Characterization of coal, coal ash and coal fly ash using borate fusion for ICP analysis

Coal is the most abundant fossil fuel in the world. It has been used by humans for centuries and is still widely used today to produce electricity, steel and industry materials such as cement. 

It is essential for industries to characterize coal to fully understand its use as well as to manage the recovery of its derivative products in order to reduce the environmental impact. Characterization also prevents damages on industrial equipment caused by mineral deposit in furnaces and kettles.

The purpose of this project is to demonstrate that precision and accuracy criteria in standard methods such as ASTM D6357, ASTM D6349 and AS 1038.14 1-2003 can be met by using borate fusion as a dissolution method for ICP-OES analysis. This preparation step will be facilitated by using LeNeo fusion instrument.

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