Detonation initiated disintegration of coal particle due to the maximum strain energy theory
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Fragmentation behaviour of coal particles subjected to detonation wave is being studied. Detonation wave is initiated by a plasma cartridge at one end of a detonation tube. Coal particles are subjected to a shock whose temperature depends on the Mach number of the detonation wave. Temperature shock is found to generate thermal stresses which may fragment the coal particles. A non-dimensional mathematical model for the heat transfer process in the coal particle is proposed. Thermal stresses are calculated at various times and radii while maximum strain energy theory is used to understand the failure behavior viz., the time, temperature and location of fracture. A physical model for coal particle fragmentation when subjected to detonation wave is also proposed. The study suggests that detonation combustion of coal is qualitatively different from conventional method.
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