Geometallurgy

Prof. P LAMBERG

Work load: 30 h lectures and PC classes with assignments (attending a serious game), 20 h laboratory
work, 16 h seminars
Number of credits: 7.5


Objectives :

The objective is to enable students after completion of the course to:

1) Describe the principles of different areas of geometallurgy (ore geology, process mineralogy, minerals processing, modelling and simulation) and how they are linked in a geometallurgical concept.
2) Use different research and analytical methods of importance for geometallurgy and interpret the results.
3) Evaluate, analyze and interpret the geometallurgical data in a quantitative way.
4) Design a geometallurgical sampling, analysis and research campaign.
5) Design a geometallurgical program.


Contents :
The course will give an introduction to main parts of the geometallurgy: 1) ore geology, 2)
geostatistics, 3) process mineralogy, 4) minerals processing and 5) modeling and simulation. The
main focus is put in process mineralogy, mineral processing and in assimilating the geometallurgical
concept. Exercises, assignments and seminars concentrate on practical aspects of geometallurgy
needed in mining industry.


Mode of delivery :

Lectures, PC lessons, assignments, laboratory classes, attending in a serious game
and seminars.


Literature :

Petruk, W., 2000. Applied Mineralogy in the Mining Industry, Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam.
Will, B. & Napier-Munn, T., 2006. Wills' Mineral Processing Technology, Elsevier Science &
Technology Books, ISBN: 0750644508.


Prerequisites :

Completion of the following course: Ore geology, mineralogy


Form of Exam :

Laboratory classes, participation of the game, geometallurical investigations (for the seminar) and the seminars are compulsory. Laboratory reports, seminars, the investigation and the opposition are each awarded points based on the attained level.

Assignments and reports must be delivered in time or there will be an automatic deduction of points. The total points production determines the grand
grade of the course, and it is given on the scale Fail-1-5.

• For grade 1, the student must be able to describe different parts and procedures of geometallurgy, and to conduct a routine geometallurgical analysis.
• For grade 2, the student must be able to collect geometallurgical data and perform an analysis with interpretation.
• For grade 3 the student must be able to evaluate and interpret geometallurgical data provided by different analytical and research techniques and to report the results.
• For grade 4, the student must be able to design geometallurgical campaign, interpret the result and establish a geometallurgical program.
• For grade 5, the student must be able to apply the acquired skills to a new geometallurgical case, interpret, report and present the results and to defend the conclusions.