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Process Metallurgy 15 Credits

Second cycle, P7010K
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2017 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Process Metallurgy
Subject group (SCB)
Chemical Engineering

Entry requirements

90 credits in Chemical Engineering. Basic knowledge in metallurgical unit processes, slag chemistry, thermodynamics, hydrometallurgy, phase diagrams and methods for characterization of solid inorganic substances.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

The course will give fundamental knowledge in iron and steelmaking processes, extraction of non-ferrous metals, materials and energy flows. The course also gives knowledge on the handling of by-products and recirculation on an advanced level. The course includes a large part dealing with casting of metals, and especially modern casting methods with examples from casting of steel. The student shall also demonstrate an ability to independently carry out a limited research assignment using available experimental tools to carry out experiments, to characterize materials or through thermodynamic modelling. After completing the course, the student shall be able to:

• Describe and explain processes and reactors for extraction and manufacturing of metals and alloys.
• Explain processes based on an advanced thermodynamic perspective. Describe and explain material and energy flows related to extraction of metals and alloys.
• Describe and explain casting of metals, especially modern casting methods with examples from casting of steel.
• Plan and carry out experimental work related to metallurgical processes.
• Present results and evaluation of experimental work in oral and written presentations.

The course includes methods for and reactors used in iron and steelmaking, non-ferrous metallurgy, casting, handling and use of metallurgical by-products, project task, laboratory experiments and study trips to metallurgical industry.

The teaching includes lectures, laboratory experiments, study trip and project task. Participation in laboratory experiments, project task and study trip are compulsory. Lectures gives the students possibilities to understand, describe and compare metallurgical processes for iron and steel manufacturing, extraction of non-ferrous metals and understand and describe casting of metals. In connection with laboratory experiments and project task the students are trained in planning, carry out and evaluate practical experiments and in oral and written presentations, present the work and results. The study trip gives the students insight and a feeling for full scale processes.

Approved results for laboratory exercise and project task including oral and written presentation and a public discussion of the work of others. For laboratory exercise the marks not approved or approved are given. For project task the grades U, 3, 4, 5 are given. Study trips are compulsory. The theoretical knowledge is controlled with a written and oral exam in which the grades U, 3, 4 or 5 are given. The examination is divided to three occasions, part 1; Iron and steelmaking, written exam. Part 2; casting, written assignments. Part 3: nonferrous metallurgy, assignments and oral exam. Students who have failed an examination on five occasions will not be allowed further examination.

Compulsory attendance at laboratory exercise, study trips, project introduction and project presentations. Teaching is in English. The course is given at advanced level and is a part of the Minerals and Metallurgical Engineering study plan.

Transition terms
The course is equal to P7001K + P7002K

Caisa Samuelsson

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2017 Sp 1
Compendium compiled by the research area Process metallurgy at Division of Minerals and metallurgical engineering
Fredriksson, H. & Åkerlind, U. (2006). Materials processing during casting.
Complementary literature:
Schlesinger, Mark E. (2011). Extractive Metallurgy of Copper.
Crundwell, Frank. (2011). Extractive Metallurgy of Nickel, Cobalt and Platinum Group Metals.

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

0005Project work4.5G U 3 4 5
0006Written exam 1 (iron and steel)3.5G U 3 4 5
0008Required assignment2.5U G#
0010Oral exam and Assignment report 3 (nonferrous)3.0G U 3 4 5
0011Assignments (casting)1.5U G#

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Eva Gunneriusson 16 Jan 2013

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 16 Jun 2017