Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course the student can

-Dimension and selection of equipment for mineral processing, taking into consideration the technological and economic constraints of each design

- Apply the principles of unit operations design for mineral processing equipment in the context of metals recycling

- Explain the interaction between the various unit operations in a mineral pro-cessing plant and the specific purpose of each processing unit

- Calculate properties of mineral products after processing operations, while considering the technical and economic issues of grade-recovery curves

Credits: 5

Schedule: 29.01.2019 - 11.04.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Rodrigo Serna Guerrero

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Rodrigo Serna Guerrero

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    - Dimensioning of unit operations equipment used in mechanical processing technologies, including comminution, sizing/classification and concentration.

    - Flowsheet development for the processing of primary and secondary resources with local constraint.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Compulsory assignments and a written examination

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures 24 h

    Tutorials 24 h

    Project (home) work 45 h (20 h tutorials+25 h home)

    Independent (group) studies 38 h

    Exam 4 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecture slides

    Text books:

    • A. Wills, T. Napier-Munn: Mineral processing technology: An introduction to the practical aspects of ore treatment and mineral recovery, 7th ed.,Oxford, Boston, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2006, available in Aalto library e-books in the Ebrary collection
    • Ernst Worrell and Markus Reuter: Handbook of Recycling. State-of-the-art for Practitioners, Analysts, and Scientists. Elsevier, 2014, available in Aalto library e-books in the Elsevier books
    • G. Kelly, D.J. Spottiswood: Introduction to mineral processing. John Wiley and Sons, 1997.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CHEM-E6140 Fundamentals of Minerals Engineering and Recycling

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption