Dr Pietro Tricoli Dr-Ing, PhD, MIEEE

 

Lecturer in Electrical Power & Control

School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Contact details

School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Gisbert Kapp Building
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

About

Pietro Tricoli is a Lecturer in Electrical Power & Control within the School of Electronic, Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is also a member of the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education.

Pietro has over 50 research publications in international scientific journals and conference proceedings, as well as one book chapter and one university textbook in the fields of power electronics, electric machines and drives.

Qualifications

Lecturer in Electrical Power & Control:

  • PhD in Electrical Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Italy, 2005
  • MSc cum laude in Electrical Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Italy, 2002

Biography

Dr Pietro Tricoli received the MSc (cum laude) and the PhD degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Naples Federico II, Italy, in 2002 and 2005, respectively.

He was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, in 2005. In 2006, he was also a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan. From 2006 to 2011 he was a Post Doctoral Research Fellow with the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Italy. He is currently a Lecturer in Electrical Power & Control with the School of Electronic, Electrical, and Computer Engineering at the University of Birmingham. He is the author of more than 50 scientific papers published in international journals and conference proceedings. His research interests include the use of storage devices for road electric vehicles, tramways, and rapid transit systems, the wind and photovoltaic generation, and the modeling of switching power converters.

Dr. Tricoli is a member of IEEE and of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES).

Teaching

Teaching Programmes

  • Lectures BEng/MEng3 Power Electronic Applications
  • Lectures MEng4 Electrical Energy Conversion Systems

Research

RESEARCH THEMES  

  • Modelling and experimental tests of induction motor drives for rapid transit and road electric vehicles
  • Modelling and experimental tests of electrical storage devices (electrochemical batteries and electrochemical capacitors) and study of power electronics for their application in road electric vehicles, light railways, streetcars, ropeways and hoisting systems
  • Modelling and experimental tests of PV arrays, wind turbines and fuel cells and analysis of power electronics for their application in the distributed generation
  • Modelling and experimental tests of active power filters in power systems
  • Modelling and experimental tests of line start synchronous machines for the distributed generation
  • Modelling of rotor bar failures in squirrel-cage induction machines
  • Modelling and experimental tests of switching power converters

RESEARCH ACTIVITY

My research activity mainly focuses on the modelling, analysis and control of power electronics devices applied to electrical drives, renewable energy sources and storage devices. Research in this area presents a multidisciplinary nature and this is, at the same time, fascinating and challenging. Electrical drive practical design requires always good knowledge on the fundamentals of solid state and electromechanical conversion theory, control theory, system theory, digital simulation, and DSP programming.

Other activities

  • Reviewer of several international journals (mainly IEEE Transactions and IET Proceedings)
  • Member of the Organizing Committee of the IEEE International Conference “Clean Electrical Power” with the role of Conference Secretary
  • Speaker at several International IEEE and VDI Conferences
  • Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)and the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES)
  • Registered professional engineer in Italy

Publications

Book chapters

  • Iannuzzi, D., Pagano, E., Tricoli, P. (2007), “Qualification of the power train: characterisation of innovative prototypes”, in: Center of Competence for Transport Systems of the Campania Region. Aracne Editrice, Roma

Books

  • Pagano, E., Tricoli, P. (2010), Nozioni complementari di macchine ed azionamenti elettrici, Naples, Italy: Liguori Editore

Journal Articles

  • D’Arco, S., Iannuzzi, D., Pagano, E., Tricoli, P. (2005), Analysis of active filter behaviour by means of modified z-transform method, IEE Proc. Electr. Power Appl., 152(3): 695-702
  • Lipo, T.A., Rockhill, A.A., Tenca, P., Tricoli, P. (2008), Current source topology for wind turbines with decreased mains current harmonics, further reducible via functional minimization, IEEE Trans. Power Electron., 23(3): 1143-1155
  • Piegari, L., Rizzo, R., Tricoli, P. (2008), Sizing criteria for stand-alone power plants supplied by photovoltaic arrays, Acta Electrotehnica, Ed. Academy of Technical Science Romania, ISSN 1841-3323, Special Issue 2008: 241-246
  • Piegari, L., Rizzo, R., Tricoli, P.(2008), Control strategy of energy storage and supply systems for electric vehicles, Scientific Bulletin of the Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania, Transactions on Mechanics, ISSN 1224-6077, 53(67), Fascicola S2: 29-37
  • Tricoli, P. (2011), Analytical closed-form solution for transient analysis of boost DC-DC converters, Compel-Int. J. Comp. Math. Electr. Electron. Eng., 30(2): 706-725
  • Iannuzzi, D., Lauria, D., Tricoli, P., Optimal design of stationary supercapacitors storage devices for light electrical transportation systems, Optim. Eng., DOI: 10.1007/s11081-011-9160-4, 2011
  • Iannuzzi, D., Tricoli, P., Speed-based state of charge tracking control for metro-trains with onboard supercapacitors, IEEE Trans. Power Electron., DOI: 10.1109/TPEL.2011.2167633, 2011

Selected Conference Papers

  • Pagano, E., Piegari, L., Tricoli, P. (2003), Approaches to analytical analysis of active filter behaviour, Proc. 29th Ann. Conf. IEEE Industrial Electron. Soc. IECON’03, Roanoke, VA, USA, vol. 3, pp. 2017-2022, 2-6 Nov. 2003
  • D’Arco, S., Iannuzzi, D., Pagano, E., Tricoli, P. (2004), Set-up and experimental validation of a peak-torque feeding algorithm for electrical drives, Proc. of IEEE Int. Symp. Industrial Electron. ISIE’04, Ajaccio, France, vol. 2, pp. 1209-1214, 4-7 May 2004
  • D’Arco, S., Iannuzzi, D., Pagano, E., Tricoli, P. (2006), Performance analysis of active filters used for harmonic compensation, Proc. 32nd Ann. Conf. IEEE Industrial Electron. Soc. IECON’06, Paris, France, pp. 1649-1654, 7-10 Nov. 2006
  • D’Arco, S., Iannuzzi, D., Pagano, E., Tricoli, P. (2006), Compound operations of asynchronous generator and PWM inverters for passive ac network supply, Proc. 32nd Ann. Conf. IEEE Industrial Electron. Soc. IECON’06, Paris, France, pp. 1149-1155, 7-10 Nov. 2006
  • Iannuzzi, D., Tricoli, P. (2007), Integrated storage devices for ropeway plants: useful tools for peak shaving, Proc. 33rd Ann. Conf. IEEE Industrial Electron. Soc. IECON’07, Taipei, Taiwan, pp. 396-401, 5-8 Nov. 2007
  • Iannuzzi, D., Piegari, L., Tricoli, P. (2008), An active filter used for harmonic compensation and power factor correction: a control technique, Proc. 39th Power Electron. Specialists Conf. PESC’08, Rhodes, Greece, pp. 4631-4635, 15-19 Jun. 2008
  • Iannuzzi, D., Tricoli, P. (2010), Metro trains equipped onboard with supercapacitors: a control technique for energy saving, Proc. Int. Symp. Power Electron., Electr. Drives, Automation and Motion SPEEDAM’10, Pisa, Italy, pp. 750-756, 14-16 Jun. 2010
  • Iannuzzi, D., Tricoli, P. (2010), Optimal control strategy of onboard supercapacitors storage system for light railway vehicles, Proc. IEEE Int. Symp. Industrial Electron. ISIE’10, Bari, Italy, pp. 280-285, 4-7 Jul. 2010
  • Piegari, L., Tricoli, P. (2010), A control algorithm of power converters in smart-grids for providing uninterruptible ancillary services, Proc. 14th Int. Conf. Harmonics and Quality of Power ICHQP’10, Bergamo, Italy, 26-29 Sep. 2010
  • Iannuzzi, D., Tricoli, P. (2011), Supercapacitor state of charge control based on changeover finite state controller for metro-train applications, Proc. Int. Conf. Clean Electr. Power, Ischia, Italy, pp. 550-556, 14-16 Jun. 2011

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