The basic premise of the applications of coal petrology is that a maceral analysis and a reflectance analysis characterize a coal so well that they can be used to predict the behavior of that coal in any technological process of interest. The most advanced applications of coal petrology have been in the area of coal carbonization or coke making and these applications will be discussed in detail.
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It is the intent of this course to deal with the very broad aspects of coal petrology. In the process of doing this, the authors intend to point out many of the areas in which the science has been applied to geological and various production problems and also to suggest some areas where future work may be of value. The emphasis is to provide some basic reference materials, some procedural techniques and possibly some ideas for those of you who wish to pursue work in this area. This course is not intended to train you as a coal petrologist but rather to give you some ideas of what the capabilities and limitations of the field are, and to help you get started on your own if you wish to pursue any of these ideas to greater length.