To improve the prevention of spontaneous coal combustion, reduced iron powder and other ingredients should be added together to form an iron-based deoxidizing inhibitor, with the dual effect of oxygen consumption and inhibition. The oxygen consumption rate of the inhibitor was studied through experiments. According to the theory of coordination resistance, the coordination resistance of Fe3+ was studied via the density functional method. Subsequently, a comparative experiment of the effects on spontaneous coal combustion was conducted. The research shows that several kinds of common resistance agents that are added to the reduced iron powder can consume oxygen. However, the rate of oxygen consumption varies. Fe3+ produced by the reduced iron powder indicates a strong coordination resistance. When compared with traditional inhibitors of Mg2+, Fe3+ has a stronger inhibition effect on the N, P, and S reactive groups in coal. The overall inhibitory effect is better than that of traditional inhibitors, because of the increased oxygen consumption and the coordination resistance of Fe3+ on the basis of traditional inhibitors.


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This work was funded by the Open Projects of Research Center of Coal Resources Safe Mining and Clean Utilization, Liaoning; and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (51404127, 51574143). The authors are grateful to all those who helped us in this paper.

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Coal; Density functional theory; Iron powder; Iron research; Oxygen; Spontaneous combustion; Coal spontaneous combustion; Comparative experiments; Density-functional methods; Iron-based; Oxygen consumption; Oxygen consumption rate; Rate of oxygen consumption; Reduced iron powders; Coal combustion; Coordination resistance; Iron-based deoxidizing inhibitor

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01 Apr 2018