TMC center at the Fraunhofer WKI
Through its research, the Fraunhofer WKI is providing a decisive contribution towards ensuring that an increasing quantity of building materials, vehicles and many other products are made from renewable raw materials. In order for these innovations to penetrate the market and lead to further research collaborations, the Fraunhofer WKI also develops methods for determining the material properties of sustainable resources, is involved in their standardization, develops suitable test methods and maintains its own TMC center.
In the TMC center, accredited testing of formaldehyde release is carried out, as well as the testing of the surface and mechanical properties of wood and wood-based materials and items produced therefrom. Furthermore, tests are performed in accordance with DIN, EN and ISO standards. The institute is accredited as a testing body pursuant to ISO/IEC 17025 by the Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH (DAkkS). The conformity of in-house production control with the normative requirements for the European, American, Japanese and British markets can also be tested here. Moreover, building products are certified in accordance with the Construction Products Regulation for the European market, and wood-based materials are certified with regard to formaldehyde for Europe, America and Japan. The institute is also accredited for this purpose as a certification body pursuant to ISO/IEC 17065 by the Deutsche Akkreditierungsstelle GmbH (DAkkS).
Background of the Fraunhofer WKI
Sustainability through the utilization of renewable raw materials has formed the focus at the Fraunhofer WKI for 75 years. The institute, with locations in Braunschweig, Hanover and Wolfsburg, specializes in process engineering, natural-fiber composites, binders and coatings, wood and emission protection, quality assurance of wood products, material and product testing, recycling procedures and the utilization of organic building materials and wood in construction. Virtually all the procedures and materials resulting from the research activities are applied industrially.