Gasification of Coal in Practical Flames

  • L. Douglas Smoot
  • Philip J. Smith
Part of the The Springer Chemical Engineering Series book series (PCES)


Gasification of coal is a process which occurs when coal or char is reacted with an oxidizer to produce a fuel-rich product. Principal reactants are coal, oxygen, steam, carbon dioxide, and hydrogen, while desired products are usually carbon monoxide, hydrogen, and methane. The principal purpose for gasifying coal is to produce a gaseous, fuel-rich product. Potential uses of this product are for:
  1. 1.

    Production of substitute natural gas.

  2. 2.

    Use as a synthesis gas for subsequent production of alcohols, gasoline, plastics, etc.

  3. 3.

    Use as a gaseous fuel for generation of electrical power.

  4. 4.

    Use as a gaseous fuel for production of industrial steam or heat.



Gasification Process Coal Gasification Bituminous Coal Carbon Conversion Residual Char 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Douglas Smoot
    • 1
  • Philip J. Smith
    • 1
  1. 1.Brigham Young UniversityProvoUSA

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