Document Type : Original Research Paper


1 Department of Earth Sciences, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

2 Department of Mining Engineering, South Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran

3 Department of Geology, Payame Noor University, PO Box: 19395-3697, Tehran, Iran



The aim is to use the Concentration-Volume (C-V) fractal model to identify high-quality parts of coal seams based on sulfur and ash concentrations. In the K1 and K7 coal seams in the North Kochakali coal deposit, 5 and 6 different populations of ash and sulfur content were obtained based on the results. According to this model, sulfur and ash concentrations below 1.81% and 33.1% for the K7 seam, and below 4.46% and 37.1% for the K1 seam, respective base on Russian standard for ash and high sulfur content of North Kochakali coals were considered as appropriate values. In order to identify the high-quality parts of K1 and K7 coal seams, plans at different depths were used based on the C-V fractal model. Plans at different depths suggests that the southern part of the K1 seam and the northern part of the K7 seam have the highest-quality based on sulfur and ash concentrations, which should be considered in the extraction operation. The logratio matrix was used to compare the results of the C-V fractal model with the geological data of pyrite veins and coal ash. This matrix indicates that sulfur content above 3.8% for the K7 seam and above 4.41% for the K1 seam have good and very good correlation with pyritic veins of geological data, respectively. There are good overall accuracy (OA) values in the correlation between parts of the seam with ash concentration above 37.1% and 45.7% for the K1 and K7 seams, respectively, and the coal ash obtained from the geological data.


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