Modeling of coal liquefaction kinetics based on reactions in continuous mixtures. Part II: Comparison with experiments on catalyzed and uncatalyzed liquefaction of coals of different rank

G. N. Prasad, J. B. Agnew, T. Sridhar

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Experimental kinetic data for three Australian coals are compared with predictions from the mathematical model developed in Part I. For these coals, as well as data reported for North American coals, the model is found to show good agreement, using the characteristic molecular weight as the only parameter. The effects of reaction time and temperature are coupled via a severity index that arises in the model as a dimensionless reaction time. The model is also shown to be applicable when catalysts are present. The product distribution for a particular coal seems to be a function only of the conversion even in the presence of catalysts, as long as the chemical reaction controls the rate of liquefaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1288-1300
Number of pages13
JournalAIChE Journal
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1986

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