The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


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.



  • Semester 1 - 2020

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): CHEE6007. Students who have successfully completed CHEE6007 are not eligible to enrol in CHEE6600.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of advanced topics particle technology

2. To become familiar with the unit operations involving particulate processing.

3. To develop a proficient use of mathematics and science skills in solving chemical engineering problems associated with particulate processes.

4. To apply the advanced particle processing concepts and unit operations to a range of industrially important processes in the fields of mineral processing, ceramics, paints, food processing, and pharmaceuticals.

5. To apply mathematics and science basic principles in the solution of problems associated with mineral processing, ceramics, paints, food processing and pharmaceuticals.


Topics to be covered in this course include:

Part A

•                     Particle Processing Fundamentals

•                     Particle characterisation, including particle size, shape and surface charge.

•                     Particle packing, segregation and sampling.

•                     Colloidal suspension stability, including surfactant adsorption.

•                     Emulsion formation and stability.

Part B

•                     Resources Engineering

•                     Comminution and grinding.

•                     Particle transport and storage. Particle separation. Flocculation and Agglomeration




Assumed knowledge

CHEE2945 (previously CHEE2940)

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Quiz: Quiz

Formal Examination: Formal Examination

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term