Microwave Drying of Moist Coals

Vl V. Salomatov, V. A. Karelin, S. O. Sladkov, Vas V. Salomatov

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Physical principles and examples of practical implementation of drying large bodies of coal by microwave radiation are considered. It is shown that energy consumption in microwave drying of brown coals decreases to 1.5–1.8 (kW·h)/ kg as compared with traditional types of drying, for which the expenditures of energy amount to 3.0 (kW·h)/kg. In using microwave drying, the technological time of drying decreases to 4 h, whereas the time of convective drying, with other things being equal, comes to 8–20 h. Parallel with microwave radiation drying, grinding of a fuel takes place, as well as entrainment of such toxic and ecologically harmful elements as mercury, chlorine, phosphorus, sulfur, and nitrogen. An analysis of the prospects of using a microwave energy for drying coal fuel has shown that microwave radiation makes it possible to considerably economize in energy, increase explosional safety, improve the ecological situation, and reduce the metal content and overall dimensions of the equipment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-508
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Engineering Physics and Thermophysics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017


  • coal
  • dielectric heating
  • dispersion
  • drying
  • microwave radiation


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