Measurement of coal particle size and shape with concentrated coal-water mixtures
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The behavior of concentrated coal-water mixtures having narrow particle size ssfractions of coal was investigated. The pulverized coal was fractionated into six distinct particle size ranges, i.e. -70+80, -80+120, -120+140,-140+200, -200+400 and -400 mesh sizes by using a series of sieves. Settling rates were determined as functions of solids concentration for suspensions in water of coal particles to establish the measurement of particle size and shape factor and to assess concentration effect upon the observed hindered settling rates. The settling rates were modelled using the Richardson-Zaki model with the exponent n variable to account for the nonspherical shape of the coal particles. The data was also correlated with the Michaels-Bolger model which explicitly account for the excess water which is dragged down along with the particles undergoing sedimentation. In addition, coal particles and suspensions were characterized by coal analysis, heating value, solid heat capacity and thermal conductivity, densities, maximum packing concentrations and pore size distributions.
Key wordsCoal-Water Mixture Particle Size Shape Settling Rate Characterization
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