selectively heated above its softening point (e.g., by using energy absorbed from a locally-applied time-varying magnetic field) to allow for ease of applique separation from the CFRP layer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2017
    Publication date: January 18, 2018
    Inventors: Daniel J. Kovach, Gary E. Georgeson, Robert J. Miller, Jeffrey D. Morgan, Diane Rawlings
  • Patent number: 9857583
    Abstract: Aspects herein describe an optical delay controller which introduces a desired delay into an optical signal. To do so, the optical delay controller includes multiple reflective surfaces (e.g., mirrors) that establish a closed loop on which an input signal propagates. The optical delay controller includes an output interface that outputs a delayed version of the input optical signal where the delay corresponds to the circumference of the closed loop. For example, the optical delay loop may use a Brewster window as the output interface which permits the optical signal propagating in the closed loop to exit the loop. Moreover, the optical delay loop may include one or more actuators that move the reflective surfaces forming the closed loop relative to each other. Changing the distance between two mirrors changes the delay introduced by the optical delay loop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Morteza Safai, Gary E. Georgeson
  • Patent number: 9856037
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods that can be used to stabilize a portion of an extended-reach tool assembly to enable the dimensional mapping, non-destructive inspection and/or simple repair of elongated and serpentine structures used in aerospace and military platforms. In some embodiments, a jointed (i.e., articulated) arm of the extended-reach tool assembly, which is mounted and manipulated at the entrance to a limited-access space (e.g., a cavity), is equipped with actuatable contact pads or bladders to stabilize the distal end of the arm to which a tool-carrying end effector is coupled. The end effector is capable of holding and orienting a probe or sensor (e.g., NDI sensor unit, laser scanner, camera, etc.) or other tool (e.g., drill, sander, vacuum, “grabber”, coating sprayer, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Gary E. Georgeson
  • Publication number: 20170350764
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for detecting defects in a composite is provided. After a ply of material for a workpiece is positioned, thermal energy is applied to a top surface of the ply of material, and a digital thermographic camera captures images of the top surface. A computer processor determines heat characteristics of the top surface to identify regions of the top surface with different heat characteristics. Such different areas are identified as regions that include a defect. The defect regions can be repaired prior to disposing additional plies of material over previously-applied plies.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2017
    Publication date: December 7, 2017
    Inventors: Jeffrey G. THOMPSON, Gary E. GEORGESON
  • Patent number: 9834323
    Abstract: Systems and methods for high-speed non-destructive inspection of a half- or full-barrel-shaped workpiece, such as a barrel-shaped section of an aircraft fuselage. Such workpieces can be scanned externally using a mobile (e.g., translating) arch gantry system comprising a translatable arch frame disposed outside the fuselage section, a carriage that can travel along a curved track carried by the arch frame, a radially inward-extending telescopic arm having a proximal end fixedly coupled to the carriage, and an NDI sensor unit coupled to a distal end of the telescoping arm. The stiffeners of the fuselage sections can be scanned using a mobile scanner platform disposed inside the fuselage section, which platform comprises a radially outward-extending telescopic arm rotatably coupled to a mobile (e.g., holonomic or linear motion) platform and an NDI sensor unit coupled to a distal end of the telescoping arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Gary E. Georgeson, Barry A. Fetzer, James J. Troy, Scott W. Lea
  • Publication number: 20170336367
    Abstract: A vehicle examination system includes an axle inspection system that is configured to inspect an axle of a vehicle. The axle inspection system includes an ultrasound scanning assembly, and an axle coupler that retains the ultrasound scanning assembly. The axle coupler is configured to moveably secure the ultrasound scanning assembly to the axle. An axle inspection control unit is in communication with the ultrasound scanning assembly. The axle inspection control unit is configured to control the ultrasound scanning assembly to ultrasonically scan the axle for anomalies as the vehicle moves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Publication date: November 23, 2017
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Barry A. Fetzer, Gary E. Georgeson, Morteza Safai, Jeffrey G. Thompson, Steven Kenneth Brady, John R. Hull
  • Patent number: 9804577
    Abstract: A self-contained, remotely operated, mobile measurement system for stand-off inspection of large target objects located at sites distant from an operations center of a distributed inspection system. In accordance with one embodiment, the system comprises a mobile platform with on-board instrumentation capable of making dimensional measurements in the local coordinate system of the target object. The system comprises multiple hardware and software components networked to a control interface that enables the operator at the operations center to teleoperate the equipment, including driving the mobile platform to a region of interest, calibrating the on-board local positioning system, acquiring measurement and image data, and communicating with on-site personnel if needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James J. Troy, Scott W. Lea, Gary E. Georgeson, William P. Motzer
  • Patent number: 9804130
    Abstract: A system and method is disclosed for generating ultrasound results having a simulated level of porosity for a composite. Data for a set of composite coupons having different levels of porosity is obtained. An attenuation distribution function is fit to a back wall signal generated from the data for each coupon and a library of echo patterns based on such data is created. An interpolated attenuation distribution function is calculated based on an interpolation of two stored attenuation distribution functions having the closest porosity values to the selected level. A main attenuation distribution function value is assigned to one portion of a selected region in a zero porosity coupon and attenuation distribution functions values within a predetermined percentage of the main attenuation distribution function are assigned to other portions of the region. Waveforms associated with the portions are modified based on such values and selected echo patterns from the library.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Hong H. Tat, Gary E. Georgeson, Richard H. Bossi