PROCHAINE Training Program

The starting point of the PROCHAINE is to develop an advanced level, practical training program around the topic “Design and upscaling in mineral processing”. The target group is people already working in the mining sector or related area. The objective of the training program consisting of individual training courses, modules, is to give learners a good knowledge on the theory and practical issues related to the design and upscaling of the ore beneficiation process, and how this information is related to the operational and economical aspects in the concentrating plant. The topics of the individual modules are focused on selected, relevant aspects around the process design and scale-up theme. The training program could be partly tailored to the specific needs of each particular student group.

The modules consist of theoretical lectures organized by Luleå University of Technology (LTU) and Oulu Mining School (OMS), which is one of the ten faculties of University of Oulu (UO). Other faculties of UO like Faculty of Technology can participate to the theory lecturing when additional information and expertise in certain specified area is needed. Statistically designed laboratory test work module for simulation is organized by LTU and experiments in the plants is to be organized by OMS and Mineral processing laboratory of Geological
Survey of Finland (GTK Mintec). Outotec is participating to the program by giving training in process simulation. After finishing the training program the learners have a good fundamental understanding and knowledge in design and scale-up in mineral processing, and the factors affecting the functionality of the process. The whole area will be considered from both theoretical and practical points of view. Individual training modules offer advanced education in the topic concerned.

The combination of mineral processing infrastructures of OMS and GTK Mintec as well as simulation and process mineralogy expertise of LTU and Outotec provides internationally high-level and unique platform for organizing training and educational courses in process design from ore characterization to pilot and industrial scale processes. The course, organized together with Swedish and Finnish partners, strengthens Nordic collaboration in the mining related education and furthers the role of Nordic Mining School. Moreover, the created concept is easily adaptable to students from other universities in Europe and globally, leading to wider networks in the research area.

Project objective and scope

The goal of this project is to develop an advanced level, practical training program on the topic “Design and upscaling in mineral processing”. The objective is to ensure that mineral processing engineers working in the sector gain new knowledge and experiences of the factors affecting the process design and upscaling in order to better design, plan and manage operations.

The target group of learners is professionals already working in the mining sector, who are keen to learn more about mineral processing. The learning objective is for professionals to gain an advanced level of knowledge and understanding about the theory and practical issues concerning the design and upscaling of ore beneficiation processes; and, how design and upscaling relates to the operations and economics of mineral processing plants.

The intent is that after the programme the professionals can contribute to more efficient and better controlled processes, which have less environmental impact.

The scope of the training program comprises of three individual training modules, each focusing on specific aspects of the design chain: ore characterization, process design in laboratory scale and minipilot scale, and process optimization in pilot scale and industrial scale.

Use of modelling and simulation tools would be integrated to be part of each module.

Environmental aspects and health and safety issues related to the process design are taken into account in each course.

It is suggested that in the first three years each of the training modules is organized twice per year and that 15-20 Lifelong learners will participate in each individual course. After the concept of the courses has been stabilized and gained more publicity among the players in the field it is expected that the number of the course organized annually will be increased to four – i.e. approximately 80 persons would pass at least one of the training modules annually.