Choudhury, Nandita and Biswas, S. and Sarkar, P. and Kumar, Manish and Ghosal, Sujit and Mitra , Tandra and Mukherjee, A. and Choudhury, A (2008) Influence of rank and macerals on the burnout behaviour of pulverized Indian coal. International Journal of Coal Geology , 74. pp. 145-153. ISSN 0166-5162

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The combustion behaviour of coal is significantly influenced by its rank and maceral and microlithotype compositions. Different macerals, due to their distinct and unique physical properties and chemical makeup, have different burning characteristics. This paper deals with the burning behaviour of coals of Indian origin by thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA) and in drop tube furnace (DTF) with particular emphasis on the role of macerals and their associations. Four coals of different rank and petrographic makeup, along with their two density fractions, with enriched vitrinite and inertinites, respectively,were studied in both TGA and DTF. The burnout behaviour was estimated from the chemical analyses of the char samples collected from the DTF. The burning characteristics of one of the coals deviate from the trend expected with the variations of rank. The behaviour of the density fractions in DTF was found to be different from that observed in TGA analyses. An attempt has been made to correlate the burnout with the petrographic macerals and microlithotypes present in the coals. The morphology of the residual chars indicates the contributions of the inertinites towards the formation of cenospheres and network types of reactive chars. The superior burning behaviour of the higher density inertinite-rich fractions over the raw coals and also some vitrinite-rich fractions indicate the better reactivity of the inertinites towards combustion.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rank; Macerals; Microlithotype; Char morphology; Carbon burnout
Subjects: Resource Quality Assessment and Coal Petrology
Depositing User: Dr. Satyendra Kumar Singh
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2011 06:32
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2011 06:32

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