Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSMM127 - Advanced Techniques for Mineral Analysis (2011)

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MODULE TITLEAdvanced Techniques for Mineral Analysis CREDIT VALUE15
MODULE CODECSMM127 MODULE CONVENERProf Frances Wall (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS
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DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content
AIMS - intentions of the module
To give practical experience and theoretical understanding of the main analytical methods applied in mining geology and mineral processing. To enable choice of most appropriate analytical methods and strategies for routine analysis and for research. To teach best practice in sampling design, data handling and quality control.
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SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module
Lectures: week plan 1. Consideration of the characteristics of mineral and rock samples and other materials relevant to recycling and minerals engineering. Composition, heterogeneity, size, shape, inclusions, surfaces, waters, gases. Types of analyses and results obtained. Difference between an assay and research-type analyses. H&S considerations 2. Sampling techniques. 3. Processing results part 1. Reviewing and organising data, precedents for data presentation, analytical errors, detection limits, precision and accuracy, recalculating and manipulating results. 4. Whole sample chemistry X-ray fluorescence, inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, portable XRF, atomic absorption, inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry, 5. Whole sample analysis by mineral structure ֖ X-ray diffraction plus very brief introduction to transmission electron microscopy, synchrotron techniques. 6. Spatially-resolved techniques SEM and electron beam microanalysis 7. Spatially-resolved techniques ֖ QEMSCAN (MLA) 8. Other techniques:, Raman spectroscopy, fluid inclusion analysis 9. Geometallurgy case study 10. Processing results part 2. Tables, graphs, and mineral formulae, Comparing techniques, 11. Presentations and comparison of the practical results Practical sessions will be done in small groups each week. The groups will rotate around a number of practical analytical exercises involving a selection of the following equipment for each group. 1. Sample preparation including minerals separation, thin sections, crushing and grinding (whole group) 2. Scanning electron microscopy / energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis 3. Electron probe wavelength-dispersive microanalysis 4. Optical microscopy, cold cathodoluminescence 5. QEMSCAN quantitative mineralogy 6. X-ray fluorescence 7. X-ray diffraction 8. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry , Each group will be allocated a supervisor. The samples used in the exercises will be a selection from rock, stream samples, soil/laterite, ore, minerals processing products, industrial minerals, man-made material from recycling
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ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 50 Written Exams 50 Practical Exams
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CREDIT VALUE 15 ECTS VALUE 7.5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) M (NQF Level 7) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Thursday 15 December 2011 LAST REVISION DATE Thursday 15 December 2011
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