Syllabus For The Subject Mineral Processing Technology




1.       Introduction

Basic definitions

Minerals by value

The process frame of minerals

Mineral processing and hardness

Size and hardness

The stress forces of rock mechanics



2.       Minerals in operation

Operation stages

Operation – dry or wet?

Mining and quarry fronts _

Natural fronts

Size reduction

Size control

Enrichment – washing

Enrichment – separation


Materials handling

Wear in operation

Operation and environment

Operation values




3.       Size reduction

The size reduction process

Feed material

Reduction ratio

The art of crushing

Crushing of rock and gravel

Crushing of ore and minerals

Crushing – calculation of reduction ratio

Selection of crushers

Primary crusher – type

Primary crusher – sizing

Secondary crusher – type

Cone crusher – a powerful concept

Secondary crusher – sizing

Final crushing stage – more than just crushing

               VSI – a rock protected impactor

              High Pressure Grinding Rolls (HPGRs) - HRC™


Final crusher – sizing

Wet crushing prior to grinding

Technical data: Gyratory crusher – SUPERIOR® MK-II PrimaryTechnical data: Jaw crusher – C series

Technical data: Impact crusher – NP series

Technical data: Cone crusher – GPS series

Technical data: Cone crusher – HP series

Technical data: Cone crushers – HP 3, 4 and 5 series

Technical data: Cone crusher – MP series

Technical data: Cone crusher – GP-series

Technical data: Vertical shaft impactor (VSI)

Technical data: High pressure grinding rolls (HPGRs) - HRC™

Grinding – introduction

Grinding methods _

Grinding mills – reduction ratios

Grinding – tumbling mills _

Grinding – stirred mills

Grinding – vibrating mills

Cost of grinding – typical

Mill linings – basic

Grinding mills – sizing

Grinding circuits _

Vertimill circuits

Stirred media detritors (SMD) circuits

Grinding – power calculation

Grinding – bonds work index

Pulverizing of coal

Vertimill more than a grinding mill _

Vertimill as lime slaker

Grinding vs enrichment and upgrading _

Technical data: AG and SAG mills

Technical data: Ball mills

Technical data: Spherical roller bearing supported ball mills

Technical data: Conical ball mills

technical data: SRR mill __

Technical data: Vertimill (wide body)

Technical data: Vertimill

Technical data: Vertimill (lime slaking)

Technical data: Stirred media grinding mills

Technical data: Vibrating ball mill





4.       Size control

Size control – introduction

Size control by duties

Size control by methods


Screening by stratification

Screening by free fall

Screen types

Screen capacities

Selection of screening media

Particle size – mesh or micron?

Technical data: Single inclination screen – circular motion

Technical data: Double inclination screen – linear motion

Technical data: Triple inclination screen – linear motion

Classification – introduction

Wet classification – fundamentals


Spiral classifiers

Dry classification – introduction

Static classifiers

Dynamic classifiers

Ancillary air solutions

Dry grinding

Size control in crushing and grinding circuits




5.       Enrichmen

Enrichment – introduction _

Enrichment – processes

Wash water treatment

Separation – introduction

Separation by gravity

Separation in water

Separation by jigs

Separation by spiral concentrators

Separation by shaking tables

Separation in dense media

Separation by flotation

Flotation circuit layout _

Reactor cell flotation system (RCS)

Reactor cell flotation system (RCS) – sizing

Technical data: Flotation machines RCS

DR flotation cell system

Technical data: Flotation machine DR, metric

Technical data: Flotation machine DR, US

Column flotation cell system _

Column flotation – features

Magnetic separation – introduction

Magnetic separation – methods

Magnetic separation – separator types _

Magnetic separation – equipment

Dry LIMS, belt drum separator BS

Technical data: Dry LIMS, belt separator BSA and BSS

Dry LIMS, drum separator DS

Technical data: Dry LIMS, drum separator DS

Wet LIMS – Wet magnetic separators

Wet LIMS – concurrent (CC)

Wet LIMS – counter rotation (CR) and (CRHG)

Wet LIMS – countercurrent (CTC) and CTCHG

Wet LIMS – froth separator (DWHG

Wet LIMS – dense media recovery (DM) (DMHG)

Technical data: Wet LIMS – concurrent (CC)

Technical data: Wet LIMS – counter rotation (CR) and (CRHG

Technical data: Wet LIMS – countercurrent (CTC) and CTCHG

Technical data: Wet LIMS – froth separator (DWHG)

Technical data: Wet LIMS – dense media recovery (DM) (DMHG)

Wet HGMS/F – magnet design

Wet HGMS, HGMF – separator types

Wet cyclic HGMS

Wet cyclic HGMS – process system

Wet cyclic HGMS – operation

Wet cyclic HGMS – application

Wet cyclic HGMS – sizing

Technical data: Wet cyclic HGM

Wet cyclic high gradiant magnetic filter HGMF

HGMF – applications

HGMF – process data

HGMF – sizing

Technical data: Wet cyclic high gradiant magnetic filter HGMF

Wet continuous HGMS

Wet continuous HGMS – process system

Wet continuous HGMS – applications

Wet continuous HGMS – sizing and selection

Technical data: Wet continuous HGMS

Leaching of metals

Gold leaching

              Gold leaching- carbon adsorption

             Gold leaching – CIP




6.       Upgrading

Upgrading – introduction

Upgrading by methods

Upgrading by operation costs _



Conventional clarifier

Conventional clarifier – sizing

Conventional thickener

Conventional thickener – sizing

Conventional clarifier/thickener – design

Conventional clarifier/thickener – drive system

Conventional clarifier/thickener – drive sizing

Lamella or inclined plate sedimentation – introduction

Inclined plate settler (IPS)

Inclined plate settler – drives

Inclined plate settler – product range

Technical data: Inclined plate settler (LT)

Technical data: Inclined plate settler (LTS)

Technical data: Inclined plate settler (LTK)

Technical data: Inclined plate settler (LTE)

Technical data: Inclined plate settler (LTE/C)

Technical data: Inclined plate settler (LTC)

Mechanical dewatering – introduction _                                                                           

Mechanical dewatering – introduction _


Mechanical dewatering – methods and products

Gravimetric dewatering

Spiral dewaterer

Technical data: Spiral dewaterer

Sand screw

Dewatering screen

Dewatering wheel

Mechanical dewatering by pressure – introduction

Drum vacuum filters __

Belt drum filters

Top feed filters

Vacuum filters – vacuum requirements _

Vacuum plant – arrangement

Vertical plate pressure filter – introduction _

Vertical plate pressure filter – design

Pressure filter VPA – operation

Pressure filter VPA – sizes

Pressure filter VPA – chamber data

Pressure filter VPA – nomenclature

Pressure filter VPA – sizing

Pressure filter VPA – moisture in filter cake

Pressure filter VPA – compressor sizing

Pressure filter VPA – compressor power

Pressure filter VPA – feed pump selection

Pressure filter VPA – feed pump power

Pressure filter VPA – product system

Technical data: Pressure filter VPA 10

Technical data: Pressure filter VPA 15

Technical data: Pressure filter VPA 20

Tube press – introduction

Tube press – design

Tube press – operation

Tube press – applications

Tube press – material of construction _

Tube press – sizes

Tube press – sizing

Tube press – cycle times and cake moisture

Tube press – capacity

Tube press – product system

Tube press – booster system

Tube press – mechanical description

Technical data: Tube press _

Thermal processing – introduction _

Direct heat rotary dryer (cascade type)

Indirect heat rotary dryer (kiln)

Fluidized bed

              Indirect heat screw dryer (Holo-flite)

              Holo-fliteprocess syste


             Technical data: Indirect heat screw dryer (Holo-flite)

              Fluidized bed

             Something about cooling


Iron ore pelletizing _

Pellet plant schematic

Feed preparation

Grate Kiln technology

Major process equipment components of iron ore pellet plant

Design criteria and plant sizing

Comparisons of indurating technologies _

Lime calcining system

Coke calcining system

Tire pyrolysis




7.       Materials handling


Loading and unloading

Railcar dumpers

Train positioners


Storage buffering

Stacker reclaimer

Scraper reclaimer

              Barrel reclaimer



Technical data sheets

Technical data: Feeder – Apron

Technical data: Feeder – Vibration

Technical data: Feeder – Unbalanced motor

Technical data: Feeder – Belt

Technical data: Feeder – Electromagnetic _

Technical data: Feeder – Wobbler


Conveying systems

Conveyor capacities

Volume weight and angle of inclination _

Conveyor - more than a rubber belt

Technical data: Conveyor – Standard belt

Vertical conveyor system




8.       Slurry handling

Slurry handling – introduction

Basic definitions

Slurry pump range MD

Technical data: MD

Slurry pumps – range XM

Technical data: XM

Slurry pumps – range XR and VASA HD

Technical data: XR and VASA HD

Dredge pumps – range Thomas

Technical data: Thomas

Slurry pumps – range HR and HM

Technical data: HR and HM

Slurry pumps – range MR and MM

Technical data: MR and MM

Slurry pumps – range VS

Technical data: VS

Slurry pumps – range VSHM and VSMM

              Technical data: VSHM and VSMM

Slurry pumps – range VT

Technical data: VT

Slurry pumps – range VF

Technical data: VF

Application guide for slurry pumps _

Selection – by solids

Selection – by head and volume

Selection – by slurry type

Selection – by industrial application


Construction _


Waste and recycling

Power and FGD

Pulp and paper




Agitation – Attrition scrubber

Attrition scrubber – Sizing

            “The slurry line”

              Technical data: Material handling hoses _

             Technical data: Rubber lined steel pipes

              Technical data: 3xD bends 45


              Technical data: 3xD bends 90

Technical data: Branch pipes

Technical data: Gaskets

Technical data: Couplings

Technical data: Reducers, rubber lined steel

Technical data: Compensators

Technical data: Tailing compensators / bends

Technical data: Tailing pipes



9.       Wear in operation


Wear in operation – caused by

Wear by compression

Wear by impaction (high)

Wear by impaction (low)

Wear by sliding

Wear protection and products

Wear products – application

Heavy impact – selection

Impact and sliding – selection (modules)

Impact and sliding – selection (sheeting)

Sliding and build up – selection

Wear protection – wear parts

Wear parts – slurry pumps

Something about ceramic liners

Wear in slurry pipelines





10.   Operation and environment

Operation and environment – introduction _

Dust control – basic

Noise _

Noise reduction

Ear protection




11.   Process system

Process system – Introduction

System modules – aggregates

System modules – sand & gravel

System modules – ore & minerals

Process system – railway ballast

Process system – asphalt / concrete ballast

Process system – ferrous ore

Process system – base metal ore

Process system – gold bearing ore

Process system – coal

Process system – industrial mineral fillers

Process system – glass sand

Process system – diamond (kimberlite)

Process system – kaolin

Mobile systems

Technical data: Primary jaw crusher + grizzly

Technical data: Primary impact crusher + grizzly

Metso simulation tools _

Consulting business

Process Technology and Innovation




12.   Miscellaneous

Conversion factors

Tyler standard scale

Density of solids

Water and solids – pulp density data (metric and imperial) _




















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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