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Estimating methane content of bituminous coalbeds from absorption data.

Authors
Kim-AG
Source
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 8245, 1977 Jan; :1-22
NIOSHTIC No.
10000612
Abstract
The Bureau of Mines estimated the methane content of a coal, which depends primarily upon rank and pressure, from the adsorption equation V = kpn, where k and n are constants related to rank. By incorporating corrections for moisture, ash, and temperature, and estimating pressure and temperature as a function of depth, the methane content of coal in place can be estimated from the following equation: V = (100--% moisture--% ash)/100, (0.75 [ko (0096h)no-- 0.14(1.8H/100 + 11)]. Values calculated with this equation generally are in reasonable agreement with direct determinations. By assuming a standard moisture and ash content, and using the hydrostatic head to estimate pressure, a graph of rank and depth versus gas content was constructed. Although estimated values were consistently high for several high-volatile bituminous coals from an area where the pressure is known to be less than hydrostatic, the estimated methane content for most coals shows reasonable agreement with values determined by the direct method.
Keywords
Mine-gases; Mining-industry; Methanes; Methane-drainage; Methane-control; Explosive-gases; Explosive-atmospheres; Underground-mining; Coal-mining; Control-technology; Engineering-controls; Gas-adsorption; Gas-sampling
CAS No.
74-82-8
Publication Date
19770101
Document Type
IH; Report of Investigations
Fiscal Year
1977
NTIS Accession No.
PB-271218
NTIS Price
A03
Identifying No.
RI-8245
NIOSH Division
PRC
Source Name
Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines, RI 8245
State
PA
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