CHEM ENG 4058 - Hydrometallurgy & Electrometallurgy
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015
General Course Information
Course Code CHEM ENG 4058 Course Hydrometallurgy & Electrometallurgy 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 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.
Course Coordinator: Conrad Wilkins
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Course Learning OutcomesThe 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.
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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
Required ResourcesHydrometallurgy– Fundamentals and Applications, Michael L. Free, Wiley 2013
Recommended ResourcesExtractive Metallurgy of Uranium, Robert C. Merritt, 1971
Extractive Metallurgy of Copper, Schlesinger, M. E., King, M. J., Sole, K. C., & Davenport, W. G., 5th Ed
Online LearningStudents 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 ModesThe 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 SummaryWeek 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
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Assessment DetailThe 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.
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