The spontaneous combustion characteristics of Turkish lignite and correlation of the self-heating process with the actual fire

Guyaguler T., Karpuz C., Bagcı S.

CIM BULLETIN, vol.96, pp.75-79, 2003 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 96
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Journal Name: CIM BULLETIN
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.75-79
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Fires due to self-heating of coal have been a real problem since the beginning of mining. In order to minimize the harmful effect of fires caused by spontaneous combustion (sponcom), the tendency of coal for sponcom should be analyzed in detail. This paper presents the results of such research, which had two objectives: firstly, to determine the spontaneous combustion characteristics of lignites of all underground (u/g) mines of Turkish Coal Enterprises (TKI) in the laboratory; and secondly, to use these self-heating characteristics to predict the stage and progress of actual mine fires.