# Class assignment (GURU PRASANNA.

V _E090027)
(A) Total surface area available for methane molecule:
Assumptions:
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Volume of coal taken = V = 1 m3
Porosity = 11%
Radius of methane molecule = 0.2 nm = 0.2*10-9m
Number of pores = N
Radius of pore space = r

Pore volume = (Porosity)*(Bulk Volume) = 0.11*V = 0.11V ……………………………….……..(1)
Pore volume in terms of pore radius = N*(4/3)*Π*r3 …………………………………………….….(2)
(1) = (2)
Hence, N= (0.11V)/((4/3)*Π*r3)
Therefore, total surface area = N*4*Π*r2 = (0.33V/r).

Total surface area(m2)

10-6

0.33

10-7

3.3

10-9

330

(B) Volume occupied by coal at surface conditions :
Eg = Vsc/Vres
Hence, Vsc= Vres * Eg = (ZnRT/P)*(35.37*(P/ZT)) = 35.37*n*R……………..(3)
Let r= 10-9m,
Projected surface area of methane molecule = Π*rm2 = 1.256*10-19m2.
Total surface area = 330 m2.
 Number of methane molecules = 330/(1.256*10-19) = 2.627*1021
 Number of moles of methane in 1cm3 of coal = 2.627*1021/6.023*1023 =
4.362*10-3
Therefore using (3), Vsc = 35.37 * 4.362*10-3*10.73 = 1.6556 scf in 1cm3 of coal .