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Mineral Processing II (ENG329)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit provides students with a sound basis in the concentration of minerals according to their surface characteristics, including the unit operations froth flotation, agglomeration and flocculation. It includes a substantial section on the dewatering of concentrates and tailings, involving flocculation, thickening, filtration, centrifuging, drying and tailings disposal unit operations. It is designed to develop a solid understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of the subject matter which chemical and metallurgical engineers need to apply in the minerals resources industry.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 3 hours per week; laboratories: 1 x 3 hours per week
Unit Learning Experiences This unit mainly consists of lectures and tutorial/workshop and laboratory sessions.
Lectures will cover basic principles of the unit operations relevant to froth flotation, dewatering technology and tailings disposal as applied to mineral processing. On the flotation side this will include topics such as fundamentals of froth flotation, flotation theory, electrokinetics, kinetics, flotation reagents and reagents handling, flotation machines and control, flotation circuits for sulphide and non-sulfide ores agglomeration and other methods. On the dewatering side, this will include topics such as dewatering theory and flocculation, thickening and thickening process design and equipment, filtration theory and machines, centrifuge dewatering and thermal drying, and tailings disposal and other dewatering methods.
Other Learning Experiences 1-2 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.
Assignment - 10%. Use of the materials covered, research and some self-directed study. Each assignment will include problem solving exercises.
Class tests - 10%. Based on lecture presentation slides and practice problems and solutions provided to students .
Computer assisted design project - 10%. Students will use CAPE tool such as SysCAD to design a flotation unit operation.
Closed Book Theory Examination - 40%.
Prerequisites ENG202 Engineering Thermodynamics, ENG255 Chemical Process Kinetics, ENG201 Fluid Mechanics, ENG203 Heat and Mass Transfer and ENG205 Process Mineralogy.
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Unit Coordinator
Associate Professor Gamini Senanayake
Head of Discipline Chemistry and Physics

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2833
e: G.Senanayake@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.2.039 - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Aleks Nikoloski
Associate Professor

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2835
e: A.Nikoloski@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.2.038 - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
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