Improved analysis of inorganic coal properties based on near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy

Ruifen Hu, Yasheng Wang, Meng Yang, Xinmeng Li, Zhiyuan Luo, Guang Li

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Near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS) is a fast and convenient analytical tool, and it has become the preferred choice for online coal property analysis in recent years. Organic molecules have much stronger absorption ability than inorganic molecules. Therefore better analysis accuracy can be achieved for organic properties of coal such as volatile matter and fixed carbon than that of inorganic properties such as ash and sulfur. This paper performed a much better algorithm (Least Square Support Vector Machine) than previous study and proposed a new method to improve the analysis accuracy of inorganic properties by utilizing the analysis results of volatile matter and fixed carbon to enhance the regression models for ash and sulfur. Four types of coal (i.e. fat, coking, lean and meager lean) were considered in our experiments. Individual models for each type of coals have been established and predicted values of volatile matter and fixed carbon based on NIRS were added with the relevant PCA components during the modeling. The experimental results have shown that our proposed method which utilizing information of the organic properties could improve the analysis results of the inorganic properties by around 35% using NIRS.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5282-5288
Number of pages7
JournalAnalytical Methods
Early online date18 May 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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