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Evolution to Lean Manufacturing A Case Study of Boeing of Spokane

1997-06-03
972235
The evolution of a manufacturing organization toward “Lean” manufacturing does not necessarily come cheaply or quickly. It is the experience at Boeing that technology and different visions can dramatically impact the evolutionary process-consuming great amounts of time and resources. The Boeing of Spokane case study, where aircraft floor panels are manufactured1, is but one of several case studies that suggests moving to “Lean” manufacturing is usually done in large steps, not small ones. These initial steps can be costly unless the systems (equipment and workforce) are flexible. Workforce flexibility is dependent on the attitude in the workforce as both touch and support labor move from their comfort zone to try new approaches and job descriptions. The workforce must be properly motivated to make the change. The equipment must also be flexible in adapting to new line layouts, product mixes, and process change or large cost penalties will be incurred.
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Development of Cold Working Process for 4340M Steel

1995-09-01
952167
A new process has been developed to cold work fastener holes on commercial aircraft flap tracks fabricated of 4340M steel. The process consists of pressing a high strength solid mandrel through a previously prepared hole in a defined manner. This process exhibits high tool life, low overall cost and eliminates the necessity for a final ream operation.
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Boeing Research Aerodynamic/Icing Tunnel Capabilities and Calibration

1994-02-01
940114
Flight testing of aircraft under natural icing conditions can be extremely tedious, time consuming, costly, and somewhat risky. However, such testing has been required to demonstrate the effectiveness of anti-icing systems and to certify new aircraft models. To reduce the need for extensive flight testing, Boeing has built a new icing tunnel that has the capability for developing ice shapes and evaluating anti-icing features on full scale sections of critical parts of the aircraft. The icing tunnel was made by modifying an existing 5 ft by 8 ft Boeing Wind Tunnel to add icing capabilities. This paper describes the design specifications, the tunnel capabilities, and the major equipment systems and presents the results of the tunnel calibration relative to the specified requirements.
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Inlet Hot Gas Ingestion (HGI) and Its Control in V/STOL Aircraft

1997-10-01
975517
A successful methodology was developed at Boeing Company to investigate hot-gas ingestion in vertical take-off and landing aircraft. It involves sub-scale model testing using specialized test facilities and test techniques. The baseline characteristics of hot-gas ingestion (HGI) and the performance of various HGI reduction techniques were qualitatively evaluated in the Boeing Hover Research Facility. Potential HGI reduction devices were then further tested at scaled pressures and temperatures in HGI facilities at NASA Lewis, Rolls Royce and British Aerospace. One of the successful HGI reduction devices was flight tested. This paper describes the application of Boeing HGI reduction methodology to three specific aircraft configurations.
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Test Results of the Effects of Air Ionization on Cigarette Smoke Particulate Levels Within a Commercial Airplane

1992-07-01
921183
Passengers and flight attendants often notice a haze of smoke under the overhead stowage bins in aircraft cabins when cigarette smoking is allowed. As normally operated, the ventilation system in Boeing 737/757 aircraft does not rapidly remove this smoke haze. Air ionization systems from three vendors were tested in a 10 foot long Boeing 737/757 cabin test section with a cruise condition ventilation rate and two cigarette smoking rates to assess their effectiveness in removing smoke haze from the local breathing areas of passengers and flight attendants. Smoke particulate densities were monitored at five breathing areas and at an exit grill in the test section. All of the ionization systems significantly increased the rate of smoke removal after smoking had stopped, increasing the removal rate by about 25%. None of the systems showed a statistically significant reduction of smoke levels at the individual monitoring points while cigarettes were being smoked.
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Non-Linear Aeroelastic Predictions for Transport Aircraft

1990-09-01
901852
A loosely coupled method for aeroelastic predictions of aircraft configurations is shown. This method couples an advanced structural analysis method with a CFD aerodynamics code in a modular fashion. This method can use almost any CFD code, so a validation of several such codes is shown to establish regions of validity for each code. Results from potential codes, an Euler code, and a Navier-Stokes code are shown in comparison with experiment. Viscous effects are included in most cases through a coupled boundary-layer solver or a turbulence model as appropriate.
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Engine Cycle Considerations for Future Transport Aircraft

1973-02-01
730345
Recent noise technology advancements have provided an increased understanding of true engine noise “floor” levels. This has led to changes in necessary engine cycle requirements for low-noise commercial airplanes. Updated prediction techniques for the core and jet noise sources are described, and lining technology improvements are reviewed. The need for further work in the core noise area is emphasized. The impact of these noise technology revisions on the best engine cycle for obtaining low noise is presented. It is concluded that engines with lower bypass ratios than previously anticipated may be acceptable.
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Noise Implications for VTOL Development

1970-02-01
700286
Noise from the aircraft may prevent the establishment of VTOL ports near population centers-the locations which can provide a significant contribution to mass transportation. To determine how annoying these aircraft may be, a total community annoyance measure (TCAM) has been developed. The TCAM can indicate flight trajectories which minimize the annoyance of the aircraft and the type of aircraft which are acoustically acceptable for operations from a V/STOL port. Low disc loading rotors seem best for operation near terminals while low tip speed propellers are best for cruise.
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Radar Detection of Turbulence in the Upper Troposphere

1966-02-01
660187
Encounters of jet aircraft with high altitude turbulence prompted the investigation of various techniques to probe and locate turbulence in areas lacking particles (rain drops, hailstones). A promising technique is to measure the radio refractive eddies and gradients by radar backscatter. Radio refractive index eddies can, in principle, be found where an atmosphere characterized by a nonadiabatic lapse rate of refractive index is stirred up by turbulence. A sequence of VHF backscatter experiments which will hopefully lead up to an airborne CAT detector are presented in this paper.
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The United States SST and Air Quality

1971-02-01
710320
The feasibility of commercial supersonic flight has been questioned on the basis of air pollution and an alleged potential for altering the world's climate and weather. A study conducted by Boeing reveals no basis for any of these claims. However, in some cases more data are required to show there is no effect.
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Aircraft Noise, Its Source and Reduction

1971-02-01
710308
Since the advent of the turbojet engine, there has been much research by aircraft and engine manufacturers into the source of aircraft noise and its reduction. A review of this research is presented delineating the transition from turbojet engines to turbofan engines to the high by-pass ratio engines being introduced today, and the progress that has been made. Application of the current state-of-the-art to existing airplanes through engine replacement, nacelle retrofit, and flight procedures are also discussed.
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A Progress Report on the Development of an Augmentor Wing Jet STOL Research Aircraft

1971-02-01
710757
The joint development of an augmentor wing jet STOL research aircraft by NASA and the Canadian Government Department of Industry, Trade, and Commerce has progressed to the point that the design of the modifications to the de Havilland C-8A Buffalo are complete and the engines are being tested. The predicted performance shows that the airplane will be able to take off and land in less than 1500 ft. Simulation studies indicate that the handling qualities of the airplane, with stability augmentation, will be acceptable for STOL research missions.
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747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft/Space Shuttle Orbiter Mated Ground Vibration Test: Data via Transient Excitation and Fast Fourier Transform Analysis

1977-02-01
770970
The experimental procedure employed to define the natural modes of vibration of the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft and Space Shuttle Orbiter mated configuration is described. A discussion of test results and comparison to structural analysis results is also included. Random transient signals were used as inputs to electromagnetic shakers to provide excitation to the mated vehicle test configuration. Acceleration signals were processed via the Fast Fourier Transform algorithm. Magnitude and phase transfer functions were formed and processed to produce modal frequencies, damping, and modal displacements.
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The Pilot and the Flight Management System

1982-02-01
821386
This paper addresses the question of whether automation is being used in the proper applications in aircraft in order to maximize aircraft capabilities and make the most of human performance capacity. It is believed that the aircraft designers, while employing automation, have given due regard to the pilot's role as operator and manager of the aircraft. There does, however, seem to be valid concern for the human element in certain aspects of the air traffic control system.
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Engine Maintenance Cost Reduction Through Improved Component Design and Development

1975-02-01
750621
High maintenance costs of the three 40,000 lb. thrust class aircraft engines manufactured by Pratt and Whitney, General Electric, and Rolls-Royce are discussed. Primary emphasis is on existing engine problems which contribute to high shop visit rate. Maintenance cost in terms of monetary value is not discussed. Concludes that increased emphasis on total life cycle durability is necessary by the engine manufacturers. Recommends higher level of priority be given durability in design and analysis, pre-production proof-of-design testing, and engine program management.
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Advanced Graphite Composites in the 757/767

1980-09-01
801212
The new 757/767 transports will be the first Boeing Commercial aircraft to commit advanced graphite composite material to initial production. Composite materials, mainly fiberglass in an epoxy matrix, have been used in Boeing military and commercial aircraft in ever increasing amounts for the past twenty (plus) years. Recently, the state-of-the-art of Advanced Composites (graphite and graphite/Kevlar hybrids in an epoxy matrix) progressed to the level that it could be committed to full-scale production. This production commitment resulted in a multi-year, multi-million dollar development program. This was to assure technical and production readiness, and product reliability to meet the stringent performance and safety standards of modern commercial transport.
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Economic and Safety Aspects of Short Haul V/STOL Aircraft on High Density Routes

1962-01-01
620474
Intercity automobile travel has a direct effect on the volume of short haul air travel. Automobile transportation is quicker and more economical as compared with the long ground waiting time and higher rates of short air trips. A multistop system, using the V/STOL aircraft, between cities may save passengers time by closer departure points, and increased passenger miles may reduce rates. Advantages of speed and less cost enjoyed by automobile travelers may well be offset by these developments. A mere 15% transfer of short haul trips to aircraft could result in as much as 106% increase in air revenue passenger miles.
Technical Paper

Managing the Technical Development of the 727

1962-01-01
620464
Studies in a jet passenger airliner to service shorter routes than those of the Boeing 707 evolved the concept of a rear mounted three engine jet, the 727. The development program had many facets, including extensive use of mockups, customer influence on design through liaison, cost control, and a considerable amount of work on the design of the tail and location and number of engines on the craft.
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Integrated Metrology & Robotics Systems for Agile Automation

2000-09-19
2000-01-3033
Aircraft manufacturing in the 21st century sees a future much different to that seen one and two decades before. Manufacturers of both military and commercial aircraft are challenged to become Lean, Agile and Flexible. As progress is slowly made toward introducing advanced assembly systems into production, the overall cost of automation is now more closely scrutinized. After spending tens of millions of dollars on large automated systems with deep foundations, many manufacturers find themselves locked into high cost manufacturing systems that have specific, inflexible configurations. This kind of scenario has caused a shift in the attitude of airframe assemblers, to go back to basics. Lean manufacturing is seen as a way to build aircraft with very low investment in equipment and tools. Today's advanced systems developers do understand the need for more affordable assembly systems.
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A Preliminary Dynamic Model of Brake Friction Using Pressure and Temperature

2001-10-28
2001-01-3150
Understanding the friction behavior of brake lining materials is fundamental to the ability to predict brake system performance. Of particular interest to the aviation community, where carbon/carbon composite heatsinks are commonly used, is the aircraft response at deceleration onset. There are two performance measures defining brake system performance at braking onset: deceleration onset rate and system response time. The latter is strictly a function of the brake system hydraulics and is not affected by brake lining friction. The former performance measure is a function of both system hydraulics and brake lining friction. Previously to the work herein, carbon heatsink friction was thought to be unpredictable at braking onset. That being the case, a predictive capability for deceleration onset rate was not previously undertaken. This meant that assessment of this performance measure waited until aircraft taxi tests were performed.
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