Authors: M.M. Nkasu
Addresses: Department of Manufacturing Engineering, Tat Chee Avenue, City Polytechnic of Hong Kong, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Abstract: This paper propounds a systematic information systems design for the effective management of coal and ash resources, as well as methods to prevent spontaneous heating of stored coal, in the light of some actual experiences with coal stockpile flowslides at an electric power generation station in Asia. Specifically, the paper proposes a methodology consisting of a computer-controlled operating system, complemented by a full management information backup, and utilising a touch screen type input/output visual display unit (VDU), which is code-named SCARM-acronym for Information Systems Design for Coal and Ash Resources Management. This has proven to be a suitable model for the prevention of spontaneous heating of stored coal, as well as for the upgrading of the coal handling plant by means of a stacker/reclaimer, so as to enhance the generating capacity.
Keywords: coal resources management; ash resources management; coal-fired power generation; computer-controlled process management; information systems design.
International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 1997 Vol.10 No.1/2, pp.45 - 50
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