Practical Mineral Processing

Areas of Study: Mineral Processing

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This is a practical course in mineral processing, designed for engineers, technicians, operators, support staff and others working in the mineral processing industry but with no prior training in this area. The course reviews fundamental principles, conventions and terminology, and provides a broad overview of current technical and operating issues and circuit design considerations. *** This is a premium course which has been peer-reviewed by a committee appointed by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME).

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

Course Summary

Introduction

This is a practical course in mineral processing, designed for engineers, technicians, operators, support staff and others working in the mineral processing industry but with no prior training in this area. The course reviews fundamental principles, conventions and terminology, and provides a broad overview of current technical and operating issues and circuit design considerations.

Participants are not expected to become expert practitioners in the field, but to learn enough about the concepts and processes to work effectively with specialists or to manage projects that include metallurgical operations.

The course begins with an overview of the discipline, and describes the various drivers for decision-making in operating plants or in project design. Topics covered include comminution, physical separation, flotation, classification and dewatering. Some basic analytical tools and a wide range of metallurgical terms and constructs are covered.

Key sustainability issues are also examined, including the drive to reduce energy use in crushing and grinding, reduce water usage across all areas of processing, and incorporate recycling technology.

Summary of Topics

  • Introduction to mineral processing.
  • Comminution, classification and liberation; influence of size on materials characteristics.
  • Mineral separation methods – an overview, including: physical separation (gravity, magnetic and electrical); solid/liquid separation; flotation.
  • Combining physical separation methods in metallurgical circuits.
  • Physical separation circuit design principles and examples.
  • Sustainability issues, including energy saving opportunities in mineral processing.

Course Content

The course comprises 20 learning sessions, each of average 60 minutes duration, supported by numerous figures, tables and worked examples, plus seven interactive reviews that confirm the viewer's achievement of learning objectives. The total duration of the course is approximately twenty hours.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe the work that metallurgists and mineral processors do.
  • Define the key areas of mineral processing and the major drivers for mineral processing.
  • Explain the implications of mineralogical characteristics for mineral processing requirements.
  • Interpret process grade and recovery information.
  • Provide an overview of major classes of equipment and their typical applications and identify commonly used equipment and where it should be used.
  • Describe basic flowsheets for physical separation processes in various industries, including mineral sands, coal, iron ore and base metals processing.
  • Identify key sustainability issues in mineral processing and explain their impact on mineral processing decision-making.

Recommended Background

  • An engineering (or equivalent) degree or diploma.
  • A basic knowledge of mine project development and operation.

Diana Drinkwater

Diana has been working in the Australian minerals industry for over 25 years, during which time she has been involved in metallurgical design and plant operation in base metals, mineral sands, gold, platinum and coal. For most of the last 15 years she has been employed in the tertiary education sector developing both training packages and accredited courses, as well as working with JKTech and the JKMRC in consulting and research.

Mineral Processing courses and programs developed by Diana have been delivered into Universities in Queensland, NSW, Western Australia, South Africa and Canada, and she has developed and delivered training courses for mining and engineering companies in Australia and South Africa.