CHEM ENG 4058 - Hydrometallurgy & Electrometallurgy

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014

This course aims to provide the Chemical Engineering Minerals Processing students with an understanding of hydrometallurgy and electrometallurgy techniques that are used in the processing of minerals. The main topics covered in hydrometallurgy include acid, alkaline and pressure leaching, thermodynamic and kinetic aspects of leaching, purification and leach liquors by ion exchange, solvent extraction, adsorption using active carbon, selective precipitation operations, solid-liquid separation techniques including hydrogen precipitation. Several practical processes are studied including alumina refining, copper extraction, nickel, zinc, cobalt, gold and uranium processing etc. The main topics in electrometallurgy include Pourbaix diagrams, recovery of metal values by cementation, electrowinning and refining from aqueous solutions, electrolyte preparation, cell potential, effect of additives, aluminium smelting from molten salt electrolytes, design of electrochemical reactors and application of processes for the recovery of copper, zinc, gold and aluminium. At the end of this course you should be able to demonstrate a good understanding of the key factors that govern the successful operation of hydrometallurgical and electrometallurgical processes in the minerals industry.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM ENG 4058
    Course Hydrometallurgy & Electrometallurgy
    Coordinating Unit School of Chemical Eng and Advanced Materials(Ina)
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Assessment Final exam (60%), assignments and case-study (40%)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Conrad Wilkins

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The course aims to provide an overview of Hydrometallurgy and Electrometallurgy in the minerals processing indusry.
    On successful completion of this course students will be able to:-

    1.  Understand the driving forces behind the thermodynamics of leaching and how it impacts the design of a hydrometallurgical process; and

    2. Understand the driving forces behind the kinetics of leaching and how it impacts the design of a hydrometallurgical process; and

    3. Understand the various methods and practices of leaching, including basic design principles; and

    4. Understand the concepts of solids/liquids separation and how to apply to a process; and

    5. Understand the concepts and design of separation and purificaiton including; solvent extraction; ion exchange; precipitation; crystallisation; and membrane treatment; and

    6. Understand the concepts and design of metal recovery processes including; cementation; reduction; electrowinning and electrolytic refining; and precious metal recovery; and

    7. Apply the material learnt to a flow sheet design.

    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)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 , 7
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 , 7
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 7
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 7
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Hydrometallurgy– Fundamentals and Applications, Michael L. Free, Wiley 2013 
    ISBN: 978-1-118-23077-0

    Recommended Resources
    Extractive Metallurgy of Uranium, Robert C. Merritt, 1971
      ISBN: 0918062101

    Extractive Metallurgy of Copper, Schlesinger, M. E., King, M. J., Sole, K. C., &   Davenport, W. G., 5th Ed
      ISBN: 978-0-08-096789-9

    Online Learning
    Students are expected to be able to use various sources of online content to apply to their learning.

    Basic cource information will be supplied on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course will be delivered via weekly lectures supported by in class and non contact problem based learning.

    Lectures will be delivered in a collaborative environment and it is expected that the students participate in class discussion on all topics.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The course will consist of weekly 2 hour lectures with required pre-reading up to 1 hour. Tutorials will be held on a weekly basis of up to 1 hour. The student will be expected to undertake further research and learning outside of contact hours.

    As a guide 12 hours per 3 unit course is expectely weekly. 3 unit courses are required to have a minimum workload of 156 hours regardless of the length of the course.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Week 1: Introduction, Communiton and Flotation
    Week 2: Leaching Principles
    Week 3: Leaching Practice
    Week 4: Solids/Liquids Separation
    Week 5: Solvent Extraction
    Week 6: Ion Exchange and Adsorption
    Week 7: Precipitation and Crystallisation
    Week 8: Membrane Processes
    Week 9: Chemical Reduction Processes
    Week 10: Electrowinning
    Week 11: Electrolytic Refining
    Week 12: Precious Metal Recovery
  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary

    No information currently available.

    Assessment Detail
    The end of year exam will be closed book and of 2 hours duration. The exam will be problem based covering all of the material learnt and discussed during lectures.

    Fortnightly tutorials will be based on material learnt in the previous weeks of the course. Tutorials will be problem based and will be undertaken in groups. Self and peer assessment may apply to marking.

    Attendance at each lecture will be taken 10 minutes after the lecture commences. Participation will be marked on the level of participation, applicabliility of issues raised and thought provocativeness of the discussion.

    No information currently available.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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