GEOL 215 - Mineral Processing
An increasing demand for metals in a growing global economy is being met with decreasing ore grades, requiring more efficient mineral extraction and recovery techniques. This course reviews the fundamental principles, conventions, and terminology of mineral processing and metallurgy. At the start of the course, students learn how to assess the mineral properties utilized in separation of ore from gangue. The stages of processing are then examined in detail from initial classification, crushing, and grinding to dewatering and tailings disposal. The student is presented with an introduction to current operating issues and circuit design considerations, as well as the efficiency of different concentration approaches. Students will gain an understanding of the suitability of processing techniques for particular deposit types and individual commodities. The environmental implications and sustainability issues surrounding individual processing techniques will be discussed, as well as specific safety requirements.