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2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

CAPE5790M Extractive Metallurgy

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr GM Kale

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as an Elective


The main objectives of this research led module are as follows:
- To understand the physical chemistry of metal extraction and refining processes in ferrous, nonferrous and refractory metals;
- To understand the thermodynamic properties of materials, phase rule application, partial pressure diagrams and chemical potential diagrams and their construction/importance in extractive metallurgy;
- To understand the principles of electrometallurgy, FFC process, chemical sensors and their construction and applications.

Learning outcomes
Students will gain in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of the metal extraction processes, thermodynamics and kinetics of processes, chemical sensors and their applications in extraction and refining of ferrous and nonferrous metals and recent advances in ferrous, nonferrous and refractory metals extraction processes.


The specific topics to be covered include:
- Ellingham diagrams and their construction and applications
- Phase stability diagrams, their construction and applications
- Chemical potential diagrams, their construction and applications
- Lead, zinc and tin smelting and refining
- Distillation process and metal separation
- Iron making - blast furnace and alternative processes
- Steel making
- Copper extraction and refining - both pyrometallurgical and electrochemical processes
- Processing of copper, nickel and cobalt bearing complex sulphide ores to metals
- Gold, silver and platinum group metals - extraction and refining
- Reycling of aluminium and its alloys in to virgin aluminium
- Processing of ilmenite ore and extraction of titanium both pyro and electro metallurgical processes e.g. FFC process
- Chemical sensors in metallurgical industries; materials, methods and applications in extractive metallurgy and plant environments.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours128.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Review of lecture notes each week
Directed reading to support and extend lecture material
Research for and writing of essay
Numerical exercises (e.g. Chemical potential diagrams, Ellingham diagrams, phase stability diagrams, binary - ternary phase diagrams) contributing to report.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Performance in written assignments.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportChemical potential & phase stability diagrams20.00
Essay1500 words maximum20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/04/2022 15:31:50


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