US Patent No. 10,919,612

FLOOR PANELS AND FLOORING SYSTEMS FOR A PASSENGER VEHICLE, AND METHODS FOR INSTALLATION


Patent No. 10,919,612
Issue Date February 16, 2021
Title Floor Panels And Flooring Systems For A Passenger Vehicle, And Methods For Installation
Inventorship Sean Richard Hesslewood, Chicago, IL (US)
Howard McKenzie, Chicago, IL (US)
Assignee The Boeing Company, Chicago, IL (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,919,612

1. A flooring system in a passenger vehicle, the flooring system comprising:a first set of floor panels including panels rigidly attached to a structure of the passenger vehicle; and
a second set of floor panels, each floor panel of the second set of floor panels having an interlocking feature for slidably engaging an adjacent floor panel, wherein the interlocking feature is configured to enable lateral relative motion to occur and restrict vertical relative motion between panels of the second set of floor panels and a respective adjacent floor panel,
wherein, after each floor panel of the second set of floor panels is interlocked with the adjacent floor panel, a space is defined between a respective floor panel of the second set of floor panels and the respective adjacent floor panel to enable the lateral relative motion to occur between panels of the second set of floor panels and the respective adjacent floor panel, and
wherein each floor panel of the second set of floor panels is positioned to engage at least one adjacent floor panel of the first set of floor panels.