Fibre & Polymer Materials Engineering
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Fibre & Polymer Materials Engineering

Polymer and Fibre Materials Engineers play a key role in an increasingly complex technological society by extending the limited supply of materials, improving existing materials, and developing and designing new and superior materials and processes with an awareness of their cost, reliability, safety, and societal/environmental implications.  Fibres and polymer materials have transformed and continue to transform every aspect of modern living.  New and improved materials are an “underpinning technology” – one which can stimulate innovation and product improvement.

The aim of this programme is to equip students with specialised knowledge and engineering skills in the field of Fibre and Polymer Materials.

Bachelor of Engineering Honours Degree in Fibre & Polymer Materials Engineering



Entry qualifications - 
Normal Entry

  • 5 O level passes including English language and Mathematics with grade C or better
  • 3 O level passes in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics and Special Entry
  • Diploma in Polymer Science/ and Engineering or equivalent and two years of relevant working experience
Programme structure

The B.Eng (Honours ) TFE is a full-time programme of study which is structured to be delivered over a period of five years.  Each academic year is divided into two semesters with the exception of year 4, which is industrial attachment, running for at least 8 months to qualify for assessment.


Career Prospects

  • Polymer Engineers/Technologist
  • Process Engineers/Technologist
  • Materials Engineers/Technologist
  • Textile Engineers/Technologist
  • Quality Assurance Managers
  • Technical Managers
  • Production Managers
  • Plant Managers
  • Factory Managers
  • Industrial trainers
  • Business consultants
  • Technoprenuers
  • Research Engineers
  • Product Development Engineers

Programme Courses Summary

  • Polymer Physics & Chemistry
  • Polymer Engineering
  • Plastics
  • Rubber products & Applicants
  • Polymer recycling
  • Structural and functional materials
  • Biomaterials
  • Textile materials
  • Fibrous materials
  • Composite materials
  • Nano-materials
  • Ceramics
  • Paper and Pulp
  • Leather
  • Colouration of materials
  • Environmental Protection
  • Process Control
  • Engineering Design
  • CAD/CAM

Our Activities

A GAP ANALYSIS IN THE LEATHER VALUE
The aim of the study was to conduct an in-depth gap analysis on the knowledge levels of the leather value chain by individual community and how this can generate employment...read more
  1. Pethile Sibanda, CHEN Xiao-Jie, HOU Dan-dan and WANG Lu*. The effect of changing coating process parameters in the preparation of antimicrobial coated silk suture: An in vitro study. Fibers & Polymers 2014, Vol.15, No.8 (Pg 1589-1595). 
  2. Pethile Sibanda, CHEN Xiao-Jie and WANG Lu*. The Development of Sustained Release Antimicrobial Silk Sutures. Progress in Biomedical Engineering 2014, Vol.35, Issue 1 (Pg 13-17).
  3. Pethile Sibanda, Chen Xiao-Jie and Wang Lu*. Development and Characterization of Antimicrobial Coating on Braided Silk Sutures. ATC-12, October 23-26, 2013, Shanghai, China (Conference Presentation, 7 pages).
  4. Sibanda P, Ncube S and Ndlovu L. N: The Antimicrobial Efficacy Study of Pretreated Antimicrobial Silk Suture: 3rd CTA 2014 International conference, Bahir Dar University, Book of proceedings,(Pg 134-142).
  5. Chen Xiao-jie, Lv Ai-feng, Wang Lu*, Pethile Sibanda, Hou Dan-dan, Lu Ming-kang and Wang Wen-zu, Wu Yonggao. Evaluation in vitro of an experimental antibacterial silk suture. Journal of Donghua University, 2013, 30(5): (Pg 382-385).
  6. Loyd N. Ndlovu, Sizo Ncube, Pethile Sibanda, L. Nkiwane: A study on Terry woven Fabrics’ Dimensional stability and Areal Density during wet processing: 3rd CTA 2014 International conference, Bahir Dar University, Book of proceedings, (Pg 71-80).
  7. B. Nyoni, P. Sibanda, L. Nkiwane, P. Gonde, L. Ganduri, Performance characteristics of  local and imported sanitary  pads, Zimbabwe Journal of Science and Technology,  Volume 6, special issue, 2011.
  8. Sizo Ncube, Lloyd Ndlovu, Pethile Sibanda, Yvonne Tusiimire. Air permeability properties of thermal bonded non-woven fabrics, Material Science: Indian Journal, 2014 (Accepted in press, 15 pages).
  9. Lloyd N. Ndlovu, Sizo Ncube, Pethile Sibanda, Nicholus T. Akankwasa: Nanofibres for blood vessel tissue engineering: A Review, Material Science: Indian Journal, 2014 (Accepted in press, 10 pages).
Journal papers 
  1. Nkosilathi Z Nkomo, Londiwe C Nkiwane, Cynthia N Chaibva, (2015), Development of a compressional bandage for prospective use by patients, Zimbabwe Journal of Science & Technology, Vol 10, pp 128-137
  2. Nkosilathi Z Nkomo, Londiwe C Nkiwane, (2017), Statistical Analysis of the significance of variation in properties of cotton stalk fibres extracted from different sections of the cotton stalk, International Organization of Scientific Research Journal of Engineering, Vol 07, pp 13-17
  3. Nkosilathi Zinti Nkomo, Londiwe C Nkiwane, David Njuguna, and Eric Nganyi Oyondi, (2016). “Characterization of water absorption properties of a partial bio-composite made from cotton stalk fibres and phenol formaldehyde resin.” Ruforum Working Document Series, Vol 14(1), pp 895-901
  4. Nkosilathi Zinti Nkomo, Nqobizitha R Ndebele, Jephias Gwamuri, Londiwe Nkiwane (2017) A review of applications of 3D printing technology and potential applications in the plastic thermoforming industry, International Organization of Scientific Research Journal of Engineering (Submitted) 
Conference Papers
  1. Nkosilathi Z Nkomo, Londiwe C Nkiwane, David Njuguna & Eric Oyondi, (May 2016) Extraction and characterization of the mechanical properties of cotton stalk
    fibres, Paper presented at the 2016 Annual Conference on Sustainable Research and Innovation (SRI) Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Nairobi, Kenya
  2. Nkosilathi Zinti Nkomo, Londiwe C Nkiwane, David Njuguna, and Eric Nganyi Oyondi. 2016. “Tensile properties of cotton stalk
    fibres and phenol formaldehyde resin” Proceedings of the 2016 Sino Africa International Symposium on Textiles and Apparel. Mombasa: Kenya 355-358.
  3. Nkosilathi Zinti Nkomo, David Njuguna, Londiwe C Nkiwane, and Eric Nganyi Oyondi. 2016. “Tensile Properties of cotton stalk fibres .” Proceedings of the Moi University 11th International Conference 2016. Eldoret: Kenya
  4. Nkosilathi Zinti Nkomo, Londiwe C Nkiwane, David Njuguna, and Eric Nganyi Oyondi. 2016. “Characterisation of compressive and flexural strength properties of a composite made from cotton stalk fibre and phenol formaldehyde resin.” Appropriate Technology Conference 2016. Victoria Falls: Zimbabwe.
  5. Josphat Igadwa , Nkosilathi Zinti Nkomo, Lloyd Ndlovu 2016. “Comparison of LMBP and LMBP hybrid algorithms during the prediction of ring spun yarn evenness” Appropriate Technology Conference 2016. Victoria Falls: Zimbabwe

Departmental Staff

Prof L. Nkiwane

Chairperson


Mr. L. N. Ndlovu

Lecturer


Dr. P. Gonde

Lecturer


Mr. L. K. Ncube

Lecturer


Mrs. N. R. Ndebele

Staff Development Fellow


Mr. S. R. Ncube

Lecturer


Mr. N. Z. Nkomo

Lecturer


Mrs. S. Ndlovu

Chief Secretary


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