Mineral Processing and Metallurgical Analysis

OBJECTIVES: To acquire knowledge of fuels and various raw materials; identification, selection, handling and processing of ores and to become familiar with Metallurgical analysis techniques.

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Fuels and Raw Materials

Principles of combustion, testing of fuels, - Coal - Manufacture of metallurgical coke and its properties -typical energy consumption in metallurgical processes, overview of different raw materials (including fluxes) in metals processing


Physical properties of minerals, physical and chemical characteristics of industrial minerals such as magnetite, haematite, galena, chalcopyrite, azurite, sphalerite, monazite, cassiterite, chromite, bauxite and ilmenite ; economics of ore processing

Chemical and Mechanical Processing

Chemical processing of ores - leaching ,ion-exchange and liquid- solvent extraction; crushing and grinding – types, washing, sorting and hand-picking; laboratory and industrial screening classifiers, mechanical and hydraulic; sedimentation principles

Ore Concentration Techniques

Concentration by jigs, tables, heavy media separation, froth floatation, magnetic and electrostatic separation, thickeners and filters; use of flow sheets (specific examples from metals processing), wet and dry sampling,

Metallurgical Analysis

Principles of chemical analysis, - ores, metals, alloys, non-metallics, details of specific chemical analysis techniques, introduction to common analysis techniques used in metallurgical industries (spectrovac and spot testing)


1.Gupta O. P., ‘Elements of Fuels, Furnaces and Refractories’, 2nd Edition, Khanna Publishers,1990

2.Gaudin A.M., ‘Principles of Mineral Dressing’, 1st Edition, TMH, 1986.

3.Gilchrist J.D., ‘Extraction Metallurgy’, 2nd Edition, Pergamon Press, 1980.

4. Joseph Newton, ‘Extractive Metallurgy’, 1st Edition, Wiley Eastern,1967

5.  Vogel A.I., ‘A Text Book of Quantitative Inorganic Analysis’, 3rd Edition, ELBS, Longman, 1978.