Coal Structure

Coal Structure

1st Edition - January 28, 1982

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  • Editor: Robert Meyers
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323154567

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Coal Structure deals with the structure, mineral and organic components, and the physical and chemical properties of coal. The book is composed of papers that present a detailed and coherent description of both the physical and chemical structure of coal and the effect of coal structural features on coal processing. The contributions in the text discuss such topics as coal macerals, coal porosity, aromaticity, functional groups and heteroatoms in coal, polymer structure of coal, and mineral matter in coal. Engineers, researchers, scientists, and management personnel who are directly involved in the study and processing of coal will find the book a well-rounded reference source.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors



    1 Introduction


    2 Coal Macerals

    I. Introduction—Origin of Coal and Coal Macerals

    II. Methods of Petrographic Analysis

    III. Coal Types, Lithotypes, and Seam Profile

    IV. Optical Properties of Macerals

    V. Variations in Physical and Chemical Properties of Macerals

    VI. Fluorescence Microscopy

    VII. Petrographic Analysis by Thin-Section Techniques

    VIII. Variations in Physical and Chemical Properties of Macerals and Their Practical Implication


    3 Coal Porosity

    I. Introduction

    II. Densities

    III. Surface Area

    IV. Pore Size Distribution


    4 Aromaticity in Coal

    I. Introduction

    II. Aromaticity

    III. Aromaticity and Chemistry

    IV. Aromaticity and Bulk Properties; Densities and Related Parameters

    V. Aromaticity as Inferred from X-Ray Diffraction

    VI. Optical Properties and Infrared Spectroscopy

    VII. Coal as a Polymer

    VIII. Aromaticity and Electron Spin Resonance

    IX. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

    X. Summary


    5 Functional Groups and Heteroatoms in Coal

    I. Introduction

    II. Total Oxygen, Sulfur, and Nitrogen in Coal

    III. Methods of Investigation for Oxygen Functional Groups in Coal

    IV. Methods of Investigation for Sulfur Functional Groups in Coal

    V. Nitrogen Functional Groups in Coal

    VI. Transformation of Sulfur Groups and Incorporation of Sulfur during Coalification

    VII. Summary: Correlations among Heteroatoms in Coal

    VIII. Transformations of Heterofunctionalities during Coal Processing


    6 The Macromolecular Structure of Coals

    I. Introduction

    II. Historical-Structural Models

    III. Network Properties


    7 Mineral Matter in Coal

    I. Introduction

    II. Determination of Mineral Matter Abundance

    III. Classification of Coal Minerals

    IV. Minerals in Coal

    V. Systematic Associations of Coal Minerals

    VI. Coal Utilization

    VII. Comminution and Abrasiveness of Coal



Product details

  • No. of pages: 354
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1982
  • Published: January 28, 1982
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323154567

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Robert Meyers

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