Vincenzo Madonna

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  • Vincenzo Madonna received the Laurea Magistrale degree in electrical engineering from the University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy, in 2016, and the Ph.D. degree in electrical machines design from the University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK, in 2020.

    In 2016, he joined the Institute for Aerospace Technology, University of Nottingham, as a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Doctoral Fellow in reliability-oriented design of electrical machines for transportation. In 2018, he was a Research Associate and a Teaching Assistant with the Key Laboratory of More Electric Aircraft of Zhejiang Province, Ningbo, China. He worked as a Post-Doctoral Researcher with the Propulsion Futures Beacon of Excellence at the University of Nottingham until December 2020.

    In January 2021, Vincenzo joined Leonardo in Turin, Italy, where he is currently a Research Fellow with the Electrification Research Unit, Leonardo Labs.

    He is the author or co-author of more than 45 scientific articles, mainly published in leading academic journals and IEEE-sponsored conference proceedings. His current research focuses on all the main topics related to transportation electrification, design for reliability of electrical machines and drives, and physics-of-failure of electrical insulation systems.

    Dr. Madonna is the recipient of four International Best Paper Awards. In particular, he has been awarded:

     – The 2018 ICEM Brian Chalmers Best Paper Award 2018, for the paper: On the effects of advanced end winding cooling on the design and performance of electrical machines

     – The ICEMS 2020 Excellent Paper Award for the paper: Development and testing of soft magnetic rotor for switched reluctance motor built through additive manufacturing technology

     – The 2020 IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, Electrical Machines Technical Committee Best Paper Award for the paper: Weibull distribution and geometrical size factor for evaluating the thermal life of electrical machines’ insulation

     – The IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Student Best Paper Award for the paper: Thermal overload and insulation ageing of short duty cycle, aerospace motors

    Dr. Madonna is a Founding Member of the “Electrical Machines Reliability Laboratory” in the Institute for Aerospace Technology, University of Nottingham, and he serves as a reviewer for six different IEEE Transactions. He is the co-inventor of the innovative liquid cooling method presented in https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8464056. He has been amongst the first researchers in the world to test a switched reluctance machine with a fully 3D-printed rotor (https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/abstract/document/9256277).

  • Transportation Electrification, Electrical Machines Design

  • 46 peer-reviewed, Scopus-indexed publications (https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Cd1vgFUAAAAJ&hl=it)

    Journal papers:

    V. Madonna, P. Giangrande, and M. Galea, "Electrical Power Generation in Aircraft: Review, Challenges, and Opportunities," IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 646-659, 2018.

    V. Madonna, G. Migliazza, P. Giangrande, E. Lorenzani, G. Buticchi, and M. Galea, "The Rebirth of the Current Source Inverter: Advantages for Aerospace Motor Design," IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 65-76, 2019.

    V. Madonna, P. Giangrande, L. Lusuardi, A. Cavallini, C. Gerada, and M. Galea, "Thermal Overload and Insulation Aging of Short Duty Cycle, Aerospace Motors," IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 67, no. 4, pp. 2618-2629, 2020.

    V. Madonna, A. Walker, P. Giangrande, G. Serra, C. Gerada, and M. Galea, "Improved Thermal Management and Analysis for Stator End-Windings of Electrical Machines," IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, vol. 66, no. 7, pp. 5057-5069, 2019.

    V. Madonna, P. Giangrande, and M. Galea, "Influence of Insulation Thermal Aging on the Temperature Assessment in Electrical Machines," IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion, pp. 1-1, 2020.

    V. Madonna, P. Giangrande, J. Harikumaran, G. Buticchi and M. Galea, "System-Level Reliability Assessment of Short Duty Electric Drives for Aerospace," in IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 1888-1900, Sept. 2021

    V. Madonna, P. Giangrande, W. Zhao, H. Zhang, C. Gerada and M. Galea, "Electrical Machines for the More Electric Aircraft: Partial Discharges Investigation," in IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, vol. 57, no. 2, pp. 1389-1398, March-April 2021,

    V. Madonna, P. Giangrande, C. Gerada, and M. Galea, "Thermal analysis of fault-tolerant electrical machines for aerospace actuators," IET Electric Power Applications, vol. 13, no. 7, pp. 843-852, 2019.

    V. Madonna, P. Giangrande, C. Gerada, and M. Galea, "Thermal analysis of fault-tolerant electrical machines for more electric aircraft applications," The Journal of Engineering, vol. 2018, no. 13, pp. 461-467, 2018.

    V. Madonna, P. Giangrande, and M. Galea, "Evaluation of strand-to-strand capacitance and dissipation factor in thermally aged enamelled coils for low-voltage electrical machines," IET Science, Measurement & Technology, vol. 13, no. 8, pp. 1170-1177, 2019.

    V. Madonna, P. Giangrande, G. Migliazza, G. Buticchi, and M. Galea, "A Time-Saving Approach for the Thermal Lifetime Evaluation of Low Voltage Electrical Machines," IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, pp. 1-1, 2019.

    G. Turabee et al., "The Role of Neural Networks in Predicting the Thermal Life of Electrical Machines," IEEE Access, vol. 8, pp. 40283-40297, 2020.

    M. Galea, P. Giangrande, V. Madonna, and G. Buticchi, "Reliability-Oriented Design of Electrical Machines: The Design Process for Machines' Insulation Systems MUST Evolve," IEEE Industrial Electronics Magazine, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 20-28, 2020.

    P. Giangrande, V. Madonna, S. Nuzzo, and M. Galea, "Moving Toward a Reliability-Oriented Design Approach of Low-Voltage Electrical Machines by Including Insulation Thermal Aging Considerations," IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification, vol. 6, no. 1, pp. 16-27, 2020.

    H. Zhang et al., "Thermal Model Approach to Multisector Three-Phase Electrical Machines," IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, pp. 1-1, 2020.

    G. Migliazza et al., "DC Current Control for a Single-Stage Current Source Inverter in Motor Drive Application," IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 36, no. 3, pp. 3367-3376, 2021.

    L. Gargalis, V. Madonna, et al., "Additive Manufacturing and Testing of a Soft Magnetic Rotor for a Switched Reluctance Motor," IEEE Access, vol. 8, pp. 206982-206991, 2020.

    M. R. Khowja et al., "Lifetime Estimation of Enameled Wires Under Accelerated Thermal Aging Using Curve Fitting Methods," in IEEE Access, vol. 9, pp. 18993-19003, 2021.

    Ji, Y.; Giangrande, P.; Madonna, V.; Zhao, W.; Galea, M. Reliability-Oriented Design of Inverter-Fed Low-Voltage Electrical Machines: Potential Solutions. Energies 2021, 14, 4144.

    J. Harikumaran et al., "Failure Modes and Reliability Oriented System Design for Aerospace Power Electronic Converters," in IEEE Open Journal of the Industrial Electronics Society, vol. 2, pp. 53-64, 2021

    Conference Proceedings:

    V. Madonna, C. Spagnolo, P. Giangrande, and M. Galea, "Improving Performance and Extending Lifetime of PMSMs via Advanced End-Winding Cooling," presented at the IEEE ISIE 2020 - 29th IEEE International Symposium on Industrial Electronics, 2020. 

    R. Glassock, V. Madonna, P. Giangrande, and M. Galea, "RexMoto–A Range Extender Concept for Light Electric Aircraft," presented at the 2020 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo ITEC, 2020. 

    G. Turabee et al., "Thermal Lifetime Evaluation of Electrical Machines Using Neural Network," presented at the 2020 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo ITEC, 2020. 

    O. Ogun, M. Enoh, G. Cosma, A. Taherkhani, and V. Madonna, "Enhancing Prediction in Cyclone Separators through Computational Intelligence," presented at the IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (IEEE WCCI) 2020, 2020. 

    P. Giangrande, V. Madonna, and M. Galea, "Reliability Oriented Design of Low Voltage Electrical Machines Based On Accelerated Thermal Aging Tests," presented at the SPEEDAM 2020 - International Symposium on Power Electronics, Electrical Drives, Automation and Motion, 2020. 

    L. Lusuardi, A. Cavallini, V. Madonna, P. Giangrande, and M. Galea, "Unconventional accelerated thermal ageing test for traction electric motors in vehicles," presented at the EIC 2020 - 38th IEEE Electrical Insulation Conference, 2020. 

    V. Madonna, P. Giangrande, W. Zhao, H. Zhang, C. Gerada, and M. Galea, "On the Design of Partial Discharge-Free Low Voltage Electrical Machines," in 2019 IEEE International Electric Machines & Drives Conference (IEMDC), 2019, pp. 1837-1842.

    V. Madonna, P. Giangrande, and M. Galea, "Introducing Physics of Failure Considerations in the Electrical Machines Design," in 2019 IEEE International Electric Machines & Drives Conference (IEMDC), 2019, pp. 2233-2238.

    V. Madonna, P. Giangrande, W. Zhao, Y. Wang, H. Zhang, and M. Galea, "Insulation Capacitance as Diagnostic Marker for Thermally Aged, Low Voltage Electrical Machines," in 2019 22nd International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems (ICEMS), 2019, pp. 1-5.

    V. Madonna, P. Giangrande, G. Migliazza, G. Buticchi, and M. Galea, "On the Thermal Insulation Qualification of Low Voltage Electrical Machines," in IECON 2019 - 45th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, 2019, vol. 1, pp. 7115-7120.

    P. Giangrande, V. Madonna, W. Zhao, Y. Wang, C. Gerada, and M. Galea, "Simplified Lumped Parameter Thermal Network for Short-Duty Dual Three-Phase Permanent Magnet Machines," in 2019 22nd International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems (ICEMS), 2019, pp. 1-6.

    P. Giangrande, V. Madonna, S. Nuzzo, C. Gerada, and M. Galea, "Braking Torque Compensation Strategy and Thermal Behavior of a Dual Three-Phase Winding PMSM During Short-Circuit Fault," in 2019 IEEE International Electric Machines & Drives Conference (IEMDC), 2019, pp. 2245-2250.

    V. Madonna, P. Giangrande, A. Walker, and M. Galea, "On the Effects of Advanced End-Winding Cooling on the Design and Performance of Electrical Machines," in 2018 XIII International Conference on Electrical Machines (ICEM), 2018, pp. 311-317.

    C. Spagnolo, V. Madonna, S. Sumsurooah, C. I. Hill, and S. Bozhko, "Optimised low voltage loads allocation for MEA electrical power systems," in 2019 AIAA/IEEE Electric Aircraft Technologies Symposium (EATS), 2019, pp. 1-8.

    V. Madonna et al., "Reliability vs. Performances of Electrical Machines: Partial Discharges Issue," in 2019 IEEE Workshop on Electrical Machines Design, Control and Diagnosis (WEMDCD), 2019, vol. 1, pp. 77-82.

    P. Giangrande, V. Madonna, S. Nuzzo, C. Spagnolo, C. Gerada, and M. Galea, "Reduced Order Lumped Parameter Thermal Network for Dual Three-Phase Permanent Magnet Machines," in 2019 IEEE Workshop on Electrical Machines Design, Control and Diagnosis (WEMDCD), 2019, vol. 1, pp. 71-76.

    V. Madonna, P. Giangrande, L. Lusuardi, A. Cavallini, and M. Galea, "Impact of thermal overload on the insulation aging in short duty cycle motors for aerospace," in 2018 IEEE International Conference on Electrical Systems for Aircraft, Railway, Ship Propulsion and Road Vehicles & International Transportation Electrification Conference (ESARS-ITEC), 2018, pp. 1-6.

    P. Giangrande, V. Madonna, G. Sala, A. Kladas, C. Gerada, and M. Galea, "Design and Testing of PMSM for Aerospace EMA Applications," presented at the 2018 Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society - IECON 2018, Washington DC, 2018. 

    P. Giangrande, V. Madonna, S. Nuzzo, and M. Galea, "Design of Fault-Tolerant Dual Three-Phase Winding PMSM for Helicopter Landing Gear EMA," presented at the 2018 IEEE ESARS-ITEC, Nottingham UK, 2018. 

    V. Madonna, P. Giangrande, and M. Galea, "Weibull Distribution and Geometrical Size Factor for Evaluating the Thermal Life of Electrical Machines’ Insulation," in IECON 2020 The 46th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society, 2020, pp. 1114-1119.

    V. Madonna, P. Giangrande, and M. Galea, "On the Capability of Heat Dissipation in Thermally Aged Electrical Machines," in 2020 International Conference on Electrical Machines (ICEM), 2020, vol. 1, pp. 954-960.

    L. Gargalis et al., "3D Printing as a Technology Enabler for Electrical Machines: Manufacturing and Testing of a Salient Pole Rotor for SRM," in 2020 International Conference on Electrical Machines (ICEM), 2020, vol. 1, pp. 12-18.

    G. Turabee et al., "Predicting Insulation Resistance of Enamelled Wire using Neural Network and Curve Fit Methods Under Thermal Aging " presented at the IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (IEEE WCCI) 2020, 2020.

    Madonna, V.; Giangrande, P.; Galea, M.: 'Phase to ground insulation in low voltage machines: lifetime evaluation under enhanced thermal stress', IET Conference Proceedings, 2021, p. 361-366

    V. Madonna, P. Giangrande and M. Galea, "On specimens choice for thermal lifetime assessment of low voltage electrical machines insulation," The 10th International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD 2020), 2020, pp. 38-43, doi: 10.1049/icp.2021.1127.

  • Invited Speaker: MEA 2017, the 4th International Symposium on More Electric Aircraft Technology (2017, Beijing, China)

    Presenter: ICEM 2018, the 23rd International Conference on Electrical Machines (2018, Alexandroupoli, Greece)

    Presenter: 2018 International Conference on Electrical Systems for Aircraft, Railway, Ship Propulsion and Road Vehicles & International Transportation Electrification Conference (ESARS-ITEC Europe 2018) (2018, Nottingham, UK)

    Presenter: IECON 2018 - 44th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (2018, Washington DC, US)

    Technical Chair, Invited Speaker: UK Magnetic Society, Electro-Mechanical and System Integration in the Aero/Auto World (2018, Nottingham)

    Invited Speaker: WEMDCD 2019, IEEE Workshop on Electrical Machines Design, Control and Diagnosis (2019, Athens, Greece)

    Presenter: IECON 2019 – the 45th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (2019, Lisbon, Portugal)

    Presenter, Session Chair: IEMDC 2019 International Electric Machines & Drives Conference (2019, San Diego, US)

    Presenter: IEEE EIC 2020, Electrical Insulation Conference (2020, Virtual)

    Presenter, Session Chair: IEEE ISIE 2020, International Symposium on Industrial Electronics (2020, Virtual)

    Presenter, Session Chair: IEEE ITEC 2020, Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (2020, Virtual)

    Presenter: SPEEDAM 2020, International Symposium on Power Electronics, Electric Drives, Automation and Motion (2020, Virtual)

    Presenter: 2020 International Conference on Electrical Machines ICEM (2020, Virtual)

    Presenter: IECON 2020 – the 46th Annual Conference of the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (2020, Virtual)

    Presenter, Session Chair: ICEMS 2020, the 23rd International Conference on Electrical Machines and Systems (2020, Virtual)

    Presenter: PEMD 2020, the 10th International Conference on Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (2020, Virtual)