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Coal preparation expertise is routinely applied by human beings to manage the preparation of quality coal products. The demands of improved quality in the face of reduced staffing and simplified plants have put that expertise under strain. It has already been shown that washed smalls in a power station blend make a large contribution to poor consistency. Work was begun towards applying the real-time expert system G2 to simulated control room duty. Profile analysis was developed to determine size analysis from the free edge of a particle profile. Under this project, the use of a sampling line through a profile to catch a representative distribution of particles was shown to work quite well with a simulated coal heap. The use of this inexpensive technique could have strategic importance in improving the dynamic performance of control actions in an autonomously run coal preparation plant. This report present the methods and results and shows how the techniques can be applied to whole-plant computer models. A building-block model is demonstrated by which most coal preparation plants could be simulated as cascades of blocks.

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Authors: JONES T F, British Coal Corporation, Cheltenham (GB);SPRIGGS D, British Coal Corporation, Cheltenham (GB);JONES T, British Coal Corporation, Cheltenham (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17154 EN (1997) 264pp., FS, ECU 45.00
Availability: Available from the (2)
ISBN: ISBN 92-827-9250-1
Record Number: 199710282 / Last updated on: 1997-04-01
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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