Boeing Co. has filed a patent for an environmental aspect control assembly that can control various environmental aspects. The assembly includes aspect-controlling portions made of environmental aspect-controlling materials and shape-changing actuators that operate based on temperature changes to alter the structural shape of the aspect-controlling portions. GlobalData’s report on Boeing gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Shape-changing environmental aspect control assembly

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: The Boeing Co

The patent application (Publication Number: US20240035453A1) describes an environmental aspect control assembly designed to manage various environmental factors. The assembly includes an aspect-controlling portion made of environmental aspect-controlling materials and a shape-changing actuator that is not electrically connected. This actuator can change shape based on temperature variations, causing the aspect-controlling portion to adopt different structural shapes. The materials used in the assembly, such as aramid felt, open-cell foam, and fiberglass insulation, are tailored to control moisture, sound, and temperature, respectively.

Furthermore, the patent application details a system incorporating multiple environmental aspect control assemblies within a main structure, such as an aircraft fuselage or insulated clothing. These assemblies automatically adjust to environmental changes by altering their structural shapes through the shape-changing actuators. The use of shape memory alloy in the actuators allows for precise control over the environmental aspects, ensuring efficient adaptation to varying conditions. Overall, the innovative design of these assemblies offers a versatile solution for managing moisture, sound, and temperature in different settings, enhancing comfort and functionality in various environments.

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