Impact of Material Chemistry on the Performance Characteristics of a Coal Handling Plant

  • Kumar Harshit
  • Syed Ali Hussain Jafri
  • Pallav GuptaEmail author
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The handling tasks at a coal beneficiation plant enhance the preparation of coal by improving the techniques involved in each process and the various associated parameters. The various kinds of equipment available at the plant increase the efficiency of the respective machines and improve the quality of the product derived from the plant operations. Economical storage, loading and unloading of coal cars, maintenance of machines, and the improving technical knowledge associated with each job depend completely on the handling equipment and the management of the plant. In the present chapter, a complete assessment of the coal beneficiation plant is presented in detail, with the four major parameters: pumps installed, processes involved, material chemistry, and performance indicators. These four parameters have major roles in the production of coal at the respective plants, so it is crucial that the production and manufacturing firms focus their major interests on these points. The text emphasizes the types of processes and operations involved at the beneficiation plant as well as the handling characteristics. The separation of coal into different segments is significant for production as this increases the economic aspects for the respective firms. Handling of the coal is an essential function in the industry because it ensures the proper channelling of the coal to operations in different branches of the plant, such as the thermal power plant and power house. These results and the other parameters discussed in the chapter concern the impact of material chemistry on the performance of the plant’s machinery along with the various features of machines such as pumps, allowing us to analyze the role of all the elements involved during the separation of coal. The approach of this chapter is focused on detailed study of the pumps, that is, the centrifugal pumps installed at the washery plant, as they are the most basic elements for proper and efficient operation. The chapter also provides various mathematical relationships, tabular representations, and graphical approaches to aid the reader in understanding the major parameters.


Beneficiation Material chemistry Efficiency Industries Performance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kumar Harshit
    • 1
  • Syed Ali Hussain Jafri
    • 2
  • Pallav Gupta
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringA.S.E.T., Amity UniversityNoidaIndia
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical EngineeringIntegral UniversityLucknowIndia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Chaudhery Mustansar Hussain
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and Environmental ScienceNew Jersey Institute of TechnologyNewarkUSA

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