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Committee on Coal and Coke Developing Standard on Chemical Fractionation

ASTM International Committee D05 on Coal and Coke is inviting any interested parties to participate in the development of a proposed new standard, WK5588, Practice for Chemical Fractionation. According to Curtis Palmer, research chemist, U.S. Geological Survey, and head of the task group that is working on WK5588, the purpose of the new proposed standard is to develop methods for predicting fouling and slagging problems in boilers. Issues related to fouling and slagging cost industry millions of dollars each year.

“There are no current standard methods for determining fouling and slagging potential in coal boilers for the electric power industry,” says Palmer, who adds that the proposed new standard, when approved, can be used in coal contracts to evaluate fouling and slagging potential prior to purchase of new fuels.

WK5588 is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee D05.29 on Major Elements in Ash and Trace Elements of Coal.

For further technical information, contact Curtis Palmer, U.S. Geological Survey, Herndon, Va. (phone: 703/648-6185). Committee D05 meets Oct. 24-27 at ASTM International Headquarters in West Conshohocken, Pa. For membership or meeting details, contact Scott Orthey, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9730). //

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