A web supplemented postgraduate unit offered by Murdoch University and Open Universities Australia, Practical Metallurgical Processing consolidates your previous theoretical learning with a series of practical laboratory sessions focusing on process mineralogy, mineral processing and extractive metallurgy unit operations. Exercises will initially focus on mineralogical processes such as mineral and rock identification, before moving on to the use of metallurgical and processing equipment in a wide range of key tasks.
Mineral processing exercises will include exploring the physical and physicochemical methods of separation and concentration, plus crushing, grinding, classification, flotation and dewatering. You will also gain experience of working with pyrometallurgical equipment in processes such as smelting, roasting and drying, and hydrometallurgical equipment in leaching, ion exchange, solvent extraction and electrowinning.
In addition, you will have the opportunity to hone a range of relevant skill sets including data analysis, scientific report writing and experimental design. There will be a particular focus on applying kinetic and thermokinetic principles to extractive metallurgy, the use of thermodynamic modelling software and interpreting modelling outputs.
Successful completion of this unit requires you to attend two compulsory on-campus laboratory and workshop sessions of up to 15 days.
You cannot enrol in this unit if you have completed any of the following because they’re considered academically equivalent:
Extractive Metallurgy Practicum
Mineral Processing Practicum
Practical Metallurgical Processing
To be eligible for this unit, you must have successfully completed the following units:
Introduction to the Minerals Industry
Metallurgical Unit Operations
Extractive Metallurgy II
Mineralogy for Metallurgists
Advanced Mineral Processing
And one of the following:
Introduction to Earth Science
Extractive Metallurgy I
In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into the following course:
Graduate Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy
Areas of study
In this Practical Metallurgical Processing unit, the topics you will study include:
Mineral and rock identification
Fluid flow and pumps
Viscosity measurements and rheology
Bond work index
Fine particle sizing and classification
Mineral separation and concentration
Cementation, electrowinning and electrorefining
Leaching and precipitation
Solvent extraction and ion exchange
Carbon-in-pulp and carbon-in-leach
Oxidative roasting; Fluidised bed roasting
This unit is a core requirement in the following course:
Graduate Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy, Murdoch University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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This Practical Metallurgical Processing unit provides an opportunity for you to put the skills and principles you have developed throughout the Graduate Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy into practice. You will apply a number of techniques that you can draw on throughout your career in the mining or metallurgical industries, such as preparing professional technical reports and oral presentations, identifying mineral types and operating a variety of hydrometallurgical and pyrometallurgical processes.
As a core requirement of the Graduate Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy, this unit brings you closer to a professional, industry-recognised qualification in mineral processing and extractive metallurgy. You will develop the tools to pursue a wide range of career paths, from working on metal recovery and concentration operations to research. Successful completion of this unit provides you with a sophisticated body of knowledge and the practical experience to put that knowledge into action, preparing you for a leading role in this varied and exciting industry.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Practical Metallurgical Processing from Murdoch University.
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