Full Name

2007 Unconventional Resources

Enhancing Appalachian Coalbed Methane Extraction by Microwave-Induced Fractures

Subcontractor: The Pennsylvania State University

Principal Investigator: Jonathon Mathews
Project Number Project Status
07122-27 Completed
RPSEA Project Manager: Kent Perry
Nottingham University
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
November 21, 2008 May 31, 2010
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
87,255.00 50,699.00 36,556.00
Project Objectives

The project objective was to determine the ability of microwave energy to create micro fractures in coal samples under simulated down hole conditions of pressure and temperature. This technique has been used successfully by the coal industry for pre-treating coal prior to pulverization at atmospheric conditions.


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