30h Th, 30h Labo., 10h Proj., 1,5d FW
Number of credits
Language(s) of instruction
Organisation and examination
Teaching in the first semester, review in January
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Learning unit contents
Basic techniques for bulk solids characterization and their implication to fragmentation, mineral phase liberation and estimation of separation efficiency. Sampling of particulate materials.
Mechanisms of size reduction, fragmentation theories and energy requirements for size reduction. Work index of ores. Type of crushers and their integration in circuit design.
Milling, screening and classification * Milling - theoretical basis, mill rotation and critical speed aspects. Type of mills and comminution circuit arrangements. * Screening - principles, type of screens and selection criteria. * Classification - principles, type of classifiers, design features.
Common mineral beneficiation techniques - gravity, magnetic, electrostatic and physicochemical (froth flotation), hydrometallurgy - theory and associated equipment.
Examples of unit operations.
Learning outcomes of the learning unit
The objective is to introduce the theoretical aspects of common mineral processing techniques and the associated equipment utilized nowadays in mining and extractive metallurgy practices. Students will be acquainted with the basics of solids separation principles when applied to ores and minerals, from the mine down to concentrates production. They will be immersed in team working environment.
The course is designed to enable students to perceive right from the beginning the challenges facing the modern mineral processing industry in terms of equipment development, circuit modeling and situation and geometallurgical consideration.
At the end of this introductory course, students will possess the pre-required background and will be prepared to follow the in-depth basic (S8) and advanced and specialized (S9) courses in mineral processing.
Prerequisite knowledge and skills
Basic knowledge in mineralogy, particle characterization and process engineering is a plus
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Labs on the following topics: sampling, granulometric analysis, grinding, gravity separation, froth flotation with elaboration of final basic flowsheet for the mineral under study. Basic calculations for preliminary metallurgical performance evaluation and results discussions.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)
face-to-face, first quadrimester of academic year 2019-20 - S7 of EMERALD; Wednesdays a.m.
Recommended or required readings
Wills B., Finch J., Mineral Processing Technology; An Introduction to the Practical Aspects of Ore Treatment and Mineral Recovery, Butterworth-Heinemann; 8-th edition, 2016, ISBN: 978-0-08-097053-0, avaibale as e-version
I. Svoboda - Industrial application of magnetic methods of material treatment - available in e-from at E-campus Furstenau M; Han K; (eds) Principles of Mineral Processing, SME, 2003
Gupta A, Yan D; Mineral Processing design and operation: An introduction; I ed, Elsevier 2006 - available in pdf form at E-campus platform
Ek C., Masson A., Cours de mineralurgie (Preparation des Minerais), 1973, Editions Derouaux, Liege - version pdf sur e-campus Kelly E G, Spottiswood DJ. Introduction to mineral processing, 1982, John WIlley and Sons
Kawatra, Advances in comminution, 2006, SME, Littleton, Colorado
Assessment methods and criteria
oral exam - 70 % reports on lab practicals; oral presentation of findings; activity and level of attendance during lab sessions - 30 %
internship not included
this course is part of the introductory and levelling modules during semester S7 taught at the University of Liege in the framewolrk of the EMERALD program
B52/3 , office -1/412, tel 9120
Mohamed AATACH - Assistant
educational support for the cours
ppt slides of the coursguidelines for practicals books in e-form, research articles on the subject