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Geometallurgy 7.5 credits

Second cycle, M7008K
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2019 Sp 4 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Mineral Processing
Subject group (SCB)
Chemical Engineering
Main field of study

Entry requirements

Bachelor or 3 years of studies in the program Sustainable Process Engineering (IMP) or equivalent knowledge from practical experiences (min 5 years work experience within process engineering or geology/mineralogy) Documented skills in English language.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
The course aims at giving an introduction to the three subject areas geology, process mineralogy and mineral processing out of geometallurgical perspective as the common thread. The course shall primarily address Sweden’s ore types and processes but also take up other ore types.
After completion of the course the student should be able to:
•    Identify and describe different ore types and their forming processes
•    Analyze mineral properties of ores with respect to efficient beneficiation,
•    Describe and explain the unit operations that are used within ore processing,
•    Analyze the reasons for process selection based on the raw material properties,
•    Describe the prerequisites for setting up a geometallurgical model and explain its elements.

•    Minerals and rock types: ore geology of the most typical ores of Sweden;
Process mineralogy:
•    Characterization of ore minerals and metallurgical products (composition, mineral textures, liberation) based on optical microscopy, electron microscopy in combination with quantitative analyses (Quemscan), XRD;
Mineral processing:
•    Basic principles for unit operations; selection of equipment, link to process mineralogy, mineral processing test work;
•    Basic principles for metal production, product properties, customer needs and quality;
Geometallurgical modeling:
•    Geostatistics, process modeling in mineral processing and metallurgy, particle based material balancing.

Teaching comprises lectures, seminars, lab exercises with assignments, as well as study 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 theory and relation between the mineralogy of different ores and the beneficiation processes.
Lab exercises in geology, process mineralogy and mineral processing are conducted in groups. Study trips shall provide the possibility for the students to learn to explain advanced mineralogical investigations and technological test methods.
Seminars are devoted to describe, analyze, interpret and present a complex topic in the field of geometallurgy.

Lab exercises and the seminars are compulsory. Lab exercises and assignments are only graded as passed – not passed. The seminar reports and review are graded 3 4 5 and determine the grand grade of the course.

Compulsory attendance of the first scheduled lesson/lecture.
Language: English

Yousef Ghorbani

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2014 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Material from the Division of Minerals and Metallurgical Engineering

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

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Lab exercises and assignmentsU G#4.00MandatoryA14
0002SeminarsG U 3 4 53.50MandatoryA14

Syllabus established
by Eva Gunneriusson 04 Feb 2014

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 11 Jan 2019