Carbonization of Coal for Metallurgical Coke Production Nov15

Carbonization of Coal for Metallurgical Coke Production...

Carbonization of Coal for Metallurgical Coke Production Carbonization of coal is also known as coking of coal. The process consists of thermal decomposition of coals either in the absence of air or in controlled atmosphere to produce a carbonaceous residue known as coke. Carbonization of coal can be carried out at the following three temperature ranges. Low temperature carbonization is normally carried out in the temperature range of 500 deg C to 700 deg C. In this type of carbonization, the yields of liquid products are higher and there is lower gaseous product yield. The coke produced is having higher volatile matter and is free burning. Medium temperature carbonization is done at temperature range of around 800 deg C. This carbonization produces smokeless soft coke. By products produced are similar in characteristics to high temperature carbonization. Medium temperature carbonization is rarely practiced these days. High temperature carbonization is carried out at a temperature which is above 900 deg C. This carbonization gives higher yield of gaseous products and lower yield of liquid products. This carbonization produces hard coke and is normally employed for the production of metallurgical coke from coking coals. Process of carbonization of coal The coal to coke transformation takes place as the coal is heated. When the state of fusing is reached, the layer of heated coal softens and fuses. From about 375 deg C to 475 deg C, the coal decomposes to form plastic layer.  Destructive distillation reactions proceed rapidly in the plastic layer with evolution of volatile products. At about 475 deg C to 600 deg C, there is a marked evolution of tar, and aromatic hydrocarbon compounds. The gas and condensable vapour are entrapped in the plastic mass and, as they expand tend to swell it. As the...