Determination of Gas Content of Coal Seams

Bartosiewicz H,
Organization: The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Pages: 17
Publication Date: Jan 1, 1982
A method for the determination of the gas content of coal seams is presented which improves upon existing methods. The method makes use of a gravitational technique for measurement of the gas desorbed. The amount of lost gas is estimated by determining an empirical relationship relating the desorption of gas with time for each sample separately. This is to replace the assumption that desorp- tion follows a square root law with time. Laboratory investigations have been conducted which indicate that the square root desorption law does not hold good for carbon dioxide. Results of investigations on various factors influencing the technique are presented. It is shown that co-efficients of the empirical equation are dependent upon the elapsed time and the period of observation. Data about gas pressure measurements is presented and it is concluded that gas pressure can be approxi- mated to 0.6 times the pressure below a column of water equal to the depth of cover. This estimate is good enough for adsorption tests to evaluate desorption co-efficients. The technique for repressurisation of the sample,
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