NIT Surathkal Syllabus Department of Mining Engineering
MN402 MINERAL PROCESSING (3-0-0) 3
Scope and objective of mineral processing. Ore handling and storage. Ore sorting, Sampling techniques
and devices. Liberation and communition, Laboratory and industrial sizing. Concentration methods.
Magnetic and high tension separation. Forth flotation. Classifiers. Coal quality. Coal preparation for
coarse and fine coal. Washability curves and washability number. Dewatering devices. Drying and
Wills, B.A., Mineral Processing Technology ; Pergamon Press – 4th Edition , 1989.
Weiss, N.L. , Mineral processing Handbook – Vol. I & II, S.M.E., 1985
MN403 GROUND CONTROL ENGINEERING (3-1-0) 4
Definition and concepts of ground control in mines; State of stress in underground openings- premining
and induced stresses, influence of water, time, temperature on stress behaviour. Design of structure in
rock, Design of pillars, open pit slopes, waste dumps and embankments. Underground supports:
Conventional and powered supports. Rock reinforcement design. Subsidence- Concept, prediction and
determination, measurement techniques, subsidence damage and its prevention. Rock bursts and bumps –
mechanisms, prediction and estimation of damage.
Obert L. and Duvall W.I. – Rock mechanics and the design of structures in rocks; John Wiley & Sons,
New York, 1967.
Peng – Coal mine ground control ; John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1978.
Biron C. and Arioglue E- design of supports in mines; John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1983.
MN404 MINERAL PROCESSING LABORATORY (0-0-3) 2
A total of 10 to 12 experiments shall be carried out pertaining to the subject.
MN 411 ROCK FRAGMENTATION ENGINEERING (3-0-0) 3 PREREQ: MN202
Drillability indices. Specific energy. Drilling costs. Determination of drill availability and utilization.
Bulk explosive systems. Substitutes for explosives. Blast design. Mechanisms of rock fragmentation due
to blasting. Fragmentation prediction and assessment. Theory of shaped charges. Recent advances in
blasting techniques in both underground and surface mines. Special techniques of blasting. Underwater
blasting. Environmental effects and their control. Controlled blasting techniques. Economic evaluation of
Konya, C.G. Blast design.
Persson, Rock fragmentation.
MN412 ROCK SLOPE ENGINEERING (3-0-0) 3
Mechanisms of slope failures. Field investigations. Design of slopes – physical, empirical, probabilistic
methods, analytical (limit equilibrium analysis) and numerical (continuum models, discontinuum and
crack propagation models) modeling. Stabilization and reinforcement of slopes. Slope failure monitoring.
Hoek, E. and Bray, J.W; Rock Slope Engineering; John Wiley & Sons; New York; 1984
Brawner, C.O; Stability in surface mining, SME of USA; New York, 1982.
Giani, F; Rock Slope Stability Analysis; Balkema; Rotterdam; 1992.
MN413 NUMERICAL MODELLING TECHNIQUES (3-0-0) 3
Development and use of numerical modeling for underground mine design. Finite element (2D and 3D).
Boundary element (2D and 3D). Displacement and continuity. Rigid block. Discrete block models. Basic
equations for mathematical modeling of rock mass. Formulation of static and dynamic behavior of rock
mass. Elastic-linear and non-linear, elastoplastic and time dependent rheological models. Numerical
modeling of mine roadways. Convergence prediction for roadways.
Kidybinski A. & Kwasniewski M. (Eds); Modelling of Mine Structures, A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam, 1988.
Kidybinski A. & Dubinski J. (Eds); Strata Control in Deep Mines, A.A. Balkema, Rotterdam, 1990.
MN421 MINE ECONOMICS (3-0-0) 3
National mineral resources. National mineral policy and strategies for development of mining industry.
Resource conservation. Technology import, taxation, royalty and subsidies. Mineral trade. Concept of
derivatives in mineral trade. Pricing mechanism of minerals. Sampling. Estimation of reserves.
Valuation of mines and mineral properties, Life of a mining project. Project evaluation. Determination of
optimum size of mine. Risk analysis in mineral investment decisions.
Alwyn E. Annels, Mineral Deposit Evaluation: A Practical Approach, Chapman Hall, 1991.
Deshmukh R.T. Mine and Mineral Economics, Emdee Publishers, 1986.
MN425 KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT (3-0-0) 3
Concepts, definitions and taxonomy of knowledge; value of knowledge in an organization. Managing
knowledge in organization: need, drivers(knowledge- based, technology- based; process-based and people
centric); Approaches for managing knowledge in organizations, Developing a KM frame work; KM
system components and implementation strategies; KM models(Boynton and Nonaka);Knowledge
Mapping; Knowledge Architecture;Related applications: Competitive intelligence, Environment
scanning, knowledge/ information Audit, KM metrics and techniques for measuring knowledge; costs and
benefits of KM programs in organizations. Role of knowledge Managers in an organization; case studies
of KM in: sevice firms, core industry, IT firms and others
Sudhir Warier E; Knowledge Management, vikas Publishing Hourse Pvt.Ltd., New Delhi,2003
Archana Shukla and R. Srinivasan, Designing Knowledge Management Architecture: How to implement
successful knowledge Management Programms, Response books, New Delhi, 2002
Awad E. M Hassan M. Ghaziri, Knowledge Management, Pearson Eduction India, New Delhi, 2004
Davenport, Thomas and Lourence Prusak, How corporations Manage What they know, Boston: Harvard
Business School Press.
MN440 INDUSTRIAL TRAINING – III 1
A detailed report of the industrial training undergone at the end of VI semester, preferably in underground
metal mines, should be submitted. The report should consist of all details about opening up of the deposit,
development and stoping techniques, specifications and operational details of equipment working in the
mine, ventilation scheme, power distribution, safety aspects, management practices and environment
protection measures and the relevant lay outs. Current techno-economic indices should be a part of the
MN449 MAJOR PROJECT- I (0-0-6) 4
A small project of relevance to mining will be taken up by the student
MN451 MINE LEGISLATION (4-0-0) 4
Important statuary provisions related to Payment of Wages Act, Provident Fund Act, Mines Act- 1952,
Mines Rules- 1956, Coal Mines Regulations-1957, Metalliferrous Mines Regulations-1961, Mines and
Minerals (Regulation and Development) Act, Mineral Conservation and Development Rules, Mineral
Concession Rules, Mines Rescue Rules-1984, Vocational Training Rules-1966, Indian Electricity Rules-
Rakesh and Prasad, Legislation in Indian Mines – A critical appraisal.
Singh, C.P. Occupational safety and health in industries and mines.
MN452 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT IN MINES (3-0-0) 3
Environmental problems due to mining. Land degradation. Pollution due to mining in terms of air and
water. Acid Mine Drainage, Socio-economic impacts. Control measures. Pollution due to noise and
vibrations. Reclamation of mined out and subsided areas. Mine closure. Environmental policies.
Environmental Management Plan. Environmental Impact Assessment. Risk Analysis. Disaster
management plan. Preparation of EMP for various mineral industries. Cost of environmental
management. Environmental audit.
Dhar, B.B., Environmental management of mining operations.
Chadwick et al., Pergamon press, Environmental impacts of coal mining and utilization
MN455 TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT (3-0-0) 3
Role and importance of technology management. Status of technological advances; Technology life
cycle; Diffusion and growth of technology. Process technology development. Manufacturing practices.
Technology development and acquisition; Models of technology transfer; Technology support systems:
Financing, Venture capital; Criteria for evaluating R&D projects; Information systems; Organising for
technology at enterprise level. Management of technological innovations. Team approach. Organizational
culture; Managerial style and practices supportive of creativity; Role of managerial leadership; Building a
Rastogi, P.N. 1999; Management of technology and Innovation: Competing through technological
excellence, Sage Publications, New Delhi.
Drucker Peter, F. 1992; Managing for the Future: The 1990s and Beyond, Tata McGraw Hill, New
MN460 COAL WASHING AND HANDLING (3-0-0) 3
Coking and non-coking coal. Coal washeries, sink and float tests on coal, washability index, optimum
degree of washability and washability number, application of jigs, heavy media cyclone, Coal cleaning
techniques for fine coal and coarse coal, coal flotation, beneficiation of non-coking coal, automation and
quality control in preparation plants. Economics, Environmental management in coal preparation. Coal
gasification, liquefaction and new products from coal. homogenization and blending systems.
Weiss, N.L., Mineral processing Handbook- Volume-II, Published by SME, 1985.
Krishnamoorthy, K.K., Modern Ore Testing, Khanna Publishers, Delhi, 1983.
MN461 PRODUCTION DRILLING FOR OIL WELLS (3-0-0) 3
Geography of petroleum and natural gas. Characterisation of crude and natural gas deposits. Well
logging. Interpretation and use of information in petroleum and natural gas engineering. Drilling
technology for mining of crude and gas. Well completion and stimulation.
Chugh, C.P., Drilling Technology Handbook.
MN462 SEABED MINING (3-0-0) 3
Resources from the seabed, exploring and exploiting minerals from seabed, comparison of seabed mining
with traditional in-land mining. Mining systems- hydraulic mining, continuous line bucket (CLB) mining,
modular or shuttle mining systems. Alternative systems for deep sea mining, transport and processing.
Ore transfer technology. Environmental impact of seabed mining. Economics. Indian scene- phase wise
development of seabed mining, vessels for conducting survey and research, possible ore reserves.
Hartman, H.L., Introductory Mining Engineering; Wiley Interscience, New York, 1987.
Manjula, R. Shyam, Metals from the seabed: Prospects for Mining Polymetallic Nodules of India. Oxford
& IBH Publishing Co., New Delhi, 1982.
MN463 PLANNING OF SURFACE MINING PROJECTS (3-0-0) 3 PREREQ: MN301
Preliminary investigations. Stages of planning. Feasibility Report. Planning inputs. Monitoring of
projects. Estimation of mine life. Openpit slope angles. Ultimate pit limit. Interrelation and planning of
unit operations. Transport and dumping subsystems. Ore Blending. Equipment selection. Design of haul
roads. Extraction methods for beach sand deposits, mining of developed coal seams, selective mining,
Estimation of profitability, productivity and quality control.
Opencast Mining Unit Operations by Rzhevsky, V.V., Mir Publishers
Opencast Mining Technology and Integrated Mechanisations by Rshensky V.V., Mir Publishers.
MN464 PLANNING OF UNDERGROUND COAL MINING
PROJECTS (3-0-0) 3 PREREQ: MN303
Objectives and Stages of Planning. Project report. Determination of mine parameters. Planning of
exploitation by Bord and Pillar and Longwall Mining. Selection of face and underground transport
equipment. Exploitation of thick coal seams. Planning and design layouts for ventilation, drainage and
power supply. Ventilation management. Productivity and quality control; Planning of deep underground
coal mines; Automation in underground coal mines.
Peng, S.S. Longwall Mining
Coal Mining, S.P. Mathur
MN465 PLANNING OF UNDERGROUND METAL MINING
PROJECTS (3-0-0)3 PREREQ: MN351
Planning and scheduling of insets, shaft bottoms, winding and transportation systems. Surface lay outs
including mill and concentrator plants. Determination of number and dimensions of stopes. Planning and
scheduling of a cycle of operations. Concept of ore blending. Overall planning and scheduling of
activities in metal mining and processing. Case studies of planning of mining operations.
Agoshkov M., et. Al., Mining of Ores and Non- Metallic Minerals, Mir Publishers, Moscow, 1983.
MN468 MINE HEALTH AND SAFETY ENGINEERING (3-0-0) 3
Mine accidents. Planning for safety. Safety analysis. Safety prevention. Information system and safety
audits. Hazard Control – engineering approach, systems approach. Hazard analysis. Safety management.
Economics of safety and cost-effectiveness. Occupational hazards in mines- occupational hygiene,
Ridley, J & Channing, J.; Safety at Work; Butterworth-Heinemaan, Oxford, 2001.
Rodgers, W.P.; Introduction to System Safety Engineering; John Wiley & Sons Inc., New York, 1971.
Green, A.R.; Safety in Mines Research; A.A. Balkena; Rotterdam; 1985.
MN469 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN MINING (3-0-0) 3
Development of algorithm and flow charts related to mining projects. Computer applications in ore
reserve estimation, pit limits determination, equipments selection, blast design, ventilation pllnning
Computer aided production planning and scheduling for surface mines.
Ram, R. V. et. al. Computers in mineral Industry, Oxford & IBH, 1994
Husterilid, Open pit mine planning and design, Bulkema, 1995.
MN490 SEMINAR (0-0-2) 1
This course is a 1 credit course during 5th and 6th semester. It consists of atleast 4 special lectures spread
over entire year, arranged or suggested by the hosting department and approved by DUGC.
MN499 MAJOR PROJECT- II (0-0-9) 6
The student will work on a topic of relevance to mining in depth and shall submit a report of the same at
the end of the semester