Advanced Powder Technology, Vol.31, No.10, 4275-4281, 2020
Effect of particle size and adsorption equilibrium time on pore structure characterization in low pressure N-2 adsorption of coal: An experimental study
This study examined the influence of particle sizes and adsorption equilibrium time (AET) on pore structure characterization using low pressure N-2 adsorption (LPGA-N-2) method. The results demonstrate that pore structures change with progressive crushing. The increase in pore volume in the minipore and mesopore with decreasing coal particle sizes was caused by creating additional large pores during the crushing. The tendency of decreasing at first and then increasing was observed for both the specific surface area (SSA) and micropore volume, demonstrating that the micropore structure was primarily damaged and then followed by additional micropores being created when the sample was broken down smaller than 80 mesh. It is difficult to choose a suitable coal particle size for LPGA-N-2 measurement to yield pore structure parameters closest to the "real" values due to the difficulty in evaluating the compound effect of crushing on pore structures. To make testing results closer to the coal structure under in situ conditions, we propose 1-3 mm as the preferred coal particle size. Additionally, many replicate experiments were performed by adjusting the AET to ensure LPGA-N-2 isotherms in equilibrium states. The results indicate that a decrease in particle size did not reduce the time for reaching N-2 adsorption equilibrium. Comparison of pore size distributions under different AETs shows that the AETs' increase has a little influence on the measurement of minipore and mesopore but has a positive correlation with micropore, revealing that N-2 adsorption equilibrium is mainly influenced by the micropore whose volume is underestimated at small AETs. The optimal AET for LPGA-N-2 measurement was 8 min and its yielded data can more accurately characterize the pore structure parameters. (C) 2020 The Society of Powder Technology Japan. Published by Elsevier B.V. and The Society of Powder Technology Japan. All rights reserved.