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5 Coal Combustion

Part 4. Solid Fuels

  1. Monika Kosowska-Golachowska

Published Online: 15 JUL 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9783527628148.hoc059

Handbook of Combustion

Handbook of Combustion

How to Cite

Kosowska-Golachowska, M. 2010. Coal Combustion. Handbook of Combustion. 4:5:171–215.

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  1. Czestochowa University of Technology, Department of Boilers and Thermodynamics, Czestochowa, Poland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUL 2010


This chapter provides an overview of coal combustion of a single coal particle. First, it outlines heating and drying, ignition of volatiles, devolatilization, char combustion and fragmentation of coal particle. The results of experimental research of combustion and fragmentation of two brown coals (lignites), seven hard coals mined in Poland and Russian anthracite are then presented. The combustion and fragmentation behavior of these coals was tested in an externally-heated bench-scale bubbling fluidized-bed unit. Next, the mathematical model of primary fragmentation, including coal heating and volatile release is outlined. Finally, applications of coal combustion in industry and key clean coal technologies of the future are discussed.


  • anthracites;
  • brown coal;
  • bubbling fluidized bed;
  • coal combustion;
  • coal particles;
  • primary fragmentation