CHEM ENG 2019 - Introduction to Minerals Processing
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code CHEM ENG 2019 Course Introduction to Minerals Processing Coordinating Unit School of Chemical Engineering Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Course Description The application of process principles to minerals processing operations including ore preparation, pre-blending, size reduction, separation and concentration, sorting, flotation, hydrometallurgy, pyrometallurgy and electrometallurgy.
Course Coordinator: Professor Nigel Cook
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Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Explain the principles governing a range of processes applied in the minerals industry; 2 Describe typical unit processes and flow-sheets for production of a number of metals; 3 Apply basic engineering principles to the design of minerals processes; and 4 Produce conceptual designs for simple extraction processes. 5 Work proficiently and effectively in small teams.
The above course learning outcomes are aligned with the Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competency Standard for the Professional Engineer.
The course is designed to develop the following Elements of Competency: 1.1 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 2.1 2.3 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.6
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 2 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
3, 4 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
B. Wills and T. Napier-Munn, Wills' Mineral Processing Technology, 7th Edition, Butterworth-Heinemann,
P. Mullinger and B Jenkins, Industrial Furnaces, 1st Edition, Butterworth-Heinemann,
A. Burkin, Chemical Hydrometallurgy: Theory and Principles, Imperial College Press, 2001.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
This course uses a number of different teaching and learning approaches including:
- Problem solving tutorials
- Final examination
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Learning Activities Summary
An overview of the minerals processing industry and its importance to the Australian and world economy. Historical development of minerals processing from pre-history to the current time. Basic flowsheets.
2. Ore handling
Crushing, ore transport, stockpiling and pre-blending
Crushing, grinding, breakage of materials, crushing and grinding laws & particle size analysis. Grinding machinery, milling circuits, sizing, screening and classification, hydro-cyclones, modelling of grinding circuits. Slurry properties, pumping, and transport.
4. Separation and Concentration
Introduction to mass balances and metallurgical accounting calculations. Separation and concentration techniques. Sizing and sorting. Screening and classification. Gravity separation. Dense medium separation. Magnetic and electrical separation. Dewatering. Froth flotation. Practical processes coal washing, minerals sands, iron ore and non ferrous ore concentration. Recovery economics.
Introduction to combustion processes, basic combustion chemistry and calculations, heat transfer and concept of “available heat” and its influence on furnace efficiency. Introduction to mass and energy balances, practical furnace systems including an overview of pyro-metallurgy in Australian minerals processing. Non-metallic mineral processing, rotary kiln processes, ensuring safe operation of furnace processes.
Principles of electro-chemistry, the electrochemical series, principles of corrosion processes and leaching, solvent extraction & chemistry, pH-Eh, solution separation, purification. Practical hydrometallurgy processes, alumina, gold copper, nickel, uranium. Safety issues in hydrometallurgical processes.
The basic principles of an electrolytic cell, the importance of the electro-chemical series in determining energy consumption of electro metallurgical processes, aqueous and molten salt electrolytes, principles of the design of electrochemical reactors, energy consumption, current efficiency, practical electro-refining and electro-winning processes
8. Process Instrumentation and Control
Need for control systems, basic measurement techniques for level, flow, temperature, etc. Measurement errors, actuators, valves, etc.
9. Process Safety
Modern process hazard identification techniques, risk analysis, fatal accident rate & ALARP, hazard analysis and protective systems, case studies.
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Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes Assignment 1 - Mineralogy 6 Group* Summative Week 4 1. 5. Assignment 2 - Grinding and milling 6 Group* Summative Week 6 1. 2. 3. Assignmnet 3 - Separation and concentration 6 Group* Summative Week 8 1. 2. 3. 5. Assignment 4 - Pyrometalurgical and hydrometalurgical processing 6 Group* Summative Week 10 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Assignment 5 - Hydro/electrometallurgy and Process Control 6 Group* Summative Week 12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Exam 70 Individual Summative 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. * can be individual if desired by student Total 100
This assessment breakdown complies with the University's Assessment for Coursework Programs Policy.
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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