Mineral Processing and Beneficiation

Course Name: 

Mineral Processing and Beneficiation (MT204)


B.Tech (MME)




Programme Core (PC)

Credits (L-T-P): 

(3-0-1) 4

Course Outcomes: 

CO1: To get fundamental understanding of mineral crystallography
CO2: To emphasize the importance of mineral dressing in metallurgy and economics of the minerals industry
CO3: To learn beneficiation and processing of low-grade minerals using physical separation technique
CO4: Students would be able to identify different minerals and understand the importance of mineral beneficiation process

Course modules and teaching hours: 

Module 1: (10 hours) General theory of Mineral Crystallography: Crystal Symmetry, Space Group, Crystal Structure Packed Spheres

Module 2: (10 hours) Scope of Mineral Dressing in Metallurgy. Economics of the Minerals Industry, Mineral Liberation process: crushing and grinding, milling. Sampling and Particle size analysis. Materials and Energy Balance in Mineral Processing

Module 3: (15 hours) Gravity concentration methods. Froth floatation. Magnetic and electrical separation. Advance Magnetic and Electrical separator for beneficiation of low-grade minerals. Recycling process and methods for electronic waste

Module 4: (20 hours) Identification of ore under polarized microscope such as iron ore, copper ore, lead, practical on size distribution, Forth floatation experiment, gravitation concentration on iron ore, and Magnetic separation


W. D. Nesse, Introduction to Minerology, Oxford Press 2000. C. W. Correns, Introduction to Minerology, Crystallography, and Petrology, Second Edition, Springer, 1969
B. Wills and T. Napier-Munn, Wills' Mineral Processing Technology, 7th Edition, Butterworth-Heinemann, 2005
Maurice C, Fuerstenau and Kenneth N. Han, Principles of Mineral Processing, Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, 2003
H. M. Veit, A. M. Bernardes, Electronic waste recycling Technology, Springer, 2015


Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Total teaching hours: 


Contact us

Prof. K. Narayan Prabhu, Head
Department of MME, NITK, Surathkal
P. O. Srinivasnagar, Mangaluru - 575 025
Karnataka, India.
  • Hot line: +91-0824-2473050