Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research
Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI

More space for research

On the campus of the TU Braunschweig, the “Center for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures ZELUBA®” is taking shape. With this innovative new building and an earthquake test rig, the Fraunhofer WKI is expanding its research capacities.

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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, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI 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 / 9.1.2020

Call for papers

12th European Wood-based Panel Symposium in Hamburg


From 30th September to 2nd October 2020, the Fraunhofer WKI, in collaboration with its partners, will be presenting the 12th European Wood-based Panel Symposium at the Grand Elysée Hotel in Hamburg. The submission of abstracts for presentations at the event will remain possible until 31st January 2020 via the event website.

 

Press release / 18.12.2019

Additive Manufacturing in Construction

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German research foundation) is supporting a transregional Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) of the Technische Universität Braunschweig and the Technical University of Munich. Dr. Frauke Bunzel from the Fraunhofer WKI and Dr. Klaudius Henke from the Technical University of Munich will jointly lead the sub-project “Structural timber by individual layer fabrication (ILF)”.

 

Press release / 12.11.2019

Hardwood for wood fiberboard

Climate change is threatening the domestic coniferous forests. Researchers at the Fraunhofer WKI, have now discovered how low-value hardwood species can be used in the manufacture of medium-density and high-density wood fiberboard (MDF and HDF). For the wood-processing industry, this opens up new possibilities for compensating for supply shortages in coniferous wood.

 

Press release / 1.10.2019

K 2019 trade fair: Fraunhofer WKI presents ecological crates

Conventional vegetable crates made from petroleum-based polypropylene are used millions of times every day. We have worked out how to make the containers more sustainable, lighter and sturdier – whilst keeping production costs at the same level. At K 2019, we will be presenting vegetable crates comprised of up to 25 percent wood fibers.

Events and Fairs

Focus course of the WKI | AKADEMIE®

Quality control in the production of wood-based materials

24th to 27th February, 2020
Braunschweig

Focus course of the WKI | AKADEMIE®

Bonding in wooden construction

9rd to 13th March, 2020
Braunschweig

 

12th European Wood-based Panel Symposium

30th September to 2nd October 2020

Hamburg

Conference

AEROSOLS 2020

6th to 8th May, 2020
Braunschweig

Focus course of the WKI | AKADEMIE®

Quality control in the production of wood-based materials

23th to 26th November, 2020
Braunschweig

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®

On the campus of the TU Braunschweig, the “Center for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures ZELUBA®” is taking shape.

With the innovative new building and an earthquake test rig, the Fraunhofer WKI is expanding its research capacities.

 

Fraunhofer Project Center Wolfsburg

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