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Mineral Processing 7.5 Credits

Second cycle, M7003K
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2014 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Mineral Processing
Subject group (SCB)
Chemical Engineering

Entry requirements

90 credits in Chemical Engineering, including the course M0001K Mechanical ProcessTechnology.

More information about English language requirements


Selection C

Course Aim
The course objective is to provide a possibility to understand mineral processes for ores, industrial minerals, recycling products and mineral fuels (coal and peat).
After completion the student should be able to:
• Calculate technical-economic conditions for winning of mineral resources,
• Describe and explain commonly occurring processes for mineral beneficiation,
• Analyse reasons for selection of processes based on raw material properties,
• Generalise the knowledge of process conditions to suggest process selections for hypothetical raw materials.

Processing of ores.
- Magnetite and hematite ores. Processing of steel alloying ores. Theory of flotation. Autogenous grinding. Copper ores, lead and zinc ores and complex sulphide ores. Precious metal ores.
* Computer laboratory class: Mass balancing.
* Assignments: Product balance. Limiting grades and selectivity. Flotation. Mass and water balance.

Particle technology.
* Comminution of minerals. Reactions with liquids and gases. Dissolution. Adsorption. Precipitation. Rheologi of suspensions and particulate matter. Porosity, pore size distribution. Shear strength of particulate matter. Mechanical properties of mineral products. Handling of bulk materials. Ultra-fine grinding.

Industrial minerals and fuels.
* Aggregates for roads and concrete. Lime, cement and other binders. Masonry. Light weight concrete, aerated concrete, glass, insulators and other construction materials. Ceramics. Refractories. Pigments and fillers. Coal processing.

Environmental issues.
* Handling of solid waste materials from mineral processing plants. Process water.

* Uses of mineral processing methods in the recycling of industrial and consumer products. Selected recycling processes.

Management and mineral economy.
* Current issues.
* Assignments: Revenues. Cost analysis, Technical -economical calculations.

The teaching comprises lectures, assignments, computer laboratory class, lessons, and industrial field trips. Participation is compulsory with the exception of the lectures. The lectures should provide the possibility for the students to be able to describe and explain the operating principles of the processes and to explain theoretical concepts. The assignments, which are introduced during lessons, train the student to independently do calculations and technical compilations. The computer laboratory class is done in groups. The students are trained to compile input data for, evaluate and report on computer-assisted material balances. The field trips provide the possibility for the students to learn to describe industrial process technology.

After the first quarter, a written exam that is, and an oral examination after the course. The written exam has to be passed before the student is admitted to the oral examination. The theoretical understanding of the field of study is checked by written and oral exams, graded 3 4 5. For grade 3, the student must be able to describe and explain what is included in the field of study, and do routine calculations. For grade 4, the student must be able to analyse reasons for process selections based on the properties of the raw material. For grade 5, the student must be able to apply the acquired knowledge to partly new theoretical and practical problems.

Compulsory attendance at the first scheduled lesson/lecture.

Transition terms

Jan Rosenkranz

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2014 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Compendium from Division of Mineral Processing.

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

0001Written exam Q12.4G U 3 4 5
0002Oral exam, Q23.0G U 3 4 5
0003Laboratory class and assignments1.5U G#
0004Field trip0.6U G#

Syllabus established
by the Department of Chemical Engineering and Geosciences 28 Feb 2007

Last revised
by Eva Gunneriusson 11 Feb 2014