637-0401/03 – Theory of Pyro-, Hydro and Electrometallurgy (TPHE)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Non-ferrous Metals, Refining and RecyclingCredits6
Subject guarantorprof. Ing. Miroslav Kursa, CSc.Subject version guarantorprof. Ing. Miroslav Kursa, CSc.
Study levelundergraduate or graduate
Study languageCzech
Year of introduction2016/2017Year of cancellation2019/2020
Intended for the facultiesFMTIntended for study typesBachelor
Instruction secured by
LoginNameTuitorTeacher giving lectures
BRO37 doc. Ing. Silvie Brožová, Ph.D.
KUR30 prof. Ing. Miroslav Kursa, CSc.
SZU02 doc. Ing. Ivo Szurman, Ph.D.
Extent of instruction for forms of study
Form of studyWay of compl.Extent
Full-time Credit and Examination 4+3
Part-time Credit and Examination 20+0

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Student will be able to: - define and apply basic theoretical knowledge from physical chemistry, chemistry and theory of metallurgical processes on processes for production of nonferrous metals - characterise basic pre- requisites for development of the processes of pyro- , hydro- a electrometallurgy - design an optimum technological process for production of individual groups of metals - evaluate influence of changes of technological parameters on production process, its development, efficiency of these processes and possible impacts on environment.

Teaching methods

Individual consultations
Project work


The subject is focused on theoretical bases of processes used at production of nonferrous metals. Students get acquainted with basics of pyrometallurgical, hydrometallurgical and electrometallurgical processes for production of nonferrous metals.

Compulsory literature:

Stølen, Svein: Chemical thermodynamics of materials : macroscopic and microscopic aspects, 2004 by John Wiley & Sons Ltd, England ISBN 0-471-49230-2 Alcock,C.B.: Thermochemical processes:principles and models. Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford OX2 8DP, 2001, pp. 371 ISBN 0 7506 5155 5 ASM Handbook. Vol.2, Properties and Selection: Nonferrous Alloys and Special-Purpose Material. 10th edition, ASM International, 2000, 1328 p. ISBN 0-87170-378-5

Recommended literature:

Moore, J. J.: Chemical Metallurgy. Oxford, 1990, 435 s

Way of continuous check of knowledge in the course of semester




Other requirements

knowledge of English participation in science research of the department


Subject codeAbbreviationTitleRequirement
619-0401 TTP Theory of Technological Processes Recommended
619-0402 FCH Physical Chemistry Recommended


Subject has no co-requisities.

Subject syllabus:

· Thermodynamic and kinetic description of pyro-metallurgical processes of production of non-ferrous metals, thermal dissociation, oxidising roasting, sulphatising roasting, reduction, chlorination and chloridation. · Kellog’s and Ellingham’s diagrams. · Melting, properties of melts of slags for non-ferrous metals, grits, speisses and raw metals. · Distillation, sublimation, condensation. · Thermodynamics and kinetics of hydro-metallurgical processes for production of non-ferrous metals – leaching. · Pourbaix’s diagrams. · Chemical processing and cleaning of spent liquor by pressure reduction, cementation, condensing, adsorption, ion exchange, extraction. · Theory of electro-metallurgy – electrolytic dissolution and deposition of metals from aqueous solutions and melts, standard electrode and redox potentials, decomposition voltage, overvoltage of hydrogen and oxygen.

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