More than 6,700 square meters of offices, laboratories, technical center and open-air space are available for the execution of research contracts. A comprehensive library and modern workshops support and enhance the project work and range of services on offer.

The available equipment at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research WKI includes:

  • Process-engineering testing grounds
  • Wood chipper for the manufacture of wood chips and strands
  • Drying system for wood chips and wood fibers on a semi-industrial scale
  • Refiner with blow-line gluing and flash drier for the manufacture of MDF
  • Extruder for the manufacture of wood-plastic composites (WPC)
  • Recycling plant for particle boards and old furniture
  • Facilities for natural and time-accelerated weathering of surfaces
  • Test houses for testing of building elements
  • Climatic chambers, test rigs for windows, façades and wall panels
  • Test chambers for the determination of emission behavior under indoor room conditions
  • Online mass spectrometry
  • Thermal analysis and thermogravimetry
  • Thermography cameras for the non-destructive testing of components
  • Measuring facility for spatial spectroscopy in the visible and near-infrared (NIR) range
  • Outdoor/indoor climate simulator for component testing
  • Furnace
  • Acoustic test rig for laminate flooring
  • Performance test rig for floorings and roofs
  • Laboratory for microscopy, image analysis and surface testing
  • Laboratory for the analytical analysis of glue and paint
  • Analysis laboratory for air and material samples
  • Mobile computer-aided measurement facility for the determination of the emission of formaldehyde and organic materials (VOC)

Equipment in Detail

More information on the technical equipment is available on the department pages.


Technology for Wood-Based Materials


Material Analysis and Indoor Chemistry


Surface Technology


Quality Assessment


Center for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures ZELUBA®


Application Center for Wood Fiber Research HOFZET®