Pietro Tricoli is a Lecturer in Electrical Power & Control within the School of Electronic, Electrical and Systems 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.
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 Systems 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 Systems 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).
- 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
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.