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Third day of CMTA 2018 at NML, focus on quality of coal

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Jamshedpur, Jan. 24 : The third day of interactive programme on “Coal for Metallurgical and Thermal Applications: An Appraisal of its Characterization & Utility (CMTA 2018)”, organised by CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory (NML), was formally inaugurated by Prof. Alan Chaffee from Monash University, Australia. Dr. Indranil Chattoraj, Director, CSIR-NML, Jamshedpur and Dr. Sanchita Chakravarty were present during the 3rd day function.

Prof. Alan Chaffee emphasized on the brown coal reserve of Australia. Dr. Indranil Chattoraj, Director, CSIR-NML, Jamshedpur highlighted that the importance of studies related to Met coal specially from Indian perspective considering the scarcity of met coal in India according to recent statistics.

There are four lecture sessions in which various aspects of metallurgical coal are being addressed. On the third day, the lecture on Physico-Chemical characteristics of coke and its impact on blast furnace iron making was delivered by Dr. Amitabh Shankar, Head, Coal Technology, Tata Steel Ltd., followed by a lecture by Prof. Rajender Gupta from University of Alberta, Canada on Physical / Chemical upgrading of Coal.
In the post lunch session, the Chief Guest for the 3rd day function Prof. Alan Chaffee delivered a talk on the metallurgical coke-like material from Brown coal. The talk emphasised on the development on preparation of coal/coke using Victorian Brown Coal (VBC) & elaborated on the Structural & Physical properties.

Dr. Sanchita Chakravarty, Senior Principal Scientist & Group Leader, CSIR-NML and Convener, CMTA-2018 delivered a lecture on utilization of non-coking coal for coke making. The focus of her talk was on the recent developments in coal blending in CSIR-NML.
Yesterday, the delegates were also visited the lab and had interactive discussions on the processing techniques such as Coal sampling. They interacted with scientific and technical staff of Analytical Chemistry Group and Mineral Processing Division.
The objective of this interactive program is to provide a common platform to various stakeholders in the coal sectors as well as metallurgical industries for an effective deliberation to identify problems and evolve implementable solutions to the challenges confronting efficient coal utilization with environmental friendly technologies needed for the growing demand of the economy.

More than 50 delegates from 12 Industry, Academia & Research Laboratory from different parts of the country are participating. The organisations are � NTPC; CCL, Ranchi; ECL, Asansol; ISM, Dhanbad; BCCL, Dhanbad; Inspectorate Griffith; D.B. Power Ltd, Raigarh; CMPDI, Ranchi; JNU, New Delhi; Tata Steel Jamshedpur; Usha Martin, Jamshedpur; NIT, Jamshedpur; CCO, Kolkata and ISP, Burnpur. Around 15 technical lectures are to be presented by eminent professor and scientist of global repute in seven sessions, namely – Thermal Coal Characterization, Coal Beneficiation, Behavior of thermal coal, Environmental issues, Metallurgical Coal and Coal Beneficiation.

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