A close bond exists between the WKI and the Institute for Building Materials, Solid Construction and Fire Protection (iBMB) of the Technische Universität Braunschweig. The Institute Director of the Fraunhofer WKI, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bohumil Kasal, is simultaneously the holder of the Chair for “Organic and Wood-based Materials” at the iBMB and is the initiator of joint research projects. The linking of the fundamental research of the iBMB with the applied research of the Fraunhofer WKI creates the fertile ground for future-oriented innovations in the construction industry.
The TU Braunschweig is furthermore an important cooperation partner for the Fraunhofer WKI Center for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures ZELUBA®. Scientists from both institutions are developing project ideas in order to drive forward the expansion of the center. A joint multidisciplinary Junior Research Group is currently investigating the long-term behavior and durability of wood-hybrid systems for load-bearing structures in building construction. The junior research group is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL).
For the Center, a new building for the Fraunhofer WKI on the campus of the TU Braunschweig is taking shape. The new building will provide more space for scientific staff and experimental facilities, including an earthquake test bed. It will thereby enable a significant deepening of the research and development work of the ZELUBA and will favor the professional exchange between the scientists of the Fraunhofer WKI and the TU Braunschweig.
The Fraunhofer WKI is involved in the graduate college “Models for the description of the change in state as regards the aging of building materials and load-bearing structures“ of the TU Braunschweig. The Fraunhofer WKI provides several three-year postgraduate positions through its own funds. The postgraduate students are integrated into the graduate college when the professional proximity exists.
Furthermore, additional connections to the TU Braunschweig exist within the framework of teaching assignments and research projects.