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Scientific Associate of


ICO Awards

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Elena Golinelli

Elena Golinelli

T&D Technologies Department, RSE – Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico, Milano, Italy


Elena Golinelli received a degree in Nuclear Engineering Electronics from the Politecnico of Milano, in 1986, with a thesis carried out at the Pirelli Cavi Laboratory entitled “Interferometric measurement of single mode optical fiber chromatic dispersion”. She joined CISE (an applied research center in Milan) in 1987 where she worked on the development of laser based instrumentation for power plant combustion optimization and emission monitoring. In 2010 she joined the Electro-Optics Laboratory of RSE (Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico), a research center aimed at providing support to specific needs put forward by the Energy System, relevant to measurement, detection and monitoring of different physical parameters. In RSE she had the opportunity of increasing her expertise in the development of innovative instrumentation and measurement techniques based both on coherent and incoherent optical sources. Currently she is mainly involved in the development of an innovative laser based scanning system for conductors monitoring in high voltage power lines. Her main research contribution include: optical metrology, optical interferometry, light scattering for particle sizing, and spectroscopic techniques. She has authored more than 50 publications and five patents. In 2013 she joined the president’s board of the Italian Society of Optics and Photonics (SIOF).



Power generation diagnostic with optical spectroscopy techniques

The course is intended to provide significant examples on how optical techniques can be advantageously utilized to develop diagnostic systems capable of monitoring physical and chemical processes influencing the performance of conventional power plants utilized for power generation. The course will be focused on two applications: a passive spectroscopic technique for the measurement of the Turbine Inlet Temperature (TIT) in Gas Turbine systems and a LIBS (Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy) innovative system for the on line elemental analysis of coal in coal-fired power plants. Both these case studies include a description of the technical problems involved in the measurements, the principles of operation of the techniques and the technical solutions adopted to meet the measurement requirements.