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Utah Geological Association


Geology of East-Central Utah, 1991
Pages 199-210

Characteristics of Utah Coals in the University of Utah’s Coal Sample Bank

Steven N. Sommer, David M. Bodily, E. M. Whitney


In 1986, the Utah Geological Survey and the University of Utah’s Department of Fuels Engineering entered into a cooperative agreement to collect samples from the coal seams in Utah’s active mines. As a result, there are 28 coal samples stored at the University of Utah’s Department of Fuels Engineering which represent 16 different coal seams. The following characteristics are summarized for each sample: maceral analyses (white and UV light), vitrinite reflectance, density, porosity, coking potential (Composition Balance Index, Rank Index, and Stability Factor), and chemical analyses (proximate and elemental). This information should be of use to both coal operators and purchasers to determine the best uses for Utah coal.

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