GENG4403 Extractive Metallurgy

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit reviews the principles of extraction of metals from their ores. The unit is created in order to extend knowledge in engineering of ore processing and optimisation. By learning extractive metallurgy, students are able to participate in operations, design, research and development of the processes for ore beneficiation and metal extraction. Topics covered include thermochemistry, chemical equilibrium, kinetics and mechanism of metallurgical reactions and systems, mineral processing (ore beneficiation), hydrometallurgical, pyrometallurgical and electrometallurgical processes. There are opportunities to be involved in process design by working in multidisciplinary engineering teams, and there may be additional opportunities for basic participation in scientific research teams.
Students are able to (1) work effectively in teams; (2) communicate effectively in written technical reports; (3) exchange technical information through sourcing relevant literature; (4) demonstrate effective group presentation skills; (5) practise enquiry-based thinking relevant to the discipline; (6) explain thermodynamics and kinetics of metallurgical processes; (7) apply stoichiometric calculations to metallurgical reactions; (8) discuss meaning, design and interpretation of test-work; and (9) explain process flow-sheet design criteria.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) technical report and (2) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Slobodanka Vukcevic
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Chemical Engineering specialisation
Mechanical Engineering
Mining Engineering specialisation); for pre-2012 courses: none
Advisable prior study:
Chemical Engineering specialisation: none; Mechanical Engineering specialisation: none; Mining Engineering specialisation: ENSC3011 Resource Extraction Technologies
CHPR3412 Extractive Metallurgy—Principles

Rosenqvist, T. Principles of Extractive Metallurgy, international edn: McGraw-Hill 2004

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