Center for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures ZELUBA®

Research projects

Here you will find details of selected research projects. Please contact us if you require more information concerning our project portfolio.

 

Composite thermal insulation systems with bio materials

Renewable raw materials exhibit a high absorption of moisture, which can be beneficial for their application as an insulation material, particularly in the case of prolonged unfavorable moisture conditions. Within the framework of the collaborative project “More than just insulation - Additional benefits of insulation materials made from renewable raw resources” we are investigating composite thermal systems with insulation materials made from renewable raw materials. 

 

Glimmer of bio insulation materials

Insulation materials made from renewable raw materials exhibit a different fire behavior to that of conventional insulation materials. Within the framework of the collaborative project “More than just insulation - Additional benefits of insulation materials made from renewable raw resources” we are investigating the subsidiary aspect “Glimmer” as an independent material property. Our goal is to characterize and, if necessary, improve the glimmer behavior of bio insulation materials.

Wood construction under the influence of climatic change

The aim of the planned research project is the evaluation of the CO2 reservoir »wooden building« in consideration of climate change, in order to define critical points and to develop solutions to problems. In the sense of a future-oriented precaution approach, we are thereby examining and analyzing the next 100 years.

 

Moment connectors

The aim of the project is the development of sensor-controlled, ultra-high-performance moment connectors with high energy dissipation potential for indestructible high-rise buildings in earthquake areas.

 

Lightweight wood-concrete material

Prefabricated concrete products exhibit a very high mass with simultaneous high thermal conductivity. In order to realize an improvement in these properties, this project aims to replace the mineral components with wood constituents.

 

Hygrothermic characteristic values of wood-based materials

In this research project, the entire hygrothermic characteristic values of all wood-based materials were examined for the first time, in order to enable simulation of the component behavior. The generic datasets can be utilized for the dimensioning of constructions and should produce representative results in the majority of cases.

ZELUBA Start-up project

Since 2014, the Fraunhofer WKI and the TU Braunschweig have been working together within the framework of the ZELUBA Start-up project on the conceptional development of a modular hybrid construction system for lightweight and environmentally-friendly structures. Scientists from the Fraunhofer WKI and six institutes of the Technical University in Braunschweig bring extensive expertise from diverse specialist fields into the project.

The first project phase served the substantive and organizational linking of the project participants as well as fundamental research. The focus is currently on the integration of industrial partners and the acquisition of research projects into system and product development.