Windows Patents (Class 244/129.3)
  • Patent number: 10254618
    Abstract: Tintable optical components such as windows are provided with a controller designed or configured to control the tinting in a manner that resists exposure to damaging thermal shock. The controller determines that a trigger condition for thermal shock is occurring or is about to occur and takes steps to avoid damaging thermal shock. In some cases, these steps include increasing the transmissivity of the optical component or holding the component in a highly transmissive state. In some cases, the steps involve heating the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald M. Parker
  • Patent number: 10207818
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying the external environment of the airplane. The system includes a camera mounted on the door of the airplane. The camera having lens for capturing the external environment illuminated by a illumination source in order to provide a video signal, and at least one display screen connected with the camera for receiving the video signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: LATECOERE
    Inventors: Cyrille Besettes, Laurent Groux, Christophe Perrier
  • Patent number: 10192125
    Abstract: A vehicle is disclosed that includes systems for adjusting the transmittance of one or more windows of the vehicle. The vehicle may include a camera outputting images taken of an occupant within the vehicle. The vehicle may also include an artificial neural network running on computer hardware carried on-board the vehicle. The artificial neural network may be trained to classify the occupant of the vehicle using the images captured by the camera as input. The vehicle may further include a controller controlling transmittance of the one or more windows based on classifications made by the artificial neural network. For example, if the artificial neural network classifies the occupant as squinting or shading his or her eyes with a hand, the controller may reduce the transmittance of a windshield, side window, or some combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Vincent Myers, Alexandro Walsh, Francois Charette, Lisa Scaria
  • Patent number: 10183735
    Abstract: A window frame assembly for an aircraft, includes a window frame of composite material, adapted for attachment in a window opening of an aircraft, having an outer flange with an exterior surface and an interior surface, a metal erosion shield attached to the exterior surface of the outer flange, and a polymer adapter ring, attached to the interior surface of the outer flange. The window frame has a substantially constant thickness, and the erosion shield has a substantially constant cross-sectional shape. The adapter ring has a sloped engagement surface configured for supporting a window pane assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: David E. Gideon, Ian E. Schroeder, Kristin L. Hall, Kin M. Ng, Megan C. Kinney, Greg M. Reyneke, Randall D. Wilkerson, Richard R. Rosman, Aaron W. Bartel
  • Patent number: 10173788
    Abstract: A porthole, a porthole plug in a vehicle, and an aircraft with portholes are provided. The porthole includes an opaque plug with an aperture therethrough. A camera is arranged with a lens aligned with the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Ashley G. Badger, Steven E. Rhynard, G. Frank Sexton, Craig T. Brockett, Shawn M. Pare, Ryan A. Street, Andrew F. Szerlag
  • Patent number: 10077101
    Abstract: An aircraft window arrangement comprising a sidewall lining panel which is provided with a window opening, an inner window attached to the sidewall lining panel and extending across the window opening formed in the sidewall lining panel and an outer window arranged at a distance from the inner window and extending across a window opening formed in an aircraft outer skin. The aircraft window arrangement further comprises a window funnel including an inner rim facing the inner window and extending along a circumference of the window opening formed in the sidewall lining panel, and an outer rim facing the outer window and extending along a circumference of the window opening formed in the aircraft outer skin. The window funnel is formed separate from the sidewall lining panel. The window funnel may be attached to a retainer for retaining the outer window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Airbus Operatins GmbH
    Inventor: Kenneth Boenning
  • Patent number: 10071732
    Abstract: A vehicle includes a windshield having an integral pressure sensor. A signal from the pressure sensor is used to identify an impact against the windshield as a stone impact. Responsive to identifying the stone impact, identifying any large truck located within a predetermined radius of the vehicle. Responsive to identifying a large truck, the vehicle is directed to make an evasive maneuver to avoid stones dropped or thrown by the large truck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: FORD GLOBAL TECHNOLOGIES, LLC
    Inventors: Aed M. Dudar, Mahmoud Yousef Ghannam
  • Patent number: 9957032
    Abstract: A fiber composite component made of a fiber composite material comprises at least one first surface section, at least one second surface section and at least one transition region. The first surface section and the second surface section are arranged at an angle to each other and incorporate the transition region. The transition region comprises at least one first curvature section and at least one second curvature section whose mean curvatures differ from each other, which curvature sections connect to each other in a tangentially continuous manner. The first surface section connects to the transition region, and the transition region connects to the second surface section in each case in a tangentially continuous manner. In one example, the radius of curvature of the first curvature section is smaller than that of the second curvature section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventor: Tobias Kremer
  • Patent number: 9919789
    Abstract: An aircraft includes a fuselage including a plurality of frame members disposed at predetermined intervals in a longitudinal direction of the fuselage and a plurality of stringers extending substantially linearly in the longitudinal direction. The fuselage defines an aircraft interior. A compartment is located in the interior of the fuselage. The compartment defines an interior area. A first window assembly is mounted to an upper portion of the fuselage for introducing daylight into the interior area. The first window assembly is flanked by adjacent frame members of the plurality of frame members and adjacent stringers of the plurality of stringers. The first window assembly includes a window pane, an inner cover and a retainer. The inner cover introduces daylight from the window pane into the interior area. The retainer secures the window pane and the inner cover to the fuselage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Honda Patents & Technologies North America, LLC
    Inventors: Michimasa Fujino, Yasuhiro Homma
  • Patent number: 9829763
    Abstract: Window units, for example insulating glass units (IGU's), that have at least two panes, each pane having an electrochromic device thereon, are described. Two optical state devices on each pane of a dual-pane window unit provide window units having four optical states. Window units described allow the end user a greater choice of how much light is transmitted through the electrochromic window. Also, by using two or more window panes, each with its own electrochromic device, registered in a window unit, visual defects in any of the individual devices are negated by virtue of the extremely small likelihood that any of the visual defects will align perfectly and thus be observable to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: View, Inc.
    Inventors: Robin Friedman, Sridhar K. Kailasam, Rao Mulpuri, Ronald A. Powell, Dhairya Shrivastava
  • Patent number: 9701390
    Abstract: An assembly for an aircraft cabin of an aircraft, the aircraft having a fuselage with a plurality of external windows arranged at a pitch. The assembly having a window cone panel with an internal window, top and bottom edges defining a panel height, and side edges defining a panel width. First and second terminator components are disposed on either side of the window cone panel such that the first terminator component is on one side of the window cone panel and the second terminator component is on the other side of the window cone panel. A splice component is disposed on either side of the window cone panel between the window cone panel and one of the first and second terminator components. The splice component includes an index for adjusting an overall width of the assembly to align the internal window opening with the external window pitch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Aerospace Technologies Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Byron R. Knowles, John Y. Kamin
  • Patent number: 9682766
    Abstract: A thermal barrier apparatus for a window system includes a closed curve-shaped plate having a plurality of concentric channels, a plurality of walls each defining adjacent concentric channels, each of the walls including a plurality of openings between adjacent concentric channels, an outer wall formed on an outer peripheral edge of the closed curve-shaped plate, the outer wall including a plurality of openings, and an inner wall formed on an inner peripheral edge of the closed curve-shaped plate including a plurality of openings. The plurality of openings and concentric channels are configured to provide an air flow path for conduction of air through the thermal barrier apparatus to an exterior of the thermal barrier apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Sahrudine Apdalhaliem, Waeil M. Ashmawi
  • Patent number: 9682536
    Abstract: A structure may comprise a first outer layer and a polymer fiber composite layer mounted on one side of the first outer layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mark S. Wilenski, Michael P. Kozar
  • Patent number: 9656737
    Abstract: An aircraft fuselage includes an exterior skin; at least one window frame; at least one window package disposed in a breakout of the exterior skin and attached to the at least one window frame; and a plurality of stiffening elements configured to stiffen the exterior skin, wherein at least one of the stiffening elements crosses the at least one window package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Paul J. Joern
  • Patent number: 9551179
    Abstract: An emergency exit arrangement for a vehicle and or a building comprising of a plurality of spring pressured stud assembly having a plurality of locking pin in the upper region connected correspondingly to a plurality of rope which is connected to a first pulling device; a plurality of locking pin in the lower region connected correspondingly to a plurality of rope which is connected to a second pulling device. Sequential pulling of the first and the second pulling device ejects out the aperture cover. The pulling devices are electrical, operated by pressing a button; or through temperature sensor, impact sensor, pressure sensor, smoke sensor and or a combination thereof. The pulling devices are alternatively rotatable knobs. The aperture cover is easily mountable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: Tata Technologiė Pte Limited
    Inventors: Amar Mutalik Desai, Prashant Topalkatti, Upender Rao Gade, Gopal Musale
  • Patent number: 9463866
    Abstract: The invention refers to a composite structure for an aircraft comprising a panel and at least one stringer joined to a surface of the skin panel, the stringer having a foot and a web protruding from the foot, and a run-out section at one of its ends. The panel includes a plurality of stacked and co-cured plies of composite material, and at least part of the foot of the stringer at the run-out section, is inserted between two plies of the panel, and it is co-bonded, co-cured or secondary bonded with said two plies. The structure of the invention provides a reinforced join between the foot of the stringer and the skin panel, avoiding peeling or de-bonding problems, without substantially modifying the manufacturing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2016
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS S.L.
    Inventors: Francisco José Cruz Domínguez, Carlos García Nieto, Francisco Javier Honorato Ruiz
  • Patent number: 9221533
    Abstract: A window system for a platform comprising a window pane, a retention frame, and a biasing system. The window pane may be configured to contact a sealing system. The retention frame may be configured to contact the sealing system and hold the window pane against the support frame. The biasing system may be configured to bias the retention frame toward the support frame while the support frame and the retention frame are in a configuration that holds the window pane. Removal of the biasing system may cause the retention frame and the window pane to be removable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: James P. Grady
  • Patent number: 9193483
    Abstract: A method of forming cutouts in an aircraft fuselage may include forming a first cutout and a second cutout in side-by-side relation to one another in a side region of the fuselage. The method may further include configuring the first cutout and the second cutout such that a direct load path extends along the side region substantially continuously from a lower portion of the side region generally under the first cutout to an upper portion of the side region generally over the second cutout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Max U. Kismarton
  • Patent number: 9168812
    Abstract: An interior lining interface incorporates a decorative interface ring having a substantially flat flange with multiple bearing ring bosses on an inner surface of the flange for engagement of an inner surface of a rim of a window ring. Multiple friction fit legs extend from the flange and are received within and constrained by the interface ring to the widow ring rim. A window reveal has a mating surface contacting the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: William E. McCammon
  • Patent number: 9090329
    Abstract: A jettisonable door system for an aircraft includes an upper hinge having a forward portion that is hingedly coupled to an airframe of the aircraft, the upper hinge having an aft portion that is releasably secured to an upper outboard plate with an upper pin. The jettisonable door system further includes a lower hinge having a forward portion that is hingedly coupled to the airframe of the aircraft, the upper hinge having an aft portion that is releasably secured to a lower outboard plate with a lower pin. A rotation of the upper pin releases the upper hinge from the upper outboard plate and a rotation of the lower pin releases the lower hinge from the lower outboard plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: William P. Sumner, Philip J. Bookout
  • Patent number: 9073618
    Abstract: A method of installing a door in an access opening in a skin of an aircraft. A composite inner door panel is positioned against an inside face of the skin. A composite outer door panel is positioned against an outside face of the skin. A plurality of fasteners is installed through fastener openings in the composite outer door panel. The plurality of fasteners is tightened to form a chamfered interface between the skin and the composite outer door panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Richard B. Tanner, Brian H. Korenaga, Jeffrey F. Stulc, Ian C. Burford
  • Patent number: 9073620
    Abstract: A fastening assembly for a window of a pressurized fuselage of an aircraft includes a fastener received through a mounting hole defined in the window, an edge attachment member fixing the window to the fuselage, and a bushing assembly embedded in the mounting hole. The bushing assembly includes an inner sleeve bushing radially interposed between the fastener and the window and an outer sleeve bushing radially interposed between the inner sleeve bushing and the window. The inner sleeve bushing is formed from relatively less rigid metal compared with metal of the fastener and the outer sleeve bushing is formed from relatively rigid metal compared with material of the window and the metal of the inner sleeve bushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Assignee: Honda Patents & Technologies North America, LLC
    Inventor: Junichi Kondo
  • Patent number: 9056448
    Abstract: Fiber reinforced composite structures having curved stepped surfaces are fabricated by laying up plies of fiber reinforced material over a tool having a stepped tool feature. The plies are rotated about a fixed axis as they are laid up to substantially form a fixed axis rosette pattern. The plies are angularly oriented such that at least certain of the plies have fiber orientations other than 0, +45, ?45 and 90 degrees. Potential bridging of the fibers over the stepped tool features is reduced or eliminated by cutting slits in the plies in the area of the stepped features, so that the plies can be fully compacted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Andrew E. Modin, Jack A. Woods, Robert D. Hawkins
  • Patent number: 9038949
    Abstract: An assembly for shielding an aircraft from electromagnetic energy may include a window mounting configured to be conductively coupled to an aperture in a fuselage of an aircraft. The window mounting may include a window pane having an electromagnetically-reflective coating for reflecting electromagnetic energy. The window pane may remain electrically isolated from the fuselage prior to the electromagnetic energy exceeding a frequency of approximately 1 GHz. The window mounting may further include a capacitive gasket capacitively coupling the window pane to the fuselage after the frequency of the electromagnetic energy reflected by the window pane exceeds approximately 1 GHz.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kenneth P. Kirchoff, Patrick M. Njeim, Thomas K. Morrow, Joel J. Peterson, Michael R. Sirkis, Ryan L. Carlson, Bruce J. Donham, Jim Sears
  • Patent number: 9016630
    Abstract: Electrically dimmable windows for aircraft are powered by energy harvesting devices on-board the aircraft. The harvested energy is stored and used to control the opacity of the windows based on individual window opacity settings selected either by passengers or a cabin attendant. Each window has an associated control circuit that controls the electrical power applied to the window based on the selected opacity setting. The control circuit includes a low energy usage processor that remains in a sleep mode until a change in the opacity setting is detected. Each control circuit may include a radio transceiver that receives control signals from a transmitter operated by the cabin attendant in order to simultaneously remotely control the opacity settings of multiple windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Bradley J Mitchell, Bret L Lamoree, Brock J Prince, Henvry V Fletcher
  • Patent number: 9016629
    Abstract: A window system for a vehicle comprising a pressure and thermal window pane, a seal system, and a retainer system. The pressure and thermal window pane may be configured to provide desired pressure protection and desired thermal protection when exposed to an environment around the vehicle during operation of the vehicle. The pressure and thermal window pane may have a desired ductility. The seal system may be configured to contact the pressure and thermal window pane to seal the pressure and thermal window pane. The retainer system may be configured to hold the seal system and the pressure and thermal window pane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Kirk Nils Svartstrom
  • Patent number: 8998140
    Abstract: An electromagnetic shield mesh 25 is provided on a window part 21, and a gasket seal 50 is provided between the electromagnetic shield mesh 25 and a window frame 30 made of a conductive material. The first seal part 51 of the gasket seal 50 has a low volume resistivity, and makes it possible to prevent electromagnetic noise from entering the inside of an airframe between the window part 21 and a window frame 30. Moreover, the second seal part 52 of the gasket seal 50, which is made in contact with the electromagnetic shield mesh 25 of the window part 21 on the outer perimeter side of window panels 23A and 23B, has a volume resistivity of, for example, 300 ?cm or more, so that it becomes possible to prevent corrosion from occurring at contact portions with a clamp 28, a clip 29 or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Mitusbishi Aircraft Corporation
    Inventor: Takashi Yokoi
  • Patent number: 8981265
    Abstract: An electrical system responsive to overheating and/or electric arcing of an electrically conductive member, e.g. a heating member of an aircraft windshield, includes a first switch in a first current path, and a second switch in a second current path. The first current path is from an electrical power supply through the first switch, through an arc sensor to the heating member to the power supply. The second current path is from a temperature sensor monitoring the temperature of the heating member through the second switch to a temperature controller. When the temperature of the heating member is at or above a predetermined value, the temperature controller causes the first switch to open. When there is arcing, the second switch is moved to the open position. The temperature controller senses that the second switch is open and causes the first switch to open.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: PPG industries Ohio, Inc.
    Inventors: Yu Jiao, Hars Gyorgy, Ali N. Rashid, Joseph Medzius
  • Patent number: 8976440
    Abstract: This disclosure describes system and methods for creating an autonomous electrochromic assembly, and systems and methods for use of the autonomous electrochromic assembly in combination with a window. Embodiments described herein include an electrochromic assembly that has an electrochromic device, an energy storage device, an energy collection device, and an electrochromic controller device. These devices may be combined into a unitary electrochromic insert assembly. The electrochromic assembly may have the capability of generating power sufficient to operate and control an electrochromic device. This control may occur through the application of a voltage to an electrochromic device to change its opacity state. The electrochromic assembly may be used in combination with a window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: ITN Energy Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian Spencer Berland, Bruce Roy Lanning, Michael Wayne Stowell, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150060603
    Abstract: An aircraft window includes: a window body including window panels, and an electromagnetic shield layer laminated on the window panels; a window frame that is made of a conductive material, and that surrounds the window body; a rubber-based gasket provided with conductivity, the gasket being at least partially held between the window body and the window frame; and a conductive layer that is located between the window body and the gasket, and that brings the electromagnetic shield layer and the gasket into conduction with each other. The window frame includes a holding section that holds the window body via the gasket from an airframe outer side. The conductive layer extends to a portion of the window body facing the holding section.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Takashi YOKOI
  • Patent number: 8969223
    Abstract: A three dimensional woven preform, a fiber reinforced composite incorporating the preform, and methods of making thereof are disclosed. The woven preform includes one or more layers of a warp steered fabric. A portion of the warp steered fabric is compressed into a mold to form an upstanding leg. The preform includes the upstanding leg and a joggle in a body portion. The body portion and upstanding leg are integrally woven so there is continuous fiber across the preform. A portion of the warp steered fabric includes stretch broken carbon fibers in the warp direction, and another portion includes conventional carbon fibers. The warp steered fabric can be woven on a loom equipped with a differential take-up mechanism. The warp steered fabric can be a single or multilayer fabric. The preform or the composite can be a portion of an aircraft window frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Albany Engineered Composites, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Goering, Craig Rowles
  • Patent number: 8944381
    Abstract: An aircraft window has an inner window assembly retained on an outer window assembly by a plurality of interlocking clips and receptacles positioned around the perimeter of the window. The interlocking clips and receptacles produce a retention force that compresses a seal against an outer structural the window to seal an internal cavity between the inner and outer window assemblies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James E. Ebner, Eric Allen Bryan, Jeffrey Lee Kelsey
  • Patent number: 8940215
    Abstract: A reduction of the multiple costs of manufacture, assembly use, and upkeep connected with the assembly of window frames on aircraft fuselages. To this end, the invention provides a particular shape for the frames connected to the fuselage skin according to a specific assembly method. The shape enables, among other things, the window frames to be fitted onto the skin by means of adhesion and also frames to be dispensed with between the fuselage and the window. In one embodiment, composite material window frame has a wall totally in the shape of a crown that is connected, through co-adhesion, to the inner surface of the fuselage skin, also made of composite material. The skin is cut into a window-receiving opening, and the frame has a T-shaped cross section, wherein the bar of the “T” that forms the crown includes two portions having substantially equal lengths “T.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventor: Jerome Milliere
  • Patent number: 8933166
    Abstract: The present invention provides poly(ureaurethane)s including a reaction product of components comprising: (a) at least one isocyanate functional ureaurethane prepolymer comprising the reaction product of: (1) at least one isocyanate functional urethane prepolymer comprising the reaction product of: (i) a first amount of at least one polyisocyanate; and (ii) a first amount of at least one branched polyol; and (2) water, to form an isocyanate functional ureaurethane prepolymer; and (b) a second amount of at least one polyisocyanate and a second amount of at least one branched polyol; compositions, coatings and articles made therefrom and methods of making the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Rukavina, Robert Hunia
  • Patent number: 8925866
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for fastening systems in an aircraft. It comprises on the one hand a ring-shaped base (2) and on the other hand arms (4, 6) borne by the ring-shaped base (2), extending outward from the latter and bearing systems supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: AIRBUS Operations S.A.S.
    Inventors: Lionel Sabadie, Romain Durand, Marc Tomasi, Jean-Claude Briois
  • Publication number: 20140339365
    Abstract: An aircraft includes a fuselage including a plurality of frame members disposed at predetermined intervals in a longitudinal direction of the fuselage and a plurality of stringers extending substantially linearly in the longitudinal direction. The fuselage defines an aircraft interior. A compartment is located in the interior of the fuselage. The compartment defines an interior area. A first one window assembly is mounted to an upper portion of the fuselage for introducing daylight into the interior area. The first window assembly is flanked by adjacent frame members of the plurality of frame members and adjacent stringers of the plurality of stringers. The first window assembly includes a window pane, an inner cover and a retainer. The inner cover introduces daylight from the window pane into the interior area. The retainer secures the window pane and the inner cover to the fuselage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2014
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Applicant: Honda Patents & Technologies North America, LLC
    Inventors: Michimasa Fujino, Yasuhiro Homma
  • Patent number: 8882040
    Abstract: Structures and methods for joining composite fuselage sections and other panel assemblies together. In one embodiment, a shell structure configured in accordance with the present invention includes a first panel portion positioned adjacent to a second panel portion. The first panel portion can include a first stiffener attached to a first composite skin, and the second panel portion can include a second stiffener attached to a second composite skin. The shell structure can further include a fitting extending across a first edge region of the first panel portion and a second edge region of the second panel portion. A first end portion of the fitting can be attached to the first stiffener and the first composite skin, and a second end portion of the fitting can be attached to a second stiffener and a second composite skin, to join the first panel portion to the second panel portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey F. Stulc, Wallace C. Chan, Brian C. Clapp, Neal G. Rolfes
  • Publication number: 20140319276
    Abstract: A window body constituting a window of an aircraft includes an electromagnetic shield film, and a conductive paint is applied to an outer perimeter edge face of the window body. A fixing member secures the window body to an airframe with a gasket seal and a window frame interposed therebetween. The fixing member has a first bonding surface on which a conductive film is formed. The first bonding surface is in direct contact with the gasket seal. An electrical path is formed through the electromagnetic shield film, the conductive paint, the gasket seal, the fixing member, and the window frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Takashi YOKOI
  • Publication number: 20140319277
    Abstract: To easily and inexpensively provide a window of an aircraft having sufficient electromagnetic shielding performance and environment-resistant sealing performance, an aircraft, and an assembly method for a window of an aircraft. A conductive seal member 60 is sandwiched between a conductive film 41 and an outer retainer 22. In the conductive seal member 60, thin wire-like materials 62 made of a conductive material such as aluminum are embedded in a seal member body 61 made of a material, such as silicone rubber, having an electric insulating property, waterproofness and pliability. An electromagnetic shielding effect, and environment-resistant sealing properties such as an electric insulating property and waterproofness can be both ensured by the conductive seal member 60.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Takashi Yokoi
  • Publication number: 20140314973
    Abstract: A window for a vehicle includes at least one transparent pane suspendable within a frame. The transparent pane comprises a deformable material. The transparent pane defines a first surface position h1 when not subjected to a pressure differential thereacross and a second surface position h2 when subject to the differential pressure thereacross. The first and second surface positions are defined with reference to an outside mold line. The first surface position h1 defines a reverse curvature with respect to the outside mold line. In response to the differential pressure ?P, the second surface position h2 includes bulging of the transparent pane by a predetermined distance ?h. The frame is constructed to be positioned within the vehicle such that the transparent pane presents a surface, when subjected to the pressure differential ?P, that is substantially consistent with the outside mold line of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Alexandre Desroches, David Lencz, Franck Dervault
  • Patent number: 8865853
    Abstract: The present invention provides polyurethanes including a reaction product of components including: (a) an isocyanate functional urethane prepolymer comprising a reaction product of components including: (i) about 1 equivalent of at least one polyisocyanate; and (ii) about 0.1 to about 0.5 equivalents of at least one diol having 2 to 18 carbon atoms; and (b) about 0.05 to about 0.9 equivalents of at least one branched polyol having 4 to 18 carbon atoms and at least 3 hydroxyl groups; and (c) up to about 0.9 equivalents of at least one polyol different from branched polyol (b) and having 2 to 18 carbon atoms, wherein the reaction product components are essentially free of polyester polyol and polyether polyol; compositions, coatings and articles made therefrom and methods of making the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas G. Rukaivina
  • Patent number: 8851423
    Abstract: An improved vibration damping apparatus is provided for use with window structures, including windows used in vehicles, aircraft, and spacecraft. The vibration damping system includes at least two separate layers of solid material that are typically substantially clear at visible wavelengths, in which the two layers are spaced-apart by a predetermined distance to form a space or gap therebetween. This gap will be of a size and shape to enhance vibration damping when it is filled with a gaseous compound, such as air. The air-film vibration damping system created by the above structure can be applied to an external pane of a window structure, or to the interior pane of a window structure, or perhaps to both an exterior pane and an interior pane of the same window structure, if desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Damping Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas M. Lewis, Michael L. Parin
  • Publication number: 20140284425
    Abstract: An assembly for shielding an aircraft from electromagnetic energy may include a window mounting configured to be conductively coupled to an aperture in a fuselage of an aircraft. The window mounting may include a window pane having an electromagnetically-reflective coating for reflecting electromagnetic energy. The window pane may remain electrically isolated from the fuselage prior to the electromagnetic energy exceeding a frequency of approximately 1 GHz. The window mounting may further include a capacitive gasket capcaitively coupling the window pane to the fuselage after the frequency of the electromagnetic energy reflected by the window pane exceeds approximately 1 GHz.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2014
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kenneth P. Kirchoff, Patrick M. Njeim, Thomas K. Morrow, Joel J. Peterson, Michael R. Sirkis, Ryan L. Carlson, Bruce J. Donham, Jim Sears
  • Patent number: 8835592
    Abstract: The present invention provides polyurethanes including a reaction product of components including: (a) an isocyanate functional urethane prepolymer comprising a reaction product of components including: (i) about 1 equivalent of at least one polyisocyanate; and (ii) about 0.1 to about 0.5 equivalents of at least one diol having 2 to 18 carbon atoms; and (b) about 0.05 to about 0.9 equivalents of at least one branched polyol having 4 to 18 carbon atoms and at least 3 hydroxyl groups; and (c) up to about 0.9 equivalents of at least one polyol different from branched polyol (b) and having 2 to 18 carbon atoms, wherein the reaction product components are essentially free of polyester polyol and polyether polyol; compositions, coatings and articles made therefrom and methods of making the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: PPG Industries Ohio, Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas G. Rukavina, Caroline S. Harris, Robert M. Hunia, Veronica L. Frain, Yan Wang
  • Patent number: 8829147
    Abstract: Polymerizable liquid compositions of the polyurethane type, consisting of two components (A) and (B), wherein component (A) contains at least one cyclo-aliphatic diisocyanate monomer or a mixture of one cyclo-aliphatic diisocyanate monomer and a pre-polymer obtained by reaction, in the presence of an acid phosphate ester catalyst, between said cyclo-aliphatic diisocyanate monomer and one or more polyols having two or more hydroxy 1 groups per molecule and a molecular weight ranging from 50 to 2,000 g/mole; the second component (B) contains one or more polyols having a molecular weight ranging from 50 to 2,000 g/mole and a functionality between 2 and 5; in the absence of polyalkoxylated tertiary diamines and organometallic catalysts, said components (A) and (B) being present in a weight ratio which varies from 1:1 to 2:1 and the process for the production of organic glass starting from polymerizable liquid compositions of the polyurethane type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Acomon AG
    Inventors: Willem Bos, Fiorenzo Renzi, Roberto Forestieri, Andrea Vecchione
  • Patent number: 8826597
    Abstract: A weatherproof surround, for a jettisonable panel (5) of a vehicle (1) such as a helicopter, possesses four confinement flanges (17-20) integrally formed with a projecting ridge for spring-clipping a corresponding locking strip. Longitudinal foldable shoulders connect the confinement flanges (17-20) to a central trunk (13). Each confinement flange (17-20) can be folded back through pivot angle (31) of at least 90°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Helicopters
    Inventor: Nicolas Raspic
  • Patent number: 8800926
    Abstract: A system for shielding an aircraft from electromagnetic energy includes a fuselage, aperture, window mounting, and window plug. The fuselage provides an electrically conductive envelope. The aperture is disposed in the fuselage. The window mounting spans the aperture. The window plug spans the aperture. The window mounting and the window plug are electrically coupled to the fuselage and provide an electrical path spanning the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kenneth P. Kirchoff, Patrick M. Njeim, Thomas K. Morrow, Joel J. Peterson, Michael R. Sirkis, Ryan L. Carlson, Bruce J. Donham, Jim Sears
  • Publication number: 20140209746
    Abstract: A window shade assembly for a window includes a first member, a second member, a film, and an actuating device. The second member is disposed apart from the first member. The film has a first end coupled to the first member, a second opposed end coupled to the second member, an opaque portion, and a transparent portion. The actuating device is coupled to the first member or the second member for moving the first member or the second member to move the film between the first and the second members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Brandon W. Dunn
  • Patent number: 8783613
    Abstract: An observation port (4) in a primary structure (13) of a helicopter cabin (0) is disclosed, which is arranged between a pilot's seat (2) and a co-pilot's seat (3). The observation port (4) is delimited from the interior by an inner screen (15), and from the atmosphere by an outer screen (16), wherein the pilot can observe the space underneath the helicopter cabin (0) through the observation port (4). As a result of the configuration of the observation port (4) the pilot can assume an ergonomic and relaxed seating position at any time, even when he is executing flights with suspended loads. By means of the observation port (4) and the windows (15, 16), which extend laterally between the two pilots' seats (2, 3), a novel unrestricted vertical visual frame of reference onto the suspended load is achieved, wherein the length of the load cable has practically no influence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Marenco Swisshelicopter Design AG
    Inventor: Martin Stucki
  • Patent number: 8740152
    Abstract: Methods for attaching a window to an airframe, methods of maintaining structural integrity of an airframe while attaching a window to the airframe, and portions of an aircraft are set forth herein. One method for attaching a window to an airframe comprises the steps of: applying to a bonding surface of a nutplate an adhesive; inserting through an airframe hole a fixture attached to a nut of the nutplate, and applying tension to the fixture to hold the adhesive-coated bonding surface of the nutplate adjacent an interior surface of the airframe; allowing the adhesive to cure; removing the fixture from the nut of the nutplate; and installing a bolt through a hole of a retainer, through the hole in the airframe, and into the nutplate; the retainer being in contact with and securing the window to the airframe. The adhesive is selected such that very specific conditions are met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Textron Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel J. Lyon, Ming Kwan Tse