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Minerals and Solids Processing (ENG353)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit will cover aspects of particle processing - size reduction, separation, sampling and size analysis. Other topics will include sedimentation, gravity thickening, froth flotation, flow through packed beds and porous media. Unit processes such as filtration, fluidisation, leaching will be covered. Aspects of extractive metallurgy, pyrometallurgy, electrometallurgy and hydrometallurgy will be covered.
Unit Learning Outcomes Upon completion students will:
1. Acquire knowledge of the mineral processes from the mining stage to the production of the final metal;
2. Understand the principles behind the unit operations employed in minerals and solids processing industries;
3. Apply knowledge to design minerals and solids processes unit operations;
4. Evaluate literature and report on methods employed in the minerals and solids processing industry;
5. Communicate effectively on various aspects of minerals and solids processing.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 2 hours per week; Workshops/Tutorial: 1 x 2 hours per week; Practicals: 6 x 3 hours across semester.
Unit Learning Experiences Principles will be outlined in weekly lecture, highlighting the concepts around the current topics. Theory will be presented to explain how and why the particular process works. The workshops give students the opportunity to apply the theory to design problems related to that week's topic area and to explore ideas in a more interactive manner. The practicals will gives students the chance to see the theory in action, giving them exposure to the challenges faced in the real world.
Other Learning Experiences Students will be taken on a plant visit to a mineral processing plant.
Assessment Students will undertake a number of on-course assignments that will help them develop understanding and skills in solids and minerals processing. They will also undertake invigilated assessments in the form of tests and examination. Practicals will also be undertaken to help students develop a physical appreciation of the delivered concepts/content.
Prerequisites ENG202 Engineering Thermodynamics, ENG255 Chemical Process Kinetics, ENG201 Fluid Mechanics and ENG203 Heat and Mass Transfer.
Exclusions ENG328 Mineral Processing I, ENG329 Mineral Processing II, ENG325 Pyrometallurgy and ENG326 Hydrometallurgy
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Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BEngTech)
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