Predictions of the Hardgrove grindability index, a predictor of the crushing and pulverization propensity of coal, have been made using both regression and neural network techniques. All techniques suffer from shortcomings. In general, input parameters must be selected based on a sound knowledge of coal chemistry and petrology, with avoidance of redundant parameters, avoidance of closure in the data sets that add to 100% (individually the proximate and ultimate analyses, petrology, and (approximately) major oxides), and a constrained coal rank and provenance setting. Predictions based on a specific set of coals are not necessarily translatable to different ranks or maceral suites. In general, for high volatile bituminous coals, combinations of coal rank (vitrinite reflectance or volatile matter), liptinite content, and ash percentage produce the best predictions.
|Journal||International Journal of Coal Geology|
|State||Published - Nov 1 2021|
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We thank all of our colleagues who have guided us in these studies. In particular, Hower acknowledges the guidance of the late Ralph Gray whose commentary of the mid-1980's studies helped us to refine our experimental designs.
© 2021 Elsevier B.V.
- Artificial intelligence
- Coal rank
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Fuel Technology
- Economic Geology