US Patent No. 11,032,919

CONTROL BOXES AND SYSTEM-ON-MODULE CIRCUIT BOARDS FOR UNMANNED VEHICLES


Patent No. 11,032,919
Issue Date June 08, 2021
Title Control Boxes And System-on-module Circuit Boards For Unmanned Vehicles
Inventorship Randall Lee Neuman, Hudsonville, MI (US)
Stefano Angelo Mario Lassini, Lowell, MI (US)
Jason Eggiman, Alto, MI (US)
Assignee GE Aviation Systems LLC, Grand Rapids, MI (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 11,032,919

1. A control box defining a lateral direction, a longitudinal direction, and a transverse direction, the control box comprising:a housing defining an interior, the housing comprising a cover and a stiffener, the stiffener removably connected in contact with the cover, the stiffener comprising an outer frame and at least one cross-member, and wherein the stiffener has a tab extending therefrom;
a heat sink removably connected in contact with the stiffener, the heat sink having a base defining a groove, wherein the tab extends into the groove when the heat sink is connected to the stiffener;
a first circuit board disposed within the interior, the first circuit board positioned between the stiffener and the heat sink; and
a second circuit board disposed within the interior, the second circuit board positioned between the cover and the stiffener,
wherein the cover, stiffener, and heat sink are stacked along the transverse direction, and
wherein the first circuit board comprises a plurality of computing components and the stiffener further includes a plurality of fingers, and wherein the first circuit board contacts one or more of the plurality of fingers.