Introduction To Mineral Processing

By Prof. Arun Kumar Majumder   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 475

Mineral processing is the first process that most ores undergo after mining in order to provide a more concentrated material for the procedures of extractive metallurgy. Although the primary operations are comminution and concentration, but there are other important operations in a modern mineral processing plant, including sizing, sampling and bulk material handling. This course is intended to provide a detailed understanding of the afore-mentioned operations.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Mining, Chemical & Metallurgical Engineering, Geology.


INDUSTRY SUPPORT: Tentatively all mining companies like NMDC, CIL, SAIL, IREL, UCIL, HZL, HCL, GMDC, APMDC, MPSMC, RSMML, HINDALCO etc. and equipment manufacturing companies like Weir Minerals, Tega Industries, METSO, FL-Smidth, AllMinerals etc.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Metallurgy and Material science & Mining Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Importance of Mineral Processing
Week 2: Particle Characterization
Week 3: Comminution 1
Week 4: Comminution 2
Week 5: Industrial Screening
Week 6: Movement of Solids in Fluids
Week 7: Hydrocyclone
Week 8: Gravity Concentration
Week 9: Flotation
Week 10: Bulk Material Storage and Handling
Week 11: Slurry Transportation
Week 12: Iron Ore Washing

Books and references

Wills' Mineral Processing Technology, Elsevier Publications

Instructor bio

Prof. Arun Kumar Majumder

IIT Kharagpur
Arun Kumar Majumder is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mining Engineering of IIT Kharagpur. He is a PhD in Mineral Processing from the University of Queensland, Australia. Prior to joining the Department of Mining Engineering at IIT, Kharagpur in 2010, he had served AMPRI (CSIR), Bhopal since 1990 at various levels. He has carried out extensive and in-depth modeling work on complex coal and mineral processing unit operations. These models are developed based on sound fundamental concepts and they have strong industrial relevance too. The most significant aspect of his work is the identification of many problems at their roots first and then providing solutions elegantly. He has set up a new mineral engineering laboratory at IIT, Kharagpur with financial supports from industries. He is in the editorial boards of three international journals, has authored one book, has more than hundred publications and is currently the reviewer of many international journals of repute. He has filed one international and one Indian patent as of now. In recognition of his contributions in the areas of coal and mineral processing, various professional bodies have honored him with 12 awards so far.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: EAXM DATE(ex: 21 May 2021) Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

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