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CL4537 - Minerals and Solids Processing

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: School of Engineering

Particle size reduction and separation. Sampling and particle size analysis. Screening and classification. Sedimentation, gravity thickening and thickener sizing. Froth flotation. Flow through packed beds and porous media. Filtration. Fluidisation. Roasting. Leaching. Ion exchange. Precipitation. Electrochemical processing. Tailings managements. Colloid science. Rheology. Industrial chemistry and processes used in mineral processing plants in northern Queensland.

Learning Outcomes

  • a good knowledge of the mineral processes from the mining stage to the production of the final metal;
  • a good understanding of the principles of the unit operations employed in minerals and solids processing;
  • the ability to design processes for solids and slurry handling;
  • the ability to communicate effectively on various aspects of minerals and solids processing via assignments and laboratory reports;
  • reinforcement of skills in a) the use of software tools such as word processor, equation editor and spreadsheet; and b) clear and concise report writing.
Prerequisites: CL3010 and CL3021 and CL3030


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Bobby Mathan.
Workload expectations:
  • 65 hours - Lectures, tutorials, demonstrations, practicals, site visits and/or seminars. Refer to Subject Outline for details.
Assessment: end of semester exam (50% - 70%); on-course assessment, some of which may be invigilated (30% - 50%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.