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Directional properties of coal and their utilization in underground gasification experiments.
Komar-CA; Overbey-WK Jr.; Pasini-J III
NTIS: N74 12159 :1-11
Renewed interest in the underground gasification of coal evolves from comprehensive studies of earth fracture systems that indicate that the movement of fluids can be controlled in the coalbed. In particular, directional property studies of natural microfissure occurrence, permeability, ultrasonic velocity, tensile strength and orientation of intervals of inherent rock weakness, together with geologic structure setting and fracture trace analysis, can predict the gaseous flow paths in the coalbed. Having this information, the dominant direction in which gases generated and/or liberated by heat would move can be determined so that appropriate well patterns can be developed. Together with advances made in drilling technology that permit long horizontal holes to be drilled through the coal seams, tests can be conducted to determine whether dirctional control will permit devolatilization of the coalbed and gasification of the remaining hot coke in a systematic manner to produce a low- btu gas suited for the generation of electricity.
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS: N74 12159
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