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Corina Sandu

Robert E. Hord Jr. Professor
  • Associate Department Head for Graduate Studies
  • Thrust Area Specialty: Robotics, Autonomous, and Dynamical Systems
Corina Sandu
Office 124G
Mechanical Engineering,
1600 Innovation Drive, Suite 127,
Blacksburg VA 24061

Research Interests

  • Modeling and simulation of multibody dynamics systems
  • Treatment of uncertainties
  • Parameter estimation
  • Multibody dynamics systems optimizations
  • On-road and off-road, wheeled and tracked vehicle dynamics
  • Tire and track modeling
  • Terramechanics (vehicle-terrain interaction)
  • Modeling of stochastic terrain profile and soil characteristics
  • Rail dynamics, wheel-rail contact and friction modeling, and train suspension modeling
  • Vibrations and control of mechanical systems.

See Dr. Sandu's publications and research on Google Scholar.

Latest publications:

  1. McBride, S., Burdisso, R., and Sandu, C. - “Modeling Vibration-Induced Tire Pavement Interaction Noise in the Mid-Frequency Range”, Paper no. TST-19-222, Tire Science and Technology Journal, on-line Oct. 2020,, 2020.
  2. Mousavi, H. and Sandu, C. – “Sensitivity Analysis of the Tire-ice Friction Coefficient with Respect to the Tire’s Rubber Compound Properties”, J. of Terramechanics, on-line Sept 29, 2020, Vol. 91, pp. 319-328 (10),, Oct. 2020. (2 citations)
  3. He, R., Sandu, C., Shenvi, M.N., Mousavi, H., Braun, K., Kruger, R., and Els, S.P. – “Updated Standards of International Society for Terrain-Vehicle Systems”, J. of Terramechanics, on-line July 30, 2020, Vol. 91, pp. 185-231 (47),, Oct. 2020.
  4. Mousavi, H. and Sandu, C. – “Tire-Ice Model Development for The Simulation of Rubber Compounds Effect on Tire Performance”, J. of Terramechanics, on-line June 16 2020, Vol. 91, pp. 97-115 (19),, Oct. 2020. (3 citations)
  5. Mousavi, H. and Sandu, C. – “Experimental Study of Tread Rubber Compound Effects on Tire Performance on Ice”, Article ID 02-13-02-0006, SAE Int. J.  of Commercial Vehicles, on-line June 16, 2020, 13(2):99-101,, 2020. (2 citations)
  6. Corner, S., Sandu, A., and Sandu, C. – “Adjoint Sensitivity Analysis of Hybrid Multibody Dynamical Systems”, Paper no. MUBO-D-19-00067, Multibody Systems Dynamics, on-line Feb. 10, 2020, (1 citations)
  7. Sandu, C., Taheri, Sh., Taheri, S., Els, S., and Jimenez, E. – “Hybrid Soft Soil Tire Model (HSSTM). Part III: Model Parameterization and Validation”, J. of Terramechanics, on-line Nov. 28, 2019, Vol 88, pp. 1-15 (15),, April 2020.
  8. Jimenez, E. and Sandu, C. – “Experimental Investigation of the Tractive Performance of Pneumatic Tires on Ice”, Tire Science and Technology, Vol. 48, No. 1, pp. 22-45 (24),, Jan.-March, 2020. (32 citations)
  • Ph.D. - Mechanical Engineering, University of Iowa, 2000
  • M.S. - Mechanical Engineering, University of Iowa, 1995
  • Engineering Diploma - Mechanics, Bucharest Polytechnic Institute, 1991