Advanced Particle Processing

10 Units

This course is concerned with advanced topics in particle processing, especially in relation to the coal and minerals industries. Following a general introduction to mineral processing, particle characterisation and particle-fluid interactions, the course provides a flux curve treatment of gravity separation, flotation and thickening circuits. Students gain a unique and fundamental appreciation of the governing principles.

Faculty Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
School School of Engineering
Availability Semester 1 - 2018 (Callaghan)
Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the physical science involved in the processing of particles in the coal and minerals industries
  2. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the fundamental principles of processing particles
  • Introduction
  • Broad appreciation of the technology employed in the coal and minerals industries to process, recover and concentrate particles of value.
  • Particle characterisation
  • Applications of Gravity Separation
  • Sedimentation, solids flux theory of thickening
  • Segregation and Dispersion in Fluidization
  • Particle Fractionation, grade recovery / washability
  • Application of theory to gravity concentration devices (e.g. dense medium, cyclones, spirals, fluidized bed systems and enhanced gravity).
  • Bubble-particle interactions
  • Drift flux theory, as applied to flotationHydrodynamics of two-phase systems
  • Introduction to the Kinetics & Chemistry of flotation
  • Appreciation of how these principles affect the standard plant designs in coal and mineral processing circuits.
Replacing Course(s) This course replaces the following course(s): CHEE6007. Students who have successfully completed CHEE6007 are not eligible to enrol in CHEE6600.
Assumed Knowledge CHEE2940 Particle Processing
Assessment Items
  • In Term Test: Examination: Class
  • Participation: Group/tutorial participation & contribution
  • Written Assignment: Regular assignments

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting week 1


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for CHEE6600
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