Mohalik, N.K. (2017) Development of a petrographic technique to assess the spontaneous combustion susceptibility of Indian coals. International Journal of Coal Preparation and Utilization. ISSN 1939-2699

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Petrographic studies are commonly used to categorize the potential utilization of coals. Eleven coal samples from the Jharia coalfield (JCF), India, were studied using petrographic techniques to investigate maceral content, reflectance, and textural characteristics. Multiple test samples of each coal were slowly oxidized under controlled laboratory conditions from an ambient temperature of 30°c to 300°c to investigate the morphology of oxidized coals. The petrographic characterization of coals before and after oxidation showed significant changes in both morphology and vitrinite reflectance. The oxidation of coal particles produced three predominant textural changes: particles with homogeneous change of reflectance (HCv), particles with oxidation rims (ORv), and particles with no changes were observed (Uv), respectively. These textural characteristics were used to indicate how particles had interacted with oxygen at low temperatures during the early stages of oxidation. The morphological classification developed provides an alternative method to confirm the susceptibility of a coal to spontaneous combustion. Conventional thermal parameters such as crossing point temperature (CPT) were unable to identify the coals prone to spontaneous combustion. However, certain petrographic parameters could be combined with CPT values to provide a much more accurate measure for susceptibility to spontaneous combustion.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Petrographic study, spontaneous combustion, morphology study of oxidized coal, principal component analysis and classification (PCCA), Fixed nonlinear regression models (FNRM)
Subjects: Mine Ventilation
Depositing User: Mr. B. R. Panduranga
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2019 06:23
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2019 06:23

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