Pore accessibility by methane and carbon dioxide in coal as determined by neutron scattering

He, Lilin, Melnichenko, Yuri B., Mastalerz, Maria, Sakurovs, Richard, Radlinski, Andrzej P., & Blach, Tomas (2012) Pore accessibility by methane and carbon dioxide in coal as determined by neutron scattering. Energy & Fuels, 26(3), pp. 1975-1983.

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Abstract

Contrast-matching ultrasmall-angle neutron scattering (USANS) and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) techniques were used for the first time to determine both the total pore volume and the fraction of the pore volume that is inaccessible to deuterated methane, CD4, in four bituminous coals in the range of pore sizes between ∼10 Å and ∼5 μm. Two samples originated from the Illinois Basin in the U.S.A., and the other two samples were commercial Australian bituminous coals from the Bowen Basin. The total and inaccessible porosity were determined in each coal using both Porod invariant and the polydisperse spherical particle (PDSP) model analysis of the scattering data acquired from coals both in vacuum and at the pressure of CD4, at which the scattering length density of the pore-saturating fluid is equal to that of the solid coal matrix (zero average contrast pressure). The total porosity of the coals studied ranged from 7 to 13%, and the volume of pores inaccessible to CD4 varied from ∼13 to ∼36% of the total pore volume. The volume fraction of inaccessible pores shows no correlation with the maceral composition; however, it increases with a decreasing total pore volume. In situ measurements of the structure of one coal saturated with CO2 and CD4 were conducted as a function of the pressure in the range of 1−400 bar. The neutron scattering intensity from small pores with radii less than 35 Å in this coal increased sharply immediately after the fluid injection for both gases, which demonstrates strong condensation and densification of the invading subcritical CO2 and supercritical methane in small pores.

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ID Code: 70351
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1021/ef201704t
ISSN: 1520-5029
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 American Chemical Society
Deposited On: 22 Apr 2014 03:19
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2014 02:05

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