An Introduction to Coal Technology


  • Norbert Berkowitz, University of Alberta

An Introduction to Coal Technology completely describes coal technology research and development. Coal is an important primary fuel throughout the world and research has spread from coal liquefaction and gasification to technologies for developing clean coal. The book is divided into two parts. Part I focuses on the formation and fundamental properties of coal. Part II addresses recent developments and important technical processes such as the preparation and combustion techniques of clean coal, environmental management of coal, and fast pyrolysis. This Second Edition builds upon and updates the successful treatment presented in Dr. Berkowitzs esteemed 1979 book.
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Researchers and students in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, geochemistry, and environmental management.


Book information

  • Published: December 1993
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-091951-2


"The numerous illustrations are a strength of this book."

"What is coal, and what happens to it if you wash, break, shake, bake, broil, boil, dissolve or burn it? An Introduction to Coal Technology answers these questions. [The book] is well-organized, readable and abundantly illustrated. Anyone needing ageneral reference, a technical review or an entree to the literature could use this book."

Table of Contents

Origins, Formation, and Properties of Coal: Origins and Formation. Compositions. Classification. Physical Properties. Chemical Properties. Behavior at Elevated Temperatures. The Action of Solvents on Coal. Upgrading, Handling, and Processing of Coal: Benificiation, Cleaning, Drying, and Briquetting. Transportation and Storage. Combustion. Carbonization and Tar Processing. Gasification. Coal Liquefaction. Environmental Aspects of Coal Utilization. Subject Index.