MEng Materials Science and Engineering with Textiles Technology / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Textile Manufacturing Techniques

Course unit fact file
Unit code MATS32602
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Department of Materials
Available as a free choice unit? No


The programme unit comprises lectures, laboratory classes, tutorials and practical coursework covering yarn production, weaving and knitting.



This is an underpinning manufacturing technology module for students studying textile technology in Meng MSE. This builds upon the knowledge gained from Performance, Polymers Fibres and Textiles in the 2nd year of Meng MSc. Students gain a sound understanding of fibre & yarn formation, weaving and knitting technologies.

  • Explain working knowledge of the fibre, yarn and main textile manufacturing techniques;
  • Explain the basic textile production processes for fibre, yarn and fabric;
  • Explain the main product performance parameters for fibre, yarn and fabric;
  • Explain the relationship between the performance of textile products and the production techniques used;
  • Explain the importance and usage of graphical notations in textile manufacturing.


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 makes use of a variety of learning and teaching processes including: lectures, problem-based learning, tutorials and laboratory classes. Blackboard will be used to present lecture notes and supporting materials for the unit. The lectures and tutorials/laboratory classes will work in parallel with each other to develop the theoretical subject knowledge and gain the ability to evaluate the importance and application techniques.


Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate additional knowledge of the processes involved in fibre, yarn production, knitting and weaving;
  • Demonstrate knowledge of woven and knit fabric structures;
Contributing to developing A2, A10, programme specification learning outcomes.
  • A2 have acquired a good knowledge of the basic engineering principles whereby fibres are used and converted into yarns, fabrics and finished products;
  • A10 an understanding of product requirement, innovation and cost issues in relation to the production and usage of textile materials.


Intellectual skills

  • To appreciate the technical complexity of yarn production, weaving and knitting and be able to communicate, to different degrees of effectiveness, with all practitioners (technical staff, fabric buyers, sales representatives and senior business managers) in the textile supply chain.
These contributes to developing B1, B2, B3, B4 and B6 in the programme specification learning outcomes, of which B1, B2, B3 and B4 are assessed:
  • B1 - be able to express mathematical and technological information with clarity, logic and accuracy;
  • B2 - problem-solving and decision making abilities using appropriate quantitative and qualitative skills including identifying, formulating and solving business and technical problems associated, in particular, with the fashion and textile industries; 
  • B3 - an ability to exercise original thinking and the ability to create, evaluate and assess a range of options together with the capacity to apply ideas and knowledge to a range of situations pertaining to materials and their applications;
  • B4 - exercise original thinking in the analysis and evaluation of textile materials & structures, and their applications.

Practical skills

  • Demonstrate the application of technology with regard to the design of yarns and fabrics.
Contributing  to developing C3, C10 programme specification learning outcomes.
  • C3 safely use appropriate manufacturing (knitting, weaving, spinning) systems to produce textile structures;
  • C10  an  ability  to  identify  and  employ  appropriate  sources  of information.


Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Manage resources and time (including working to deadlines);
  • Work independently and be self-reliant;
  • Assess the relevance and the importance of the ideas of others.
Contributing to developing D3, D6, D11 programme specification learning outcomes.
  • D3 an ability to solve problems;
  • D6 effective self-management in terms of time, resources, planning and behaviour motivation, self-starting, individual initiative and enterprise;
  • D11 critical awareness the ability to analyse information and experiences, formulate independent judgements and articulate reasoned arguments through reflection, review and evaluation; formulate reasoned responses to the critical judgements of others; identify personal strengths and needs.

Assessment methods

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

Feedback methods

Written and verbal

Recommended reading

Recommended reading for lectures delivered by Dr. Hugh Gong

Books for General Reference

Peter R. Lord, Handbook of yarn production: science, technology and economics. Textile Institute / CRC ; Cambridge : Woodhead

W. Klein, The Technology of Short Staple Spinning, Vol.1. Text. Inst

W. Klein, A practical guide to the blowroom and carding, Manchester : Textile Institute

W. Klein, A practical guide to combing, drawing and the roving frame, Text. Inst.

W. Klein, A practical guide to ring spinning, Text. Inst.

R. H. Gong, R. Wright, Fancy yarns: Their manufacture and application,  Woodhead.

E. Oxtoby, Spun yarn technology. London : Butterworths

W. Klein, New Spinning Systems, Text. Inst.


Recommended reading for lectures delivered by Dr. Xiaogang Chen

Books for General Reference

Doris Georner, Woven Structures and Design, Part 1

Doris Georner, Woven Structures and Design, Part 2

Z. J. Grosicki, Watson’s Textile Design and Colour

Z. J. Grosicki, Watson's Advanced Textile Design

Kathryn L.Hatch, Textile science

Marjorie A. Taylor, Technology of textile properties : an introduction

X. Chen, Interwoven fabrics and their applications, in Specialist yarn and fabric structures (ed. R. H. Gong)


Recommended reading for lectures delivered by Dr. Anura Fernando

Books for General Reference

Knitting technology a comprehensive handbook and practical guide, David J Spencer,

Publisher: Woodhead Publishing, Ltd.


Dubied Knitting Manual

Publisher: Edouard Dubied & Cie S. A., Neuchaetel, Switzerland


Flat Knitting, Dr Samuel Raz

Publisher: Verlag Melliand Textilberichte GmbH, D06900 Heidelberg


Circular Knitting: Technology Process, Structures and Yarn Quality

C. Iyer, B. Mallel and W Schach

Publisher: Hyperion Books


Knitted clothing technology - Terry Brackenbury

John Wiley & Sons


Online resources

Note : From Unit Spec (Section 7 – Indicative Reading)


Books for General Reference

P.R.Lord & M.H.Mohamed, Conversion of Yarn to Fabric, Merrow Technical Library

R.Marks & A.T.Robinson, Principles of Weaving, The Textile Institute

A.T.C. Robinson & R.Marks, Woven Cloth Construction, The Textile Institute.

Recommended reading for lectures delivered by Dr. Jiashen Li

Books for General Reference

Polymer physics: Ulf Gedde, ondon : Chapman & Hall, 1995.

Polymer chemistry: M. A Cowd, London : Murray, 1982.

Polymer chemistry: Attribution, Sebastian Koltzenburg, Michael Maskos, Oskar Nuyken. Berlin, Germany : Springer, 2017.

Advances in filament spinning of polymers and textiles: Dong Zhang, Cambridge : Woodhead Publishing Ltd, 2014.

Electrospinning : principles, practice and possibilities: Geoffrey R. Mitchell. Cambridge : Royal Society of Chemistry, 2015.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 22
Practical classes & workshops 12
Tutorials 3
Independent study hours
Independent study 63

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Xuqing Liu Unit coordinator

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