This week's featured invention patented by Washington inventors is within CPC Section D: Textiles & Paper.
Method of manufacturing a composite article using fibers having optimized shapes for improved optical performance
Inventor(s): Keith J. Davis, Seattle; Michael P. Kozar, Mercer Island; Mark S. Wilenski, Mercer Island
Assignee(s): The Boeing Company, Chicago, IL
Abstract: A method of manufacturing a composite article may include providing a plurality of fibers. At least a portion of the plurality of fibers may be substantially optically transparent. The method may further include forming the fibers with at least one base surface and a pair of side surfaces oriented in non-perpendicular relation to the base surface. The method may additionally include positioning the fibers in a layer in side-by-side relation to one another such that the side surfaces overlap one another when viewed along a direction normal to a plane of the layer. The method may also include embedding the fibers at least partially in a substantially optically transparent polymeric matrix.