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The Coal Handbook: Towards Cleaner Production

Coal Production

Coal is an important fossil fuel resource for many nations due to its large remaining resources, relatively low production and processing cost and potential high energy intensity. Certain issues surround its utilisation, however, including emissions of pollutants and growing concern about climate change. The coal handbook: Towards cleaner production Volume 1 reviews the coal production supply chain from analysis to extraction and distribution.

Part one explores coal characterisation and introduces the industrial use of coal as well as coal formation, petrography, reserves, sampling and analysis. Part two moves on to review coal extraction and preparation. Chapters highlight advances in coal mining technology, underground coal gas extraction, coal sizing, comminution and cleaning, and solid-liquid separation technologies for coal. Further chapters focus on economic factors affecting coal preparation, post-treatment of coal, coal tailings treatment, and the optimisation, simulation and control of coal preparation plants. Finally, part three considers aspects of the coal supply chain including the management approach and individual functions such as coal blending and homogenisation, transportation and handling along the entire supply chain.

With its distinguished editor and international team of expert contributors, The coal handbook Volumes 1 and 2 is a comprehensive and invaluable resource for professionals in the coal mining, preparation, and utilisation industry, those in the power sector, including plant operators and engineers, and researchers and academics interested in this field.

Experts, engineers and managers in research institutes for mining, metallurgy and materials science, steel industry, mining companies and steel plant building companies; University students and academics in the fields of metallurgy and materials engineering, mining, and environmental management and recycling

Hardbound, 776 Pages

Published: October 2013

Imprint: Woodhead Publishing

ISBN: 978-0-85709-422-3


  • Part 1 Introduction: Coal characterization: Industrial use of coal; Coal formation; Coal petrography; Coal resources and reserves; Coal sampling; Coal analysis. Part 2 Coal extraction and preparation: Advances in coal mining technology; Underground coal gasification; Coal comminution and sizing; Cleaning of coarse and small coal; Cleaning of fine and ultrafine coal; Surface chemistry fundamentals in fine coal processing; Solid-liquid separation technologies for coal; Economic factors affecting coal preparation: Plant design worldwide and case studies illustrating economic impact; Post-treatment of coal; Treatment of coal tailings; Optimization, simulation and control of coal preparation plants. Part 3 Coal supply chain: Supply chain management for bulk materials in the coal industry; Coal conveying; Coal handling along the supply chain; Transportation and logistics in the coal industry.


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