CHEM ENG 7058 - Hydrometallurgy and Electrometallurgy
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code CHEM ENG 7058 Course Hydrometallurgy and Electrometallurgy Coordinating Unit School of Chemical Engineering Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 4 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Assumed Knowledge None beyond Year 12 chemistry and physics 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 of leach liquors by ion exchange, solvent extraction, adsorption using activated carbon, selective precipitation operations, and solid-liquid separation techniques. Several practical processes are studied including heap and tank leaching, 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: Dr Jason Connor
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Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Explain the driving forces behind the thermodynamics of leaching and how it impacts the design of a hydrometallurgical process; 2 Explain the driving forces behind the kinetics of leaching and how it impacts the design of a hydrometallurgical process; 3 Explain the various methods and practices of leaching, including basic design principles; 4 Explain the concepts of solids/liquids separation and how to apply to a process; 5 Discuss the concepts and design of separation and purification including; solvent extraction; ion exchange; precipitation; crystallisation; and membrane treatment; 6 Explain 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.
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 1.2 1.3 1.5 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 3.2 3.3
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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) 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)
1-6 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
1-7 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
Hydrometallurgy – Fundamentals and Applications, Michael L. Free, Wiley 2013, ISBN:978-1-118-23077-0 (Hardback Version)
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
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course will be delivered as a series of weekly lectures and fortnightly tutorial sessions. Class discussion sessions are integrated with lectures to enhance the understanding of the new concepts.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Activity Contact Hours Workload Hours Lectures 24 72 Assignments 10 25 Examination 0 15 TOTAL 34 112
Learning Activities SummaryThis subject comprises of 10 topics as follows,
Topic 1: Leaching Theory – understanding the kinetic and thermodynamic properties of a leach and how they can be manipulated to control the rate of reaction.
Topic 2: Leaching Practice – understand the different processes used to leach various minerals
Topic 3: Solids and Liquid Separation – understand how to separate the valuable products of a leach from the residue
Topic 4: Solvent Extraction – the first of the concentration topics focussed on solvent extraction of a valuable metal in solution
Topic 5: Ion Exchange - a concentration topic focussed on using ion exchange to concentrate a valuable metal in solution
Topic 6: Precipitation and Crystallisation – understand how to selectively precipitate leach products to produce a product or further concentrate the valuable metal
Topic 7: Membrane Processes – understand how membranes are used in industry to further concentrate valuable minerals or selectively remove deleterious elements
Topic 8: Contact Reduction and Cementation – understand how this simple process is used to win metals from solution
Topic 9: Electrowinning and Electrorefining - understand how this process is used to win metals from solution and further refine them.
Topic 10: Precious Metals – understand the process of recovering precious metals from leach solutions and ER slimes.
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Assessment Task Weighting (%) Individual/ Group Formative/ Summative Due (week)* Hurdle criteria Learning outcomes 3 Assignments 20 Group Formative Weeks 4, 8, 12 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Oral presentation of case study 10 Individual Formative Week 9 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Formal report of case study 10 Individual Formative Week 10 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Final exam 60 Individual Summative 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Total 100
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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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