Advanced Coal Preparation

Advanced Coal Preparation

Areas of Study: Mineral Processing

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This course provides in-depth coverage of the processing of coal in terms of coal properties in relation to its utilization and physical cleaning. Coal processing unit operations such as crushing, screening, classification, gravity separation, flotation and handling of final product are addressed.


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  • Audience Level:
  • Professional
  • Enrollment:
  • Required
  • Duration:
  • 9 hours

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  • Completion:
  • 20 days
  • CEUs:
  • 0.9 (9 PDHs) (SAIMM: 1 CPDs)

Course Summary


This course offers in-depth exploration of 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 are addressed.

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

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.

Course Content

This course consists of six learning sessions in video format, each consisting of approximately 1.5 hours of learning content, plus interactive reviews that confirm your achievement of learning objectives. The duration of the course is approximately nine hours.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the unit operations used in coal processing.
  • Identify the effect of coal characteristics on physical cleaning of coal.

Recommended Background

  • A degree in mineral processing, metallurgy or related discipline.

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.