CAViDS Consortium

Center for Advanced Vehicle Design and Simulation, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Western Michigan University forms the CAViDS Consortium (hereinafter called “CAViDS”) to provide breakthrough applied computer simulation technology and knowledge to the vehicle industry in the area of vehicle design and analysis.  It is a concept of cost-sharing, risk-sharing, and benefit-sharing.  In the consortium, industrial companies, national labs, foundations, and WMU collaborate for the purposes of technology advancement and transfer, and education.

The investment to CAViDS from the governments, foundations, and industry, are used to develop basic simulation tools, including software, computers, simulators, and other validation equipment, and to customize the developed technologies to industry’s needs. CAViDS serves as a keystone in meeting ground vehicle industry needs through the development of new technologies and the conversion of the existing focused simulation technologies in the federally funded national labs for dual use.  Needs identified by the industry partners are addressed by the core competence at CAViDS with in-house technology creation and innovative use of commercial software.

Industry Members

Caterpillar Inc.
Machinery and Engines

Eaton Corporation
Truck Components

Specialty Chemicals

ThermalSystems Inc.

Thermal Systems

Government Lab Affiliates

US Army Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
National Transportation Research Center (NTRC)
Center for Transportation Analysis (CTA)




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