Georesources

A.Y. 2018/2019
9
Max ECTS
72
Overall hours
SSD
GEO/09
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to provide the basic knowledges 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
Knowledge and understanding : Students demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the field of Georesources, at a level that, whilst supported by advanced textbooks, includes some aspects that will be informed by knowledge of the forefront of their field of study. 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).
Applying knowledge and understanding: Students are expected to apply their knowledge and understanding in a manner that indicates a professional approach to their work, and have competences typically demonstrated through devising and sustaining arguments and solving problems within the field of Georesources.
Making judgements: Students should have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (within the field of Georesources ) to form judgements that include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues;
Communication skills: Students are expected to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Learning skills: Students have developed those learning skills that are necessary for them to continue to
undertake further study with a high degree of autonomy.
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.
Principal industrial minerals and rocks. Clays: classifications, crystal-chemistry, industrial uses. Raw materials for Portland cements. 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
Lessons: 72 hours
Professor(s)
Reception:
Tue, Wed and Thu: 2.30-6.30 p.m. (please, contact me via email too)
Via Botticelli 23 (first floor)