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Principles of Mineral Processing (ENG324)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit covers the main aspects of mineral processing including sampling, particle characterisation, comminution and classification, physical processes of mineral concentration involving dense media and gravity separation, magnetic and electrostatic separation and ore sorting techniques. Processes such as coagulation, flocculation, agglomeration, dewatering of concentrates and tailings disposal are covered are covered as well as froth flotation of minerals. Together with the units in pyrometallurgy and hydrometallurgy, this unit helps students to integrate the individual unit operations in a typical process flow sheet.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit the student should be able to:
1. Understand what mineral processing encompasses and apply basic principles for the beneficiation of a target metal or mineral.
2. Understand the fundamentals of comminution (crushing and grinding), gravity, electrostatic, screening, dewatering and flotation.
3. Gain an understanding of the importance of representative sampling, correct sampling methods and the amount required.
4. Learn the fundamental techniques of mineral processing.
5. Gain knowledge of the equipment used in beneficiation.
6. Gain an understanding of how to evaluate and determine the effectiveness of a beneficiation equipment.
7. Be prepared to take subsequent courses in mineral science and extractive metallurgy.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 2 hours per week; lecture/workshop: 1 x 2 hours per week; laboratories: 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences This unit mainly consists of lectures and tutorial/workshop and laboratory sessions. This unit could be attended internally or followed on-line for external students. All students need to attend the laboratory exercises which are organised on-campus. In addition to the face to face lectures, you will be provided a copy lectures, tutorials and assignment answers so it is imperative that you review PowerPoints (in pdf form) posted in the Learning Management System (LMS), read recommended background materials and complete all assignments in a timely manner. You are able to ask questions to the lecturer preferably during the tutorial sessions or through e-mail. When questions are of a content nature and may be of interest to all students, the lecturer will circulate responses in an attempt to enhance a discussion. Each student must take responsibility for reviewing posted solutions to assignment and test problems and in an effort to learn the course content.
Other Learning Experiences Field trips to local mine sites. Students are required to write a brief report on their site visits.
Assessment Practical Exercises - 30%. Student will write laboratory reports and receive feedback through marked reports.
Assignments - 10%. Use of the materials covered, research and some self-directed study. Each assignment will include problem solving exercises.
Computer assisted design project - 10%. Students will use CAPE tool such as LIMN to design a comminution circuit or another relevant mineral processing unit operation covered in the unit.
Invigilated final exam (closed book / 2 hours) - 50%.
Prerequisites ENG193 Introduction to the Minerals Industry, ENG202 Engineering Thermodynamics, ENG205 Process Mineralogy and ENG224 Principles of Unit Operations or approval by the Unit Coordinator.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed the unit EXM301 Mineral Processing may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Mineral Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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