Fractal characterization of adsorption-pores of coals from North China; an investigation on CH (sub 4) adsorption capacity of coals

Liu Dameng Yao Yanbin, Tang Shuheng Tang Dazhen, Dai Huang Wenhui, Chou Shifeng, Chen-Lin

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Abstract

To better understand the characteristics of adsorption-pores (pore diameter < 100 nanometers) and their influence on CH (sub 4) adsorption capacity of coals, we have conducted fractal analysis for 13 fresh coal samples (R (sub o) from 0.79 to 4.24%) in North China. Isotherms of N (sub 2) gas adsorption/desorption analyses indicate that coals have different adsorption characteristics at relative pressure of 0-0.5 and 0.5-1. On this basis, two fractal dimensions D (sub 1) and D (sub 2) (at relative pressure of 0-0.5 and 0.5-1, respectively) were obtained using the fractal Frenkel-Halsey-Hill (FHH) method, in which both proposed fractal exponents, "(D-3)/3" and "(D-3)" were investigated. The results show that the fractal exponent "(D-3)" provides more realistic results than fractal dimensions calculated from (D-3)/3. The two fractal dimensions, D (sub 1) and D (sub 2) , have different correlations with CH (sub 4) adsorption capacity of coals. The CH (sub 4) adsorption capacity does not vary with increasing fractal dimension D (sub 1) up to about 2.5, but thereafter increases with D (sub 1) . In contrast, the CH (sub 4) adsorption capacity varies negatively with D (sub 2) within the entire data range. Further investigation indicates that D (sub 1) represents fractals from pore surface area generated by surface irregularity of coals, while D (sub 2) characterizes fractals related to pore structures that are controlled by the composition (e.g., ash, moisture, carbon) and pore parameter (e.g., pore diameter, micropores content) of coals. Higher fractal dimension D (sub 1) correlates to more irregular surfaces that provide more space for CH (sub 4) adsorption. Higher fractal dimension D (sub 2) represents higher heterogeneity of pore structure and higher liquid/gas surface tension that reduce CH (sub 4) adsorption capacity. Therefore, more irregular coal surface and more homogeneous pore structure indicate higher CH (sub 4) adsorption capacity of coals.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Journal of Coal Geology
Place of PublicationAmsterdam, Netherlands
PublisherElsevier
Pages27--42
Volume73
ISBN (Print)0166-5162
DOIs
StatePublished - 2008

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