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CL4537 - Minerals and Solids Processing

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and 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. Leaching. Colloid sciences. Rheology. Tailings managements. Extractive metallurgy, pyrometallurgy, electrometallurgy, hydrometallurgy. Industrial chemistry and processes used in mineral processing plants in northern Queensland. Sustainability in minerals processing.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate knowledge of the mineral processes from the mining stage to the production of the final metal;
  • discuss the principles of the unit operations employed in minerals and solids processing industries;
  • apply the skills to handle solids and slurry in minerals and solids processing industries;
  • evaluate literature on advances in the minerals and solids processing industry;
  • communicate effectively on various aspects of minerals and solids processing.
Prerequisites: CL3010 and CL3021 and CL3030


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coord/Lect: Professor Yinghe He.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures
  • 24 hours tutorials
  • 6 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
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.