Technology for Wood and Natural Fiber-Based Materials


Process Engeneering

  • Preparation and testing of classical, structure-oriented and 3D-moldable wood materials on a semi-industrial scale
  • Mechanical and physical crushing, thermomechanical, chemo-thermo-mechanical and chemical processing of raw materials containing lignocellulose
  • Provision of wood particles (wood chips, shavings, strands, fibers) and wood veneers for industrial trials
  • Peeling tests for the production of wood veneers Provision of wood particles (wood chips, shavings, strands, fibers) for industrial trials
  • Suitability of adhesives, curing agents and additives for various wood-based materials
  • Optimization of the component mixture, distribution and orientation
  • Mechanical web formation, with or without particle orientation
  • Production of particle boards, strand boards, fiberboards (MDF with blow-line or blender gluing), Scrimber, veneered plywood, laminated veneer lumber (LVL)
  • Production of organic and inorganic bound wood-based materials
  • Production of multi-layer board materials
  • Production of thermoset and thermoplastic molded parts
  • Production of wood foams or foams from other lignocellulosic materials
  • Process engineering tests for the improvement of material properties
  • Wet chemical analyses of adhesives for wood-based materials (e.g. molar ratio, melamine content, viscosity)
  • Consultancy and assessments

Development, production and processing of wood-polymer composites

  • Development of WPC formulations
  • Compound production with natural-fiber filler-material content of up to 70 % and introduction of widely-varying fillers and additives
  • Production of test specimens e.g. for material characterization
  • Production of pressed WPC boardsMechanical and hygric properties of wood-based materials and WPC
  • Development of WPC formulae
  • Thermal analysis of WPC (DMA, TGA and other methods upon request)

Material characterization and testing

  • Testing of optical properties: microscopy, spectroscopy, color and gloss testing
  • Suitability of adhesives and matrix components as well as auxiliary and active substances for composite materials
  • Determination of the mechanical, thermal and hygric properties of wood and other composite materials
  • Testing of aging behavior (outdoor exposure and accelerated weathering methods)
  • Examination of flame resistance
  • Thermal analysis (e.g. DSC, TGA)

Image processing in infrared and visible spectral range

  • Infrared thermography for the detection of defects (cracks, delamination)
  • Image processing, e.g. for position detection of strands and for particle size analysis
  • Spatial resolution near-infrared spectroscopy for the detection of impurities, contamination and adhesive concentrations and for the sorting of material flows
  • 3D measurement of moving surfaces in accordance with the laser light sheet approach
  • Digital correlation techniques for the determination of structural material inhomogeneity
  • Analysis of thermographic image sequences
  • Interactive analysis of hyperspectral images
  • Component distribution and component orientation in composite materials
  • Statistical analysis of particle sizes and particle size distributions

Rotor blade quality inspection

  • Detection of performance-influencing vortex structures on rotating blades through passive ground-based thermography
  • Computer tomography and thermography measurements on rotor blades in the laboratory
  • Production-integrated quality control through active thermography
  • Detection of defects on assembled rotor blades using a working platform and active thermography