Sanja Miskovic

Assistant Professor

Research Classification

Research Interests

Mineral Processing
multiphase systems
Production and Process Optimization
Optimization, Control and Operations Research
Prefeasibility and Pilot Scale
R&D and Innovation
Technological Innovations
Sensors and Devices
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Critical Elements Extraction
Embedded Sensors
Experimental Fluid Dynamics
High performance computing
Industrial Big Data
Minerals Processing
Multiphase Flows

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High-Speed Radioactive Particle Tracking
High-Performance Computing Cluster
GPU Cluster
Private Cloud
Automated Stirred Tank Reactor
AR Headset
Light Field Camera
High Speed Camera
Reactor Diagnostics
Microreactor Fabrication and Testing
Microfluidics System


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I support public scholarship, e.g. through the Public Scholars Initiative, and am available to supervise students and Postdocs interested in collaborating with external partners as part of their research.
I support experiential learning experiences, such as internships and work placements, for my graduate students and Postdocs.
I am open to hosting Visiting International Research Students (non-degree, up to 12 months).
I am interested in hiring Co-op students for research placements.

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Graduate Student Supervision

Master's Student Supervision (2010 - 2020)
Exploring high pressure slurry ablation as a mineral processing tecnology (2020)

No abstract available.

Process optimization of jet mills for metallurgical powder production (2019)

The jet mill operates on the principle of collisions between particles to grind ultrafine powder material without the introduction of heat or any other external force and is capable of particle size reduction from about 100 microns down to 250 nm. The optimization process depends on parameters such as feed rate, grinding air pressure, physical characteristics of the solids (density, hardness, abrasiveness, or tenacity), physical characteristics of the mill shell liner, as well as feed and product particle size distribution (PSD).This research studied the optimization of the jet mill grinding process of ultrafine metallurgical powders in a small-scale 4” jet mill. The research was aimed to understand the effects of feed rate, compartment pressure, and feed particle size distribution on overall mill efficiency and iron entrainment using a stainless-steel shell. In addition, the effect of a polymer-based shell coating on milling efficiency, shell abrasion rate, and iron contamination reduction was assessed. The main variables affecting grinding such as feed rate, grinding air pressure, and feed size were investigated. Optimal operating conditions for running the lab scale jet mill are at the pressure range of 70 to 80 psi, with a feed rate of 3 to 5 kg/hr. At high grinding air pressures, the jet mill produces a small particle size, but high pressure requires more gaseous fluid which makes the process less efficient by consuming more energy.It is concluded that density and hardness seem to have a significant effect on the product fineness. Hard materials such as TaC, WC, and WTiTaC resulted in a finer product size than soft materials like TiC. High grinding air pressure has a greater effect on harder materials than on softer materials in achieving the fine product size. It is understood that jet milling can be more effective than ball milling if the optimum parameters are followed, as recommended in the study; such as feed rate, pressure, feed size, and the liner used in producing the metallurgical powders TiC, TaC, WC, or a combination of any of these.

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