477415S - Thermodynamic and process modelling in metallurgy and mineral processing

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ECTS credits: 5 cr / 135 hours of work.

Language of instruction: English

Timing: The course is held in the autumn semester, during periods I and II. It is recommended to complete the course at the 5th autumn semester.

Learning outcomes: Students passing the course can use computational methods (i.e. HSC Chemistry -software) to investigate the thermodynamic equilibria (e.g. in metallurgy and mineral processing). These thermodynamic considerations include 1) equilibrium calculations, 2) mass and heat balances as well as 3) phase diagrams. Additionally, they can use commercial process simulation software (i.e. HSC Sim -software) to model metallurgical. This means that the student will know how to 1) model flowsheets for various processes, 2) apply simulation in practical problems in mineral processing and 3) run calculation and analyse the results.

Contents: Course is divided in two parts. Part I focuses on thermodynamic modelling in the contexts of metallurgy and mineral processing: How to use HSC Chemistry as well as its modules (Reaction equations, Equilbrium compositions, Heat & Material balances, H, S, CP, G diagrams, Stability diagrams, Eh-pH diagrams, Measure units, Periodic chart, Species converter) and database? How to define a system? How to interpret results? Part II focuses on general information and exercises in HSC-Sim (Flowsheet simulation -module): HSC-Sim structure and user interface, toolbar, drawing a flowsheets with HSC Sim, data necessary for building up a simulation, structure of HSC Sim Distribution mode, simulation of metallurgical balance.

Mode of delivery: Classroom education

Learning activities and teaching methods:Introduction lecture (2 h),  simulation exercises (work in pairs) supported by the contact-education, which consists of simulation exercises (32 hours of guided work + 16 hours of individual work = total 48 hours). The rest is individual work outside the lectures.

Target group: Students of process metallurgy.

Prerequisites and co-requisites: Knowledge and skills obtained from the Bachelor-level-studies in engineering or science programme are required as prerequisities. In order to get credits from this course, bachelor thesis must be completed.

Recommended optional programme components: This course is one of the courses in the module of process metallurgy.

Study materials: Material will be distributed during the lectures and exercises. Each student is required to search additional material for the exercises when necessary.

Assessment methods and criteria: Continuous assessment consisting of simulation exercises and reports based on the exercises. Work in pairs. No final exams are organized.

Grading: The course utilizes a numerical grading scale 1-5. In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail.

Person responsible: university lecturer Eetu-Pekka Heikkinen.

Work placements: No

Other information: Due to continuous assessment used in this course, it is highly recommended that the students are present already in the first lecture.

Last updated: 14.7.2020