The effect of liquids on the interaction between coal particles
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Maria Curie-Skłodowska University
Publication date: 2001-01-01
Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. 2001;35(1):43–53
Taking into account the published earlier values of the destruction time of the coal column structure formed from the four fractions of coal particles having the average diameter 1.5x10-4 m, 2.5x10-4 m, 3.5x10-4 m and 4.5x10-4 m in the homologous series of alkanes and alcohols, the correlation between destruction time and bulk properties of coal and liquids as well as the liquid-air, coal-air and coal-liquid interfacial properties was studied. On the basis of this study the linear relationship between the reciprocal destruction time and average diameter of the coal fractions, work of alkane and alcohol cohesion, their density, the difference between liquids and coal density, and free energy of interactions per one molecule of the liquid was found. From these relationships, the critical values of the particles diameter, work of cohesion, density, difference between coal and liquid density, and free energy of interactions for infinitely long destruction time were determined. It was stated that for systems having critical values of these parameters, the detachment force is equal to the attachment one. From study it also results that the attachment forces between coal particles depend on the work of cohesion of liquid and work of adhesion of coal to liquid, and that the destruction of the structure of the sediment column take place as a result of the interruption of the film of the liquid between two coal particles.