Center for Vehicle Systems & Safety

Welcome

The Center for Vehicle Systems and Safety (CVeSS) at Virginia Tech was established in 2004 by Dr. Mehdi Ahmadian, Dan Pletta professor of Mechanical Engineering, and director of CVeSS. The Center consists of four laboratories: Advanced Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory (AVDL, established 1995), Railway Technology Laboratory (RTL, established 2004), Computational Multi-Physics Laboratory (CMS, established 2008)  and Intelligent Transportation Laboratory (ITL, established 2008). The center is served by six full-time faculty, more than thirty-five graduate students, several undergraduate students and technical personnel. There are also numerous Virginia Tech faculty members and annual visiting scholars affiliated with CVeSS.

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Recent News

Congratulations to both Ashish Jain and Andrew E. Kim successfully defended their Masters Thesis!
Congratulations to both Ashish Jain and Andrew E. Kim successfully defended their Masters Thesis!
Congratulations to both Ashish Jain and Andrew E. Kim successfully defended their Masters Thesis!

Research Area

Track & Railway

Advanced Suspension

Sensors & Intelligent Systems

Heavy Trucks

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FedEx Team - CVeSS

Energy Harvesting

Marine Systems

Vehicle Testing

Physics-based Models

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Sponsors

We have published over 300 research papers in journals and conferences

Current Journal Publicaitons:

  1. Zhang, H., Zhang, X., Ahmadian, M., Zhang, N., and Wang, J., “Editorial: Recent Developments in Active and Semi-Active Suspension System Design for Vehicular Applications,” International Journal of Vehicle Design, Vol. 68, No 1/2/3, June 2015, pp. 1 – 4.
  2. Yang, L., Li, H., Ahmadian, M., and Ma, B., “Analysis of the Influence of Engine Torque Excitation on Clutch Judder,” Journal of Vibration and Control June 29, 2015 1077546315582291.
  3. Ahmadian, M., “Integrating Electromechanical Systems in Commercial Vehicles for Improved Handling, Stability, and Comfort,” SAE International, Journal of Commercial Vehicle, Vol. 7, No. 2, October 2014, pp. 535 – 587. (doi:10.4271/2014-01-2408)
  4. Taheri, S., Sandu, C., Ahmadian, M., Furukawa, T., Ferris, J., and Batur, C., “Technical note: NSF I/UCRC Centre for Tire Research (CenTiRe): an overview,” International Journal of Vehicle Design, Vol. 65, No 2-3, September 2014, pp. 286-291.
  5. Wang, Q., Ahmadian, M., and Chen, Z., “A Novel Double-Piston Magnetorheological Damper for Space Truss Structures Vibration Suppression,” Shock and Vibration, Vol. 2014, Article ID Curriculum Vitae M. Ahmadian Page 2 864765, doi 10.1155/2014/8647
  6. Xu, Y. and Ahmadian, M., “Improving Vehicle Lateral Stability based on Variable Stiffness and Damping Suspension System via MR Damper,” IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, Vol. 63, No. 3, March 2014, pp. 1071 – 1078.

Current Conference Publications:

  1. Hou, Y., Y. Chen, and M. Ahmadian. A Simulation-Based Study on the Improvement of Semi-Truck Roll Stability in Roundabouts. No. 2016-01-8038. SAE Technical Paper, 2016.
  2. Chen, Y., Ahmadian, M., and Peterson, A. W., “Pneumatically Balanced Heavy Truck Air Suspensions for Improved Roll Stability,” SAE Commercial Engineering Congress and Exhibition, Rosemont, IL, October 6 – 8, 2015.
  3. Hou, Y. and Ahmadian, M., “Effects of Commercial Truck Configuration on Roll Stability in Roundabouts,” SAE Commercial Engineering Congress and Exhibition, Rosemont, IL, October 6 – 8, 2015.
  4. Mousaviraad, M., Conger, M., Stern, F., Peterson, A. W., and Ahmadian, M., “Validation of CFDMBD FSI for High-Fidelity Simulations of Full-Scale WAM-V Sea-Trials with Suspended Payload,” Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Fast Sea Transportation, Washington, DC, September 1 – 4, 2015.
  5. Munoz, J., Ahmadian, M., Taheri, M. A., and O’Conner, T., “Accuracy Analysis of Car BodyMounted Doppler LIDAR Technology Used to Measure Track Speed and Curvature,” Proceedings of the 2015 Joint Rail Conference, San Jose, CA, March 24 – 26, 2015.
  6. Hosseinipour, M., Meymand, S. Z., and Ahmadian, M., “Vibration Analysis for Improving Powertrain Design and Contact Measurements of a Roller Rig,” Proceedings of the 2015 Joint Rail Conference, San Jose, CA, March 24 – 26, 2015.
  7. Meymand, S. Z., Hosseinipour, M., and Ahmadian, M., “Development of a Roller Rig for Experimental Evaluation of Wheel-Rail Contact Mechanics for Railway Vehicles,” Proceedings of the 2015 Joint Rail Conference, San Jose, CA, March 24 – 26, 2015.
  8. O’Conner, T., Taheri, M. A., Munoz, J., and Ahmadian, M., “Conversion of Non-Contact LIDAR Velocity Measurements to Spatial Markings and Indication Signals for Commercial Train Systems,” Proceedings of the 2015 Joint Rail Conference, San Jose, CA, March 24 – 26, 2015.
  9. Taheri, M. and Ahmadian, M., “Investigation of parameters influencing hunting performance of a railway vehicle with three-piece trucks,” Proceedings of the 2015 Joint Rail Conference, San Jose, CA, March 24 – 26, 2015.
  10. Meymand, S. Z., and Ahmadian, M., “A Review Study of Wheel-Rail Contact Models,” Proceedings of the 2015 Joint Rail Conference, San Jose, CA, March 24 – 26, 2015.
  11. Taheri, M. A., Munoz, J., O’Conner, T., and Ahmadian, M., “Application of Multifunctional LIDAR for Non-contact Track Geometry Measurement,” Proceedings of the 2015 Joint Rail Conference, San Jose, CA, March 24 – 26, 2015.

Our Contact Information:

Center for Vehicle Systems & Safety (CVeSS)
3103 Commerce Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Tel: 540-231-4920
Fax: 540-231-0730

Department of Mechanical Engineering
College of Engineering, Virginia Tech
635 Prices Fork Road, Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-6045