Course programme
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Course 1 | Introduction to Mineral Production

CONTENT

  • Introduction to sustainable mineral production and the mining industry in Europe
  • Geology and most common economic minerals
  • Overview of exploration and mining project development
  • Mineral processing operations
  • Resource managment issues, including recycling and the circular economy
  • Environmental and social aspects of mining

 

 

Course 2 | Economic importance of mineral raw materials for Europe

CONTENT

  • Introduction to sustainable mineral production
  • Demand (e.g. green technology)
  • Supply (statistics on global, European and national perspective)
  • Short description of production chain
  • Primary and secondary raw materials, circular economy
  • Economic importance of the mineral industry, future trends

 

 

Course 3 | Mineral exploration and mining project development

CONTENT

  • Geological map of Europe
  • Drivers for exploration, economic factors, exploration effort, types of companies, financing options
  • Overview of exploration methods
  • Stages of project development, time frame, costs, end of life
  • Environmental and social impact analysis
  • Permitting procedures
  • Examples of ongoing/recent projects

 

 

Course 4 | Mining and mineral production

CONTENT

  • Mining methods
  • Drilling, blasting
  • Transport, material handling
  • Crushing and grinding
  • Separation technologies
  • Examples of metal ore beneficiation Hydrometallurgical processing
  • Examples of industrial mineral production
  • Tailings management
  • HES Health Environment Safety

 

 

Course 5 | Metallurgical production and metal recycling, life cycle of metals

CONTENT

  • Demand and supply
  • Metal life cycle, circular economy
  • Overview of smelters in Europe, primary and secondary
  • Pyrometallurgical processing
  • Hydrometallurgical processing
  • Example steel making
  • Example base metal production (copper)
  • Environmental issues
  • Processing costs

 

 

Course 6 | Environmental issues of mining (mineral production)

CONTENT

  • Foot print: Land, water, energy, waste
  • Laws and legislation, permitting
  • Emissions to air, water, land
  • Environmental and social impact analysis (e.g. biodiversity)
  • Exploration
  • Mine operation
  • Processing plant
  • Waste management
  • Mine closure and remediation
  • Economic aspects

 

 

Lecturers

Dr. Jan Rosenkranz

Dr. Jan Rosenkranz, professor in mineral processing at Luleå University of Technology in Sweden, has a background in mechanical process technology and mineral processing. He is active in several national and international research projects as well as in undergraduate and postgraduate education. His main areas of interest are in the fields of ore comminution, physical separation and geometallurgical modeling and simulation.

Dr. Erik Hulthén

Dr. Erik Hulthén has a background in optimization and simulation of crushing plants from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Currently he is an Associate Professor in Product Development at Chalmers. He is active in both research, supervision of PhD and MSc students as well as undergraduate and graduate education. He is also the Director of Master's Programme in Product Development  at Chalmers. His main research areas are processing, modelling and simulation of production of rock material products.

Dr. Gauti Asbjörnsson

Dr. Gauti Asbjörnsson has a background in modelling and simulation of crushing plant dynamics from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Currently he is a senior researcher in Product Development at Chalmers. He is active in both research, supervision of PhD and MSc students as well as undergraduate and graduate education. His main research areas are modelling and simulation of production of rock material with the purpose of optimization, control and operator training.

Wolfgang Lämmerer

Wolfgang Lämmerer has his background in mining engineering and mineral processing and is currently scientific researcher at the Chair for Mineral Processing at Montanuniversitaet Leoben. He is active in both undergraduate and graduate education, as well as in several research projects. His main area of expertise is mineral processing, especially in the field of industrial minerals and electrostatic separation.

Anton Hjalmarsson

Anton Hjalmarsson has a background in HMI development and simulation of crushing plants from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. Currently he is a research engineer in Product Development at Chalmers. He is active in both research and undergraduate education. His main working area is development of user interfaces and improve the interaction between users and control system in mining plants.