Gopinathan, P. and Jha, Madhu and Singh, Ashok K. and Mahato, Abhishek and Singh, Pradeep K. and Singh, Vivek (2022) Geochemical characteristics, origin and forms of sulphur distribution in the Talcher coaleld, India. Fuel, 316. ISSN 0016-2361

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Geochemical studies conducted on samples from the Talcher coal eld can help elucidate the occurrence, origin and different forms of Sulphur in the area. In this coaleld, sulphur is present as organic sulphur, pyritic sulphur, and sulphate sulphur. The total sulphur concentration ranges from 0.5% to 1.13%, which falls under category of low-sulphur coals. Organic sulphur accounts for 70%, and pyritic sulphur accounts for 25% of the total sulphur in the Talcher coal. The presence of a minor proportion of sulphate sulphur (approximately ≤ 5%) indicates that Talcher coals are formed under non-marine environmental conditions. Results from proximate analysis expose the gross composition of coal. The air dried results indicate that, the moisture content varies from 2.6 to 4.8%, ash content ranges from 29.7 to 45.6%, volatile matter ranges from 24.54 to 29.65%, and xed carbon content varies from 25.96 to 37.25%. It is observed that when the ash percentage of coal samples is less than 40%, the gross caloric value of the Talcher coaleld ranges from 4000 to 5000 kcal/kg, and when the ash percentage of the coal samples is greater than 40%, the gross caloric value is less than 3000 kcal/kg. The elemental com-positions of the Talcher coaleld were also determined based on the dry mineral matter free basis. Carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, sulphur, and oxygen content were determined. Macerals and mineral matter were studied using a coal Petrological microscope. It was observed that macerals account for 69% of the total mass of coal while pyrite represent 1.8% and other minerals 29.28%. Results obtained using the eld emission scanning electron microscope technique show that the major sulphide minerals present in the Talcher coals are pyrite (FeS2) and marcasite (FeS2), with pyrite being the more common. Sphalerite (ZnS) was found in some samples. The study has revealed the geochemical characteristics, origin and forms of sulphur distribution in the Talcher coaleld.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Coal Geochemistry Total Sulphur Forms of Sulphur Genesis of Sulphur Talcher Coal Field
Subjects: Coal Characterisation
Depositing User: Mr. B. R. Panduranga
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2022 07:08
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2022 07:08

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