Petrophysical variation of coal treated by cyclic high-voltage electrical pulse for coalbed methane recovery

Xiangliang Zhang, Baiquan Lin, Chuanjie Zhu, Fazhi Yan, Ting Liu, Tong Liu, Yanjun Li

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Laboratory experiments and field application of high-voltage electrical pulse (HVEP) technology, a good method for coalbed methane (CBM) enhancement, have achieved great progress. However, previous studies mainly concentrated on the crushing effect of a single pulse on coal, ignoring the influence of multiple cyclic electrical pulses on the pore structure. Besides, the current in electrical breakdown was rarely studied. In this study, the effect of cyclic number on pore variation was investigated, and the mechanism of electrical breakdown was discussed by measuring the current waveform. Moreover, the micro fissure and pore variations of coal before and after electrical breakdown were measured by adopting scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and low temperature liquid nitrogen adsorption (LT-N2A). Under the action of cyclic HVEP, both Linhua (LH) anthracite coal and Hongliu (HL) bituminous coal can be crushed into small pieces. SEM results indicate that the number of cracks increase with the number of cycle. LT-N2A analyses show that the cumulative pore volumes and surface areas of LH and HL coals both increase after electrical breakdown, so does the pore structure fractal dimension, which provides a smoother channel for CBM desorption. Additionally, the great energy instantly injected into the coal could produce huge expansion stress and immediately break the coal from inside. Current waveforms during the breakdown demonstrate that the peak current increase with the number of cycle, whereas the breakdown time decrease with it. This indicates the alteration of electrical properties of coal during the breakdown, which affects the next discharge.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)795-804
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Petroleum Science and Engineering
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Fuel Technology


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