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Process Chemistry of Coal Utilization - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128187135, 9780128187142

Process Chemistry of Coal Utilization

1st Edition

Impacts of Coal Quality and Operating Conditions

Author: Stephen Niksa
Paperback ISBN: 9780128187135
eBook ISBN: 9780128187142
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 1st November 2019
Page Count: 486
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Table of Contents

1. Coal Utilization Technologies
2. Fuel Quality, Thermophysical Properties, and Transport Coefficients
3. Moisture Release and Coal Drying
4. Primary Devolatilization Behavior
5. Reaction Mechanisms for Primary Devolatilization
6. Quantitative Interpretations of Primary Devolatilization Behavior
7. Tar Decomposition
8. Volatiles Reforming and Volatiles Combustion
9. Hydropyrolysis and Hydrogasification


Process Chemistry of Coal Utilization: Reaction Mechanisms for Coal Decomposition and Volatiles Conversion relates major advances in coal science on how to interpret performance data from lab, pilot and commercial scales. The book presents a very broad range of quantitative methods, from statistical regressions, to rudimentary models, CFD and comprehensive reaction mechanisms. Combining the latest research in the field, including an abundance of lab datasets, the book illustrates how a particular operating condition affects a specific coal-based reaction system. Managers who use these tactics will be able to tailor their testing and simulation work to effectively characterize and solve their problems.

Key Features

  • Compiles fully validated reaction mechanisms that accurately depict the coal quality impacts in all major coal utilization technologies
  • Includes an abundance of lab datasets that clearly illustrate how operating conditions affect coal-based reaction systems


Engineers and OEMs of coal utilization, particularly those who reply on CFD; managers and practitioners who focus on coal quality and its effect on performance; CFD practitioners; research managers of coal technologies and testing; coal researchers and professors; graduate students working in coal research


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About the Author

Stephen Niksa

Dr. Niksa is the President of Niksa Energy Associates, and his main area of research is the release of NOx, particulates, and polynuclear aromatic compounds during pulverized fuel combustion. His reaction mechanisms for coal devolatilization spawned a predictive capability for NOx and LOI emissions from full-scale, coal-fired utility boilers now available at over 80 American utility companies. His second interest in in inorganic transformations in combustors, including minerals, alkali compounds, and trace metals. He formulated the most comprehensive mechanisms available to predict Hg and Se emissions from coal-fired gas cleaning systems. He is also involved in catalyst deactivation during hydrothermal treatment of residual petroleum fractions, and during flue gas cleaning in utility SCRs. He has published various research articles and contributed to many books.

Affiliations and Expertise

President, Niksa Energy Associates LLC