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E-mail: milena.kostovic@rgf.bg.ac.rs

Mineral Processing

Course Description

Study program: Environmental Engineering (VI semester -OAS), Mining Engineering (VI semester -OAS)

Name of subject: Mineral Processing

Instructors: Dr Milena Kostović, Djurica Nikšić

Status: Compulsory


Prerequisites: -

Course Objectives: Introduction to the principles, possibilities and methods of mineral processing

Learning Outcomes: Master of basic concepts related to mineral processing as a basis for continuation of study on the mineral processing modul or information for the other modules.


Theory teaching
Characteristics of mineral raw materials. Quality of mineral raw materials. Operations in mineral processing. Flowsheet of technological process. Mass balance flowsheet. Sample. Crushing. Crusher. Crushing in open pit. Crushing in underground mine. Mobile and semi-mobile crushers. Screening. Screening area. Bars. Screens. Grinding. Mills. Autogenous mills. Semi-autogenous mills. Vertical mills. Grinding bodies. Classification. Classification by gravitational settling in water. Classification by centrifugal force. Dry classification. Mill - classifier. Concentration. Methods of concentration. Products and technological parameters in mineral processing. Balance of concentration. Flotation. Flotation pulp. Phases and interphases of flotation pulp. Flotation reagents. Flotation circuits. Devices and machines. Gravity concentration. Theoretical principles of particle movement in fluids. Gravity concentration in water. Gravity concentration of coarse size fraction. Gravity concentration of fine size fraction. Gravity concentration in the air. Gravity concentration in heavy media. Heavy media. Suspension. Theoretical principles of particle movement in heavy media. Machines and devices. Magnetic concentration. Magnetic susceptibility. Diamagnetic and paramagnetic minerals. Magnetizing field. Magnetic concentrators. Electricl concentration. Leaching. Special methods of concentration. Solid – liquid separation. Drainage. Thickening. Filtration. Solid – liquid separation by centrifugal force. Drying. Tailing disposal.

Practical teaching
Introduction to mineral processing. Sample, sampling, sample testing. Crushing and screening. Grinding and screening. Balance of concentration. Flotation. Water gravity concentration. Heavy media gravity concentration, sink – float test. Magnetic concentration. Solid – liquid separation.

Suggested Reading List

  1. Кнежевић Д.: Припрема минералних сировина, РГФ, 2012
  2. Кнежевић Д.: Приручник за вежбе из припреме минералних сировина, РГФ, 2009
  3. Wills B.A., Napier-Munn T.J., Will`s Mineral Processing Technology, Elsevier, BH, 2007
  4. Weiss N.L. (editor), SME Mineral processing handbook, New York, 1985

Fund Hours:

Lectures Exercises Other forms of teaching Study research
2 2 0 0

Conduct of the Course: lectures + exercises

AssessmentОцена знања:

Final Exam ECTS
Oral Exam 30
Written Exam 20
Classwork Assessment ECTS
Class Participation 10
Practical Classes 10
Written Tests 30

Additional Assessment Criteria -