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 / 10.4.2019

BAUnatour in Braunschweig

From 10th to 16th April 2019, the mobile showroom BAUnatour is making a stop at the Platz der Deutschen Einheit in Braunschweig. The Fraunhofer WKI is participating with exhibits on the subject of “Insulating with renewable raw materials”. The travelling exhibition was officially opened today.

 

Press Release / 29.11.2018

“Biocomposites for Technical Applications”

At the workshop in Canada, representatives of the Canadian economy, politics and industry discussed with researchers from the Application Center for Wood Fiber Research HOFZET® and the IfBB on the current and future challenges in the field of biopolymers, bioplastics, natural fibers and bio-based composites.

 

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.

Events and Fairs

Exhibition

BAUnatour

9th to 16th April, 2019
Braunschweig

Fair

Techtextil

14th to 17th May, 2019
Frankfurt / Main

Workshop

7. Innovationsworkshop Holzwerkstoffe

20th May, 2019
Cologne

Fair

LIGNA 2019

27th to 31st May, 2019
Hannover

Fair

WerkstoffWoche 2019

18th to 20th September, 2019
Dresden

Fair

K 2019

16th to 23rd October, 2019  
Düsseldorf

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®

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