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Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

On-line version ISSN 2411-9717
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STRYDOM, C.A.; SEHUME, T.Z.; BUNT, J.R.  and  VAN DYK, J.C.. The influence of selected biomass additions on the co-pyrolysis with an inertinite-rich medium rank C grade South African coal. J. S. Afr. Inst. Min. Metall. [online]. 2015, vol.115, n.8, pp.707-716. ISSN 2411-9717.

Co-pyrolysis of four biomass samples (hardwood chip, softwood chip, pinewood chip, and sugarcane bagasse) with an inertinite-rich medium rank C South African coal was investigated. Proximate and ultimate analyses of the chars prepared using a heating rate of 10°C/min up to 1100°C in a nitrogen atmosphere were used to compare the properties of the biomass and the coal chars. Similar gross calorific values (28.5-29.1 MJ/kg) for the woody biomass-coal blended chars were observed, which were slightly higher than that of the coal char sample (26.5 MJ/kg). CO2 surface areas of the chars of the woody biomass samples (328.1-329.4 m2/g) and of the blends (238.5-271.5 m2/g) were higher than that of the coal char sample (94.2 m2/g). Thermogravimetric (TG), differential thermal analyses (DTG), and calculated weighted averaged TG curves indicated that the influence of the biomass on the pyrolysis rate of the coal is small and vice versa. The CO2-producing reactions of the coal were slightly enhanced during co-pyrolysis.

Keywords : inertinite-rich coal; biomass; co-pyrolysis; TG-MS; CO2 evolution.

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