Prediction of coal grindability based on petrography, proximate and ultimate analysis using multiple regression and artificial neural network models

S. Chehreh Chelgani, James C. Hower, E. Jorjani, Sh Mesroghli, A. H. Bagherieh

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Abstract

The effects of proximate and ultimate analysis, maceral content, and coal rank (Rmax) for a wide range of Kentucky coal samples from calorific value of 4320 to 14960 (BTU/lb) (10.05 to 34.80 MJ/kg) on Hardgrove Grindability Index (HGI) have been investigated by multivariable regression and artificial neural network methods (ANN). The stepwise least square mathematical method shows that the relationship between (a) Moisture, ash, volatile matter, and total sulfur; (b) ln (total sulfur), hydrogen, ash, ln ((oxygen + nitrogen)/carbon) and moisture; (c) ln (exinite), semifusinite, micrinite, macrinite, resinite, and Rmax input sets with HGI in linear condition can achieve the correlation coefficients (R2) of 0.77, 0.75, and 0.81, respectively. The ANN, which adequately recognized the characteristics of the coal samples, can predict HGI with correlation coefficients of 0.89, 0.89 and 0.95 respectively in testing process. It was determined that ln (exinite), semifusinite, micrinite, macrinite, resinite, and Rmax can be used as the best predictor for the estimation of HGI on multivariable regression (R2 = 0.81) and also artificial neural network methods (R2 = 0.95). The ANN based prediction method, as used in this paper, can be further employed as a reliable and accurate method, in the hardgrove grindability index prediction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-20
Number of pages8
JournalFuel Processing Technology
Volume89
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2008

Keywords

  • Artificial neural network
  • Coal petrography
  • Coal rank
  • Hardgrove grindability index
  • Ultimate and proximate analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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