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 select 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: 28.01.2025 - 07.03.2025

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    - 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.

    - Process simulation of physical separation in mineral processing and recycling.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Compulsory assignments and a written report

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures 12 h

    Exercise 15 h

    Project work 30 h

    Assignments 40 h

    Independent work 40 h



Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    12 Responsible Production and Consumption


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

    Teaching Period: 2024-2025 Spring III
    2025-2026 Spring III