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MinE Graduate Course Listing

A complete list of MinE graduate courses is also available on the Virginia Tech Graduate School online course listing.

MINE 5015 - Advanced Mining Engineering
Selected concepts and principles in the discipline including factors in pillar design, contiguous bed mining, and technical problems in deep mining; mineral beneficiation, coal technology, hydrometallurgical, and pyrometallurgical processes.
Credit Hour(s): 3
Lecture Hour(s): 3
Level: Graduate
Instruction Type(s): 4L, Lecture
Prerequisite(s): , MINE 4074
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MINE 5016 - Advanced Mining Engeering
Selected concepts and principles in the discipline including factors in pillar design, contiguous bed mining, and technical problems in deep mining; mineral beneficiation, coal technology, hydrometallurgical, and pyrometallurgical processes.
Credit Hour(s): 3
Lecture Hour(s): 3
Level: Graduate
Instruction Type(s): Lecture
Prerequisite(s): , MINE 4074
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MINE 5025 - Advanced Mining Design
Selected advanced design problems in mining including roof control, shafts, material handling, transportation, drainage, and ventilation. Advanced work in creative quantitative design or ore milling and coal preparation plants.
Credit Hour(s): 3
Lecture Hour(s): 3
Level: Graduate
Instruction Type(s): Lecture
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MINE 5026 - Advanced Mining Design
Selected advanced design problems in mining including roof control, shafts, material handling, transportation, drainage, and ventilation. Advanced work in creative quantitative design or ore milling and coal preparation plants.
Credit Hour(s): 3
Lecture Hour(s): 3
Level: Graduate
Instruction Type(s): Lecture
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MINE 5045 - Advanced Mineral Processing
The theory of reactions in flotation systems and application of physical chemistry to mineral beneficiation. Advanced studies in electrostatic and magnetic separation. Theory and application of differential gravity separations. Advanced studies in comminution, grinding systems, and coal preparation plant design, simulation, and control. I,II
Credit Hour(s): 3
Lecture Hour(s): 3
Level: Graduate
Instruction Type(s): Lecture
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MINE 5046 - Advanced Mineral Processing
The theory of reactions in flotation systems and application of physical chemistry to mineral beneficiation. Advanced studies in electrostatic and magnetic separation. Theory and application of differential gravity separations. Advanced studies in comminution, grinding systems, and coal preparation plant design, simulation, and control. I,II
Credit Hour(s): 3
Lecture Hour(s): 3
Level: Graduate
Instruction Type(s): Lecture
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MINE 5084 - Stability of Rock Slopes
Factors affecting the stability and stabilization of rock slopes, geological site studies, mechanical properties of joints, calculations, influence of ground water, geometry, seismic effects, and case histories.
Credit Hour(s): 0 OR 3
Lecture Hour(s): 0 OR 2
Level: Graduate
Instruction Type(s): Lab, Lecture
Prerequisite(s): , GEOS 4414
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MINE 5085 - In Situ Rock Measurements and Monitoring
In situ testing of rocks rationale, in situ rock mass behavior, initial state of stress, stress-strain in polar coordinates, hole in a plate problem, internally pressurized thick walled cylinder problem, in situ rock stress measurement methods, insitu performance monitoring of rock structures, and field instrumentation. Pre-requisite: Graduate Standing required.
Credit Hour(s): 3
Lecture Hour(s): 3
Level: Graduate
Instruction Type(s): Lecture
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MINE 5094 - Particulate Process Modeling
Statistical and mechanistic approaches to modeling of mineral processing and other particulate systems. Population balance modeling of particulate systems. Representation of particle distributions. Numerical simulation techniques using the digital computer. II
Credit Hour(s): 3
Lecture Hour(s): 3
Level: Graduate
Instruction Type(s): Lecture
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MINE 5104 - Modeling and Monitoring the Behavior of Mining Systems
Advanced numerical modeling and monitoring methods. Emphasis on the use of numerical tools and monitoring methods in understanding the complex behavior of mining systems. Application of these tools to areas such as mineral processing, underground and surface structures, and material flow through independent project work. Graduate standing required.
Credit Hour(s): 3
Lecture Hour(s): 3
Level: Graduate
Instruction Type(s): Lecture
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MINE 5114 - Sustainable Development of Mineral and Energy Resources
Sustainable development in the context of mineral and energy resource extraction, including evolution and current status of principles, challenges, and best practices relative to various industry sectors and global regions; criteria for compatible engineering designs; and management strategies for stakeholder engagement and social license to operate. Pre: Graduate standing.
Credit Hour(s): 3
Lecture Hour(s): 3
Level: Graduate
Instruction Type(s): Lecture
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MINE 5205 - Coalbed Methane Reservoir Engineering
Reservoir engineering specific to coal beds for extraction of methane, including theory of gas flow in porous media, geomechanical effects of reservoir depressurization, reservoir simulation and production forecasting, drilling methods and patterns, and interactions with underground mine workings. Pre: Graduate standing.
Credit Hour(s): 3
Lecture Hour(s): 3
Level: Graduate
Instruction Type(s): Lecture
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MINE 5904 - Project and Report
Credit Hour(s): 1 TO 19
Lecture Hour(s):
Level: Graduate
Instruction Type(s): Research
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MINE 5944 - Seminar
Two written or oral presentations to be made by all graduate students on their thesis topics; also participation in all other graduate student, visiting lecturer, and faculty member presentations during their scholastic tenure. Required of all students for graduation. All graduate students in the department are required to enroll in the seminar for two semesters and to attend all the seminars.
Credit Hour(s): 1
Lecture Hour(s): 1
Level: Graduate
Instruction Type(s): Lecture
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MINE 5974 - Independent Study
Credit Hour(s): 1 TO 19
Lecture Hour(s): 1 TO 19
Level: Graduate
Instruction Type(s): Independent Study
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MINE 5984 - Special Study
Credit Hour(s): 1 TO 19
Lecture Hour(s): 1 TO 19
Level: Graduate
Instruction Type(s): Lecture
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MINE 5994 - Research and Thesis
Credit Hour(s): 1 TO 19
Lecture Hour(s):
Level: Graduate
Instruction Type(s): Research
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MINE 6034 - Chemistry of Flotation
Surface and colloid chemistry as applied to the technology of froth flotation; surface energetics, thermodynamics of adsorption, electrification of interfaces, chemistry of surfactants, oxidation and reduction of sulfide minerals, electrochemistry of sulfide flotation systems, and hydrodynamics of bubble-particle adhesion.
Credit Hour(s): 3
Lecture Hour(s): 3
Level: Graduate
Instruction Type(s): Lecture
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MINE 7994 - Research and Dissertation
Credit Hour(s): 1 TO 19
Lecture Hour(s):
Level: Graduate
Instruction Type(s): Research
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