Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Patton, Richard

Committee Member

Daniewicz, Steven R.

Committee Member

Jones, E. William

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Mechanical Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Mechanical Engineering


Metallurgical coke is an important component of the iron and steel industry. It is obtained from high quality coking coals like bituminous coal. However, due to the limited resources and high levels of Green house Gases, alternatives to the product are of high demand. Availability of raw materials is an important factor. The product should have high heating value, strength and lower emissions. Research is being done on form coke technology; to produce high quality substitutes with inexpensive materials like lignite. A biomass-based form coke production process is developed. Two types of raw materials are selected at beginning of process. However, an ideal choice of raw material is evaluated by comparing the quality of the specimens produced from each substance. Various stages of the process are developed and their operating conditions are evaluated. The specimens developed are sent to a test facility to test reactivity and strength after the reaction.