Online seminars

From research into practice

For many years, the Fraunhofer WKI has offered free online seminars in both German and, in some cases, English. Experts from the Fraunhofer WKI provide insight into their current research and development work. The focus is on practical solutions for manufacturing companies.

 

Upcoming:

Air purifiers – from chamber testing to real room measurement

September 20, 2022

Questions welcome!

Take the opportunity to learn about sustainable and forward-looking materials and technologies. You will have the opportunity to ask individual questions during the webinar.

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  • Online / July 19, 2022, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    FutureWood – Softwood quality in times of climate change

    The photo shows a coniferous forest. Some trees are marked with color.
    © Fraunhofer WKI

    Climate change presents major challenges for the forestry sector. In particular, the supply of high-quality softwood is becoming increasingly problematic. In the “FutureWood” project, we are investigating the raw material quality produced by differing silvicultural systems, taking into account the climatic and ecological aspects. We are applying the gained knowledge in the conception of optimized silvicultural systems and manufacturing procedures for the forestry and timber industries in order to safeguard the sustainable production of high-quality coniferous-wood products. In the webinar, we will provide an insight into the research results to date.

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  • Online / September 20, 2022, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    Air purifiers - from chamber testing to real room measurement

    The photo displays a mobile air purifier in a test chamber.
    © Fraunhofer WKI

    Since the beginning of the worldwide COVID 19 pandemic, the demand for mobile air purifiers has increased significantly. These are now increasingly used in a wide variety of public areas such as daycare centers, schools and government offices, but also in many companies and in private environments. The aim of air purification is to control inhalation exposure. At Fraunhofer WKI, we investigate air purification technologies and test regarding their efficiency in terms of filtering or inactivating viruses, health-critical gaseous compounds such as formaldehyde and other air. This webinar provides an overview of common air purification technologies, current approaches to efficiency testing, and use in real indoor environments.

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  • Online Seminar / May 21, 2019, 3.00 – 4.00 pm

    Webinar 50: Crack formation in melamine resin coatings

    Melamine resin coatings (direct coatings and HPL/CPL) are exceptionally robust - in rare cases, however, cracks may occur. Cracks in panels which have already been installed are often the cause of very high costs. In close collaboration with industry, the Fraunhofer WKI has investigated the formation of these cracks in order to be able to counteract such problems in the future. The Webinar is aimed at producers of melamine resin coatings and wood-based materials as well as suppliers and testing laboratories.

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  • Online Seminar / April 30, 2019, 3.00 – 4.00 pm

    Webinar 49: (Bio-)plastics for the timber industry

    The social pressure to utilize resources sustainably is intensifying and affects all branches of industry. One question hereby encompassed is how the changeover to biologically based plastics systems can be technically and economically accomplished. The Webinar is aimed at developers and designers from the furniture, automotive and construction industries.

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  • In a research project with HOBUM Oleochemicals, Porsche Motorsport and the Four Motors racing team, we are developing lightweight components made from natural fiber-reinforced plastics for vehicle bodies. They are a sustainable, cost-neutral alternative to conventional body materials and offer technical advantages. In the webinar, we present the interim results of the project.

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  • In the “AdLigno” research project, we are working on the development of condensation resins made from lignin and hydroxymethyfurfural. These resins are a 100 percent bio-based and at the same time formaldehyde-free alternative to conventionally used phenol-formaldehyde resins. We see potential applications in the field of wood-based materials and fiber composites. In the webinar, we will provide an insight into the research results to date.

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  • Insulation materials made of wood, straw, hemp and other plants have been used for centuries. Yet much knowledge about these insulation materials has been lost in recent decades. This webinar provides an overview of established options, existing knowledge, and highlights a few recent research findings. Engineering processes for the production of insulation materials lead to materials with standardized properties. Together with old knowledge from several centuries of wood building tradition, they enable high-quality and durable constructions.

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  • In a notification dated 30 September 2021, the Fraunhofer WKI has been recognized by the Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Umwelt, Energie, Bauen und Klimaschutz (Lower Saxony ministry for the environment, energy, construction and climate protection) as an testing body for the verification of the “suitability for the performance of adhesive bonding work for the manufacture of load-bearing timber components and glued laminated timber” and can issue certificates regarding this suitability, also known as “Leimgenehmigungen” (glue authorizations). This is a milestone for the Fraunhofer WKI’s Testing, Monitoring and Certification Center (TMC), but also for the entire timber construction industry in Germany. In this webinar we explain the necessity as well as the execution of the verification for the production of bonded load-bearing timber components according to DIN 1052-10.

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  • Online / December 14, 2021, 3.00 – 4.00 pm

    Long-term behavior of wood hybrid systems for sustainable buildings

    In a current research project, we investigate and optimize the long-term behavior of wood hybrid systems, thereby laying the foundation for their use in the construction industry. Our main goal is to significantly increase the use of wood in building construction. In the webinar, we present the interim results of the project.

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  • In a research project with HOBUM Oleochemicals, Porsche Motorsport and the Four Motors racing team, we are developing lightweight components made from natural fiber-reinforced plastics for vehicle bodies. They are a sustainable, cost-neutral alternative to conventional body materials and offer technical advantages. In the webinar, we present the interim results of the project.

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