Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM1029 - Mining and Minerals Engineering (2011)

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MODULE TITLEMining and Minerals Engineering CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODECSM1029 MODULE CONVENERDr Andrew Wetherelt (Coordinator), Mr. David (Gus) Williams, Dr Richard Pascoe, Mr Paul Wheeler
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
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The student is provided with an overview of the minerals industry starting with an historical perspective and leading up to the current day implications of financial, political and environmental constraints. A basic introduction to mining and minerals engineering then follows which gives the student a broad outline of the unit processes involved in the two disciplines, this is supplemented by an introduction to the environmental aspects of the minerals industry and sustainability.
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Weeks 1-4 Introduction: brief introduction to the history of mining and impact on civilisation; earth resources, metallic and non-metallic minerals and fossil fuels, their occurrence, location, distribution and usage. Implications of financial/political constraints. Environmental impact of the extractive industries, concepts of sustainability, biodiversity, remediation and reclamation. Weeks 5-9 Mining methods: the role of the mining engineer. Definitions of basic mining terms. Review of types of ore deposit and exploration techniques. The mining process-breaking ground, shaft sinking and tunnelling, stoping support, haulage and hoisting. Weeks 1-9 Mineral Processing and Hydrometallurgy The role of the minerals engineer within the mineral industry. Importance of mineralogy and liberation. Ore preparation methods; crushing & grinding, screening and classification. Physical separation methods including automated sorting, dense medium separation, gravity separation, magnetic separation, electrostatic separation and froth flotation. Hydrometallurgy for the recovery of metals; leaching methods, bacteria assisted leaching, fundamentals of electrolysis applied to metal recovery Case studies on kaolin, diamonds, gold and copper. Weeks 2-4 Introduction to explosives, properties of explosives. Types of detonation. Safety issues relating to blasting within the minerals industry.
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Coursework 0 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams
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CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 1 (NQF Level 4) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 15 December 2011 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 15 December 2011
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