Dr. Fengfeng (Jeff) Xi
Areas of Academic Interest
Morphing Mechanisms with Application to Morphing Wings
When he was a young boy, Fengfeng (Jeff) Xi loved to take household items, like furniture, apart and put them back together. “It taught me that the best way to learn is through application,” he says.
His second and third year students benefit from this approach, taking part in coursework that involves building composite wings, robots, and landing gear models. “They have a lot of fun with these projects,” Xi says. “And they learn the fundamentals and theory behind why it flies, why it walks—why it works.”
If anyone knows why it works, it’s Xi. His research includes designing smart aircraft cabins and seats, and aircraft manufacturing automation. He’s also engineering a wing that morphs to adapt to different conditions, making air travel more fuel efficient.
Xi is also the director of the Toronto Metropolitan University Institute for Aerospace Design and Innovation (RIADI), which connects undergraduates to leading Canadian aerospace companies. The intensive program enables the exchange of ideas and information between Toronto Metropolitan University and industry. “That exchange is essential,” says Xi. “Application is the key to learning, but communication is the key to innovation.”
“At Toronto Metropolitan University, we want to apply the fundamentals. We want to get things done.”
- Green Aviation Research and Development Network (GARDN), Research award, Morphing Wing
- Yu, A., Xi, F., and Moosavian, A., A Shape-Morphing Mechanism with Sliding Panels, ASME Journal of Mechanisms and Robotics, in press, 2017.
- Zhao, Y.M., Lin, Y., Xi, F., and Guo, S., Calibration-based Iterative Learning Control for Path Tracking of Robotic Riveting System, IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, May, pp. 2921 – 2929, 2015.
- Moosavian, A., Xi, F., and Hashemi, S., Design and Motion Control of Fully Variable Morphing Wings, AIAA Journal of Aircraft, Vol. 50, 1189-1201, 2013.
- Finistauri, D., Xi, F., and Walsh, P., Discretization Method for the Development of a Modular Morphing Wing, AIAA Journal of Aircraft, Jan./Feb., Vol. 49, 116-125, 2012.
- Rososhansky, M. and Xi, F., Coverage-based Tool Path Planning for Automated Polishing Using Contact Mechanics Theory, SME Journal of Manufacturing Systems, 30, 144–153, 2011.
- Intelligent Systems & Robotics / Micro Manufacturing (ISRMM) Laboratory
- Sensor responsive design with application to smart aircraft cabins
- Aircraft manufacturing automation including robotic fastening/polishing/deburring/inspection
- Member, Ontario Aerospace Council Research and Technology Committee
- Member, CASI Manufacturing Committee
- Conference Chair, 21st Symposium on Advances in Abrasive Technology, 2018 at Ryerson