TGB4300 - Minerals Processing, Advanced Course


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home exam
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home exam 100/100 4 hours

Course content

The course describes the mineral processing circuits as a system based on combining the fundamental unit operations. Principles for process design will be given along with examples of processes for various raw materials. The basic principles of scaling and projecting circuits are adressed. The course will also present advances in comminution technology along with alternative separation methods.

Learning outcome

The course aims to give the students an understanding of how the basic mineral processing unit operation can be combined into specific processes. Knowledge: The students should know the main principles for designing mineral processing circuits, as well as the basic principles for dimensioning and scaling. The students should know and understand the most common circuits and solutions used in comminution and separation. The students should have an overview of common processes for different raw materials. Skills: The students should be able to design flow sheets and suggest processes by combining the basic unit operations, as well as performing simple dimensioning of selected process circuits. The students should be able to assess such processes by calculation and analysis of mass balances and separation efficiency, and should master basic digital calculation tools. The students should be able to plan, perform and report their own mineral processing experiment.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures. Self study. Online courses. Obligatory exercises (theoretical and/or practical). The course is assessed by a reference group and/or questionnaire.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Geology (MGEOL)
Geotechnology (MTTEKGEO)

Required previous knowledge

TGB4227 Mineral Production, Basic Course or similar basic course in mineral processing covering crushing, grinding, classification, gravity separation, magnetic separation and flotation.

Course materials

Wills, B.A. and Napier-Munn, T.J. 2016: Wills’ mineral processing technology, 8th ed., Elsevier. Additional written material; scientific papers, reports and notes. Lecture presentations (ppt).

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2021

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Processing of raw materials
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Geoscience and Petroleum


Examination arrangement: Home exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home exam 100/100





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