Mining Engineering

Mining Engineering

Mining Engineering is an engineering discipline. Mining Engineering applies science in mechanics (especially in rock mechanics) and machinery technology, as well as the science and technology in other disciplines such as physics, materials science, chemistry, and business management, to extract minerals from the earth. Mining Engineering is associated with other disciplines, such as Mineral Processing, Geology, Metallurgy, and Geotechnical Engineering. Research in Mining Engineering at Oulu Mining School covers the following themes: mining optimization, mining methods, rock fracture under static and dynamic loads, rock drilling and boring, rock blasting and rock fragmentation, tunnelling, vibration reduction, rock support, rock mass classification, rock bursts and seismic events, ventilation, mining safety, mining economy, efficiency of mining energy, and efficiency of resource recovery.

 

 

Mineral Processing

Mineral Processing

Mineral Processing (beneficiation) refers to a number of interrelated procedures and phenomena that are involved in industrial processes employed to extract valuable minerals from their ores. There is a large variety of methods used in mineral separation, including crushing, grinding, mechanical separation techniques, froth flotation, and gravity-driven, magnetic, electrostatic and chemical separation methods. Oulu Mining School hosts the first university-based continuously operating, automated concentrator plant (minipilot), which offers a modern research and teaching facility for mineral processing.

 

 

Applied Geophysics

Applied Geophysics

In Applied Geophysics, emphasis on the use of geophysical methods in exploration and mapping of natural resources and in environmental and engineering studies. A central subject is Computational Geophysics, in which multidimensional numerical modelling and inversion are investigated as an essential part in the interpretation of geophysical data. Research targets also include the structure, composition and evolution of the Earth's crust and upper mantle, which are linked to the genesis and distribution of geological resources.