Extractive Metallurgy I - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
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  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignments (30%) , Invigilated Exam (50%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,430.00
International 2,680.00

This unit was previously known as EXM568 Extractive Metallurgy I.

This unit covers dewatering, drying and high temperature metallurgical processes such as roasting, smelting and refining. The relevant unit processes are examined through consideration of: thermodynamics and kinetics of interactions which occur among individual phases (i.e. gases, solids, metals, mattes and slag), fluid dynamics, heat-transfer and mass transfer characteristics, different reactors and techniques used to carry out these processes. References to industrial practice for production of materials such as copper, nickel, zinc, lead, gold, aluminium, tin, silicon, iron and steel will be made.

Please Note: Students completing the course Graduate Diploma in Extractive Metallurgy don't have to enrol in this unit if they have completed EXM130 Introduction to Earth Sciences prior to Study Period 3, 2014.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. understand the main factors affecting dewatering and drying processes and equipment
  2. apply the basic methods of tailings dam construction.
  3. list and describe pyrometallurgical unit operations
  4. apply physico-chemical principles to drying, calcining, roasting and smelting operations
  5. apply thermodynamic and kinetic principles to pyrometallurgical processes and perform thermodynamic and kinetic modelling of pyrometallurgical operations
  6. solve problems related to pyrometallurgical unit operations and troubleshoot problems arising during plant operation
  7. select the most suitable recovery method for metals or value-added products from a given ore or concentrate using pyrometallurgical unit operations and design a flowsheet
  8. make preliminary designs for furnaces to be used in pyrometallurgical processes
  9. discuss the properties of slag systems of industrial importance
  10. discuss the environmental impacts of pyrometallurgy and the methods used for amelioration.
  • Assignments (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (50%)
  • Test (20%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • EXM568 — Extractive Metallurgy I

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

Knowledge of high temperature chemical thermodynamics and some applied mathematics or calculus/matrix algebra knowledge is assumed.

  • Additional materials
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  • Broadband access

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Thickening: design and equipment
2Filtration: theory and machines
3Centrifuge dewatering and drying
4Tailings disposal
5General principles of pyrometallurgy
6Pyrometallurgical reactors and reactor elements
7Heat transfer, fluid dynamics and roasting
8Roasting, slag chemistry and slag cleaning
9Non-ferrous smelting and converting
10Iron and Steel making
11Al, Ti, Zn, Pb, Au and Si production
12Environmental considerations and recycling
13Pyrometallurgical process design and costing

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

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  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
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  • Printable format materials

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

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