The Coal Handbook: Towards Cleaner Production

1st Edition

Volume 1: Coal Production

Editors: Dave Osborne
Hardcover ISBN: 9780857094223
eBook ISBN: 9780857097309
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 31st October 2013
Page Count: 776
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Professor Peter Fečko

Part I: Introduction and coal characterization

Chapter 1: Industrial uses of coal


1.1 Introduction

1.2 Coal use in the power generation industry

1.3 Coal use in the steel industry

1.4 Coal use in the cement industry

1.5 Coal conversion and other industries

1.6 In situ gasification

1.7 Conclusion

Chapter 2: Coal formation


2.1 Introduction

2.2 Coal formation

2.3 Coal types

2.4 Differences in coalification history

2.5 Coal properties and standards for coal classification systems

2.6 Sources of further information and advice

2.7 Future trends

2.8 References

Chapter 3: Coal petrography


3.1 Introduction

3.2 Macerals and minerals in coal

3.3 Lithotypes, microlithotypes and abnormal conditions found in coal

3.4 The impact of petrographic characteristics on the technological properties of coal

3.5 Development of modern techniques in coal petrographic analysis

3.6 Conclusion

Chapter 4: Coal resources and reserves


4.1 Introduction

4.2 Classification of coal resources and reserves

4.3 Calculation of coal resources and reserves

4.4 Reporting of coal resources and reserves

4.5 World coal reserves

4.6 Future trends

4.7 References

Chapter 5: Coal sampling


5.1 Introduction

5.2 Accounting for heterogeneity in coal sampling

5.3 Other principles of sampling

5.4 Types of sampling systems

5.5 Sample preparation

5.6 Future trends

5.7 Conclusion

5.8 References

Chapter 6: Coal analysis


6.1 Introducti


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.

Key Features

  • Reviews the coal production supply chain from analysis to extraction and distribution
  • Explores coal characterisation, formation, petrography, reserves, sampling and analysis
  • Examines coal extraction and preparation and highlights advances in coal mining technology, underground coal gas extraction, coal sizing, comminution and cleaning, and solid-liquid separation technologies


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


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About the Editors

Dave Osborne Editor

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Xstrata Technology Pty Ltd, Australia