Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research
Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI

New wood-metal hybrid for lightweight construction

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Tomorrow’s building material is here today

A research team at the Fraunhofer WKI is now replacing conventional fabrics with eco-friendly natural fibers: Textile-reinforced concrete (TRC) is durable, formable in diverse shapes and suitable for lightweight construction.

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2C injection molding machine

Within the framework of diverse research activities concerning the process and material development of fiber-reinforced and filled thermoplastics, we are now able to directly combine two different materials with differing properties in one process step.

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Wood foam walls for energy-efficient buildings

We develop environmentally-friendly textile-reinforced wood foam sandwich elements for the exterior walls of buildings, with high thermal protection and simultaneously low wall cross-sections.

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Additional benefits of “NawaRo” insulation materials

Under the leadership of the Fraunhofer WKI, a consortium of twelve research institutes is conducting interdisciplinary research into holistic solutions in order to significantly increase the application of insulation materials made from renewable raw materials (German: nachwachsende Rohstoffe, “NawaRo”).

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Double-rapier weaving machine with Jacquard attachment

With the new weaving machine, we are able to produce innovative lightweight composite materials with complex, application-specific fabric structures and integrated functions.

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CeluPack – Pressure-resistant packaging material made from pure lignocellulose

We are developing a climate-friendly packaging material made primarily from residual agricultural materials such as corn cobs and other lignocellulose-based materials such as wood. It can be recycled together with cardboard secondary packaging.

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The Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research specializes in process technology, natural-fiber composites, wood protection and emission control, quality assurance of wood products, recycling procedures and the use of organic building materials and wood in construction. Almost all the procedures and materials which result from the research activities at the Institute are used industrially. We operate worldwide and work project-related with research institutions and industrial partners, e. g. with companies from the wood and furniture industries, the construction industry, the chemical and the automotive industry.

 

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News

 

Press release / 5.11.2018

11th European Wood-based Panel Symposium 2018

From 10th to 12th October 2018, sector representatives from science and practice met in Hamburg to discuss topics relating to wood as a material. Formaldehyde, the potential of wood-based materials within the automotive industry, and future challenges for the sector formed the focus for the 345 participants from 32 nations.

 

Press Release / 5.10.2018

Construction using concrete reinforced with renewable materials

Tomorrow’s building material is here today. A research team at the Fraunhofer WKI is now replacing conventional fabrics with eco-friendly natural fibers. Researchers will present a prototype of a natural fiber-reinforced concrete bridge at the BAU 2019 trade fair in Munich on January 14 to 19, 2019.

 

Press release / 3.9.2018

New wood-metal hybrid for lightweight construction

Wood foam and metal sponge – can they be combined? That was the question that experts at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI delved into in a project entitled “HoMe Foam”.

 

Press Release / 21.8.2018

Federal Minister tests WKI rolling development laboratory at the Nürburgring

Julia Klöckner, Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture, tested the practicality of the newly developed “BioHybridCar“ materials during a test drive in racing.

Events and Fairs

Courses

WKI | AKADEMIE®

Focus course “Quality control in the production of wood-based materials“
19th to 23rd November 2018 

Focus course “Bonding in wooden construction“
11th to 15th March 2019

Forum

24. Internationales Holzbau-Forum

5th to 7th December, 2018
Garmisch-Patenkirchen

Fair

BAU 2019

14th to 19th January, 2019
Munich

Fair

Internationale Grüne Woche

18th to 26th January 2019
Berlin

Fair

JEC World 2019

12th to 14th March, 2019
Paris

Fair

LIGNA 2019

27th to 31st May, 2019
Hannover

Conference

AEROSOLS 2020

6th to 8th May, 2020
Braunschweig

Symposium

12th European Wood-based Panel Symposium

30th September to 2nd October 2020
Hamburg

Current Publications

Scientific publications

In our media center, an overview of our current scientific publications is available.

Specialist information

In our media center, diverse info material concerning our current research and development topics is available for download.

Wilhelm Klauditz Fellowship

The Wilhelm Klauditz Fellowship is a scholarship in the field of applied wood research and is announced annually. It is aimed to senior-level faculty eligible for sabbatical leave who want to pursue world-class research at the Fraunhofer WKI. 

Locations

 

Headquarters Braunschweig

Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research
Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI

Bienroder Weg 54E
38108 Braunschweig

Phone +49 531 2155-0
Fax +49 531 2155-334

Email: info@wki.fraunhofer.de

 

Application Center for Wood Fiber Research HOFZET®

Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research
Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI
Heisterbergallee 10A
30453 Hanover

Phone +49 511 9296-2212
Fax +49 511 9296-992212

 

Center for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures ZELUBA®

The Fraunhofer WKI is building a ”Center for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures ZELUBA” at the TU Braunschweig campus.

 

Fraunhofer Project Center Wolfsburg

c/o Open Hybrid LabFactory e.V.
Hermann-Münch-Str. 1
38440 Wolfsburg