Overview – Department of Metarllugy

The department of Metallurgy and Mineral Processing has expertise in many metallurgical disciplines. These include –Mineral Processing, Extractive Metallurgy, Physical Metallurgy and Chemical Metallurgy. The Metallurgical Engineer Degree programmes promote the development of a holistic systems approach to metallurgy where technical knowledge and skills are complimented by a sound appreciation of the life cycle processes involved in metallurgy and an awareness of the ethical, safety, environmental, economic and social considerations involved in practising as a professional metallurgical engineer. Our degree provides pathways into rewarding careers and our graduates have found employment in a wide range of industries and organisations.

The programme in Metallurgy and Mineral Processing has three main areas of study; (I) Mineral Processing, (ii) Extractive Metallurgy, (iii) Chemical Metallurgy and (IV) Physical or Materials Metallurgy. Mineral economics as well as fundamentals of Computer programming compliment the major discipline areas for the degree. The foundation for the five year degree programme consists of successful completion of first year university mathematics, chemistry, and biology or their equivalent at A-level examinations. The techniques and technologies applicable to mineral beneficiation and concentration are applicable to a variety of ores and minerals and are supported by continuing research in the relevant areas. The programme benefits from the support of a vibrant local mining industry in Zambia in the area of industrial attachment and training.

The department supports post graduate work and research through the Directorate of Research and Graduate Studies. A hand book “Master of Mineral Sciences” spells out the requirements as well as regulations governing post graduate study. The areas of excellence for the department are in mineral beneficiation for base metals and fertilizer minerals.

A number of selected short courses are offered from time to time depending on demand from industry. Dates and fees are set at the time of offering. Below are some of the short courses offered?

Materials performance and Corrosion
Course objectives
The full hands on short course aims to look at mechanisms that give metal alloys strength and toughness, importance of the stress intensity factor and causes and types of corrosion in addition to examination of a number of case studies.
Target group:         Engineers and Technicians [especially those from industry]
Duration:                 5 day

Metallurgy of Welding and analysis of weld failures
Course objectives
This practical welding course aims to impart skills in various techniques used in metal joining. The underlying metallurgical structures important in giving strength in welds are studied.
Target group:         Engineers and Technicians
Duration:               5 days

Mineral Processing Pilot Plant
The pilot plant is equipped and designed to meet the needs of mining and exploration companies that wish to examine a range of processing options to further develop their deposits.

Our mineral processing laboratory is equipped with the following:
· Size reduction (Primary and Secondary Crushing) giving minus 3mm product
· Wet grinding from 3mm 60 % minus 75µm
· Floatation test cells
· Filtration and a wifley concentration table.
· Spiral classifier, driers and other equipment

Mechanical Testing and Metallographic Services
The unit consists of metallographic specimen preparation equipment, tensile and hardness testing machines.  Microstructures of various alloys in different heat treatment conditions can also be observed. Examination and analysis of failures of metallic structures and manufactured components including elements can be undertaken.

Analytical services
Metallurgy and Mineral Processing in conjunction with the department of Geology operates a full time analytical laboratory with the following capabilities:
Wet Chemical analysis and Sample Preparations for various materials.. Key analytical equipment and instruments used include;
· Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS)
·      Varian Sect AA 220 Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
·      Varian Sect AA 50 Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
The above instruments are mainly used for analysis and determination of the following elements;

Mercury, Boron, Tungsten and many others.
Other analytical services provided are:
· Analysis of phosphates and nitrates in ordinary and effluent water as well as analysis of titanium in minerals using the UVS-VIS Spectrophotometer
· Water analysis for (PH, TS, TDS, TH, alkalinity and conductivity)
· Calorimetric analysis of Nitrogen as Nitrate and Phosphorus as Phosphate
· Gravimetric analysis of Sulphur as Sulphate and Silicon as Silica
· Specific gravity tests on many materials
The services above can be used by private companies, government Institutions, students from other Universities and Colleges and the general public at large.

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