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Mineral Processing I (ENG328)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit aims to give students a solid understanding of the processes used in mineral processing unit operations covering sampling, comminution, particle sizing, concentration of minerals according to their physical properties, involving such properties as density, magnetism and electrical conductivity. Other areas considered in this unit include ore sorting, process control, plant design and optimisation, and metallurgical accounting. We study a blend of theoretical and practical information for chemical and metallurgical engineers working in the mineral resources industry.
Unit Learning Outcomes On completing this unit, students should be able to:

1. Understand the principle for mineral separation based on different properties of ore.
2. Know the equipment being used in the industry for crushing and grinding and the trend for future development.
3. Apply the theory of comminution to estimate energy required for various comminution unit operation.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the principle of industrial screening and classification, and the factors affecting the performance.
5. Get familiar with various types of separating vessels for dense medium separation, and know how to draw washability curves and understand what they mean.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of the principle of gravity separation and their applications in the minerals industry.
7. Know the principle of magnetic and electrostatic separation and how they can be used in the industry.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 2 hours per week; Lecture/workshop: 1 x 2 hours per week; Laboratories: 1 x 2 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences Lecture materials present an introduction to the purposes and functions of mineral processing. The concepts introduced in lectures are reinforced using problem sets that help explain terminology and enable students to apply knowledge to solve practical problems, in the lab sessions.
The student is expected to attend the lectures. This knowledge is then further developed through the laboratory sessions which will cover the most important aspects of mineral processing. Students are expected to analyse the data collected during the lab sessions and write technical lab reports. This should enhance students' analytical as well reports writing skills.
An LMS site will be used to provide details of the activities and also to allow discussion of issues that arise during the unit via Forums on this LMS site.
Other Learning Experiences Students may have opportunity to visit metallurgical plants near Perth.
Assessment Practical Exercises (30%): Student will write laboratory reports and receive feedback through marked reports.
Assignment (20%): Use of the materials covered, research and some self-directed study. Each assignment will include problem solving exercises.
Closed Book Theory Examination (50%): The final exam is a standard closed book exam based on all the contents covered during the semester, tests the understanding, knowledge and analytical skills developed in the unit.
Prerequisites ENG202 Engineering Thermodynamics, ENG255 Chemical Process Kinetics, ENG201 Fluid Mechanics, ENG203 Heat and Mass Transfer and ENG205 Process Mineralogy.
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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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Associate Professor Fang Xia
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2568
e: F.Xia@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.2.037 - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Associate Professor Fang Xia
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2568
e: F.Xia@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.2.037 - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
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