The programme starts out with two textile materials technology courses that run in parallel. In the Polymer Technology course the students move their knowledge and skills in polymer physics, polymer chemistry, structure-property relations, processing and applications to advanced level. Knowledge in polymer melt and solution flow properties are essential ingredients to understand man-made fibre and filament production covered in the Fibre Technology course. Filaments are melt spun by the students, mechanically and thermally characterized in a shared laboratory assignment. The two start-up courses also share a focus of sustainability where the environmental impact of natural and man-made fibres and possibilities for reuse and recycling are problematized.
Halfway through the fall semester their melt spun fibres are utilized for integration into structures in the following Composite Technology course that run in parallel with the first part of a Textile chemistry I - Organic and Physical Chemistry, which is the first of a textile chemistry streak that continues throughout the spring semester. Biocomposites and composite recycling are links in the syllabus sustainability streak progression. From a start-up assignment students learn from nature what makes composite materials so great and they go on to composite mechanics, textile preforms and production methods. In the parallel Textile Chemistry I course, the students are introduced to the chemical and physical concepts that describe the structure and interactions of materials. These are essential factors to accomplish strong composites. Furthermore, Textile Chemistry I also provide the students with further insights into colloid and surface chemistry, topics that are strongly related to textile processing. In the Textile Chemistry I and the subsequent Textile Chemistry II - Interfaces and Chemical Treatment courses, the students are faced by a number of basic yet extensive textile chemistry task assignments that address incrementally complex methods to accomplish the desired effect. The reason to go for the more sophisticated processes is the potential for reduced environmental footprint.
As the Textile Chemistry II course with themes on bleaching, dying and printing continues into the spring semester with increasing complexity it first runs in parallel with the course in Textile Product Development where the students has a chance to employ their materials and construction knowledge and skills. Based on user needs they work according to standard protocol to develop product concepts that may be both wearable and technical textiles. The textile chemistry courses not only deal with minimized environmental impact of the processes per se but also explores the conditions needed to reverse dying, printing and functionalization to enable materials recycling. During the second half of the spring semester a course in Textile Electronics that discovers the possibilities to integrate electronic functionality and logic into textile constructions. Principles behind textile resistors, conductors and capacitors are discovered and embedded in interactive systems.
At the start of the second year two parallel courses explore what functionalized and smart textiles have to offer society. Advanced Finishing and Printing with a starting point in the printing part of the chemistry course explores what functionality and smartness that may be accomplished by 3D-scanning and 3D-printing, inkjet printing and supercritical CO2 finishing. In the Smart Textiles course the students explore applications of embedded sensors of different textile electronic principles. Both these courses end up in a shared work shop organized by the students and given for their first year programme peers to appreciate the functionalities and smartness’ accomplished by different means. At this stage the programme students should be well prepared for their Thesis Project course that starts half way through the fall semester and runs parallel with the Scientific Methodology for Engineering and Natural Science course, which includes a literature review on the thesis subject, generic and specific research methodology for science and natural science including statistical methods. It runs half way through the spring semester to support the thesis project that should be related to textile science and engineering. The ideal subject is one that has come up during the course of the programme, which has scientific relevance and relate to current research at the department.
Below follows titles of the courses, their extension and what learning outcomes they address, thereby constitute a progression matrix.
Year one (minor adjustments between study periods and years may occur)
Study period 1:
Polymer Technology (9 credits) Learning outcomes 1.1, 1.3, 2.1-2.4, 3.3
Fibre Technology (6 credits) Learning outcomes 1.1, 1.3, 2.1, 2.3-2.4
Study period 2:
Textile Chemistry I – Organic and Physical Chemistry (7.5 credits) Learning outcomes 1.1, 1.3, 2.1-2.4
Composite Technology (7.5 credits) Learning outcomes 1.1, 1.3, 2.1-2.2, 2.4
Study periods 3-4:
Textile Chemistry II – Interfaces and Chemical Treatment (15 credits) Learning outcomes 1.1-2.4
Textile Product Development (7.5 credits) Learning outcomes 1.1-1.2, 2.2, 2.4-2.5, 3.1-3.2
Textile Electronics (7.5 credits) Learning outcomes 1.1, 1.3, 2.4-2.5
Year two (minor adjustments between study periods and years may occur)
Study period 1:
Advanced Finishing and Printing (7.5 credits) Learning outcomes 1.1-2.4, 3.1-3.2
Smart Textiles (7.5 credits) Learning outcomes 1.1-3.3
Study period 2-3:
Scientific Methodology for Engineering and Natural Science (15 credits) Learning outcomes 1.2, 2.4, 2.5, 3.2
Study periods 2-4:
Thesis Project (30 credits) Learning outcomes 1.1-3.3
Student already examined from a 15 credit thesis course, as part of a one year master textile engineering programme, will do another 15 credit thesis project instead of the prescribed 30 credit thesis course.
Level: Second cycle
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