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Practical Metallurgical Processing (ENG562)

Organisational Unit Engineering and Energy
Credit Points 6
Availability MURDOCH: H-external, Y-external
Description This unit combines hydrometallurgical and pyrometallurgical theory with practice. Leaching, solvent extraction, electrowinning, ion exchange, carbon-in-pulp gold processing, roasting, fire assay, mineralogical, and mineral processing exercises will be completed. Students will experience working with pyrometallurgical, hydrometallurgical, and mineral processing equipment. The application of thermodynamic and kinetic principles to extractive metallurgy will be emphasised, and students will learn how to use thermodynamic modelling software and interpret modelling outputs.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Confidently identify a variety of rocks and minerals
2. Analyse and characterise mineralogical sections using basic microscopy
3. Understand the main unit operations involved in mineral processing
4. Design, conduct, and analyse tests/experiments to determine the efficacy of plant operations
5. Design, conduct, and analyse tests/experiments to determine the appropriate processing technique for a particular mineral/ore
6. Be able to report your findings in a clear and professional manner
7. Understand the main factors affecting dewatering and drying processes and equipment and apply the basic methods of tailings dam construction
8. Apply thermodynamic and kinetic principles to the design and operation of pyrometallurgical processes
9. Make preliminary designs for furnaces to be used in pyrometallurgical processes
10. Discuss the properties of slag systems of industrial importance
11. Discuss the principles behind, and the operational practices of, a wide range of current and prospective pyrometallurgical processes
12. Discuss the environmental impacts of pyrometallurgy and the methods used for amelioration
13. Conduct and assess a range of practical exercises typically encountered in the metallurgical environment
Timetabled Learning Activities · Three-week intensive block of laboratories in semester 1, starting from the first non-teaching week of semester 1.
· Two-week intensive block of laboratories in semester 2, starting from the first non-teaching week of semester 2.
· In each of the 5 weeks, labs start on Monday and finish on Thursday; and in each day, labs start at 8:30 and finish at 16:30 (with 1 hour lunch break).
Students are recommended to seek confirmation of the exact attendance dates and requirements from the Unit Coordinator closer to the commencement date of the teaching period.
Unit Learning Experiences Students will work with industry-relevant mineral processing equipment. There will be a 3 week-intensive block of laboratories scheduled during semester 1, and 2 week- intensive block of laboratories scheduled during semester 2.
· Laboratories covered in semester 1
o One week of Mineral processing labs
o One week of Unit operations labs
o One week of Pyrometallurgy labs
· Laboratories covered in semester 2
o One week of Rocks and mineral identification labs
o One week of Hydrometallurgy labs
Internet access required.
Assessment You will be assessed on the basis of:
* written reports on practical exercises
* test on mineral identification
* demonstrator assessment of performance in the laboratory

There is no formal end of semester exam for this practical based unit.
Laboratory Report of results in appropriate format 80%
Class Test 1 hour test on identifying rocks/minerals 10%
Demonstrator Assessment of laboratory performance 10%
Assessment
Each Topic where laboratory reports are submitted will have equal weighting (20%) and each report within that topic will have equal weighting.
Prerequisites Enrolment in Graduate Diploma Extractive Metallurgy.
Students undertaking ENG562 in H mode must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in ENG193 Introduction to the Minerals Industry, ENG565 Mineralogy for Metallurgists, ENG528 Extractive Metallurgy II.
Students undertaking ENG562 in Y mode must have completed or be concurrently enrolled in ENG193 Introduction to the Minerals Industry, ENG524 Metallurgical Unit Operations, ENG566 Advanced Mineral Processing, ENG527 Extractive Metallurgy I.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed EXM506 Extractive Metallurgy Practicum or EXM507 Mineral Processing Practicum may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2013: EXM513
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Graduate Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy (GradDipExtMet)
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.

Contacts

Unit Coordinator
ENG562
Dr Artur Deditius
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2525
e: A.Deditius@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.3.041B - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts
ENG562

MURDOCH: Y-External
Dr Artur Deditius
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2525
e: A.Deditius@murdoch.edu.au
o: 245.3.041B - Science and Computing, Murdoch Campus
ENG562

MURDOCH: H-External
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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