The shape of pulverized bituminous vitrinite coal particles

Jonathan P. Mathews, Semih Eser, Patrick G. Hatcher, Alan W. Scaroni

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The shape of pulverized bituminous coal particles (vitrinites) was determined by optical and laser light scattering. Vitrain samples were collected from obvious tree remains located in the ceilings of two Appalachian coal mines. Wet sieving produced narrow size cuts. The particles were determined to be oblong or blocky in shape, with average length-to-width ratio of 1.7 and sphericity of 0.78. They were analogous in shape to a square ended, rectangular “house brick” . The two bituminous coals and different size cuts of each coal had essentially the same shape parameters. Characteristic heating times and terminal velocities were higher by 22 and 20%, respectively compared to spherical particles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-152
Number of pages8
JournalKONA Powder and Particle Journal
Issue numberMarch
StatePublished - 2007

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering


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