MEng Materials Science and Engineering with Textiles Technology / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Technical & Biomedical Textiles

Course unit fact file
Unit code MATS43902
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 the latest developments of technical textiles.


The programme unit aims to introduce science and engineering concepts and principles of technical textiles in biomedical, transportation and protective applications. This module covers production and application of functional fibres, textile composites, nano functional textiles and biopolymer fibres and textile devices and scaffolds in automotive industries, medical industry, personal protections, healthcare and wellbeing.

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 blend learning and teaching approach, including the following activities: Lectures, group projects, problem-based learning and laboratory testing work, which will be delivered in the forms of asynchronous independent study via online lecture videos and project group studies, and synchronous Q&A structured discussions via online workshop. Blackboard will be used to present lecture notes, supporting materials and a feedback test for the unit.  The lectures will develop the theoretical subject knowledge, whilst the tutorials and laboratory work will expand and evaluate the application and importance of different techniques.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Demonstrate understanding of the requirements of textile materials in textile bioengineering, biomedical textiles, nano functional textiles, composites, protective textiles, automotive textiles and filtration applications;
  • Relate the performance of technical products to the design and production of these products;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of textile product engineering as a tool to produce technical and biomedical textile products to meet the end-use requirements.

Intellectual skills

  • Appreciate the analytical content in technical and biomedical textile subjects;
  • Demonstrate skills necessary to relate product performance to the factors in the manufacturing processes.

Practical skills

  • Write a cogent report based on literature reviews
  • Carry out mini group project to design technical textile and/or biomedical textile product concepts

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Conduct critical analysis, solve problems; demonstrate numeric skills, communication and presentations skills, team work ability developmemnt.

Assessment methods

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

Feedback methods

Feedback given (written and verbal).

Recommended reading

  1. Astrom, B T, Manufacturing of Polymer Composites, London, Chapman and Hall, 1997
  2. Textile Structural Composites, edited by Tsu-Wei Chou and Frank Ko, Elsevier Science, Oxford, 1989
  3. Miravete, A, 3D Textile Reinforcements in composite materials, Woodhead, Cambridge, 1999
  4. Long AC, Design and Manufacture of Textile Composites, Woodhead, Cambridge, 2005 
  5. Horrocks AR, Anand SC, Handbook of Technical Textiles, Woodhead, Cambridge 2000
  6. Scott Richard A, Textiles for Protection, Woodhead, Cambridge 2005
  7. Li Y and Dai X Q, Biomechanical Engineering of Textiles and Clothing, Woodhead, Cambridge, 2006
  8. Anand S C, Kennedy J.F, Miraftab M and Rajendran S., Medical Textiles and Biomaterials for Healthcare, Woodhead, Cambridge, 2006
  9. Li Y and Wong A S W, Clothing Biosensory Engineering, Woodhead, Cambridge, 2006
  10. Shishoo R, Textiles in Sport, Woodhead, Cambridge, 2005
  11. Jenkins M, Materials in Sports Equipment, Woodhead, Cambridge, 2003

AATCC Review, Advanced Materials, Carbon, Carbohydrate Polymers, Chinese Journal of Scientific Instrument (Supplement), Colloid and Polymer Science, Coloration Technology, Composite Interfaces, Composite Structures, High Performance Polymers, Journal of Polymer Science-Part B Polymer Physics
Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology, Journal of the Textile Institute, Macromolecules, Materials Letters, Nature, Nano Letters, Polymer, Polymer Journal, Polymer Testing, Sen'I Gakkaishi, Science, 
Smart Materials and Structures, Textile Progress, Textile Research Journal, Advanced Healthcare Materials 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 30
Independent study hours
Independent study 120

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Yi Li Unit coordinator

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