Pore structure characterization of coal by synchrotron radiation nano-CT

Yixin Zhao, Yingfeng Sun, Shimin Liu, Zhongwei Chen, Liang Yuan

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For the significant impact of pore structure on gas storage and transport in coal seams, research on coal pore structure characterization has been a hotspot. Benefited from the high spatial resolution synchrotron-based nano-CT instrument, pore structure characterization of coal is investigated in nano scale. Image alignment and 3D reconstruction were completed at the platform designed by National Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory and Chinese Academy of Sciences. The segmentation of the unimodal grey-scale value histograms is solved by Between-class Variance Maximisation (BCVM) algorithm and the nano-CT images are segmented into three components, pore, organic components and mineral components. Based on the voxel number, components fraction is computed. Pore size distribution (PSD) presents bimodality. Pores with equivalent radius less than 60 nm account for 84% of the total pore number. Throats with equivalent radius less than 60 nm account for 89% of the total throat number. Throats with length less than 100 nm account for 58% of the total throat number and throats with length less than 400 nm account for 84% of the total throat number. Pore number decreases with the increase of coordination number. There are over 50% of pores without coordination pore and pore connectivity was analysed. Nanopore structure-based computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation was explored. The permeability in three coordinate axes directions presents anisotropy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-110
Number of pages9
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Organic Chemistry


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