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Norman Holy, John Riley, John Reasoner

Degree Program

Department of Chemistry

Degree Type

Master of Science


A new and relatively fast method for measuring the susceptibility of coal to spontaneous heating was studied in this work.

This method is based on the ability of coal to adsorb iron(III) from aqueous solutions. The more iron taken up by the coal, the more susceptible the coal is to spontaneous heating. The relationship holds for most of the coals being analyzed during this research project and for other succeeding ones.

The experimental procedures used and results obtained are discussed. A brief literature survey of other applied methods which have been studied, including a description of many factors affecting the spontaneous combustion of coal, is presented.


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