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Advanced Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory

The Advanced Vehicle Dynamics Lab (AVDL) at Virginia Tech was established in 1995 by Dr. Mehdi Ahmadian, professor in mechanical engineering and it is now directed by Dr. Corina Sandu. The lab has already obtained more than two million dollars of funded research in the areas of vehicle dynamics and control. Several other faculty members in the College of Engineering bring their expertise to the AVDL as well. Currently, the lab is served by several visiting scholars, graduate research assistants, and undergraduate students. Dr. Corina Sandu became the director of AVDL in 2004. The lab is now part of the Center for Vehicle Systems and Safety (CVeSS).

The Advanced Vehicle Dynamics lab exists to:

  • Provide innovative and cost effective solutions in our areas of expertise to improve our sponsors' technologies, products, and market share.
  • Create a productive environment for educating both graduate and undergraduate students to better serve their future employers.
  • Support state-of-the-art basic scientific and experimental research in the area of vehicle dynamics

Our testing and modeling capabilities and more than forty years of collective expertise of our staff enables us to analyze dynamic, noise and vibration problems, and provide the most innovative and cost-effective solutions to our sponsors.

Our university affiliation provides access to a large range of expertise to solve multi-disciplinary and complex problems for the industry. In most cases, our services are a far more cost-effective alternative to in-house or private laboratories. The industrial experience of our staff provides us with the capability to offer practical solutions.

Our sponsors have been able to implement these solutions in their existing or future products for productivity, and design improvements, as well as feasibility assessment of new technologies.





AVDL is housed in a modern facility in Blacksburg, minutes away from Virginia Tech's main campus. Existing AVDL laboratory equipment allows state-of-the-art research in vehicle dynamics and terramechanics.