Enhancement of Pyrometallurgical Teaching Using Excel Simulation Models

  • Eric J Grimsey
Conference paper


Steady state Excel models for a copper flash smelter and an iron blast furnace are used to enhance the teaching of pyrometallurgical smelting principles within a fourth year level process engineering unit delivered at the Western Australian School of Mines. A lecture/workshop approach has been adopted in which student teams undertake process simulation assignments that illustrate the multifaceted responses of process outputs to variation of inputs, the objectives being to reinforce their understanding of smelting principles. The approach has proven to be popular with students, as evidenced by the consistently high ratings the unit has received through student feedback. This paper provides an overview of the teaching approach and process models used.


pyrometallurgy teaching Excel simulation flowsheet flash smelter blast furnace 


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© TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society) 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric J Grimsey
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  1. 1.WA School of MinesCurtin UniversityAustralia

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