Available in 2018

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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018

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. 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.

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 in week 1


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