Checking date: 08/05/2019

Course: 2019/2020

Metals technology and recycling
Study: Bachelor in Industrial Technologies Engineering (256)


Department assigned to the subject: Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Chemical Basis of Engineering
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
The student to complete the course, you must know the physical-chemical fundamentals and basic operations of extractive metallurgy from both natural products and the recycling of scrap metal processing. Should be able to propose a process for obtaining metals and be able to assess their feasibility.
Description of contents: programme
UNIT 1. INTRODUCTION TO THE EXTRACTION METALLURGY Pyrometallurgical and hydrometallurgical. Extraction and processing of natural ores UNIT 2: PIROMETALLURGICAL REACTIONS Physical conditions of the reactions. Reaction rate. Effect of temperature. Impure materials. Ellingham and Richardson diagrams. Reduction processes. UNIT 3: PYRIMETALLURGY Reduction of oxides: lead metallurgy. Roasting of sulphide ores: copper metallurgy. Fused salt electrolysis: aluminum metallurgy. UNIT 4: STEEL Steelmaking. Blast furnace. Electric furnace. Steel refining. UNIT 5: HYDROMETALLURGY REACTIONS Solubility product. Redox reactions. Electrolysis, Pourbaix diagrams. Diffusion in the liquid state. UNIT 6: HYDROMETALLURGY Lixiviation. Concentration. Purification. Precipitation. Processes examples. UNIT 7: METAL RECYCLING Extraction of metals from industrial and urban waste. Recycled steel. Recycling of lead, aluminum, copper and zinc. Highly polluting metalsDeveloping recycling processes. UNIT 8: NUCLEAR WASTE MANAGEMENT Waste Management of low and high activity. Recycling processes.
Learning activities and methodology
Problems are analyzed for obtaining metals and alloys in different media and subsequent individual presentation and analysis results. Troubleshooting on the thermodynamics and electrochemical reactions of metal and metallurgical process design.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Basic Bibliography
  • A. Ballester, L.F. Berdeja, J. Sancho. Metalurgia extractiva. Vol. 1 y 2. Sintesis. 2000
  • J. Apraiz . Aceros especiales y otras aleaciones. Dossat.. 1986
  • J.J. Moore. Chemical metallurgy. Butterworth Hesnemann. 1994
  • J.M. del Barrio, E. Garcia . Metalurgia del acero. Sidenor. . 1995
  • M. Rey. Cours de metallurgie extractive des métaux non-ferreux. ENSMP. . 1962
  • Varios. Recicling Handbook. Mac Graw-Hill. 1993

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.