Application of the fractal theory for evaluating effects of coal comminution by waterjet

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Li Y., Galecki G., Akar G., ŞEN S., Zhang Y.

International Journal of Coal Science and Technology, vol.1, no.4, pp.450-455, 2014 (Scopus) identifier


© 2014, The Author(s).Comminution of coal to ultrafine sizes by high-pressure waterjet provides a novel method for preparation of coal-water fuels for next generation, near-zero emission electric power generation. The particle size distribution (PSD) of ground coal is a key parameter in the preparation of slurries as it determines the settling behavior of the particles and viscosity of the coal-water mixture. There are several methods available for representation and evaluation of particle size analysis data. However, fractal theory provides a means by which the entire PSD of comminuted materials can be quantified by using of a specific and exact value. In this paper, a volume-based fractal model was deduced to characterize the PSD of the coal which is ground in a specially designed comminution cell. During the size reduction process, the inlet pressures up to 276 MPa were used.