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The determination of the various forms of sulphur in coal can help determine the quality of the coal, indicate the efficiency of the coal cleaning process and enable it to be used as an environmentally friendly fuel. The most widely accepted standards for the sulphur analysis of coal are the American Standards for Testing and Materials (ASTM) methods for total sulphur and for forms of sulphur. Many problems are associated with the determination of the types of sulphur species however, and this has lead workers to resort to more complex techniques such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and various X-ray techniques. This project has aimed to determine the accuracy of these standard methods of analysis, whether the methods all produce the same result for a single coal and whether the methods work for all types of coal.

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Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17980 EN (1998) 59pp.
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