This paper compares the systems of coal classification described under American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards used in Canada to standards used in China. A preliminary connection of metallurgical coal classes was set up between the two classifications. The paper also compares caking properties commonly used in each country, as well as a brief discussion of metallurgical coal processing strategy and typical coking coal product qualities.

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Ting Lu, P. Eng. and Gerard Laman
February 1, 2012
44th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Mineral Processors
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