Solid Fuels and Heavy Hydrocarbon Liquids: Thermal Characterisation and Analysis


  • Rafael Kandiyoti
  • Alan Herod
  • Keith Bartle

The first strand involves a critical overview of the design of experimental methods used for examining the thermal behaviour of solid fuels [pyrolysis, liquefaction and gasification], while the second will emphasise chemical structures and molecular mass distributions of coal derived tars, extracts and pitches, petroleum-derived asphaltenes, and biomass derived heavy hydrocarbon liquids.
Two major, interdependent strands in the study of fossil and renewable fuel utilisation are focused on within this text:
(i) Thermal characterisation of solid fuels including various ranks of coals, biomass and waste, and, (ii) The analytical characterisation of heavy hydrocarbon liquids, covering coal, petroleum and biomass derived heavy fractions.
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Primary: Energy scientists & researchers, environmental scientists, researchers involved in fossil fuels and petroleum.Secondary: Materials scientists


Book information

  • Published: April 2006
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-044486-4

Table of Contents

PrefaceChapter 1. Coal and Biomass: The Study of Solid Fuels and their UtilisationChapter 2. Fossil Fuels: Origins and Characterisation MethodsChapter 3. Pyrolysis: Thermal Breakdown of Solid Fuels in a Gaseous EnvironmentChapter 4. High-Pressure Reactor Design and Applications: Pyrolysis, Hydropyrolysis and GasificationChapter 5. Liquefaction: Thermal Breakdown in the Liquid PhaseChapter 6. Thermal Breakdown in Coals: Comparing Structural Changes in Pyrolysis and LiquefactionChapter 7. Analytical Techniques for Low Mass Materials: Method DevelopmentChapter 8. Analytical Techniques for High Mass Materials: Method DevelopmentChapter 9. Concluding Remarks: Where to With Solid Fuels?