Size degradation of bituminous coal from Western Canada

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 73, No. 817, 1980

M.W. MIKHAIL, Senior Coal Preparation Engineer, Western Regional Laboratory, CANMET, Energy, Mines and Resources Canada, Edmonton, Alberta, T.H. PATCHING, Professor, Department of Mineral Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

Data from a standardized procedure for measuring methane desorption rates from samples of Western Canadian coals gave a good correlation (0.994) with the percentage of fines (-0.6 mm) found in the corresponding run-of-mine coal. The correlation was independent of the mining method and the top size of the samples. It is suggested that both methane desorption rate and the production of fine coal sizes are functions of the fissuration of the coal being mined.This relationship, in conjunction with established data of degradation by unit process equipment, may be useful in predicting the amount of fines that will be produced from new seams of coal and by planned new washeries. It also could be a valuable guide in modifying existing washery processes to minimize production of fines.
Keywords: Coal processing, Size degradation, Bituminous coal, Western Canada, Methane desorption, Fissuration, Friability, Grin-dability.