Georesources

A.Y. 2016/2017
9
Max ECTS
84
Overall hours
SSD
GEO/09
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide the basic knowledge of the most common mineral commodities (georesources), their availability in nature, the most common mining methods, and the Italian mining law. Some case studies about the use of raw materials to produce ceramic materials will be introduced, along with the principal transformation processes.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of this course, students will be able to: 1) know the basic concept of mineral commodity, 2) the principal commodities and their use, along with the (industrial) transformation processes, 3) the most common mining methods, 4) how to prepare a mining plan, 5) the principal analytical techniques in mineralogy (SEM-EDS, XRF, XRD).
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Course syllabus
Georesources
The first part of this course is devoted to the (solid) "georesources", through 1) the analysis of the availability and use of raw materials worldwide and in Italy, 2) the mineral resource classification criteria, 3) prospecting and exploration, 4) resource estimation to mathematically estimate the size and grade of the deposit, 5) pre-feasibility study to determine the theoretical economics of the deposit, 6) feasibility study to evaluate the financial viability, technical and financial risks and robustness of the project, 8) the operation of the mine in an active sense. Clays: classifications, crystal-chemistry, industrial uses. Ceramics: raw materials and transformation processes. Solid-state analysis: X-ray powder diffraction, X-ray fluorescence, scanning electron microscopy.
The second part of this course is devoted the petroleum geology, through 1) the description of the hydrocarbons and their origin, 2) analysis of source rocks and sedimentary basins, 3) exploration, 4) analysis of reservoir, 4) production.
GEO/09 - MINING RESOURCES, MINERALOGIC AND PETROGRAPHIC APPLICATIONS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT AND FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE - University credits: 9
Practicals: 36 hours
Lessons: 48 hours
Professors: Gatta Giacomo Diego, Sella Mattia
Professor(s)
Reception:
Tue, Wed and Thu: 2.30-6.30 p.m. (please, contact me via email too)
Via Botticelli 23 (first floor)