Process Mineralogy 2 for Coal and Industrial Minerals

Process Mineralogy 2 for Coal and Industrial Minerals

Areas of Study: Mineral Processing

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Process Mineralogy 2 for Coal and Industrial Minerals is the second of two courses on process mineralogy by the author. It presents application of the basic tools of investigative and analytical mineralogy with respect to coal and industrial minerals, illustrated by examples. In addition to coal, the course covers the industrial minerals diatomite, clay, calcium carbonate, glass, cement and advanced ceramics. Together with the companion course, Process Mineralogy 1 for Metals, this course provides an excellent introduction to process mineralogy for all mining disciplines.

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  • Audience Level:
  • Professional
  • Enrollment:
  • Required
  • Duration:
  • 10 hours

Course Summary

Introduction

Process mineralogy combines mineralogical techniques with mineral process unit operations to identify minerals, their associations and characteristics in order to...

  • establish feasibility concepts at the early stages of geological exploration;
  • design processing flowsheets;
  • specify raw materials and marketable products;
  • troubleshoot plants; and
  • indicate new uses of minerals.
Process Mineralogy 2 for Coal and Industrial Minerals is the second of two courses on process mineralogy by the author. It presents application of the basic tools of investigative and analytical mineralogy with respect to coal and industrial minerals, illustrated by numerous examples, including...

  • coal petrology;
  • industrial minerals: diatomite, clay and calcium carbonate; and
  • industrial minerals: structural clay, glass, cement and advanced ceramics.
Together with the companion course, Process Mineralogy 1 for Metals (which also covers the investigative and analytical tools of process mineralogy), this course provides an excellent introduction to process mineralogy for all mining disciplines.

Course Content

Process Mineralogy 2 for Coal and Industrial Minerals comprises 12 viewing sessions at both summary and text level of 30 to 60 minutes duration each, plus multiple-choice reviews, and numerous figures, design tables and references. Course duration is equivalent to approximately 10 hours of viewing content.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the principles of coal petrology and its application to the coking process.
  • Discuss the mineralogy of diatomite, clay minerals and calcium carbonate.
  • Discuss the mineralogy of structural clay, glass, cement and advanced structural ceramics.

Recommended Background

  • A partial degree or diploma in geology, mineral processing, mining engineering or related discipline.
  • An understanding of the basic physical and chemical principles of mineralogy and mineral processing.

Dr. Marcello Veiga

Dr. Marcello Veiga has worked for the past twenty five years as a metallurgical engineer and environmental geochemist for mining and consulting companies in Brazil, Canada, US, Venezuela, Chile and Peru. He has worked extensively on environmental and social issues related to mining. As a professor of the Department of Mining Engineering at the University of British Columbia, since 1997, his research topics include: sustainable development in mining, mine closure and reclamation, remedial procedures for metal pollution (in particular mercury pollution, bioaccumulation and adverse effects of metals in the environment), acid rock drainage, and mineral processing. For 2 years, he worked as an expert for UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization, in Vienna, on issues related to artisanal gold mining in Asia, Africa and South America. Since Aug 2004, he is back to UBC to his academic activities.