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MEng Materials Science and Engineering with Polymers

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Advanced Textile Technology

Course unit fact file
Unit code MATS43702
Credit rating 15
Unit level Level 7
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Department of Materials
Available as a free choice unit? No


This programme unit draws on the expertise of several members of staff, to provide a wide range of topics in advanced textile manufacturing technologies. 


The programme unit aims to:

  • introduce advanced textile technology for manufacturing textile products and materials for technical as well as conventional applications; and
  • provide knowledge of the latest advances in weaving, knitting, spinning and nonwoven making


Learning outcomes

A greater depth of the learning outcomes will be covered in the following sections:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Intellectual skills
  • Practical skills
  • Transferable skills and personal qualities

Teaching and learning methods

This unit is delivered by lectures (30 hours) supported by assessed laboratory classes (12 hours).



Knowledge and understanding

  • develop an appreciation of the latest advancements in weaving, knitting, yarn and nonwoven technologies and their impact on new product development;
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of structures of a range of textile products and the relationships between the product specifications and mechanical properties;
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding in 3D textiles for specific applications.

Intellectual skills

  • develop practical textile skills in engineering and manufacturing advanced textile products;
  • appreciate the analytical content in textile products and assemblies;
  • demonstrate skills necessary to interpret, analyse and draw conclusions from textile structures, and their manufacture on appropriate machinery;
  • translate effectively the product specification information into products, and appreciate the structure-property relation of various textile products.

Practical skills

  • recognise the operation principles of a range of laboratory weaving and knitting equipment;
  • develop awareness the operation principles of a range of laboratory weaving and knitting CAD systems;
  • develop technical writing and experimental analysis skills.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • understand product requirements and determine the types of techniques to use;
  • work independently and solve practical problems;
  • Use textile knowledge and skills to provide solutions to problem.

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written assignment (inc essay) 70%
Report 30%

Feedback methods

Feedback given (written and verbal)

Recommended reading


  • K. Greenwood, Weaving: Control of Fabric Structure, Merrow Publishing Co Ltd, 1975
  • Doris Goerner, Woven Structure and Design, Part 2 Compound Structures, British Textile Technology Group, 1989
  • Z Grosicki, Watson’s Advanced Textile Design, Butterworth-Heinemann Ltd, 1976



  • X. Chen, Characteristics of cloth formation in weaving and their influence of fabric parameters, Textile Research Journal, 75(4), 281-287, 2005
  • X. Chen, Chapter 8: Interwoven fabrics and their applications, in Specialist yarn and fabric structures, ed H. Gong, Woodhead Publishing, 2011
  • X. Chen, L.W. Taylor, L-J. Tsai, An overview on fabrication of 3D woven textile preforms for composites, Textile Research Journal, Vol. 81(9), 932-944, 2011



  • Knitting technology a comprehensive handbook and practical guide, David J Spencer, Woodhead Publishing, Ltd.; 3 edition (18 Aug 2010)
  • Warp Knitting Production, Dr Samuel Raz, Melliand Textilberichte GmbH, D06900 Heidelberg
  • Handbook of Technical Textiles - A R Horrocks and Subhash C. Anand, Woodhead Publishing, Ltd. (24 Jun 2011)

Yarn production:

  • Klein, W. New Spinning Systems, Text. Inst. 1993
  • R. Furter, R. "Evenness Testing in Yarn Production", Part I & Part II, Textile Institute, 1982
  • Martindale, J.G. A new method of measuring the irregularity of yarns with some observations on the origin of irregularities in worsted slivers and yarns, Journal of the Textile Institute, 36, T35-47, 1945


Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 30
Practical classes & workshops 12
Independent study hours
Independent study 120

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Xiaogang Chen Unit coordinator

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