Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre

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Postgraduate students have the privilege of working with internationally respected researchers and leading industry partners in the fields of mining and mineral processing, and have access to state of the art pilot plant and laboratory facilities at SMI’s Indooroopilly site.  A strong industry focus and applied research projects provide candidates with both academic challenges and opportunities to engage with minerals industry professionals.

PhD Projects

  1. Development of an empirical relationship to model turbulance in a full scale flotation machine (Germán Figueroa)
  2. Influence of Muscovite on the Flotation of Pyrite (Erica Avelar)
  3. Understanding in the breakage behaviour of highly altered ores (Farhad Faramarzi)
  4. Development of a High Voltage Pulse Testing Facility for Ore Pre-Concentration (Daniel Lay)
  5. Linking comminution objective function with recovery potential (Juan Frausto Gonzalez)
  6. Linking ore characteristics and comminution behaviour  (Pia Lois Morales)
  7. Modelling the impact of ore (feed) characteristics on mill performance (Constanza Paredes Bujes)
  8. Development of an Empirical Model of the Hydrofloat Cell suitable for Flowsheet Circuit Simulation (Konuray Demir)
  9. Dynamic simulation of materials handling and storage in dry comminution circuits (Ziming Ye)
  10. Differential separation of high Au and low Au pyrite species in gold ores (Ditend Tesh)

Masters/Honours Projects

  1. Rheology study of the Lihir grinding circuit (Peter William Legge)
  2. Understanding Comminution where a high speed Stream of particles encounters a stationary anvil (Raoni Antunes Ferreira Lage)
  3. The Investigation into Multi-Stage Impact Breakage (Bernard Selasie Agbenuvor)
  4. Promoting selective breakage using various forms of abrasion techniques (Alfred Septian)
  5. Development of a model informed process control system for Coal (Joyce Siong)
  6. Integrating flotation with comminution (Pascal Chamboko)
  7. Application of blast fragmentatio and the movement models to predict and optimise the downstream crushing, grinding and flotation performance (Raphael Costa Picorelli)

Topics for future students

Potential topics currently available for postgraduate research projects in the area of Digital Mine are listed below:

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Mohsen Yahyaei

  1. The Digital Mine
  2. Process prediction and control
  3. Dynamic modelling
  4. Surface breakage and liner wear

Potential topics currently available for postgraduate research projects in the area of Mineral liberation modelling and comminution are listed below:

For further information, please contact Dr Marko Hilden

  1. Mineral texture and liberation
  2. Unit models AG/SAG mills, HPGR, Vibrating screens
  3. Multicomponent and dynamic circuit simulation

Potential topics currently available for postgraduate research projects in the area of breakage characterisation are listed below:

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Mohsen Yahyaei

  1. Ore characterisation: mechanical properties of rock particles, influence of texture on mechanical properties
  2. Mechanistic comminution models
  3. Dynamic mill modelling
  4. Circuit simulation: JKMdk, model development

Potential topics currently available for postgraduate research projects in the area of process improvement technologies are listed below:

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Mohsen Yahyaei

  1. Process Improvement Tools
  2. Fundamental understanding of novel comminution devices

Potential topics currently available for postgraduate research projects in the area of computational modelling are listed below:

For further information, please contact Dr Angus Morrison

  1. Computational fluid dynamic (CFD) modelling
  2. Granular and multiphase flow modelling
  3. Experimental validation of computational models
  4. Computer-aided engineering for equipment design and optimisation

    JKMRC Summer/Winter Research Program

    JKMRC have a number of projects available for the UQ Advantage Vacation program. 
    For further information please contact Associate Professor Mohsen Yahyaei
     
    For details on how to apply, please visit the UQ Vacation Program website
     

    JKMRC has developed many industry focussed training programs in specialised areas such as comminution, flotation, process mineralogy and statistics which are offered through SMI Education or our partner JKTech (Pty) Limited:

    1. Comparative Statistics and Experimental Design
    2. Conducting and Analysing Plant Trials
    3. JKSimFloat training
    4. JKSimMet training
    5. JK Value Chain Optimisation
    6. JK Webinars
    7. MetSkill