Increasing coal quality by oil agglomeration after ultrasonic treatment


FUEL PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY, vol.116, pp.332-338, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 116
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.fuproc.2013.07.016
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.332-338
  • Keywords: Coal, Desulphurization, Deashing, Oil agglomeration, Ultrasonic treatment, HIGH-SULFUR COAL, FLOTATION, SIZE, MICROWAVE, DESIGN
  • Karadeniz Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In the present study, oxidized and high sulphur fine coal was subjected to oil agglomeration process after ultrasonic treatment. Power and time of ultrasonic treatment were selected as variable. Combustible recovery, ash rejection, pyritic sulphur rejection, ash separation efficiency and pyritic sulphur separation efficiency of the agglomeration process with and without ultrasonic treatment were determined. In addition, calorific value of the clean coal produced by agglomeration process was measured. In the agglomeration process without ultrasonic treatment, calorific value, combustible recovery, ash rejection and pyritic sulphur rejection were obtained to be 6518 kcal/kg, 63.78%, 75.19% and 92.64%, respectively. Ultrasonic treatment enhanced the performance of oil agglomeration process. By the application of ultrasonic treatment before agglomeration process, calorific value, combustible recovery, ash rejection and pyritic sulphur rejection were increased to maximally 6939 kcal/kg, 66.13%, 87.24% and 97.44%, respectively. In the study, changes on the surface structure of the coal after ultrasonic treatment were also examined. Particle breakage, formation of cracks and cavities, and altering of surfaces into fresh-clean surfaces were observed. Increase in time and power of ultrasonic treatment had slight positive effect on ash and pyritic sulphur rejections. (C) 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.