Organic aerosol is formed in coal mines due to heat release and evaporation of organics from coal during the longwall operation. This frictional heating occurs when a metallic cutting bit strikes a rock. Thus formed organic aerosol can contribute significantly to the explosivity of methane/air atmosphere in coal mines. In this paper, the flammable limits for the methane–air mixtures with organic aerosol are determined. For this purpose, organic aerosol is synthesizes from the coal-tar pitch in a laboratory evaporation–nucleation flow chamber. Aerosol particles synthesized under laboratory conditions are aggregates consisting of small primary particles with the fractal-like dimension Df = 2.0 ± 0.1, which is close to Df = 2.1 ± 0.1 of coal mine aerosol. It is shown that the flammability of organic aerosol/methane mixture in air is in good agreement with the Le Chatelier additive principle. The lower ignition limit for the pure organic aerosol in air is 44 g/m3.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||International Journal of Coal Science and Technology|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 2020|
- Coal mine
- Explosivity of aerosol
- Methane-air mixtures
- Organic aerosol