Principles of Extractive Metallurgy

Course Name: 

Principles of Extractive Metallurgy (MT253)


B.Tech (MME)




Programme Core (PC)

Credits (L-T-P): 

(3-1-0) 4

Course Outcomes: 

CO1: To obtain detailed understanding of current methods and technological principles used in extraction theory that are applied both in industrial and lab scale
CO2: Students should able to solve the problems related to process metallurgy, analysis and characterization that enhances their decision-making ability

Course modules and teaching hours: 

MODULE 1: (6 hours) Sources of metals: land and sea, country wise resources unit processes, Pyrometallurgical, Hydrometallurgical and Electrometallurgical Processes

MODULE 2: (2 hours) Role of Carbon and Halides in extractive metallurgy

MODULE 3: (5 hours) Refining processes: Electro refining and electro winning, Recovery of metal values from leaching

MODULE 4: (10 hours) Aluminum and Magnesium extraction

MODULE 5: (7 hours) Copper: sources of copper, extraction from sulphide ores, refining, newer processes for copper extraction, hydrometallurgy of copper

MODULE 6: (5 hours) Zinc: sources, pyrometallurgical extraction, hydrometallurgical extraction, recovery of byproducts (cadmium); Imperial Smelting Process (ISP)

MODULE 7: (5 hours) Lead: sources, extraction of lead, lead blast furnace, refining, modern developments in smelting

MODULE 8: (3 hours) Nickel: sources, extraction from sulphide ores, carboxyl and electrolytic refining of nickel, extraction of nickel from oxide ores

MODULE 9: (9 hours) Stoichiometric calculations


Ray, Sridhar and Abraham - Extraction of Nonferrous Metals, E.W.P., New Delhi, 2012(reprint)
Davenport W.G. “Extractive Metallurgy of Copper” Fourth edition (2002), Elsevier Science Ltd
Peter Hayes -Process Selection in Extractive Metallurgy
F. Habashi, Principles of Extractive Metallurgy, Vol.1, Gordon and Breach, New York (1969)


Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Total teaching hours: 


Contact us

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

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Faculty Co-ordinator: Dr. Saumen Mandal 

Student Co-ordinator: Yoganath P