The carbonization properties of a weathered high rank bituminous coal were compared with those of the non-weathered coal. The weathering decreased the fusibility of the coal to leave more basic anisotropy and to diminish the size of the majority of the anisotropy in the resulting coke. On the other hand, more domain and flow domain textures developed. Co-carbonization with a petroleum pitch additive (Ashland A240) was found effective in enhancing the fusibility of the coal and anisotropic development in the coke. Formed coking of the weathered coal by means of copreheat-treatment with the additive, provided an anisotropic, dense and strong coke of uniform size. For the weathered coal, the optimum copreheat-treatment was shorter than that using the non-weathered coal indicating high coking reactivity of the weathered coal. The transferable hydrogens from the additive are rapidly consumed by the oxygen containing groups of the weathered coal.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Organic Chemistry
- Energy Engineering and Power Technology
- Fuel Technology