Coal Tar Pitch

Coal Tar Pitch  Coal tar pitch, derived from by-product coke ovens, is the preferred material for use as a binder in the manufacture of carbon and graphite electrodes. Coal tar pitch is a coal conversion product. Its IUPAC name is ‘Coal Tar Pitch, High temperature”. Its CAS number is 65996-32-2 and EINECS number is 266-028-2. It is the shiny, dark-brown to black residue produced by distillation of coal tar. Coal tar pitch contains a large number of substances. It is solid at room temperature and consists of a complex mixture of numerous polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), their methyl and polymethyl derivatives, and heterocyclics, and shows a broad softening range instead of a defined melting temperature. The hydrogen (H2) aromaticity of coal tar pitch (ratio of aromatic to total content of H2 atoms) varies from 0.7 to 0.9. Production of coal tar pitch Coal tar pitch is currently produced from coal tar, which is a byproduct of high temperature coking of coal in the manufacture of metallurgical coke. The tar predominantly contains a mixture of bi- and poly-condensed aromatic hydrocarbons and also compounds with heteroatoms in rings (predominantly nitrogen bases from the quinoline and acridine series, 1 % to 2 %) and phenols (1 % to 2 %). Upon distillation, 8 % to 12 % of a naphthalene fraction, 5 % to 9 % of an absorption fraction, and 21 % to 26 % of an anthracene fraction, which boiled away to 360 deg ?, are separated. The residual part of the tar is the pitch which contains nonvolatile and low volatile substances, whose average yield is around 2 % of the coking coal charge used for high temperature carbonizing. The industrial production of coal tar pitch consists of the fractional distillation of the coal...