US 9,810,251 B2
Panel systems and methods of assembling panel systems
Michael Steven Lewis, Lake Forest Park, WA (US); James S. Bradley, Arlington, WA (US); and Brad Jeremy Reeves, Everett, WA (US)
Assigned to The Boeing Company, Chicago, IL (US)
Filed by THE BOEING COMPANY, Chicago, IL (US)
Filed on Mar. 2, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/635,508.
Prior Publication US 2016/0258462 A1, Sep. 8, 2016
Int. Cl. F16B 5/06 (2006.01); B64D 11/04 (2006.01); F16B 5/01 (2006.01); F16B 21/07 (2006.01); B64D 11/00 (2006.01); B64D 11/02 (2006.01)
CPC F16B 5/0614 (2013.01) [B64D 11/00 (2013.01); B64D 11/003 (2013.01); B64D 11/02 (2013.01); B64D 11/04 (2013.01); F16B 5/01 (2013.01); F16B 21/075 (2013.01); F16B 5/0635 (2013.01); Y10T 24/44 (2015.01); Y10T 24/44026 (2015.01)] 29 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A panel system comprising:
a tab panel having at least one tab extending therefrom, the tab panel having a core and a facesheet adjacent the core, the tab of the tab panel having a channel in the facesheet and the core:
a slot panel having at least one slot for receiving the corresponding tab of the tab panel therein, the slot panel having a core and a facesheet adjacent the core, the slot formed in the facesheet and at least a portion of the core;
a clip configured to be positioned between the tab panel and the slot panel, the clip being secured in the channel of the tab prior to loading the tab into the slot, the clip being at least partially received in the slot, the clip having a tab panel securing member being secured to the tab panel, the clip having a slot panel securing member being secured to an interior surface of the slot panel,
wherein the facesheet of the slot panel has an edge around a perimeter of the slot, the slot panel includes an interior surface and an exterior surface, the slot panel securing member is secured against the interior surface adjacent the edge;
the clip securely joining the tab panel to the slot panel.