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1.

APPARATUS FOR ENGAGING AND SECURING CONTAINER CORNER FITTINGS

      
Application Number 16720371
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-19
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner THE BOEING COMPANY (USA)
Inventor Grip, Robert Erik

Abstract

Certain aspects of the present disclosure provide techniques for manipulating and securing containers. In one example, a method includes attaching a tool to a first corner fitting of a first container and a second corner fitting of a second container; applying a torque to the rotatable pinion in order to cause the first corner fitting to engage the second corner fitting; and removing the tool from the first corner fitting and the second corner fitting.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B65D 90/00 - Component parts, details or accessories for large containers

2.

TEMPORARY CLAMPING FASTENER WITH EXPANDABLE CLAMP BLADE

      
Application Number 16720319
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-19
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor Newton, Andrew Perry

Abstract

A temporary clamping fastener is disclosed, and includes a bushing having an inner cavity, an upper open end, and a lower open end. The temporary clamping fastener also includes a pull shaft having an elongated body and a slot extending through the elongated body. A portion of the pull shaft is disposed in the inner cavity of the bushing, and the pull shaft is configured to linearly translate relative to the bushing. The temporary clamping fastener also includes a clamp blade disposed within the slot of the pull shaft and rotatable between a stowed position where the clamp blade is housed within the slot and a deployed position and a portion of the clamp blade extends from the slot of the pull shaft to create an engagement surface for through-hole clamping.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F16B 5/06 - Joining sheets or plates to one another or to strips or bars parallel to them by means of clamps or clips

3.

MATERIAL REMOVAL APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD

      
Application Number 16719527
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-18
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Loesche, Christopher R.
  • Koopmans, Jacob E.
  • Ahn, Jonathan Y.

Abstract

Disclosed herein is an apparatus for removing material from a surface of a carrier. The apparatus comprises a buckling mechanism that comprises a gripper configured to engage the material. When engaged with the material, the gripper is movable relative to the surface of the carrier to move the material relative to the surface of the carrier and to form a buckle in the material. The apparatus also comprises a separation mechanism that is coupled to the buckling mechanism and comprises a wedge that is movable relative to the surface of the carrier to be insertable into the buckle formed in the material.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B26F 3/00 - Severing by means other than cutting; Apparatus therefor
  • B32B 43/00 - Operations specially adapted for layered products and not otherwise provided for, e.g. repairing; Apparatus therefor

4.

Folding Dolly System And Methods For Assembling And Utilizing A Dolly System

      
Application Number 16719546
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-18
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor Cook, Rebecca L.

Abstract

A folding dolly system, a base unit of a folding dolly system, and methods of forming and using a folding dolly system are presented. A folding dolly system comprises a plurality of interconnectable base units connected to form a substantially planar holding surface, each base unit comprising a first edge with a number of knuckles configured to form a joint, a second edge with a number of knuckles configured to form a joint, and a surface forming a portion of the holding surface.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B62B 3/02 - Hand carts having more than one axis carrying transport wheels; Steering devices therefor; Equipment therefor involving parts being adjustable, collapsible, attachable, detachable, or convertible
  • B62B 3/00 - Hand carts having more than one axis carrying transport wheels; Steering devices therefor; Equipment therefor
  • B62B 5/00 - Accessories or details specially adapted for hand carts

5.

METHODS FOR RECOVERING EXPANDED POLYMER TOOLING

      
Application Number 16721614
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-19
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Wang, Xiaoxi
  • Georgeson, Gary Ernest
  • Santiago, Jonathan A.

Abstract

Methods of recovering and/or recycling expanded polymer tooling, the methods including collecting expanded polymer tooling, reducing the collected expanded polymer tooling into smaller particles, treating the reduced expanded polymer tooling in order to yield an at least partially purified recovered polymer composition, and then collecting the at least partially purified recovered polymer composition. The at least partially purified recovered polymer composition can then be used to form new expandable polymer tooling.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B29C 70/44 - Shaping or impregnating by compression for producing articles of definite length, i.e. discrete articles using isostatic pressure, e.g. pressure difference-moulding, vacuum bag-moulding, autoclave-moulding or expanding rubber-moulding
  • B29C 35/02 - Heating or curing, e.g. crosslinking or vulcanising
  • B29C 33/40 - Plastics, e.g. foam or rubber

6.

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING SYSTEM AND METHOD USING ROBOTIC ARMS

      
Application Number 16718886
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-18
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner THE BOEING COMPANY (USA)
Inventor Cardon, Lisa A.

Abstract

An additive manufacturing system includes a first robotic arm and a print head with a nozzle. The first robotic arm is configured to hold a build part during a build process. The print head is configured to deposit source material layer by layer during the build process to construct the build part. The first robotic arm is configured to reorient the build part relative to the print head during the build process to modify an angle of a surface layer of the build part relative to the print head.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B29C 64/379 - Handling of additively manufactured objects, e.g. using robots
  • B29C 64/209 - Heads; Nozzles
  • B29C 64/245 - Platforms or substrates
  • B33Y 10/00 - Processes of additive manufacturing
  • B33Y 30/00 - ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, i.e. MANUFACTURING OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL [3D] OBJECTS BY ADDITIVE DEPOSITION, ADDITIVE AGGLOMERATION OR ADDITIVE LAYERING, e.g. BY 3D PRINTING, STEREOLITHOGRAPHY OR SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING - Details thereof or accessories therefor

7.

Efficient Engine Start

      
Application Number 16721820
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-19
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Siegmeth, Jeffrey S.
  • Foutch, David William
  • Van Deventer, Bruce

Abstract

A method of automated timing of engine startup for an aircraft is provided. The method comprises receiving data inputs regarding a number of factors influencing a time to departure for the aircraft and receiving data inputs regarding a number of factors influencing time to start and set takeoff power for a number of engines on the aircraft. An engine startup countdown is calculated based on a comparison of a nominal time to departure with a nominal minimum time to start and set takeoff power for the engines, wherein the nominal time to departure is based on the first data inputs and the nominal minimum time to start and set takeoff power is based on the second data inputs. Upon completion of the countdown an engine start signal is sent.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F02D 29/02 - Controlling engines, such controlling being peculiar to the devices driven thereby, the devices being other than parts or accessories essential to engine operation, e.g. controlling of engines by signals external thereto peculiar to engines driving variable-pitch propellers
  • B64D 31/02 - Initiating means
  • B64D 43/00 - Arrangements or adaptations of instruments
  • B64D 27/16 - Aircraft characterised by the type or position of power plant of jet type
  • G08G 5/00 - Traffic control systems for aircraft

8.

RECONFIGURING A VEHICLE FOR TRANSFER FROM A FIRST OPERATOR TO A SECOND OPERATOR

      
Application Number 16718615
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-18
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner THE BOEING COMPANY (USA)
Inventor
  • Floyd, Joseph F.
  • Hadley, Brent L.
  • Eames, Patrick J.
  • Martin, Robert J.

Abstract

A method is provided for reconfiguring a vehicle for transfer from a first operator to a second operator. The method includes accessing first datasets that define an initial configuration of the vehicle, importing second datasets that describe maintenance, repair or service of the vehicle during in-service operation with the first operator, and generating a first composite dataset defining a current configuration of the vehicle. The method also includes accessing third datasets that define requirements of the vehicle for in-service operation with the second operator, and generating a second composite dataset that defines a target configuration of the vehicle from the first composite dataset and based on data of the third datasets. The method includes comparing the first and second composite datasets to identify modifications to reconfigure the vehicle from the current configuration to the target configuration, and generating a visual presentation of the modifications to facilitate reconfiguration of the vehicle.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading, distribution or shipping; Inventory or stock management, e.g. order filling, procurement or balancing against orders
  • G06Q 10/00 - Administration; Management

9.

EXTRUDING NOZZLE, SYSTEM, AND METHOD THEREFOR

      
Application Number 17191952
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-03-04
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Olberg, Jeffrey H.
  • Metschan, Stephen L.
  • Phillips, Richard V.
  • Perron, Daniel J.

Abstract

A method for pelletizing an extruded material with an extruding nozzle includes inserting the extruded material into the extruding nozzle so that the extruded material flows through at least one material-flow channel, extending through a radiator of the extruding nozzle. Heat is transferred between the extruded material, flowing through the at least one material-flow channel, and the radiator. At least a portion of the radiator is located within a housing of the extruding nozzle.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B01J 2/20 - Processes or devices for granulating materials, in general; Rendering particulate materials free flowing in general, e.g. making them hydrophobic by expressing the material, e.g. through sieves and fragmenting the extruded length

10.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTING PLY INCONSISTENCIES WITHIN COMPOSITE OBJECTS

      
Application Number 16721767
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-19
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor Khosravani, Shahriar

Abstract

A plurality of plate pairs that includes at least three plate pairs are positioned over a surface of the composite object. A resistance of a plurality of plies in the composite object is measured in at least three different fiber orientations. Each of the at least three different fiber orientations is measured via a corresponding one of the at least three plate pairs.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01N 27/20 - Investigating the presence of flaws
  • G01N 27/04 - Investigating or analysing materials by the use of electric, electrochemical, or magnetic means by investigating impedance by investigating resistance

11.

APPARATUSES FOR SECURING CONTAINERS

      
Application Number 16720423
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-19
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner THE BOEING COMPANY (USA)
Inventor
  • Grip, Robert Erik
  • Henning, Rachel E.

Abstract

Certain aspects of the present disclosure provide a method of securing containers, comprising: connecting a first strap end connector of a tension strap to a first strap connector fitting on a first container, wherein: the first strap end connector comprises a first hook portion configured to engage a first recess in the first strap connector fitting, and the first strap end connector comprises a first protrusion configured to engage a second recess in the first strap connector fitting; connecting a second strap end connector of the tension strap to a second strap connector fitting on a second container, wherein: the second strap end connector comprises a first hook portion configured to engage a first recess in the second strap connector fitting, and the first strap end connector comprises a first protrusion configured to engage a second recess in the second strap connector fitting; and tensioning the tension strap.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B65D 90/00 - Component parts, details or accessories for large containers

12.

Flight Deck Constant Outside Airflow for all Flight Conditions

      
Application Number 16719466
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-18
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Christenson, Brian C.
  • Atkey, Warren A.
  • Tillack, Bryce A.

Abstract

Example implementations for maintaining airflow into a flight deck of an aircraft are described herein. An example method may involve detecting, at a computing system and using a flow sensor, a decrease in a level of airflow entering into the flight deck such that the level of airflow is below a threshold level. The aircraft may include air sources configured to direct airflow towards occupancy areas (e.g., the cabin and flight deck) of the aircraft. The method may further involve adjusting a control valve to cause an increase in the level of airflow entering into the flight deck based on detecting the decrease in level of airflow entering into the flight deck. The control valve may be configured to enable and disable airflow from entering into the flight deck.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B64D 13/04 - Automatic control of pressure
  • B64D 13/06 - Arrangements or adaptations of air-treatment apparatus for aircraft crew or passengers, or freight space the air being conditioned

13.

Fixtures, Systems, and Methods for Configuring an Imaging Device for Capturing Images of an Object

      
Application Number 16719653
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-18
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Tat, Hong H.
  • Wu, Jason
  • Miller, Brian T.
  • Downs, Kerth J.
  • Zenkner, Grant C.
  • Berry, Wayne A.

Abstract

An example fixture includes a hollow elongate section having a first end and a second end, and the first end has an opening for receiving a lens portion of an imaging device and the second end is structurally configured to brace against a surface of an object being imaged. The hollow elongate section is configured to hold the lens portion of the imaging device at a fixed distance from an object being imaged and to control an amount of incident light on the lens portion. Example methods of configuring an imaging device for capturing images of an object include holding, via a fixture, a lens portion of an imaging device at a fixed distance from an object being imaged, controlling an amount of incident light on the lens portion of the imaging device, and holding a calibration object in a field of view of the imaging device.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06T 7/80 - Analysis of captured images to determine intrinsic or extrinsic camera parameters, i.e. camera calibration
  • G06T 3/40 - Scaling of a whole image or part thereof
  • G06T 7/00 - Image analysis
  • G06T 7/70 - Determining position or orientation of objects or cameras
  • G06T 3/00 - Geometric image transformation in the plane of the image

14.

DIAGONAL PRESSURE DECK

      
Application Number 16721741
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-19
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Leibov, David
  • Carruthers, Ryan Scott
  • Mclaughlin, Mark Ronald
  • Cox, Daniel

Abstract

Pressure decks, aircraft that incorporate the pressure decks, and methods of manufacturing the pressure decks, where the pressure decks include a planar center deck section configured to be attached to a keel beam of the aircraft and a pair of diagonal deck panels each extending inwardly and downwardly from a front wing spar to the planar center deck section. The pressure deck attaches the front wing spar to the keel beam at positions selected to minimize deflection stresses on the pressure deck exerted by relative movement between the front wing spar and the keel beam.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B64C 1/26 - Attaching the wing or tail units or stabilising surfaces
  • B64C 1/10 - Bulkheads
  • B64C 3/18 - Spars; Ribs; Stringers
  • B64C 1/06 - Frames; Stringers; Longerons
  • B64F 5/10 - Manufacturing or assembling aircraft, e.g. jigs therefor

15.

Systems and Methods of Determining Image Scaling

      
Application Number 16719664
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-18
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Tat, Hong H.
  • Miller, Brian T.
  • Wu, Jason
  • Fraij, Christina I.
  • Schaffer, Michael J.
  • Downs, Kerth J.
  • Zenkner, Grant C.
  • Berry, Wayne A.

Abstract

An example system includes two objects each having a known dimension and positioned spaced apart by a known distance, and a fixture having an opening for receiving an imaging device and for holding the two objects in a field of view of the imaging device such that the field of view of the imaging device originates from a point normal to a surface of the base. The fixture holds the imaging device at a fixed distance from an object being imaged and controls an amount of incident light on the imaging device. An example method of determining image scaling includes holding an imaging device at a fixed distance from an object being imaged, and positioning the two objects in the field of view of the imaging device such that the field of view of the imaging device originates from a point normal to a line formed by the known distance.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01C 11/30 - Interpretation of pictures by triangulation
  • H04N 17/00 - Diagnosis, testing or measuring for television systems or their details
  • G01B 11/14 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of optical means for measuring distance or clearance between spaced objects or spaced apertures

16.

ELECTRIC STORAGE AND ELECTRIC TAXIING SYSTEM FOR AN AIRCRAFT

      
Application Number 16719841
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-18
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Van Deventer, Bruce
  • Forghani, Nima
  • Howard, Thomas R.

Abstract

A taxiing system for an aircraft is presented. The taxiing system comprises energy storage locations electrically connected to a number of electric motors, the energy storage locations including at least two of a number of engines of the aircraft, a number of batteries, and a number auxiliary power units of the aircraft; and the number of electric motors connected to wheels of the aircraft to at least one of decelerate the wheels by transferring the kinetic energy of the aircraft into electric energy or drive the wheels using electric energy provided by at least one energy storage location of the energy storage locations.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G08G 5/06 - Traffic control systems for aircraft for control when on the ground
  • B64C 25/40 - Alighting gear characterised by elements which contact the ground or similar surface the elements being rotated before touch-down
  • B64D 27/24 - Aircraft characterised by the type or position of power plant using steam, electricity, or spring force
  • B64D 41/00 - Power installations for auxiliary purposes
  • B60L 50/60 - Electric propulsion with power supplied within the vehicle using propulsion power supplied by batteries or fuel cells using power supplied by batteries
  • G05D 1/02 - Control of position or course in two dimensions
  • B60L 7/10 - Dynamic electric regenerative braking

17.

ANCHORING NUT FOR AN EME PROTECTION CAP SYSTEM

      
Application Number 17179898
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-02-19
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner THE BOEING COMPANY (USA)
Inventor
  • Stevens, Bart
  • Cowan, Daniel J.
  • Auffinger, Sean
  • Mulligan, Brandon

Abstract

A cap system for enclosing a metallic fastener assembly extending through a structure, which includes a first securement mechanism positioned about a periphery of a nut member of the metallic fastener assembly, wherein the first securement mechanism comprises a plurality of continuous grooves which extend about the periphery of the nut member. The cap system further includes a cap member which includes a sidewall having an inner surface which defines a cavity dimensioned to receive the nut member and defines a second securement mechanism complementary configured to engage the first securement mechanism positioned about the periphery of the nut member. The cap system also includes an end of the sidewall of the cap member defines an opening which provides the nut member to have access into the cavity.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F16B 37/14 - Cap nuts; Nut caps or bolt caps
  • F16B 33/00 - Features common to bolt and nut
  • F16B 37/12 - Nuts or like thread-engaging members with thread-engaging surfaces formed by inserted coil-springs, discs, or the like; Independent pieces of wound wire used as nuts; Threaded inserts for holes

18.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING A COMPOSITE FUSELAGE STRUCTURE

      
Application Number 16718709
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-18
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Marcoe, Jeffery Lee
  • Matsen, Marc R.

Abstract

A method and apparatus for forming a composite structure. A stackup comprising a plurality of overbraided thermoplastic members and an overbraided thermoplastic skin is built. The stackup is placed between an inner tooling and an outer tooling. The inner tooling, the stackup, and the outer tooling are held in place together using a load constraint. The inner tooling, the stackup, the outer tooling, and the load constraint form a consolidation setup. The consolidation setup is heated to form the composite structure.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B29C 70/34 - Shaping by lay-up, i.e. applying fibres, tape or broadsheet on a mould, former or core; Shaping by spray-up, i.e. spraying of fibres on a mould, former or core and shaping or impregnating by compression
  • B29C 70/54 - Component parts, details or accessories; Auxiliary operations

19.

MODULAR CARGO CONTAINERS WITH SURFACE CONNECTORS

      
Application Number 16720166
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-19
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner THE BOEING COMPANY (USA)
Inventor
  • Grip, Robert Erik
  • Karapetian, Michael S.
  • Brown, John J.

Abstract

Certain aspects of the present disclosure provide a modular container, including: six sides, wherein: each side of the six sides of the modular container comprises at least four surface connectors, each surface connector of the at least four surface connectors comprises at least two connector elements, at least one connector element of the at least two connector elements is of a first type, and at least one connector element of the at least two connector elements is of a second type; and an access door in at least one side of the six sides.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B65D 90/00 - Component parts, details or accessories for large containers
  • B65D 88/14 - Large containers rigid specially adapted for transport by air
  • B65D 88/12 - Large containers rigid specially adapted for transport

20.

STRUCTURAL SINGLE DEGREE OF FREEDOM FACE SHEET ACOUSTIC LINER

      
Application Number 16721478
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-19
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Froning, Marc J.
  • Lauder, Arnold J.
  • Ozog, Stefan
  • Riedel, Brian L.

Abstract

A co-curable thermoset acoustic liner and method of forming the same includes a sound attenuating core having a plurality of core cells. An inner face sheet having a plurality of face sheet apertures is coupled to the core by an inner thermoset adhesive sheet, which has a plurality of adhesive sheet apertures. Each of the plurality of adhesive sheet apertures is aligned within a corresponding one of the plurality of face sheet apertures so that the plurality of core cells are placed in fluid communication with airflow over the inner face sheet to create a Single Degree of Freedom (SDOF) acoustic liner.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G10K 11/168 - Plural layers of different materials, e.g. sandwiches
  • F02C 7/24 - Heat or noise insulation
  • C09J 7/35 - Heat-activated
  • C09J 5/06 - Adhesive processes in general; Adhesive processes not provided for elsewhere, e.g. relating to primers involving heating of the applied adhesive

21.

MODULAR CARGO CONTAINERS WITH SURFACE CONNECTORS

      
Application Number 16720185
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-19
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner THE BOEING COMPANY (USA)
Inventor
  • Grip, Robert Erik
  • Karapetian, Michael S.
  • Brown, John J.

Abstract

Certain aspects of the present disclosure provide techniques for a modular container, including: six sides, wherein: each side of the six sides of the modular container comprises at least four surface connector arrangements, each surface connector arrangement of the at least four surface connector arrangements comprises at least two connector elements, wherein: at least one connector element of the at least two connector elements is of a first type, and at least one connector element of the at least two connector elements is of a second type; and an access door in at least one side of the six sides.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B65D 90/00 - Component parts, details or accessories for large containers
  • B65D 88/02 - Large containers rigid

22.

Sealant Pod Self-Securing Insert

      
Application Number 16718671
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-18
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Desai, Raj A.
  • Long, Christopher Brad
  • Mills, Christopher J.

Abstract

A fastener-receiving insert system includes a fastener-receiving insert having a proximal end and a distal end and at least one adhesive-dispensing chamber adjacent to the distal end of the insert, containing at least one part of an adhesive material within a chamber wall. The fastener-receiving insert system further includes a puncturing device operably engaged with and configured to puncture the chamber wall to release the at least one part of the adhesive material around the fastener-receiving insert.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F16B 11/00 - Connecting constructional elements or machine parts by sticking or pressing them together, e.g. cold pressure welding
  • F16B 5/01 - Joining sheets or plates to one another or to strips or bars parallel to them by means of fastening elements specially adapted for honeycomb panels

23.

BLOCKCHAIN FOR ASSET MANAGEMENT

      
Application Number 16720828
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-19
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner THE BOEING COMPANY (USA)
Inventor Krueger, Casey C.

Abstract

Aspects of the present disclosure provide a method and apparatus for asset management. Embodiments include receiving a request from a user to initiate management of a new asset. Embodiments include validating the request based on one or more of a characteristic of the user, a location of the asset, funding related to the asset, or a type of the asset. Embodiments include generating a data vault for the asset, wherein the data vault comprises at least an identifier. Embodiments include identifying at least one user that is an authoritative resource associated with the asset and providing the at least one user with the identifier. Embodiments include receiving, from the at least one user, descriptive data related to the asset. Embodiments include providing the descriptive data to a data store for storage in a data store component.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/00 - Administration; Management
  • G06Q 50/04 - Manufacturing
  • G06Q 10/06 - Resources, workflows, human or project management, e.g. organising, planning, scheduling or allocating time, human or machine resources; Enterprise planning; Organisational models
  • H04L 9/32 - Arrangements for secret or secure communication including means for verifying the identity or authority of a user of the system

24.

Systems and Methods of Determining Image Scaling

      
Application Number 16719639
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-18
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Tat, Hong H.
  • Miller, Brian T.
  • Wu, Jason
  • Fraij, Christina I.
  • Schaffer, Michael J.

Abstract

An example system includes a base, two objects each having a known dimension and positioned on the base spaced apart by a known distance, an imaging device positioned such that the two objects are in a field of view of the imaging device and such that the field of view of the imaging device originates from a point normal to a surface of the base, and a computing device having one or more processors and non-transitory computer readable medium storing instructions executable by the one or more processors to perform functions. The functions include receiving an image from the imaging device capturing the two objects in the field of view, and based on one or more of the known dimension of the two objects and the known distance between the two objects, determining an image scaling factor that associates a number of pixels in the image to a physical distance.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06T 3/40 - Scaling of a whole image or part thereof
  • G06T 3/00 - Geometric image transformation in the plane of the image
  • G06T 7/00 - Image analysis
  • G06K 9/62 - Methods or arrangements for recognition using electronic means

25.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING A COMPOSITE FUSELAGE STRUCTURE

      
Application Number 16718775
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-18
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Marcoe, Jeffery Lee
  • Matsen, Marc R.

Abstract

A method and apparatus for forming a composite structure. A plurality of consolidated overbraided thermoplastic preforms are co-consolidated in a circumferential stackup that is circumferentially constrained. Fibers of the plurality of consolidated overbraided thermoplastic preforms are tensioned during co-consolidation.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B29C 35/08 - Heating or curing, e.g. crosslinking or vulcanising by wave energy or particle radiation
  • B64C 1/06 - Frames; Stringers; Longerons
  • B32B 1/08 - Tubular products

26.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR A CONTAINER SUPPORT

      
Application Number 16719500
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-18
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner THE BOEING COMPANY (USA)
Inventor
  • Ayers, Aaron Robert
  • Ulle, Justin Joseph

Abstract

A container support for holding and closing a container includes a base assembly, a connector, a handle assembly, and a plurality of arms. The base assembly has a first side and a second side. The connector connects the container support to a frame, and the connector is attached to the first side of the base assembly. The handle assembly has a first side and a second side. The arms are attached to the second side of the base assembly and to the first side of the handle assembly. The arms, the base assembly, and the handle assembly are movable between a closed configuration and an open configuration. The container is unsealed and open when the arms, the base assembly, and the handle assembly are in the open configuration, and the container is closed when the arms, the base assembly, and the handle assembly are in the closed configuration.

IPC Classes  ?

27.

Critical Seat Selection and Validation

      
Application Number 16718971
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-18
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Kabir, Mohammed Humayun
  • Grewal, Gagandeep Inder Singh
  • Byar, Alan Douglas
  • Ghatuparthi, Mihira
  • Kulkarni, Madhava S.
  • Depauw, Todd Clayton
  • León Gil, Jan Manuelle

Abstract

A method of assessing performance of a seat is provided. The method comprises identifying a number of critical seats for testing from a layout of passenger accommodation and building a computer simulation model, following a building block approach, for each identified critical seat. A number of loads are tested on each simulation model. Critical seats are selected for physical testing from simulation model test results according to a specified criteria assessment matrix.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B64D 11/06 - Arrangements or adaptations of seats
  • G06F 30/23 - Design optimisation, verification or simulation using finite element methods [FEM] or finite difference methods [FDM]
  • G06F 30/15 - Vehicle, aircraft or watercraft design

28.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING A COMPOSITE FUSELAGE STRUCTURE

      
Application Number 16718733
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-18
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Marcoe, Jeffery Lee
  • Matsen, Marc R.

Abstract

A method and apparatus for forming a composite structure. An inner tooling, a stackup, and an outer tooling are held in place together using a load constraint. A bladder and a plurality of stringer bladders in the stackup are pressurized to cause expansion of the bladder and the plurality of stringer bladders, thereby pushing together an overbraided thermoplastic skin and a plurality of overbraided thermoplastic members in the stackup. The overbraided thermoplastic skin and the plurality of overbraided thermoplastic members are co-consolidated while the bladder and the plurality of stringer bladders are pressurized to form the composite structure.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B64F 5/10 - Manufacturing or assembling aircraft, e.g. jigs therefor
  • B29C 70/44 - Shaping or impregnating by compression for producing articles of definite length, i.e. discrete articles using isostatic pressure, e.g. pressure difference-moulding, vacuum bag-moulding, autoclave-moulding or expanding rubber-moulding
  • B29C 35/08 - Heating or curing, e.g. crosslinking or vulcanising by wave energy or particle radiation

29.

AIRCRAFT SUBASSEMBLY, HAVING MAIN-LANDING-GEAR ASSEMBLY AND SPONSON, HOUSING MAIN-LANDING-GEAR ASSEMBLY

      
Application Number 16720807
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-19
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Karapetian, Michael S.
  • Brown, John Joseph
  • Pennell, James K.

Abstract

An aircraft subassembly comprises a fuselage structure, comprising a first side and a second side. The aircraft subassembly further comprises a main-landing-gear system, having a single pair of wheels. The main-landing-gear system additionally comprises a sponson, connected to and extending outward from the fuselage structure. The sponson comprises a central portion and a first main-landing-gear door that is moveable relative to the central portion between, inclusively, a closed position and an open position. The sponson further comprises a second main-landing-gear door that is moveable relative to the central portion between, inclusively, a closed position and an open position. The main-landing-gear system further comprises a first main-landing-gear assembly, connected to the first wheel and a second main-landing-gear assembly, connected to the second wheel.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B64C 25/12 - Undercarriages non-fixed, e.g. jettisonable retractable, foldable, or the like sideways
  • B64C 25/16 - Fairings movable in conjunction with undercarriage elements
  • B64C 25/18 - Operating mechanisms
  • B64C 1/22 - Other structures integral with fuselages to facilitate loading

30.

JOINT JOINING AN AIRCRAFT WING TO AN AIRCRAFT BODY

      
Application Number 16722186
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-20
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Mclaughlin, Mark R.
  • Young, Jenny
  • Keefe, Drew-Daniel T.
  • Lockin, Charles B.
  • Leibov, David H.

Abstract

A joint joining an aircraft wing to an aircraft body employs a splice panel that is engaged in surface engagement with a skin panel on a side of the aircraft body and is engaged in surface engagement with a leg panel extending upwardly from the aircraft wing. A plurality of fasteners extend through the splice panel and the leg panel and extend through the splice panel and the skin panel. The plurality of fasteners attach the splice panel to the skin panel and attach the splice panel to the leg panel and thereby attach the skin panel to the leg panel. After fastener holes have been drilled through the splice panel and the leg panel to attach the splice panel to the leg panel, the splice panel can be removed from the leg panel. This provides easy access to the fastener holes drilled through the leg panel for deburring of the fastener holes.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B64C 1/26 - Attaching the wing or tail units or stabilising surfaces
  • B64C 1/12 - Construction or attachment of skin panels
  • B64C 1/00 - Fuselages; Constructional features common to fuselages, wings, stabilising surfaces, or the like
  • B64F 5/10 - Manufacturing or assembling aircraft, e.g. jigs therefor

31.

STRUCTURAL SINGLE DEGREE OF FREEDOM ACOUSTIC LINER

      
Application Number 16722171
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-20
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Lauder, Arnold J.
  • Fichtner, Jessica
  • Ozog, Stefan

Abstract

The present disclosure provides a co-bonded acoustic liner, including a honeycomb core with cells therein, a thermoset-based plastic septa material co-bonded to a top face of the honeycomb core; a facesheet with perforations to enable airflow, co-bonded to the thermoset-based plastic septa material; and an optional backside skin positioned under the honeycomb core, co-bonded to the bottom face of the honeycomb core, wherein the liner supports a single degree of freedom acoustic structure. The disclosure further provides methods of preparing and using such co-bonded acoustic liners.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F02K 1/82 - Jet pipe walls, e.g. liners
  • G10K 11/16 - Methods or devices for protecting against, or for damping, noise or other acoustic waves in general
  • F02C 7/24 - Heat or noise insulation

32.

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR FORMING A COMPOSITE FUSELAGE STRUCTURE

      
Application Number 16718821
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-18
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Marcoe, Jeffery Lee
  • Matsen, Marc R.

Abstract

A method and apparatus for tacking and trimming a thermoplastic tow. A thermoplastic tow is received from a braiding system over a braided structure on a surface. The thermoplastic tow is tack welded to the braided structure. A portion of the thermoplastic tow is trimmed to thereby trim the thermoplastic tow received over the braided structure.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B29C 70/54 - Component parts, details or accessories; Auxiliary operations
  • B29C 70/34 - Shaping by lay-up, i.e. applying fibres, tape or broadsheet on a mould, former or core; Shaping by spray-up, i.e. spraying of fibres on a mould, former or core and shaping or impregnating by compression
  • B29C 65/16 - Laser beam
  • B29C 65/00 - Joining of preformed parts; Apparatus therefor

33.

CORNER FITTINGS FOR MODULAR CONTAINERS

      
Application Number 16720148
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-19
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner THE BOEING COMPANY (USA)
Inventor Grip, Robert Erik

Abstract

Certain aspects of the present disclosure provide for modular containers with specialized corner fittings. In one example, a container, includes: six sides; and eight corner fittings, wherein each respective corner fitting of the eight corner fittings comprises: a first outward face on a first side of the six sides; a second outward face on a second side of the six sides; a third outward face on a third side of the six sides; and a corner fitting aperture in at least one of the first outward face, second outward face, or third outward face and centered approximately 3.379 inches from a first edge of the respective corner fitting and approximately 3.379 inches from a second edge of the respective corner fitting.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B65D 90/00 - Component parts, details or accessories for large containers
  • B65D 88/12 - Large containers rigid specially adapted for transport
  • B65D 88/14 - Large containers rigid specially adapted for transport by air
  • B65D 88/02 - Large containers rigid

34.

FLEXIBLE AFT COWLS FOR AIRCRAFT

      
Application Number 16721157
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-19
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor Torjesen, Luke D.

Abstract

Flexible aft cowls are disclosed. In some examples, an aircraft engine having a flexible aft cowl is disclosed. In some examples, the aircraft engine comprises an aft cowl having a flexible portion defining a throat area adjacent an engine core nozzle of the aircraft engine. In some examples, the flexible portion to move radially between a first radial position in response to pressure within a nacelle not exceeding a pressure threshold and a second radial position in response to pressure within the nacelle exceeding the pressure threshold. In some examples, the throat area defined by the flexible portion is greater when the flexible portion is in the second radial position than when the flexible portion is in the first radial position.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F02K 1/10 - Varying effective area of jet pipe or nozzle by distorting the jet pipe or nozzle
  • B64D 33/04 - Arrangement in aircraft of power plant parts or auxiliaries not otherwise provided for of exhaust outlets or jet pipes
  • F01D 25/30 - Exhaust heads, chambers, or the like
  • F02K 1/82 - Jet pipe walls, e.g. liners

35.

THREE-DIMENSIONAL INSPECTION OF A WORKPIECE FOR CONFORMANCE TO A SPECIFICATION

      
Application Number 16720297
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-19
First Publication Date 2021-06-24
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Sergesketter, Theodore J.
  • Secinaro, Nathan Alphonse

Abstract

A method for three-dimensional (3D) inspection of a workpiece for conformance to a specification includes scanning, by a 3D optical scanning device, a hole formed in a workpiece to generate a 3D point cloud of the hole defined in a 3-axis coordinate system of the 3D optical scanning device. The 3D point cloud includes 3D point cloud data that provides a profile of the hole. The method also includes translating the 3D point cloud data to generate translated 3D point cloud data that facilitates analysis of the 3D point cloud. The method further includes performing analysis of the hole using the translated 3D point cloud data to determine conformance of the hole with a specification and to detect anomalies associated with the hole.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06T 7/00 - Image analysis
  • G06T 19/20 - Editing of 3D images, e.g. changing shapes or colours, aligning objects or positioning parts
  • G06T 15/00 - 3D [Three Dimensional] image rendering
  • G06T 7/62 - Analysis of geometric attributes of area, perimeter, diameter or volume
  • G06T 11/20 - Drawing from basic elements, e.g. lines or circles

36.

3D point cluster correlation for content alignment on augmented reality platforms

      
Application Number 16855537
Grant Number 11043039
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-04-22
First Publication Date 2021-06-22
Grant Date 2021-06-22
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Lee, David K.
  • Davies, Paul Robert

Abstract

A method of aligning reference frames for an augmented reality display is provided. The method comprises receiving three or more target images positioned at predefined physical reference points in a specified physical space, wherein the physical reference points are part of a reference frame of the physical space. Distances between the physical reference points of the target images are calculated and compared with distances between virtual reference points comprising a reference frame of a three-dimensional virtual model to create a number of distance comparisons. The physical reference points are correlated with virtual reference points according to the distance comparisons. The reference frame of the physical space is then aligned with the reference frame of the three-dimensional virtual model according to the correlation of the physical reference points and virtual reference points.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G09G 5/00 - Control arrangements or circuits for visual indicators common to cathode-ray tube indicators and other visual indicators
  • G06T 19/00 - Manipulating 3D models or images for computer graphics
  • G06T 19/20 - Editing of 3D images, e.g. changing shapes or colours, aligning objects or positioning parts
  • G06F 17/16 - Matrix or vector computation
  • G06K 9/62 - Methods or arrangements for recognition using electronic means

37.

Multi-language model processing

      
Application Number 16719687
Grant Number 11042361
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-12-18
First Publication Date 2021-06-22
Grant Date 2021-06-22
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Espostio, Christopher D.
  • Heisserman, Jeff Alan

Abstract

A method, apparatus, system, and computer program product for applying design rules in multiple programming languages to sets of multiple designs composed of models of objects representing these product designs. A request is received to apply the design rule to a model of a product. The design rule is written in a source code that is run to apply the design rule to the model. Sections in the source code corresponding to different programming languages identified. The source code for the design rule is run using language processors corresponding to the different programming languages identified in the sections in the source code and using language configuration information that describes parameters for executing the source code using the language processors, wherein a set of operations is performed on the model when the source code is run.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 9/44 - Arrangements for executing specific programs
  • G06F 8/10 - Requirements analysis; Specification techniques
  • G06F 8/41 - Compilation
  • G06F 8/30 - Creation or generation of source code
  • G06F 30/15 - Vehicle, aircraft or watercraft design
  • G06F 30/13 - Architectural design, e.g. computer-aided architectural design [CAAD] related to design of buildings, bridges, landscapes, production plants or roads

38.

Vehicle window assembly including a shade having an illumination

      
Application Number 16815363
Grant Number 11040764
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-03-11
First Publication Date 2021-06-22
Grant Date 2021-06-22
Owner THE BOEING COMPANY (USA)
Inventor
  • Colacecchi, Jay W.
  • Pacini, Phillip E.

Abstract

A window assembly for a vehicle includes a frame, one or more panes secured to the frame, and a shade movably coupled to the frame. The shade is configured to be moved between an open position and a closed position. The shade includes an illuminator that is configured to allow ambient light from outside of the vehicle to pass through and illuminate the illuminator.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F21V 21/00 - Supporting, suspending, or attaching arrangements for lighting devices; Hand grips
  • B64C 1/14 - Windows; Doors; Hatch covers or access panels; Surrounding frame structures; Canopies; Windscreens
  • B60Q 3/208 - Sun roofs; Windows
  • B60Q 3/57 - Retractable or concealable lighting devices
  • B60J 1/20 - Accessories, e.g. wind deflectors, blinds
  • E06B 9/78 - Operating, guiding or securing devices or arrangements for roll-type closures; Spring drums; Tape drums; Counterweighting arrangements therefor for direct manual operation, e.g. by tassels, by handles
  • E06B 9/42 - Parts or details of roller blinds, e.g. suspension devices, blind boxes
  • E06B 9/264 - Combinations of lamellar blinds with roller shutters, screen windows, windows, or double panes; Lamellar blinds with special devices

39.

Product Manufacturing with a Manufacturing Product and Process Structure

      
Application Number 17025979
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-09-18
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor Anelle, Joseph

Abstract

A method, apparatus, system, and computer program product for managing a product. An engineering product structure for the product is identified. The engineering product structure comprises parts for the product. A manufacturing product and process structure is created using the engineering product structure, wherein the manufacturing product and process structure comprises the parts and manufacturing information for connecting the parts to each other to form the product.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05B 19/418 - Total factory control, i.e. centrally controlling a plurality of machines, e.g. direct or distributed numerical control (DNC), flexible manufacturing systems (FMS), integrated manufacturing systems (IMS), computer integrated manufacturing (CIM)

40.

AIRCRAFT FLIGHT STRATEGY SELECTION SYSTEMS AND METHODS

      
Application Number 17121824
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-12-15
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner THE BOEING COMPANY (USA)
Inventor
  • Lacivita, Marco
  • Vilaplana Ruiz, Miguel Angel

Abstract

An aircraft flight strategy selection system and method determine one or more possible flight strategies for an aircraft at an airport. The aircraft flight strategy selection system and method include a flight strategy analysis control unit that determines the possible flight strategies for the aircraft based on weather forecast data for a selected time period, flight schedule data for the selected time period, historical weather data for a prior time frame, and historical flight schedule data for the prior time frame.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G08G 5/00 - Traffic control systems for aircraft
  • B64D 43/00 - Arrangements or adaptations of instruments
  • G05D 1/10 - Simultaneous control of position or course in three dimensions

41.

INTELLIGENT PREDICTION OF BUNDLES OF SPARE PARTS

      
Application Number 17175991
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-02-15
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner THE BOEING COMPANY (USA)
Inventor
  • Wang, Zhennong
  • Shi, Yun

Abstract

Techniques for intelligently predicting bundles of replacement parts. A plurality of maintenance events for a plurality of replacement parts are determined based on historical data related to the plurality of replacement parts. Each maintenance event of the plurality of maintenance events corresponds with one or more of the replacement parts. A plurality of clusters of replacement parts are generated based on the plurality of maintenance events. A plurality of bundles of replacement parts are predicted based on the clusters. Each bundle includes a plurality of replacement parts.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading, distribution or shipping; Inventory or stock management, e.g. order filling, procurement or balancing against orders
  • G06Q 30/06 - Buying, selling or leasing transactions
  • G06Q 10/06 - Resources, workflows, human or project management, e.g. organising, planning, scheduling or allocating time, human or machine resources; Enterprise planning; Organisational models
  • G06Q 30/02 - Marketing, e.g. market research and analysis, surveying, promotions, advertising, buyer profiling, customer management or rewards; Price estimation or determination

42.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR IN SITU MANUFACTURING OF MINIMALLY TOOLED STRINGERS

      
Application Number 17186937
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-02-26
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Chungbin, Jerry D.
  • Watanabe, Narumi

Abstract

Provided are systems and apparatuses for manufacturing aircraft support structures. An example robotic end effector comprises a rotatable reel with a flat strip of material wound around the reel. The end effector further includes a forming shoe including a forming surface contacting the strip of material. A first end of the forming surface corresponds to a start shape and a second end of the forming surface corresponds to an end shape. As the strip of material passes from the first end of the forming surface to the second end of the forming surface, the strip of material transitions from the first shape to the end shape and is deposited as a formed stringer ply onto an application surface. The forming shoe may further include a vacuum system to suction air through a plurality of ports along the forming surface to urge the strip of material against the forming surface.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B64F 5/10 - Manufacturing or assembling aircraft, e.g. jigs therefor
  • B25J 11/00 - Manipulators not otherwise provided for
  • B25J 15/00 - Gripping heads
  • B25J 15/06 - Gripping heads with vacuum or magnetic holding means
  • B29C 63/04 - Lining or sheathing, i.e. applying preformed layers or sheathings of plastics; Apparatus therefor using sheet or web-like material by folding, winding, bending or the like
  • B29C 63/00 - Lining or sheathing, i.e. applying preformed layers or sheathings of plastics; Apparatus therefor
  • B29D 99/00 - Subject matter not provided for in other groups of this subclass
  • B29C 70/38 - Automated lay-up, e.g. using robots, laying filaments according to predetermined patterns

43.

APPARATUSES AND METHODS FOR MANIPULATING A WIRE

      
Application Number 17188317
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-03-01
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor Wright, David S.

Abstract

A method of manipulating a wire, having an electrical contact, comprises clamping the wire with a predetermined force between a first gripping portion, installed in a first channel of a first tip half, and a second gripping portion, installed in a second channel of a second tip half. The method also includes pushing the electrical contact into a receptacle of a terminal block using a first internal shoulder of the first channel and a second internal shoulder of the second channel to interlock the electrical contact and the terminal block. With the wire clamped between the first gripping portion and the second gripping portion, the method includes verifying that the electrical contact and the terminal block are interlocked by pulling the first tip half and the second tip half away from the terminal block until the wire slips along the first gripping portion and the second gripping portion.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01R 43/22 - Hand tools
  • H01R 43/20 - Apparatus or processes specially adapted for manufacturing, assembling, maintaining, or repairing of line connectors or current collectors or for joining electric conductors for assembling or disassembling contact members with insulating base, case or sleeve
  • B25B 7/08 - Joints with fixed fulcrum
  • B25B 7/12 - TOOLS OR BENCH DEVICES NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR, FOR FASTENING, CONNECTING, DISENGAGING, OR HOLDING - Details applicable generally to pivoted-limb hand tools involving special transmission means between the handles and the jaws, e.g. toggle levers, gears
  • B25B 7/04 - Jaws adjustable

44.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR AUTOMATED COMMUNICATION WITH AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL

      
Application Number 16710654
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-11
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Ebrahimifard, Badi
  • Sharma, Rohan S.
  • Francheshini, Jesse G.
  • Hu, Fuzhou

Abstract

Systems and methods for automated communication with Air Traffic Control. The system comprises a processor and memory. The memory stores instructions to execute a method. The method includes receiving audio communication input from an air traffic controller (ATC). The audio communication input is then converted into text input. Next, an aircraft keyword is detected in the text input. The text input is then parsed and one or more data structures are generated from the parsed input. In some examples, the one or more data structures includes command data for controlling the aircraft. Next, the command data in the one or more data structures is verified. The one or more data structures are then transmitted to an onboard flight computer of the aircraft. Last, the one or more data structures are stored in a conversation memory.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G10L 13/08 - Text analysis or generation of parameters for speech synthesis out of text, e.g. grapheme to phoneme translation, prosody generation or stress or intonation determination
  • G10L 13/04 - Methods for producing synthetic speech; Speech synthesisers - Details of speech synthesis systems, e.g. synthesiser structure or memory management
  • G08G 5/00 - Traffic control systems for aircraft

45.

PROCESSABLE POLYMER, METHOD, AND APPARATUS FOR ADDITIVE MANUFACTURE

      
Application Number 16710978
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-11
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Sahu, Megha
  • Prakash, Om

Abstract

A process for additive manufacture of an article comprises conveying a material through a heated nozzle to form a flowing mass of the material. The material comprises a polymer matrix including a plurality of polymeric chains and an alignment additive dispersible within the polymer matrix. The alignment additive is configured to align the plurality of polymeric chains in a flow direction of the flowing mass of the material. The process further comprises aligning at least a portion of the polymeric chains, via the alignment additive, along a direction of flow through the heated nozzle, releasing the flowing mass of the material from the heated nozzle, and allowing the material to solidify.

IPC Classes  ?

  • C09D 11/102 - Printing inks based on artificial resins containing macromolecular compounds obtained by reactions other than those only involving unsaturated carbon-to-carbon bonds
  • B33Y 10/00 - Processes of additive manufacturing
  • B33Y 30/00 - ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING, i.e. MANUFACTURING OF THREE-DIMENSIONAL [3D] OBJECTS BY ADDITIVE DEPOSITION, ADDITIVE AGGLOMERATION OR ADDITIVE LAYERING, e.g. BY 3D PRINTING, STEREOLITHOGRAPHY OR SELECTIVE LASER SINTERING - Details thereof or accessories therefor
  • B33Y 70/10 - Composites of different types of material, e.g. mixtures of ceramics and polymers or mixtures of metals and biomaterials
  • B29C 64/118 - Processes of additive manufacturing using only liquids or viscous materials, e.g. depositing a continuous bead of viscous material using filamentary material being melted, e.g. fused deposition modelling [FDM]
  • B29C 64/209 - Heads; Nozzles

46.

SOFTWARE LICENSE MANAGER SECURITY

      
Application Number 16711256
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-11
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor Dickson, Richard J.

Abstract

Techniques for securing computer executable software for tracking usage of at least one software application are presented. The computer executable software for tracking usage of at least one software application can include tracking software installed on a client and monitoring software installed on the client, where the monitoring software is hidden from users of the tracking software. The techniques can include tracking, by the tracking software, a usage of the at least one software application by the client; obtaining, by the tracking software, a status of the monitoring software; and restarting the monitoring software, by the tracking software, in response to obtaining a status of the monitoring software indicating that the monitoring software is not executing.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 21/10 - Protecting distributed programs or content, e.g. vending or licensing of copyrighted material
  • G06F 11/32 - Monitoring with visual indication of the functioning of the machine
  • G06F 11/30 - Monitoring

47.

EXECUTION TYPE SOFTWARE LICENSE MANAGEMENT

      
Application Number 16711290
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-11
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor Dickson, Richard J.

Abstract

Techniques for managing licensing of a software application that includes a plurality of executables are presented. The techniques can include detecting an initiation of the software application on a client computer; obtaining a license for a usage of a first executable of the plurality of executables; detecting an initiation of at least a second executable; obtaining execution type data for the second executable specifying one of: a license for a usage of the second executable is not required if an instance of the second executable is executing on the client computer, or a license for a usage of the second executable is not required if at least one executable of the plurality of executables is executing on the client computer; determining, based on the execution type data, that a license for a usage of the second executable is not required; and executing the second executable.

IPC Classes  ?

48.

GRANULAR ANALYTICS FOR SOFTWARE LICENSE MANAGEMENT

      
Application Number 16711298
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-11
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor Dickson, Richard J.

Abstract

Techniques for providing analytics regarding software application usage by client computers are presented. The techniques can include providing to at least one of a plurality of client computers at least one license for a usage of at least one of a plurality of software applications; storing transaction information for each usage of the at least one of the plurality of software applications by the at least one of the plurality of client computers, where the transaction information for a particular usage includes a respective chargecode, a respective site name, and a respective indication of license entitlement criteria test results for each of a plurality of license entitlement criteria tests; receiving search criteria at a user interface; searching stored transaction information using the search criteria to obtain search results; and providing the search results.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 16/21 - Design, administration or maintenance of databases
  • G06F 16/248 - Presentation of query results
  • G06F 16/25 - Integrating or interfacing systems involving database management systems

49.

Natural Language Processing (NLP) Pipeline for Automated Attribute Extraction

      
Application Number 16711619
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-12
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Ustuntas, Sema
  • Nunes, Kris Fantin
  • Srinivasmurthy, Krishna

Abstract

A method for training a filter-based text recognition system for cataloging image portions associated with files using text from the image portions, the method comprising: receiving a first set of text represented in a first image portion associated with a first file; classifying the first image portion into a predetermined group, wherein the classifying is based at least in part on the first set of text; extracting a first set of features from the first set of text; harmonizing existing data in the predetermined group with the first set of text to modify the first set of features; categorizing the first set of text; and determining analytics-based rules based at least in part on the first set of features.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06K 9/00 - Methods or arrangements for reading or recognising printed or written characters or for recognising patterns, e.g. fingerprints
  • G06K 9/20 - Image acquisition
  • G06K 9/32 - Aligning or centering of the image pick-up or image-field
  • G06K 9/18 - Methods or arrangements for reading or recognising printed or written characters or for recognising patterns, e.g. fingerprints using printed characters having additional code marks or containing code marks, e.g. the character being composed of individual strokes of different shape, each representing a different code value

50.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENT ROBOTIC PILOT

      
Application Number 16711773
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-12
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor Klemisch, Jennifer

Abstract

A system for providing pilot or controller support in a reduced crew transport environment may include a set of sensors configured to collect a set of measurements of a set of physiological signals of a user. The system may further include an emotional analyzer model usable to generate at least one emotional parameter value corresponding to the set of measurements. The system may also include a natural language processing model usable to generate a natural language statement corresponding to the at least one emotional parameter value for output to the pilot.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B25J 11/00 - Manipulators not otherwise provided for
  • G10L 25/66 - Speech or voice analysis techniques not restricted to a single one of groups specially adapted for particular use for comparison or discrimination for extracting parameters related to health condition
  • G10L 25/63 - Speech or voice analysis techniques not restricted to a single one of groups specially adapted for particular use for comparison or discrimination for estimating an emotional state
  • G06N 20/00 - Machine learning
  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • G05D 1/10 - Simultaneous control of position or course in three dimensions
  • G05D 1/00 - Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot

51.

FLYAWAY STRINGER END CAPS

      
Application Number 16712089
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-12
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Parker, Mary Leann
  • Pham, Khanh Mai
  • Carlson, Lisa Christina
  • Hanson, Garrett Charles

Abstract

Systems and methods are provided for utilizing stringer end caps. One embodiment is a method of forming a stringer. The method includes laying up a stringer preform comprising fiber-reinforced material, placing the stringer preform onto a skin panel preform, bonding an end cap to the stringer preform and the skin panel preform, and co-curing the stringer preform and the skin panel preform while the end cap is bonded to the stringer preform and the skin panel preform, resulting in a composite part that includes the end cap.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B29C 70/44 - Shaping or impregnating by compression for producing articles of definite length, i.e. discrete articles using isostatic pressure, e.g. pressure difference-moulding, vacuum bag-moulding, autoclave-moulding or expanding rubber-moulding
  • B64C 3/18 - Spars; Ribs; Stringers

52.

FLYAWAY STRINGER END CAPS

      
Application Number 16712154
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-12
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Parker, Mary Leann
  • Pham, Khanh Mai
  • Carlson, Lisa Christina
  • Hanson, Garrett Charles

Abstract

Systems and methods are provided for fabricating composite parts. One embodiment is a method for fabricating a composite part. The method includes forming a skin panel preform comprising fiber reinforced material, disposing rigid end caps at the skin panel preform at end locations of stringer preforms that will be placed at the skin panel, locating the stringer preforms at the skin panel preform via the rigid end caps, and anchoring the stringer preforms to the skin panel preform.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B29C 70/38 - Automated lay-up, e.g. using robots, laying filaments according to predetermined patterns
  • B29C 65/78 - Means for handling the parts to be joined, e.g. for making containers or hollow articles

53.

Forming Tool And Methods For Forming A Curvature Into A Composite Stiffener

      
Application Number 16713902
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-13
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Ahn, Jonathan Y.
  • Tran, Davis
  • Ly, Long

Abstract

Methods of forming a curvature into a composite stiffener and a forming tool are presented. The composite stiffener is positioned in a forming region created by a base assembly and an upper assembly. A first airflow is applied through the material of the base assembly. A second airflow is applied through the material of the upper assembly. A plurality of brackets of the upper assembly is moved relative to each other to change a curvature of the forming region along a length of the forming region to form the curvature into the composite stiffener.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B64F 5/10 - Manufacturing or assembling aircraft, e.g. jigs therefor
  • B29C 70/44 - Shaping or impregnating by compression for producing articles of definite length, i.e. discrete articles using isostatic pressure, e.g. pressure difference-moulding, vacuum bag-moulding, autoclave-moulding or expanding rubber-moulding
  • B29C 43/10 - Isostatic pressing, i.e. using non-rigid pressure-exerting members against rigid parts or dies
  • B29C 33/30 - Mounting, exchanging or centering

54.

COMPUTING SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DEFINING A GUIDE HAVING ONE OR MORE DEFINED SETS OF ORDERED PLY ORIENTATIONS

      
Application Number 16714012
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-13
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner THE BOEING COMPANY (USA)
Inventor
  • Thompson, Richard Joel
  • Balabanov, Vladimir
  • Blom-Schieber, Adriana Willempje

Abstract

A method, a computing system and a computer program product are provided to efficiently define a guide that includes one or more defined sets of ordered ply orientations. In the context of a method, a plurality of stacking sequence rules are received. The method defines the guide including the one or more defined sets of ordered ply orientations in accordance with a constrained, linear integer optimization formulation. In this regard, the method defines the guide by dividing the guide into a plurality of blocks and determining a plurality of sublaminate stacks that satisfy the stacking sequence rules and that have a size limited by a size of the blocks. For each of the plurality of blocks, the method determines in accordance with the constrained, linear integer optimization formulation a sublaminate stack from among the plurality of sublaminate stacks that is compatible with a respective block, such as by selecting the sublaminate stack for a respective block based upon a number of other sublaminate stacks that have the same ply counts and are compatible with the respective block.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 30/20 - Design optimisation, verification or simulation

55.

PROCESS AND MACHINE FOR LOAD ALLEVIATION

      
Application Number 16715850
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-16
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Ho, Alexander C.
  • Ly, Uy-Loi
  • Niemiec, Aaron M.

Abstract

A process and machine configured to predict and preempt an undesired load and/or bending moment on a part of a vehicle resulting from an exogenous or a control input. The machine may include a predictor with an algorithm for converting parameters from a state sensed upwind from the part into an estimated normal load on the part and a prediction, for a future time, of a normal load scaled for a weight of the aerospace vehicle. The machine may: produce, using a state upwind from the part on the aerospace vehicle and/or a maneuver input, a predicted state, load and bending moment on the part at a time in the future; derive a command preempting the part from experiencing the predicted load and bending moment; and actuate the command just prior to the part experiencing the predicted state, thereby alleviating the part from experiencing the predicted load and bending moment.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B64C 13/16 - Initiating means actuated automatically, e.g. responsive to gust detectors
  • G05D 1/00 - Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot

56.

MULTI-FOCAL POINT SOLAR REFRACTION HEATING

      
Application Number 16716092
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-16
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Zolnowski, Michael R.
  • Heck, David P.

Abstract

Examples are provided herein that relate to solar heating with a solar refraction device. One example provides a solar heating system, comprising a container configured to enclose contents within the container in a closed configuration, and a solar refraction device comprising a lens array assembly having a plurality of lens array sub-assemblies, the lens array assembly configured to refract solar energy impinging on the lens array assembly to focus refracted solar energy at a plurality of focal points positioned to heat the contents enclosed within the container, each focal point corresponding to a corresponding lens array sub-assembly of the plurality of lens array sub-assemblies.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F24S 23/30 - Arrangements for concentrating solar rays for solar heat collectors with lenses
  • H02S 40/22 - Light-reflecting or light-concentrating means
  • F24S 20/30 - Solar heat collectors for heating objects, e.g. solar cookers or solar furnaces

57.

MOBILE SOLAR REFRACTION DEVICE

      
Application Number 16716129
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-16
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Zolnowski, Michael R.
  • Heck, David P.

Abstract

In one example, a mobile solar system includes a solar refraction device comprising a lens array assembly having a plurality of lens array sub-assemblies. The lens array assembly is configured to refract solar energy impinging on the lens array assembly to focus refracted solar energy at a plurality of focal points of the plurality of lens array sub-assemblies. Each focal point of the plurality of focal points corresponds to a corresponding lens array sub-assembly of the solar refraction device. The solar system further includes a frame supporting the solar refraction device above an underlying surface, and a mobility system coupled to the frame to provide for movement of the solar refraction device above and across the underlying surface.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G02B 7/02 - Mountings, adjusting means, or light-tight connections, for optical elements for lenses
  • G02B 3/00 - Simple or compound lenses
  • F21S 11/00 - Non-electric lighting devices or systems using daylight
  • H02S 40/22 - Light-reflecting or light-concentrating means
  • H02S 40/38 - Energy storage means, e.g. batteries, structurally associated with PV modules
  • H02S 10/40 - Mobile PV generator systems
  • F24S 10/70 - Solar heat collectors using working fluids the working fluids being conveyed through tubular absorbing conduits

58.

DETECTOR AND REFLECTOR FOR AUTOMATION CELL SAFETY AND IDENTIFICATION

      
Application Number 16716154
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-16
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Chan, Kwok Tung
  • Sisco, Tanni
  • Albrecht, Mark

Abstract

Systems, methods, and apparatus for a detector and reflector for automation cell safety and identification are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, a method for machinery safety comprises transmitting, by an active transponder, at least one interrogation signal. The method further comprises receiving, by at least one passive transponder located on a user or on an item, the interrogation signal(s). Also, the method comprises generating, by a non-linear device of the passive transponder(s) in response to the interrogation signal(s), at least one response signal. In addition, the method comprises receiving, by the active transponder, the response signal(s). Additionally, the method comprises determining, by at least one processor, a location of the passive transponder(s) based on the response signal(s). Further, the method comprises determining, by the processor(s), whether the passive transponder(s) is located within a threshold distance away from machinery by using the location of the passive transponder(s).

IPC Classes  ?

59.

COMPRESSION CHORD FOR A FUSELAGE

      
Application Number 16716328
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-16
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Vukosav, Danilo
  • Mclaughlin, Mark R.
  • Cox, Daniel J.
  • Hollowell, Jeff S.
  • Ingham, Steven D.

Abstract

A fuselage for an aircraft includes a pressure deck assembly extending along a roll axis of the fuselage. The pressure deck assembly includes longitudinal beams and a pressure deck. The longitudinal beams extend lengths along the roll axis of the fuselage. The pressure deck extends between the longitudinal beams along the lengths of the longitudinal beams. The pressure deck is compliant along a pitch axis of the fuselage. The fuselage includes a bulkhead extending along a yaw axis of the fuselage. The bulkhead is joined to the pressure deck assembly at a corner joint. The fuselage includes a compression chord extending a length along the pitch axis of the fuselage. The compression chord is joined between the pressure deck assembly and the bulkhead at the corner joint such that the compression chord extends on an outside of the corner joint.

IPC Classes  ?

60.

ADAPTIVE SCHEDULING OF FLIGHT TRAJECTORY COMMANDS FOR AUTONOMOUS OR REMOTELY CONTROLLED AIR SYSTEMS EXECUTING AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL FLIGHT CLEARANCES

      
Application Number 16716730
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-17
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor Van Tulder, Paul A.

Abstract

A computer-implemented method, a computer system, and a non-transitory computer readable medium is disclosed for following air traffic control (ATC) flight trajectory profile instructions in the form of datalink commands to a flight management system (FMS) of a unmanned aircraft (UA) or a manned aircraft for ATC approved flight through controlled airspace along a mission of a vehicle of the UA or the manned aircraft.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G08G 5/00 - Traffic control systems for aircraft
  • G05D 1/10 - Simultaneous control of position or course in three dimensions
  • G05D 1/00 - Control of position, course, altitude, or attitude of land, water, air, or space vehicles, e.g. automatic pilot

61.

Method and System for Automated Ultrasonic Inspection of Complex Composite Structures with Non-Parallel Surfaces

      
Application Number 16717037
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-17
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Georgeson, Gary E.
  • Tapia, William J.
  • Fetzer, Barry A.

Abstract

Methods, systems and apparatuses are disclosed for non-destructively a substrate using ultrasound waves, and enhancing resolution of imaging created from ultrasound signals that are back reflected from a substrate surface second, or back surface by maintaining the incident angles of the ultrasonic beams at the substrate second surface such that the ultrasonic beams strike the substrate second surface at an angle that is substantially perpendicular to the complex geometric profile of the substrate second surface by supplying known spatial coordinates to the system to maintain the incident angles of the ultrasonic beams at a predetermined angle relative to the substrate second surface.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01N 29/265 - Arrangements for orientation or scanning by moving the sensor relative to a stationary material
  • G01N 29/06 - Visualisation of the interior, e.g. acoustic microscopy
  • G01N 29/24 - Probes
  • G01B 11/30 - Measuring arrangements characterised by the use of optical means for measuring roughness or irregularity of surfaces
  • B25J 19/02 - Sensing devices

62.

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR DYNAMICALLY MEASURING BLADE POSITION DURING FLIGHT OF A ROTORCRAFT

      
Application Number 16717314
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-17
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner THE BOEING COMPANY (USA)
Inventor
  • Sayyah, Keyvan
  • Patterson, Pamela R.
  • Sarkissian, Raymond
  • Efimov, Oleg M.
  • Huang, Biqin
  • Hammon, David L.

Abstract

A blade positioning system and method are provided to dynamically measure blade position during flight of a rotorcraft. In the context of a method, a blade of the rotorcraft is repeatedly illuminated by a light source during flight of the rotorcraft while the blade is rotating. The method also includes detecting radiation scattered from the blade in response to illumination of the blade. The method further includes determining at least one of a blade pitch angle, a blade flap angle, a blade leading position or a blade lagging position based upon the radiation that is scattered from the blade and detected. A rotorcraft is also provided that includes a chip-scale light detection and ranging (LIDAR) sensor configured to illuminate the plurality of blades while the blades are rotating in order to permit blade position to be measured or to illuminate terrain beneath the rotorcraft in order to provide an altitude measurement

IPC Classes  ?

  • B64C 27/12 - Rotor drives
  • B64C 27/473 - Constructional features
  • G01S 17/89 - Lidar systems, specially adapted for specific applications for mapping or imaging
  • G05D 1/08 - Control of attitude, i.e. control of roll, pitch, or yaw

63.

PASSENGER SERVICE UNIT PLACEMENT LAYOUT SYSTEM FOR AIRCRAFT

      
Application Number 16717917
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-17
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Whang, Chongman
  • Thill, Rodney Victor

Abstract

A method, apparatus, and system for creating a passenger service unit layout for a production aircraft. Passenger seat configuration information describing seat locations and overhead bin configuration information describing overhead service unit length ranges for the production aircraft is identified. Lengths available for placing passenger service units in the production aircraft is determined using the passenger seat configuration information and the overhead bin configuration information for the production aircraft. The passenger service units are placed in the lengths using a set of priority rules for the passenger service units to determine placements of the passenger service units, wherein the set of priority rules specify a priority in placing different types of the passenger service units. A model of a three-dimensional passenger service unit layout with determined placements for the passenger service units for the production aircraft is generated.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 30/15 - Vehicle, aircraft or watercraft design
  • G06F 3/0481 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] based on specific properties of the displayed interaction object or a metaphor-based environment, e.g. interaction with desktop elements like windows or icons, or assisted by a cursor's changing behaviour or appearance
  • G06T 17/10 - Volume description, e.g. cylinders, cubes or using CSG [Constructive Solid Geometry]
  • G06Q 10/08 - Logistics, e.g. warehousing, loading, distribution or shipping; Inventory or stock management, e.g. order filling, procurement or balancing against orders

64.

CAUL PLATE FOR IRREGULAR SURFACE

      
Application Number 16710371
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-11
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Wade, Daniel J.
  • Lathrop, Mathew K.
  • Cantiberos, Michael G.
  • Garcia, Rogelio Innocencio

Abstract

Systems and methods for a caul plate for an irregular surface. One embodiment is a caul plate for co-curing or co-bonding a first composite part and a second composite part. A body of the caul plate includes a lower surface to face a top surface of the first composite part, a reference edge to locate the second composite part on the first composite part, and an upper surface that is opposite to the lower surface. The lower surface includes one or more bends to match one or more slopes in the top surface of the first composite part. The one or more bends correspond with ply changes in the first composite part.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B29C 70/44 - Shaping or impregnating by compression for producing articles of definite length, i.e. discrete articles using isostatic pressure, e.g. pressure difference-moulding, vacuum bag-moulding, autoclave-moulding or expanding rubber-moulding
  • B29C 70/34 - Shaping by lay-up, i.e. applying fibres, tape or broadsheet on a mould, former or core; Shaping by spray-up, i.e. spraying of fibres on a mould, former or core and shaping or impregnating by compression

65.

Temporary Holder for Transferring End of Wire Between End Effectors

      
Application Number 16711227
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-11
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Mitchell, Bradley J.
  • Martin, Damien O.
  • Blacken, Lars E.
  • Mccaskey, Jeffrey A.

Abstract

Methods and apparatus for temporarily holding one end of a wire on a harness form board during automated transfer from one robot to another robot. The apparatus includes a wire holding device which is designed to facilitate the transfer of a wire end from a first end effector of a first robot to a second end effector of a second robot. The wire holding devices have different structures, but share the common feature that opening of the wire holding device (to enable wire insertion) involves applying a contact force which overcomes a spring force that urges the wire holding device to be closed. The end effectors are designed and their movements are controlled in a manner such that the moving end effector applies the contact force necessary to overcome the closure-inducing spring force being exerted.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01B 13/012 - Apparatus or processes specially adapted for manufacturing conductors or cables for manufacturing wire harnesses
  • B25J 9/00 - Programme-controlled manipulators
  • B25J 15/00 - Gripping heads
  • B25J 11/00 - Manipulators not otherwise provided for

66.

SOFTWARE LICENSE MANAGER

      
Application Number 16711232
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-11
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor Dickson, Richard J.

Abstract

Techniques for controlling access to a software application according to at least one software license agreement using a client computer and a server computer are presented. The client computer is configured to detect an initiation of the software application, suspend an execution process of the software application, determine that the software application is subject to a plurality of software license entitlement criteria defined by the at least one software license agreement, and request from the server computer a license for a usage of the software application on the client computer. The server computer is configured to determine that the usage of the software application on the client computer satisfies the plurality of software license entitlement criteria, and provide to the client computer a license for the usage of the software application on the client computer. The client computer is configured to resume the initiation of the software application.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 21/10 - Protecting distributed programs or content, e.g. vending or licensing of copyrighted material
  • G06F 21/60 - Protecting data

67.

Aircraft Wing Flap Support

      
Application Number 16711995
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-12
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Tsai, Kevin
  • Johnson, Kyle

Abstract

An aircraft including a flap support assembly for a flap support. An aircraft includes a fuselage comprising a pressure deck, where at least a portion the pressure deck is substantially horizontal. The aircraft further includes a wing extending from the fuselage, where the wing includes a leading edge and a trailing edge. The wing additionally includes a flap assembly on the trailing edge of the wing, where the flap assembly is configured to move between an extended position and a retracted position. The aircraft further includes a flap support coupled to the flap assembly comprising a plurality of load-bearing connection points, where at least one of the load-bearing connection points is coupled to the pressure deck.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B64C 9/02 - Mounting or supporting thereof
  • B64C 3/50 - Varying camber by leading or trailing edge flaps

68.

Systems and Methods for Accelerated Conditioning of Composite Core Sandwich Coupons

      
Application Number 16712303
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-12
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Humfeld, Keith D.
  • Bolton, Joseph A.

Abstract

In an example, a method for accelerated conditioning of a composite core sandwich coupon is described. The method includes setting a first temperature and a first relative humidity level of the conditioning apparatus, wherein a combination of the first temperature and the first relative humidity level correspond to a desired relative humidity level of the plurality of cells of the core layer at room temperature. The method includes maintaining the first temperature and the first relative humidity for a first period, wherein during the first period a core humidity of the plurality of cells in the core layer approaches the first relative humidity level. The method includes determining that the core humidity has reached the first relative humidity level. The method includes, based on determining that the core humidity has reached the first relative humidity level, adjusting the first temperature to a second temperature.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01N 25/58 - Investigating or analysing materials by the use of thermal means by investigating moisture content by measuring changes of properties of the material due to heat, cold, or expansion
  • G01N 17/00 - Investigating resistance of materials to the weather, to corrosion or to light
  • G01N 25/56 - Investigating or analysing materials by the use of thermal means by investigating moisture content

69.

Augmented Reality System And Methods For Indicating Movement Or Status Of A Number Of Vehicles Within An Environment

      
Application Number 16712667
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-12
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor Van Deventer, Bruce

Abstract

An augmented reality system and methods of indicating at least one of a status or a movement of vehicles within an environment are presented. An augmented reality system comprises a number of vehicles within an environment and an augmented reality device configured to receive the data from the number of vehicles and present augmented reality information in association with a live view of the environment in the augmented reality device using the data from the number of vehicles and an environment model. The number of vehicles is configured to output data comprising at least one of a current position, an objective, a vector, a current movement status, a vehicle type, or a current power status. The augmented reality information comprises indicators associated with at least one of movement of the number of vehicles or status of the number of vehicles.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06T 19/00 - Manipulating 3D models or images for computer graphics
  • G06K 9/00 - Methods or arrangements for reading or recognising printed or written characters or for recognising patterns, e.g. fingerprints
  • G06F 3/01 - Input arrangements or combined input and output arrangements for interaction between user and computer
  • G02B 27/01 - Head-up displays
  • G06F 3/0481 - Interaction techniques based on graphical user interfaces [GUI] based on specific properties of the displayed interaction object or a metaphor-based environment, e.g. interaction with desktop elements like windows or icons, or assisted by a cursor's changing behaviour or appearance

70.

Thermal Management for Aircraft Hydraulic Systems

      
Application Number 16712930
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-12
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor Liao, Jianmin

Abstract

The present disclosure provides an aircraft thermal management system. The aircraft thermal management system includes a first hydraulic system for circulating a first hydraulic fluid, a second hydraulic system for circulating a second hydraulic fluid, and a third hydraulic system for circulating a third hydraulic fluid. The aircraft thermal management system also includes a controller configured to: (i) determine a temperature of the first hydraulic fluid, a temperature of the second hydraulic fluid, and a temperature of the third hydraulic fluid, and (ii) based on the determined temperature of the first hydraulic fluid, utilize the second hydraulic fluid and/or the third hydraulic fluid to modify an operational temperature of the first hydraulic fluid.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F15B 21/042 - Controlling the temperature of the fluid
  • F02C 7/224 - Heating fuel before feeding to the burner

71.

METHOD AND COMPUTING SYSTEM FOR IDENTIFYING INCORRECT AIRCRAFT ALIGNMENT

      
Application Number 16714239
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-13
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner THE BOEING COMPANY (USA)
Inventor Conway, Sheila Ruth

Abstract

A method, computing system and computer program product are provided to identify the alignment of an aircraft with an incorrect surface, such as a taxiway or a runway that is closed or unsuited for current conditions. In a method, the trajectory of an aircraft approaching an airport is determined. Based upon the trajectory and information regarding a configuration of the airport, the method determines whether the aircraft is approaching the incorrect surface. If the aircraft is approaching the incorrect surface, the method interacts via an interface to cause an alert to be issued. If the aircraft is approaching a correct surface, the method determines whether the trajectory of the aircraft is consistent with predefined procedures of the airport. If the trajectory of the aircraft is inconsistent with predefined procedures of the airport, the method interacts via the interface to cause the alert to be issued.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G05D 1/06 - Rate of change of altitude or depth
  • G08G 5/00 - Traffic control systems for aircraft
  • G08G 5/02 - Automatic landing aids, i.e. systems in which flight data of incoming planes are processed to provide landing data

72.

MECHANICAL FASTENER SYSTEM FOR ELECTROMAGNETIC EFFECT (EME) PROTECTION

      
Application Number 16715469
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-16
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Hansen, Darrin M.
  • Simpson, Blake A.
  • Tanner, Richard B.
  • Augusciak, Peter K.

Abstract

A mechanical fastener system for EME protection, including at least one plated component, wherein the at least one plated component includes a base material, a bonding layer disposed over the base material, and a metal plating disposed over the bonding layer.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F16B 33/06 - Surface treatment of parts furnished with screw-thread, e.g. for preventing seizure
  • B64D 45/02 - Lightning protectors; Static dischargers

73.

APPARATUS, SYSTEM, AND METHOD FOR ULTRASONIC INSPECTION OF A VARIABLE RADIUS JOINT

      
Application Number 16716135
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-16
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor Shehab, Kareem

Abstract

Disclosed herein is an apparatus for ultrasonic inspection that comprises a base and a contact shoe that is located within the base and movably coupled to the base. The apparatus additionally comprises a sensor carriage located within the contact shoe and movably coupled to the contact shoe such that the sensor carriage is translationally movable relative to the contact shoe. The apparatus further comprises a linkage pivotably coupled to the base at a base pivot point, pivotably coupled to the contact shoe at a shoe pivot point, and pivotably coupled to the sensor carriage at a carriage pivot point. Translational movement of the contact shoe relative to the base causes the linkage to pivot about the base pivot point, the shoe pivot point, and the carriage pivot point and move the sensor carriage relative to the base and the contact shoe.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G01N 29/265 - Arrangements for orientation or scanning by moving the sensor relative to a stationary material
  • G01N 29/28 - Investigating or analysing materials by the use of ultrasonic, sonic or infrasonic waves; Visualisation of the interior of objects by transmitting ultrasonic or sonic waves through the object - Details providing acoustic coupling

74.

LONGITUDINAL BEAM JOINT FOR A PRESSURE DECK ASSEMBLY

      
Application Number 16716379
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-16
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Mclaughlin, Mark R.
  • Ingham, Steven D.
  • Cox, Daniel J.
  • Lockin, Charles B.
  • Vukosav, Danilo

Abstract

A pressure deck assembly for a fuselage includes a longitudinal beam extending a length along a roll axis of the fuselage. The longitudinal beam includes a central member and opposing first and second flanges extending from the central member. The first flange includes a first upper side and a first lower side. The second flange includes a second upper side and a second lower side. The pressure deck assembly includes a pressure deck that includes first and second deck segments. The first deck segment is joined to the first flange of the longitudinal beam along the first lower side of the first flange. The second deck segment is joined to the second flange of the longitudinal beam along the second lower side of the second flange.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B64C 1/00 - Fuselages; Constructional features common to fuselages, wings, stabilising surfaces, or the like
  • B64C 1/18 - Floors

75.

APPARATUS AND METHOD TO ASSIGN THREADS TO A PLURALITY OF PROCESSOR CORES FOR VIRTUALIZATION OF A HARDWARE CONFIGURATION

      
Application Number 16716727
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-17
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner THE BOEING COMPANY (USA)
Inventor
  • Luecke, Kenn Robert
  • Hotra, Jonathan Nicholas

Abstract

An apparatus includes a memory configured to store one or more parameters associated with assignment of threads of a first program. Assignment of threads can be configured through a user interface or machine learning. The apparatus further includes a plurality of processor cores coupled to the memory. One or more of plurality of processor cores have a first hardware configuration and are configured to execute, during execution of the first program, a second program associated with virtualization of a second hardware configuration different than the first hardware configuration. The second program includes a scheduler executable to assign the threads of the first program to the plurality of processor cores based on the one or more parameters.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G06F 11/36 - Preventing errors by testing or debugging of software
  • G06F 9/455 - Emulation; Interpretation; Software simulation, e.g. virtualisation or emulation of application or operating system execution engines
  • G06F 9/48 - Program initiating; Program switching, e.g. by interrupt
  • G06N 20/00 - Machine learning

76.

BUFFER CIRCUIT FOR RADIO FREQUENCY SIGNALS

      
Application Number 16717571
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-17
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner THE BOEING COMPANY (USA)
Inventor Zanchi, Alfio

Abstract

A buffer circuit for a radio frequency (RF) signal includes a single leg and a feedback mesh. The single leg is coupled between a voltage supply and ground. The single leg includes a pMOS FET and an nMOS FET, and an output terminal defined at drain terminals of the pMOS FET and the nMOS FET. The buffer circuit includes an input terminal capacitively coupled to gates of the pMOS FET and the nMOS FET. The input terminal is configured to receive the RF signal, and a buffered signal is provided on the output terminal. The feedback mesh is coupled to the output terminal and coupled to the gates of the pMOS FET and the nMOS FET. The feedback mesh includes a series-coupled inductive-resistive feedback impedance, and a resistive feedback impedance in parallel with the series-coupled inductive-resistive feedback impedance.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H03F 3/193 - High-frequency amplifiers, e.g. radio frequency amplifiers with semiconductor devices only with field-effect devices
  • H03F 1/22 - Modifications of amplifiers to reduce detrimental influences of internal impedances of amplifying elements by use of cascode coupling, i.e. earthed cathode or emitter stage followed by earthed grid or base stage respectively
  • H03M 1/18 - Automatic control for modifying the range of signals the converter can handle, e.g. gain ranging

77.

Illuminated Vehicle Panel and Method for Manufacturing an Illuminated Vehicle Panel

      
Application Number 16717682
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-17
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor Beckman, John C.

Abstract

A method for manufacturing a panel includes forming a path segment on a surface of a substrate from a photoluminescent material. The method further includes overlaying the path segment with an overlay material. The overlay material is configured to render the path segment substantially invisible under an ambient photopic condition and render the path segment visible under an ambient mesopic or scotopic condition.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B60Q 3/43 - General lighting
  • B60Q 3/78 - Arrangement of lighting devices for vehicle interiors; Lighting devices specially adapted for vehicle interiors characterised by the purpose for generating luminous strips, e.g. for marking trim component edges
  • B64D 11/00 - Passenger or crew accommodation; Flight-deck installations not otherwise provided for
  • F21S 8/00 - Lighting devices intended for fixed installation

78.

FLOOR LIGHTING ASSEMBLY

      
Application Number 17164134
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-02-01
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner THE BOEING COMPANY (USA)
Inventor
  • Duce, Jeffrey Lynn
  • Hills, Karen L.

Abstract

A floor lighting assembly includes a luminous composite sheet and a light transmissive carpet. The luminous composite sheet has a top side, a bottom side, and an edge extending from the top side to the bottom side. The light sources are arranged in a row and are configured to emit light into the light guide film through the edge. The light transmissive carpet is disposed above the top side of the light guide film. The light transmissive carpet includes a backing structure and a pile mounted to and extending from the backing structure. The light guide film is configured to spread and redirect the light that is received therein through the edge for emitting the light through the top side of the light guide film such that some of the light is transmitted through the light transmissive carpet.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F21V 8/00 - Use of light guides, e.g. fibre optic devices, in lighting devices or systems
  • F21V 23/04 - Arrangement of electric circuit elements in or on lighting devices the elements being switches
  • B64D 11/00 - Passenger or crew accommodation; Flight-deck installations not otherwise provided for
  • E04B 5/46 - Special adaptation of floors for transmission of light, e.g. by inserts of glass
  • B60Q 3/78 - Arrangement of lighting devices for vehicle interiors; Lighting devices specially adapted for vehicle interiors characterised by the purpose for generating luminous strips, e.g. for marking trim component edges
  • B60Q 3/20 - Arrangement of lighting devices for vehicle interiors; Lighting devices specially adapted for vehicle interiors mounted on specific fittings of passenger or driving compartments

79.

STRUCTURES MAINTENANCE MAPPER

      
Application Number 17184072
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-02-24
First Publication Date 2021-06-17
Owner THE BOEING COMPANY (USA)
Inventor
  • Weinstein, Sara
  • Rogers, Christopher

Abstract

Systems and methods are provided herein for enabling a computing system to search and interact with service records containing natural language text to aid in the analysis of those records by: displaying in a user interface an image of a complex system; receiving, from the user interface, a high-level selection of criteria of the complex system; querying issue maps associated with individual natural language service records of a corpus of natural language service records based on the high-level selection, wherein the issue maps specify at least one term related to the complex system and a location on the complex system associated with the at least one term; and returning at least one issue map, wherein the at least one issue map returned specifies a term or location correlated to the criteria of the complex system indicated by the high-level selection.

IPC Classes  ?

80.

LONGITUDINAL BEAM JOINT FOR A PRESSURE DECK ASSEMBLY

      
Document Number 03102718
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-12-15
Open to Public Date 2021-06-16
Owner THE BOEING COMPANY (USA)
Inventor
  • Mclaughlin, Mark R.
  • Ingham, Steven D.
  • Cox, Daniel J.
  • Lockin, Charles B.
  • Vukosav, Danilo

Abstract

ABSTRACT A pressure deck assembly for a fuselage includes a longitudinal beam extending a length along a roll axis of the fuselage. The longitudinal beam includes a central member and opposing first and second flanges extending from the central member. The first flange includes a first upper side and a first lower side. The second flange includes a second upper side and a second lower side. The pressure deck assembly includes a pressure deck that includes first and second deck segments. The first deck segment is joined to the first flange of the longitudinal beam along the first lower side of the first flange. The second deck segment is joined to the second flange of the longitudinal beam along the second lower side of the second flange. Date Recue/Date Received 2020-12-15

IPC Classes  ?

81.

Electronically scanning antenna assembly

      
Application Number 16826338
Grant Number 11038273
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-03-23
First Publication Date 2021-06-15
Grant Date 2021-06-15
Owner THE BOEING COMPANY (USA)
Inventor
  • Cai, Lixin
  • Adams, Alec
  • Urcia, Manny

Abstract

An antenna assembly includes a base including one or more feed transitions, a support panel separated from the base, a patch secured to the support panel, and one or more T-shaped probes that couple the feed transition(s) to the patch. The T-shaped probe(s) are separated from the patch.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H01Q 9/04 - Resonant antennas
  • H01Q 21/06 - Arrays of individually energised antenna units similarly polarised and spaced apart
  • H01Q 1/28 - Adaptation for use in or on aircraft, missiles, satellites, or balloons

82.

Distributed beamforming system with user side beamforming processing

      
Application Number 16794698
Grant Number 11038573
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-02-19
First Publication Date 2021-06-15
Grant Date 2021-06-15
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Foster, Christopher Jason
  • Roukos, Daniel
  • Jewett, Kyle William
  • Tzelepis, Christ

Abstract

A distributed beamforming system including a platform terminal and a plurality of user terminals is disclosed. An individual user terminal includes a receiver configured to receive a plurality of individual wireless signals, where the plurality of individual wireless signals are transmitted by the platform terminal and are orthogonal with respect to one another. The individual user terminal also includes one or more frequency converters configured to transform each of the plurality of individual wireless signals to an intermediate frequency. The individual user terminal is configured to coherently combine the plurality of individual wireless signals together to form a beamformed signal.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04B 7/02 - Diversity systems; Multi-antenna systems, i.e. transmission or reception using multiple antennas
  • H04B 7/06 - Diversity systems; Multi-antenna systems, i.e. transmission or reception using multiple antennas using two or more spaced independent antennas at the transmitting station

83.

SUPERPLASTIC FORMED AND DIFFUSION BONDED STRUCTURES

      
Application Number 16557613
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-08-30
First Publication Date 2021-06-10
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor Vasel, Corey

Abstract

An exterior panel is configured to accommodate high thermal stresses imposed on exterior surfaces of aerospace transport vehicles during hypersonic flight. The exterior panel is formed of a superplastic material such as a titanium alloy, and includes an exterior skin and a plurality of cooling tubes that extend through the panel. The exterior panel further includes an interior skin configured to be attached to a frame member such as a rib, stringer, or spar of the transport vehicle. The tubes pass through a multicellular core, which is sandwiched between the exterior and interior skins to impart tensile and compressive strength to the exterior panel. In one disclosed method, the core is superplastic formed and diffusion bonded to the exterior skin, the tubes, and the interior skin. A cooling fluid, which may be a gas or liquid, including a fuel, may be pumped through the tubes to cool the exterior panel.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B64C 3/36 - Structures adapted to reduce effects of aerodynamic or other external heating
  • B64C 3/26 - Construction, shape, or attachment of separate skins, e.g. panels
  • B64C 3/20 - Integral or sandwich constructions
  • B32B 3/12 - Layered products essentially comprising a layer with external or internal discontinuities or unevennesses, or a layer of non-planar form; Layered products essentially having particular features of form characterised by a discontinuous layer, i.e. apertured or formed of separate pieces of material characterised by a layer of regularly-arranged cells whether integral or formed individually or by conjunction of separate strips, e.g. honeycomb structure
  • B32B 15/01 - Layered products essentially comprising metal all layers being exclusively metallic

84.

FR COMPOSITE COMPOSITION FOR LIGHT-BASED ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING

      
Application Number 16704704
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-05
First Publication Date 2021-06-10
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Eckel, Zak
  • Bui, Phuong
  • O'Masta, Mark
  • Hundley, Jacob
  • Kuong, Tony

Abstract

A fire retardant (FR) composite composition, including a liquid polymer, wherein the liquid polymer includes a photopolymer including at least two of a first molecule, a second molecule, and a third molecule, a FR thermoset, and a photoinitiator.

IPC Classes  ?

  • C08G 8/10 - Condensation polymers of aldehydes or ketones with phenols only of aldehydes of formaldehyde, e.g. of formaldehyde formed in situ with phenol
  • C08K 5/07 - Aldehydes; Ketones
  • C08K 5/5397 - Phosphine oxides
  • C08K 5/00 - Use of organic ingredients
  • C08K 5/14 - Peroxides
  • C08K 5/46 - Heterocyclic compounds having sulfur in the ring with oxygen or nitrogen in the ring
  • C08G 73/06 - Polycondensates having nitrogen-containing heterocyclic rings in the main chain of the macromolecule; Polyhydrazides; Polyamide acids or similar polyimide precursors

85.

ARCHED HORIZONTAL PRESSURE DECK TO REAR SPAR GUTTER

      
Application Number 16706266
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-06
First Publication Date 2021-06-10
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Mclaughlin, Mark R.
  • Leibov, David H.
  • Paravata, Soma Gopala Rao
  • Menanno, Alfons
  • Vukosav, Danilo

Abstract

An arched gutter that can be used to channel moisture within an aircraft can include an arched web including a plurality of laterally spaced arches. The plurality of arches impart a flexibility to the arched gutter such that the arched gutter has an increased resistance to fatigue cracking and other wear and damage resulting from, for example, parasitic loads due to high bending strains that are transferred to the arched gutter by a wing to which the arched gutter is attached during operation of the aircraft. An aircraft section and an aircraft including the arched gutter are also described.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B64C 1/14 - Windows; Doors; Hatch covers or access panels; Surrounding frame structures; Canopies; Windscreens
  • B64C 3/26 - Construction, shape, or attachment of separate skins, e.g. panels
  • B64C 1/06 - Frames; Stringers; Longerons

86.

HYDRAULIC ACTUATION SYSTEM FOR IMPARTING ROTATION

      
Application Number 16707531
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-09
First Publication Date 2021-06-10
Owner THE BOEING COMPANY (USA)
Inventor Kirkbride, David W.

Abstract

An actuator system for controlling a control surface of an aircraft, which includes a control structure which defines the control surface and the control structure has an axis of rotation about which the control structure can rotate relative to the aircraft. A first actuator assembly has a first actuator arm and a second actuator assembly has a second actuator arm. The first actuator assembly and the second actuator assembly are spaced apart from one another along the axis of rotation. The first actuator arm is connected to a first band member and the first band member is connected to the control structure on a first side of the axis of rotation and the second actuator arm is connected to a second band member and the second band member is connected to the control structure on a second opposing side of the axis of rotation.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F15B 11/22 - Synchronisation of the movement of two or more servomotors
  • B64C 13/16 - Initiating means actuated automatically, e.g. responsive to gust detectors
  • B64C 13/40 - Transmitting means with power amplification using fluid pressure
  • F15B 1/04 - Accumulators
  • F15B 11/20 - Servomotor systems without provision for follow-up action with two or more servomotors controlling several interacting or sequentially-operating members

87.

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR INCREASING LAYER-TO-LAYER BOND STRENGTH

      
Application Number 16708943
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-10
First Publication Date 2021-06-10
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Cooper, William Ryan
  • Skaggs, Kirk Douglas
  • Cheung, Leon C.
  • Harris, Darron

Abstract

Methods of forming a part via additive manufacturing include depositing a first layer of thermoplastic material along a first path via an extruder head, initiating deposition of a second layer of thermoplastic material along a second path via the extruder head, and monitoring a thermal profile of the first layer along the first path while the second layer is deposited. Methods also include determining an energy that is sufficient to raise a present temperature of a cooled portion of the first layer to within a higher temperature range that is greater than or equal to a predetermined threshold temperature, and heating the cooled portion of the first layer to within the higher temperature range before the second layer of thermoplastic material is added to the cooled portion. Systems include an extruder head configured to deposit a plurality of layers of thermoplastic material, a thermal imaging system, and a heating system.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B29C 64/209 - Heads; Nozzles
  • B29C 64/118 - Processes of additive manufacturing using only liquids or viscous materials, e.g. depositing a continuous bead of viscous material using filamentary material being melted, e.g. fused deposition modelling [FDM]
  • B29C 64/295 - Heating elements
  • B29C 64/393 - Data acquisition or data processing for additive manufacturing for controlling or regulating additive manufacturing processes

88.

ORGANICALLY SOLUBLE CONDUCTIVE POLYMERS

      
Application Number 16703415
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-04
First Publication Date 2021-06-10
Owner THE BOEING COMPANY (USA)
Inventor Kinlen, Patrick John

Abstract

Polymerize ethylenedioxythiophene (EDOT) in a polymerization process using dinonylnaphthalenesulfonic acid (DNNSA) as the dopant and Fe(III) p-toluenesulfonate (Fe (III) p-TSA) as the oxidizing agent to produce an organically soluble polyethylenedioxythiophene (PEDOT).

IPC Classes  ?

  • C09D 5/24 - Electrically-conducting paints
  • C08G 61/12 - Macromolecular compounds containing atoms other than carbon in the main chain of the macromolecule
  • C09D 7/20 - Diluents or solvents
  • C09D 165/00 - Coating compositions based on macromolecular compounds obtained by reactions forming a carbon-to-carbon link in the main chain; Coating compositions based on derivatives of such polymers

89.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR PROCESSOR MODULE FAILURE ASSESSMENT

      
Application Number 16706125
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-06
First Publication Date 2021-06-10
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Beygi, Shervin
  • Crandall, Catherine M.
  • Nakhjavani, Omid B.
  • Zaikin, Andrey A.

Abstract

A method includes receiving a component history for a processor module, the component history including identities of host vehicles in a set of host vehicles in which the processor module was installed; receiving an operational history for the set of host vehicles for a time period the processor module was installed on the set of host vehicles; receiving indirect sensor measurements related to the set of host vehicles for the time period; receiving a part survival model that is based at least in part on a part status of a plurality of historical processor modules, the plurality of historical processor modules having a historical component history, a historical operational history, and historical indirect sensor measurements; and determining a survival probability of the processor module based at least in part on the component history, the operational history, the indirect sensor measurements, and the part survival model.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B64F 5/60 - Testing or inspecting aircraft components or systems
  • G06N 5/04 - Inference methods or devices
  • G06Q 10/00 - Administration; Management

90.

CARRIER AND OPERATIONAL FRAME SYSTEM AND METHODS OF ASSEMBLING A STRUCTURE

      
Application Number 16706574
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-06
First Publication Date 2021-06-10
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Fuglevand, Lane W.
  • Capobianco, Brian M.
  • Gholami, Joseph M.
  • Dehart, Kory K.
  • Hammond, James F.
  • Denning, Aaron A.

Abstract

A carrier and operational frame system and methods of assembling a structure are presented. The carrier and operational frame system comprises a plurality of panel carriers, each panel carrier comprising a frame configured to act as a strongback to a panel and indexing features configured to interface with at least one other panel carrier of the plurality of panel carriers.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B64F 5/10 - Manufacturing or assembling aircraft, e.g. jigs therefor
  • B64C 1/06 - Frames; Stringers; Longerons
  • B64C 1/12 - Construction or attachment of skin panels

91.

BALLISTIC PANEL AND METHOD OF MAKING A BALLISTIC PANEL

      
Application Number 16708012
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-09
First Publication Date 2021-06-10
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor Harris, John N.

Abstract

A ballistic panel is described including a core layer having a first major surface and a second major surface, the core layer including a ballistic gel. The first layer of ballistic resistant material is on the first major surface of the core layer. A second layer of ballistic resistant material is on the second major surface of the core layer.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41H 5/04 - Plate construction composed of more than one layer
  • F41H 5/24 - Armour; Armour plates; Shields for stationary use, e.g. fortifications

92.

BALLISTIC PANEL AND METHOD OF MAKING A BALLISTIC PANEL

      
Application Number 16708049
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-09
First Publication Date 2021-06-10
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor Harris, John N.

Abstract

A ballistic panel is described including a core layer having a first major surface and a second major surface, the core layer including a ballistic resistant material. A first layer comprising a ballistic gel material is disposed on the first major surface of the core layer. A second layer comprising a ballistic gel material is disposed on the second major surface of the core layer.

IPC Classes  ?

  • F41H 5/04 - Plate construction composed of more than one layer
  • F41H 5/22 - Manhole covers, e.g. on tanks

93.

Apparatus and method for non-destructive inspection of variable angle manufacturing components

      
Application Number 16708084
Grant Number 11035831
Status In Force
Filing Date 2019-12-09
First Publication Date 2021-06-10
Grant Date 2021-06-15
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Fetzer, Barry A.
  • Shehab, Kareem

Abstract

Disclosed herein is a non-destructive inspection apparatus that utilizes a biased probe housing to maintain ultrasonic coupling with a part. The apparatus includes an attachment body attached to a robotic arm that has a tool center point (TCP). The apparatus also includes a probe assembly coupled to the attachment body such that movement of the TCP results in a corresponding movement of the probe assembly, and a probe housing disposed around the probe assembly and moveably coupled to the attachment body. The apparatus also includes a biasing member disposed between the attachment body and the probe housing that urges the probe housing away from the attachment body. Also disclosed is a method that includes positioning a probe housing and a probe assembly adjacent a part, ultrasonically scanning the part for defects, and biasing the probe housing relative to the attachment body to maintain engagement of the part.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B25J 9/00 - Programme-controlled manipulators
  • G01N 29/265 - Arrangements for orientation or scanning by moving the sensor relative to a stationary material

94.

SYSTEMS AND METHODS OF FORMING A FLUID BARRIER

      
Application Number 16709441
Status Pending
Filing Date 2019-12-10
First Publication Date 2021-06-10
Owner THE BOEING COMPANY (USA)
Inventor
  • Grove, Randy J.
  • Livingston, Scott M.
  • Coleman, Dion P.
  • Whiteaker, Timothy L.
  • Clayton, Patrick J.
  • Alshobber, Khalid S.
  • Atkins, Michael D.

Abstract

The present disclosure provides fluid barriers as well as systems and methods of forming fluid barriers. The method includes cleaning, via a blast media, a first side of a component and heating the component to a first temperature. Subsequently, the component is cleaned using a solvent. Subsequent to heating at least the component, a primer coating layer is formed on the first side of the component, and a topcoat layer is formed in contact with the primer coating layer. A primer coating material can be heated to a second temperature prior to formation of the primer coating layer. The first temperature can be different than the second temperature.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B05D 7/00 - Processes, other than flocking, specially adapted for applying liquids or other fluent materials to particular surfaces or for applying particular liquids or other fluent materials
  • B05D 3/12 - Pretreatment of surfaces to which liquids or other fluent materials are to be applied; After-treatment of applied coatings, e.g. intermediate treating of an applied coating preparatory to subsequent applications of liquids or other fluent materials by mechanical means
  • B05D 3/10 - Pretreatment of surfaces to which liquids or other fluent materials are to be applied; After-treatment of applied coatings, e.g. intermediate treating of an applied coating preparatory to subsequent applications of liquids or other fluent materials by other chemical means
  • B05D 3/02 - Pretreatment of surfaces to which liquids or other fluent materials are to be applied; After-treatment of applied coatings, e.g. intermediate treating of an applied coating preparatory to subsequent applications of liquids or other fluent materials by baking
  • C09D 5/00 - Coating compositions, e.g. paints, varnishes or lacquers, characterised by their physical nature or the effects produced; Filling pastes
  • C09D 175/02 - Polyureas
  • C09D 181/04 - Polysulfides
  • C09D 175/04 - Polyurethanes
  • C11D 11/00 - Special methods for preparing compositions containing mixtures of detergents
  • C11D 7/26 - Organic compounds containing oxygen
  • C11D 7/40 - Products in which the composition is not well defined
  • C11D 17/06 - Powder; Flakes; Free-flowing mixtures; Sheets
  • C11D 7/50 - Solvents

95.

CLOSED-LOOP DIAGNOSTIC MODEL MATURATION FOR COMPLEX SYSTEMS

      
Application Number 17027890
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-09-22
First Publication Date 2021-06-10
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Wilmering, Timothy J.
  • Ofsthun, Stanley C.
  • Chopra, Seema
  • Bayen, Nazrul
  • Kumar, Rohit
  • Singh, Gurpreet

Abstract

A method is provided for maintaining an onboard reasoner for diagnosing failures on an aircraft that includes aircraft systems configured to report faults to the onboard reasoner. The method includes accessing diagnostic data received from an onboard computer of the aircraft that includes the onboard reasoner. An off-board reasoner builds an off-board diagnostic causal model that describes causal relationships between the failed tests and the diagnosed failure modes. The off-board diagnostic causal model is compared to the diagnostic data. Based thereon, a discrepancy is identified between the graph of the off-board diagnostic causal model, and the other graph of the onboard diagnostic causal model, to determine a new causal relationship relative to the known causal relationships. The onboard diagnostic causal model is updated to further describe the new causal relationship, including producing an updated model, and uploading the updated model to the onboard computer.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G07C 5/08 - Registering or indicating performance data other than driving, working, idle, or waiting time, with or without registering driving, working, idle, or waiting time
  • G07C 5/00 - Registering or indicating the working of vehicles
  • G06F 30/27 - Design optimisation, verification or simulation using machine learning, e.g. artificial intelligence, neural networks, support vector machines [SVM] or training a model
  • B64F 5/60 - Testing or inspecting aircraft components or systems
  • B64D 45/00 - Aircraft indicators or protectors not otherwise provided for

96.

ONBOARD DIAGNOSIS AND CORRELATION OF FAILURE DATA TO MAINTENANCE ACTIONS

      
Application Number 17027933
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-09-22
First Publication Date 2021-06-10
Owner THE BOEING COMPANY (USA)
Inventor
  • Wilmering, Timothy J.
  • Ofsthun, Stanley C.
  • Chopra, Seema
  • Bayen, Nazrul
  • Kumar, Rohit
  • Singh, Gurpreet

Abstract

A method is provided for diagnosing a failure on an aircraft that includes aircraft systems configured to report faults to an onboard reasoner. The method includes receiving a fault report at an onboard computer of the aircraft from an aircraft system of the aircraft systems, the fault report indicating failed tests reported by the aircraft system. The onboard reasoner accesses an onboard diagnostic causal model represented by a graph describing known causal relationships between possible failed tests reported by the respective ones of the aircraft systems, and possible failure modes of the respective ones of the aircraft systems. The onboard reasoner diagnoses a failure mode of the aircraft system or another of the aircraft systems, from the failed tests, and using a graph-theoretic algorithm and the onboard diagnostic causal model. A maintenance action is determined for the failure mode, and a maintenance message is generated including the maintenance action.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B64F 5/60 - Testing or inspecting aircraft components or systems
  • B64D 43/00 - Arrangements or adaptations of instruments
  • G07C 5/08 - Registering or indicating performance data other than driving, working, idle, or waiting time, with or without registering driving, working, idle, or waiting time

97.

SOFT TISSUE MATERIAL CUMULATIVE DAMAGE MODEL FOR REDUCING REPETITIVE STRESS INJURIES IN PERFORMING A PROCESS

      
Application Number 17110953
Status Pending
Filing Date 2020-12-03
First Publication Date 2021-06-10
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Bruchal, Liisa Charie
  • Cotton, James Dean
  • Gardner, Richard Jay
  • Takatani, Karen Chiyono

Abstract

Techniques for reducing repetitive stress injuries to soft tissue in performing a process are disclosed. The techniques include obtaining at least one repetitive stress data set related to the soft tissue and to the process; accessing information characterizing a first damage regime and second information characterizing a second damage regime, where the first information quantifies a number of repetitions at a given stress for the soft tissue to transition out of the first damage regime, and wherein the second information quantifies a number of repetitions at a given stress for the soft tissue to transition out of the second damage regime; predicting conditions sufficient for damage to the soft tissue; determining, based on at least the predicting, at least one guideline for reducing a risk of a soft tissue material repetitive stress injury; and implementing the at least one guideline in the process.

IPC Classes  ?

  • G16H 20/30 - ICT specially adapted for therapies or health-improving plans, e.g. for handling prescriptions, for steering therapy or for monitoring patient compliance relating to physical therapies or activities, e.g. physiotherapy, acupressure or exercising
  • G16H 50/30 - ICT specially adapted for medical diagnosis, medical simulation or medical data mining; ICT specially adapted for detecting, monitoring or modelling epidemics or pandemics for individual health risk assessment
  • G16H 50/70 - ICT specially adapted for medical diagnosis, medical simulation or medical data mining; ICT specially adapted for detecting, monitoring or modelling epidemics or pandemics for mining of medical data, e.g. analysing previous cases of other patients

98.

MULTI-GBPS WIRELESS DATA COMMUNICATION SYSTEM FOR VEHICULAR SYSTEMS

      
Application Number 17154269
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-01-21
First Publication Date 2021-06-10
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Yousif, Aziz
  • Kumar, Anil
  • Bush, David A.

Abstract

Provided is a method for determining access permission for a beamforming computing device communicating with a beamforming transceiver. The method includes obtaining, at an inter-zone sensor, location information from the beamforming computing device, wherein the inter-zone sensor is configured to monitor a location of the beamforming computing device; determining, by the inter-zone sensor, the location for the beamforming computing device based on the location information as the beamforming computing device nears a boundary between a first access zone and a second access zone; providing, by the inter-zone sensor, the location to a central control system; obtaining, by the inter-zone sensor, a command by the central control system that instructs the inter-zone sensor to communicate access instructions to a beamforming transceiver in the second access zone; and providing the access instructions to the beamforming transceiver.

IPC Classes  ?

  • H04W 36/00 - Handoff or reselecting arrangements
  • H04W 4/40 - Services specially adapted for particular environments, situations or purposes for vehicles, e.g. vehicle-to-pedestrians [V2P]
  • H04W 4/02 - Services making use of location information
  • H04W 12/08 - Access security
  • H04W 36/32 - Reselection being triggered by specific parameters by location or mobility data, e.g. speed data
  • H04W 48/16 - Discovering; Processing access restriction or access information

99.

Fastener Installation

      
Application Number 17182112
Status Pending
Filing Date 2021-02-22
First Publication Date 2021-06-10
Owner The Boeing Company (USA)
Inventor
  • Chan, Kwok Tung
  • Sisco, Tanni
  • Reid, Eric M.
  • Devlin, Jeffrey Martin
  • Hartmann, John

Abstract

A method for installing a fastener system. A position on a structure relative to an overhang on the structure is automatically sensed for installing a fastener system in a hole using an offset collar installer. The offset collar installer is moved about a rotation axis to the position such that a collar in the fastener system is held in the position over the hole. The offset collar installer is connected to a platform and rotatable about the rotation axis. The collar is fastened to an engagement feature for a bolt in the hole.

IPC Classes  ?

  • B21J 15/28 - Control devices specially adapted to riveting machines not restricted to one of the preceding subgroups
  • B21J 15/02 - Riveting procedures
  • B64F 5/10 - Manufacturing or assembling aircraft, e.g. jigs therefor
  • F16B 5/02 - Joining sheets or plates to one another or to strips or bars parallel to them by means of fastening members using screw-thread

100.

SOFT TISSUE MATERIAL CUMULATIVE DAMAGE MODEL FOR REDUCING REPETITIVE STRESS INJURIES IN PERFORMING A PROCESS

      
Application Number US2020063430
Publication Number 2021/113725
Status In Force
Filing Date 2020-12-04
Publication Date 2021-06-10
Owner THE BOEING COMPANY (USA)
Inventor
  • Bruchal, Lisa C.
  • Cotton, James Dean
  • Gardner, Richard Jay
  • Takatani, Karen Chiyono

Abstract

Techniques for reducing repetitive stress injuries to soft tissue in performing a process are disclosed. The techniques include obtaining at least one repetitive stress data set related to the soft tissue and to the process; accessing information characterizing a first damage regime and second information characterizing a second damage regime, where the first information quantifies a number of repetitions at a given stress for the soft tissue to transition out of the first damage regime, and wherein the second information quantifies a number of repetitions at a given stress for the soft tissue to transition out of the second damage regime; predicting conditions sufficient for damage to the soft tissue; determining, based on at least the predicting, at least one guideline for reducing a risk of a soft tissue material repetitive stress injury; and implementing the at least one guideline in the process.

IPC Classes  ?

  • A61B 5/00 - Measuring for diagnostic purposes ; Identification of persons
  • G16H 20/30 - ICT specially adapted for therapies or health-improving plans, e.g. for handling prescriptions, for steering therapy or for monitoring patient compliance relating to physical therapies or activities, e.g. physiotherapy, acupressure or exercising
  • G16H 50/20 - ICT specially adapted for medical diagnosis, medical simulation or medical data mining; ICT specially adapted for detecting, monitoring or modelling epidemics or pandemics for computer-aided diagnosis, e.g. based on medical expert systems
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