Center for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures ZELUBA®

Technical Equipment

Equipment and tests

Thermal analysis

  • Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA)
  • Thermogravimetric analysis coupled with a Fourier transformation infrared spectrometer and a mass spectrometer (TGA-FTIR-MS)
  • Thermomechanical analysis (TMA)
  • Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)
  • Photo DSC for UV-curing

Analytical equipment for characterizing fire properties

  • Oxygen index (LOI = Limiting Oxygen Index)
  • Non-combustibility oven (test in accordance with DIN 4102 – A1/A2)
  • Fire cases (DIN 50051) for determining the normal inflammability (B2)
  • Fire shaft (DIN 4102-15) for determining the flame retardancy (B1)
  • Small test bed (DIN 4102-8)
  • Accredited testing facility for the determination of a building product's propensity to undergo continuous smoldering/glowing (DIN EN 16733)
  • Testing facility for determining the flammability of plastic materials for parts in devices and appliances (UL 94)
  • Muffle furnaces for investigating shrinkage behavior
  • A testing facility developed at the Fraunhofer WKI for analyzing the glow behavior of insulation materials made from renewable raw resources

Thermohygric analysis

  • Twin climate chamber with testing area up to 4m²
  • Climatic test cabinets
  • Climate simulation facilities for ventilation (RISK)
  • “Hot box“ procedure for determining the thermal transmission coefficient in accordance with DIN EN ISO 8990 and 12567-1
  • Heat flow meter for determining the heat flow of components (DIN EN 12667:2001) (accreditation under development)

Mechanical analysis

  • Test stand for wall panels with a maximum horizontal force of up to 100 kN and a dynamic loading of up to 100 kN compressive force and 50 kN tensile force
  • Window test stand (test in accordance with DIN EN 14351-1)
  • Flooring test stand (~12m² for tests up to 150 kN)
  • Modularly designable test house in large format (scale 1:1)
  • Universal testing machines for tensile, bending, shear, compression and 4-point bending tests (5 kN to 250 kN) / (test e.g.: in accordance with EN 160 / DIN 52186 / DIN EN 310 / EN 311)

Further analysis equipment

  • Vacuum drying oven
  • Particle size measurement device
  • Smoke gas density measurement device
  • Temperature/moisture monitoring
  • Hybridizer for the nanocoating of particles
  • Stress rheometer
  • Electrochemical analysis (pH and conductivity electrode)