Development of analytical method of predicting fissures formation for carbonization process of coke

Shohei Matsuo, Yasuhiro Saito, Yohsuke Matsushita, Hideyuki Aoki, Hideyuki Hayashizaki

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The development of a numerical method for fissure formation during the carbonization of coke is needed because the formed fissures determine the coke's particle size. In this study, we proposed and developed a novel numerical method that can represent initiation, extension, and branching of multiple cracks. Fundamental tests (i.e., bending of a beam, stress analysis of a center crack plate, and crack propagation in a plate under tensile loading) were performed using the proposed method. The test results showed that the numerical accuracy of stress analysis and the fracture analysis using the proposed method were high and were comparable to other standard numerical methods. Furthermore, we applied the proposed method for the coupled analysis of heat conduction and thermal stress and performed numerical simulations for the formation of fissures in coke during carbonization. The numerical simulation results showed that major fissures extended in a linear direction, perpendicular to the direction of an oven wall. And the numerical results reflected qualitative features of an actual coke-making process using a chamber oven. Therefore, the proposed method could be used to reproduce the formation of fissures in coke during the carbonization process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1624-1632
Number of pages9
JournalIsij International
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Aug 15


  • Carbonization process
  • Finite element method
  • Fissure formation
  • Fracture analysis
  • Metallurgical coke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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