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Changes in coal composition during air oxidation at 200–250°C

Kalema, W. S. and Gavalas, G. R. (1987) Changes in coal composition during air oxidation at 200–250°C. Fuel, 66 (2). pp. 158-164. ISSN 0016-2361. doi:10.1016/0016-2361(87)90234-1.

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Air oxidation of two bituminous coals and a lignite was carried out in a fluidized bed reactor at 200–250 °C. The gaseous products were analysed by gas chromatography and solid samples were titrated to determine carboxylic and total acidity and were subjected to ^(13)C n.m.r. spectrometry to determine the fraction of aromatic carbon. Elemental composition, heating value and ash content were also determined. During the first few hours oxidation-induced devolatilization proceeded simultaneously with oxidation. Oxidation of the high volatile bituminous coal for 12 h at 200 °C raised the carboxylic groups from 0.37 to 2.1 meq g^(−1) and the total acidity from 1.5 to 5.3 meq g^(−1). The acidic groups seem to be largely distinct from oxygenated groups that are precursors to CO and CO_2 products. Oxidation of the same coal at 200 °C consumed aromatic as well as aliphatic carbon at relative amounts 1:3 to 1:4.

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Additional Information:© 1987 Butterworth & Co. Received 5 March 1986; revised 28 April 1986. Part of this work was funded by DOE-PETC. University Research Program. Grant No. DE-FG22-83 PC60801.
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Department of Energy (DOE)DE-FG22-83 PC60801
Subject Keywords:oxidation of coal instrumental methods; chemical characterization
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