Faculty 5, Division of Mineral Resources and Raw Materials Engineering

 

Virtual Display Collection of Minerals is a quick and easy way to improve access to mineral specimens and provide relevant general information

  Rhodochrosite Copyright: MRE RWTH Aachen The example shows a layer by layer deposition of single rhodochrosite bands. Using the virtual display , the mineral specimens can be rotated 360 degrees and zoomed in using the mouse to see high-resolution details.

The Virtual Display Collection of Minerals is used for example in the course “Primary Raw Materials Management 1” of the “B. Sc. Sustainable Raw Materials and Energy Supply” to help students gain a better understanding of the most important minerals used in mineral-based industries. Previously, students could only view the specimens from a distance since they were housed in closed showcases. Now, using the virtual display, the mineral specimens can be rotated 360 degrees and zoomed in using a mouse to view high-resolution details. The accompanying short texts describe the most important properties of the minerals, their chemical composition as well as relevant general formation.

The platform currently provides information on 20 minerals, which are divided into the following four groups: oxide/hydroxides, sulphides, carbonates and gangue minerals. The platform can be used during lectures as well for self-study for the preparation and post-processing of the lecture content.