Course - Mineral Production, Basic Course - TGB4227
TGB4227 - Mineral Production, Basic Course
Examination arrangement: Home examination
|Evaluation||Weighting||Duration||Grade deviation||Examination aids|
|Home examination||100/100||4 hours|
The course is about exploitation of solid mineral resources and consists of four parts:
- Mineral resources. This part gives a short overview of the value chains, markets and uses of various mineral commodities, as well as an overview of Norwegian and international mining industry.
- Mining. This part gives an introduction to underground and surface mining methods, the unit operations and necessary infrastructure.
- Process Mineralogy. This part gives an introduction to process mineralogical principles, analytical methods and terminology. Emphasis will be on introduction to the most important concepts and analytical methods.
- Mineral processing, which provides an overview of the main unit operations with respect to comminution (crushing and grinding), classification/screening and mineral separation (gravity separation, magnetic separation, electric separation, flotation and sorting). The combination of unit operations into circuits is also covered, as well as the calculation of mass balances and recoveries.
The purpose of the course is to give the students an understanding of the most important processes in mining and how these processes form a value chain.
Knowledge: After completing the course, the students are expected to know the most important terms and analytical methods used in process mineralogy. The students shall know the most important unit operations in mining and minerals engineering, the principles that control these and the equipment that are used. Further, the students are expected to know about different mining methods and their pros and cons. The link between the properties of the raw material and the choice of mining method and solution for processing is an important issue. The students are introduced to standard digital decision support tools.
Skills: After completing the course, the students are expected to be able to calculate and use curves for particle size distribution and liberation. The students should be able to suggest flow sheets for mineral processing of different raw materials and to complete simple mass balance and separation results calculations. Further, the students are expected to calculate and use recovery curves. Given the rock mechanical properties, the geometry of and the grade distribution in a deposit, the students are expected to be able to suggest mining methods and necessary infrastructure.
Learning methods and activities
Lectures. Obligatory exercises. Obligatory excursion (might be organized during weekends). Course evaluation using student reference group. The course will be taught in English if international master's students participate.
Further on evaluation
If the teaching is given in English, the examination papers will be given in English only. Students are free to choose Norwegian or English for written assessments. If there is a re-sit examination, the form of assessment may be changed from written to oral.
Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.
Recommended previous knowledge
Good knowledge of chemistry, mechanics and physics. One should also be motivated to learn the names of the most common minerals if not known previously.
Sandvik et al: Oppredning av primære og sekundære råstoffer, Tapir. Written handouts. Lecture presentations (ppt).
Credits: 7.5 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III
Term no.: 1
Teaching semester: AUTUMN 2021
Language of instruction: English, Norwegian
- Processing of raw materials
- Process Mineralogy
- Mineral Raw Materials
- Mineral Production
- Rock Mechanics
- Mineral Processing
- Mining Engineering
- Technological subjects
Examination arrangement: Home examination
- Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Room Building Number of candidates
- * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"