Modeling char surface area evolution during coal pyrolysis: Evolving characteristics with coal rank

He Yang, Yahui Yang, Sarma V. Pisupati, Lijun Jin, Yang Li, Haoquan Hu

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Abstract

The trend of changing char N2 adsorption specific surface area (sN2) during pyrolysis depends on coal rank significantly, and this is influenced by the arrangement of planar polycyclic aromatic structures in char. Two exponents, kmat order and kcrlmet order, representing the order degrees of planar polycyclic aromatic structure arrangement in coal matrix and crosslinked metaplast, respectively, were introduced in the previous model, which could predict sN2 of lignite coals and predict char CO2 adsorption specific surface area (sCO2) of lignite and high-volatile bituminous coals. A correlation between kcrlmet order of sN2 and fcross/fv (the fraction ratio of the crosslinked metaplast to the volatile yield) was proposed. The previous model was extended to include predicting N2 adsorption specific surface area of char generated from subbituminous and high-volatile bituminous coals at atmospheric pressure and was validated with 5 subbituminous coals, and 2 bituminous coals. The change of sN2 with coal ranks was explained by the change of kcrlmet order with fcross/fv. When the crosslinked metaplast is adequate and the volatile yield is small, the planar polycyclic aromatic structures in metaplast overlap tightly and sN2 is small. When the crosslinked metaplast content is small and the volatile yield is big, the metaplast is arranged disorderly, making sN2 in crosslinked metaplast larger than that in the coal matrix and take a considerable proportion of total char surface area. The transition characteristics of subbituminous coal can be predicted by the improved model. When the temperatures and heating rates are high enough, the predicted sN2 of subbituminous coals changed more like lignite coals, while at lower temperatures and heating rates, the predicted sN2 changed like high-volatile bituminous coals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number105110
JournalJournal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis
Volume156
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Fuel Technology

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