Avoiding Spontaneous Combustion of Coals
Coals may combust spontaneously in mines or in storage when and if the rate of heat generation exceeds the rate of heat dissipation. In order to avoid spontaneous combustion of coals, the principle of minimizing the heat generation and maximizing the heat dissipation capacities of the coal bulk should be applied in all stages of mining, handling, stockpiling and transportation of coal.
A new standard has recently been published by the SABS namely SANS 987, Adiabatic Spontaneous Combustion Apparatus.
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