Advanced Coal Preparation

Advanced Coal Preparation

AREAS OF STUDY: Mineral Processing

Qualifies for CMS

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  • Enrollment: Not required Tool Tip
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  • Duration: 3 sessions of 3.5 hours each
  • CEUs: 0.8 (8 PDHs) Tool Tip

Course Summary


This course in webcast format is one in the series of courses designed to address mineral processing of a specific substance. The course is intended to explore, in depth, the processing of coal. It provides a solid background in terms of coal properties in relation to its utilization and physical cleaning. More specifically, coal processing unit operations such as crushing, screening, classification, gravity separation, flotation, and handling of final product will be addressed.


Coal processing will be discussed in view of coal's physical and chemical characteristics. The emphasis will be on addressing common problems in the processing of typical British Columbia coals. Unit operations of cleaning coals by physical processes, coal analysis, characterization of coal, coal preparation flow sheets, and handleability of final product will be discussed in a great detail.

Participants will gain a basic knowledge of the unit operations used in coal processing and come to understand the effect of coal characteristics on physical cleaning of coal. For more details see course schedule.

Certificate in Mining Studies

This course qualifies for one day of short course credit for the Certificate in Mining Studies (CMS), a continuing education program of accredited short courses, webcasts and online courses for lifelong learning in mining, supported by University of British Columbia, University of Arizona and University of Concepción. more details »

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Registered participants who attend the entire webcast and complete an evaluation at the end of the course will receive a Certificate of Attendance, confirming the Professional Development Hours (PDH)/Continuing Education Units (CEU) earned. Please confirm with your employer and/or professional association that this course qualifies for CPD.

Who Should Attend?

The course is designed for coal mining industry professionals, such as: plant managers, researchers, mine technical employees, geologists, mining and coal processing professionals and students - specifically people interested in gaining a comprehensive understanding of coal preparation.

Dr. Maria E. Holuszko

Maria earned her BASc from Technical University of Silesia, Poland, and her MASc and PhD degree in Mineral Processing from the University of British Columbia, NBK Institute of Mining Engineering, Vancouver, Canada. She is a Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia since 1993 and a member of the Canadian Institute of Mining (CIM) since 1988. She is a Mineral Process engineer with twenty years of experience in Mineral and Coal Processing research.

Her career extends from working at the University of Alberta, the Alberta Research Council – Coal Department, British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines - Economic Geology Section to her research work at the University of British Columbia during the graduate years. Maria carried out a number of research and development projects on a laboratory and pilot plant scale during her career working for universities, government as well as carrying out consulting work for the industry. Maria has an extensive experience in flotation, agglomeration, pelletization and fine particles' characterization methods which involve an assessment of surface properties of coal and sulphide minerals. Her interests are on the application of advanced technology to the mineral surface characterization such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray Diffraction Analysis (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM) and X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) as well as Time of Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectroscopy and their industrial applications.

She spent a year (2007) working for the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre at the University of Queensland, Australia – world's centre of excellence for Mineral Processing. where she has gained familiarity with Mineral Liberation Analysis using JKTech MLA system for automated mineral characterization. She also worked on the implementation of Floatability Index into the JKSimFloat flotation model, as well as she carried out consulting work on flotation for BHP Nickel West, Australia. Presently, she is a Research Associate and Lecturer at NBK Institute of Mining Engineering, the University of British Columbia, teaching undergraduate courses in Process Mineralogy and Coal Preparation.

Maria and her family enjoy living in Vancouver, "the best place on earth," and she loves travelling, skiing, and outdoor activities.

Provisional Schedule

This webcast is divided into three sessions with following topics:

Session 1: 28 August 2012, from 8:00am to 11:30am Pacific Daylight Time
Duration Session
10 min


15 min

Coal preparation introduction

  • Definition
  • Economics
  • Challenges
90 min

Coal properties

  • Origin of coal
  • Coal rank
  • Coal chemistry
  • Ultimate analysis
  • Proximate analysis
30 min

Coal classification systems

  • Definition
  • Economics
  • Challenges
60 min

Coal utilization

  • Metallurgical coals
  • Thermal coals
  • Conversion coals
5 min

Assignment 1: proximate analysis calculations and coal classification, due the following day.

Session 2: 29 August 2012, from 8:00am to 11:30am Pacific Daylight Time
Duration Session
20 min

Assignment 1 solutions and summary of Session 1

90 min

Coal preparation theory

  • Basic concepts
  • RRB size distribution
  • Washability curves
    • Henry-Reinhard
    • Mayer's
  • Separation efficiency - Tromp curve
90 min

Unit operations in coal preparation

  • Breaking and crushing
  • Screening
  • Gravity separation
  • Coal flotation
10 min

Assignment 2: construction of RRB plot and washability curves, due the following day.

Session 3: 30 August 2012, from 8:00am to 11:30am Pacific Daylight Time
Duration Session
30 min

Assignment 2 solutions and summary of Session 2

90 min

Unit operations in coal preparation

  • Oil agglomeration
  • Solid-liquid separation
20 min

Handleability of coal

  • Definition
  • Factors affecting handleability
  • Methods to assess handleability
20 min

Coal preparation flowsheets

  • Typical flowsheets
30 min

Advancements in coal preparation technology

15 min

Questions and comments

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The fee covers the lecture, access to electronic course notes, Pre-Course e-Learning and a certificate of attendance.

Early Bird: there is a 10% discount if you register at least 30 days prior to the course start date. A 10% discount is offered for groups of 5 or more OR if you provide your Annual Edumine subscription User ID at time of registration. The maximum discount that can be applied is 20%.

This webcast is designed for both individual and group participation and would make an excellent company-sponsored in-house training event. If you have a group of twenty or more who would like to attend this course from one location, please contact us at +1 604 683 2037 for special pricing.

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