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  • The photo shows a hand which is holding and slightly bending an approximately 5 cm thick flexible insulation mat made from wheat straw.
    © Fraunhofer WKI

    Researchers at the Fraunhofer WKI, in collaboration with partners in Chile, have developed insulation materials from plant residues. As a result, the largely unused plant “waste” that accumulates in the Chilean agricultural, forestry and timber industries can now be utilized meaningfully. The utilization of insulation materials made from local raw resources provides a contribution towards improving the environmental balance of the construction industry in Chile and opens up new, previously untapped value-added possibilities.

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  • The photo shows a house with a garden can be seen. The façade is plastered and painted in two colors.
    © Fraunhofer WKI

    Researchers at the Fraunhofer WKI and the Technische Universität Braunschweig have developed models for predicting the overall behavior of external thermal insulation composite systems (ETICS) in wooden construction. The results are being incorporated into a guideline. In the future, it will therefore be easier to integrate new components into ETICS which have already been approved. In addition, opportunities for material innovations are being created, in particular as regards renewable raw materials. ETICS which have already been approved can be optimized as a result of the new findings on suitability for use.

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  • The photo shows the cross-section of a panel. The two outer layers each consist of an approx. 5 mm thick layer of plywood, the foam glass core is light gray and approx. 8 mm thick.
    © Fraunhofer WKI | Manuela Lingnau

    Researchers at the Fraunhofer WKI, in collaboration with Patrick Leleu Furnier GmbH, have characterized and developed a non-combustible lightweight panel made from renewable raw materials. The material conforms to ship standards for fire protection in the interior outfitting of ships. The lightweight panel is not only more environmentally friendly but also easier to work with than conventional inorganic materials. It can, for example, be installed as a cabin wall.

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  • The photo shows an asphalt test specimen with integrated sensor fabric in a testing machine.
    © Fraunhofer IFAM I Marc-Oliver Becker

    In collaboration with the Hochschule Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts, the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences, and the Fraunhofer IFAM, scientists at the Fraunhofer WKI have begun fundamental research into a measurement system which can be used to measure the condition of a road over long distances - at any time, and without damaging the road. The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has enabled and funded the project. Reconstruction measures could consequently be planned better and earlier - ideally for a timeframe outside of vacation periods. Up until now, core tests have been carried out. These cause additional damage to the road to be examined, incur expense, and result in road closures. They can therefore only be performed on a random basis.

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  • Portraitfoto von Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andrea Siebert-Raths
    © China Hopson

    On 1st October 2021, Professor Dr.-Ing. Andrea Siebert-Raths took over as Head of the Application Center for Wood Fiber Research HOFZET® at the Fraunhofer WKI. The expert for sustainable technologies intends to expand the contribution which the HOFZET® provides towards the bioeconomy. She replaces René Schaldach, who had taken over the departmental leadership on a temporary basis.

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  • Professor Libo Yan produces flax fabric reinforced polymer composite - wood hybrid structure by means of the vacuum infusion process.
    © Fraunhofer WKI

    The International Institute for FRP (fiber-reinforced polymer) in Construction (IIFC) has honored Professor Libo Yan, PhD, with the IIFC Distinguished Young Researcher Award 2021. The Senior Scientist at the Fraunhofer WKI has received the award for his contributions to the application of FRP composites to civil infrastructure, and especially for the promotion of natural FRP composites.

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  • A new office building is being constructed on the Ahlem Campus at the Fraunhofer WKI's Hanover location.
    © Fraunhofer WKI | René Schaldach

    A new office building, currently under construction in Hanover, will bring the Fraunhofer WKI “Application Center HOFZET®” and the “IfBB - Institute for Bioplastics and Biocomposites” of the Hochschule Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts even closer together in the future.

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  • Portrait photo of Professor Salthammer, taken at the Fraunhofer WKI.
    © Hanno Keppel

    An exceptional honor for scientists at the Fraunhofer WKI: Professor Dr. Tunga Salthammer has been awarded the “Pettenkofer Gold Medal” by the Academy of Fellows of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ). The Head of the Material Analysis and Indoor Chemistry department thereby receives the Academy's highest accolade.

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  • Exterior view of the ZELUBA® building.
    © Fraunhofer WKI | Manuela Lingnau

    The Fraunhofer WKI is expanding its research capacities: The “Center for Light and Environmentally-Friendly Structures ZELUBA®” has been built on the campus of the Technische Universität Braunschweig – in the immediate vicinity of the university's building institutes. At the beginning of June 2021, the researchers move into the new premises where they will develop sustainable lightweight construction solutions for the building industry – in a future-oriented building. The background to this has been formed by global challenges such as climate change, population growth and large transnational migration flows, which place new demands on the functionality and ecological footprint of buildings.

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  • Aerial view of the Fraunhofer WKI buildings on the main campus in Braunschweig.
    © Fraunhofer WKI | Stephan Thiele

    For 75 years, the Fraunhofer WKI, has been researching resource-saving and climate-friendly materials for a future worth living in. The researchers develop modern technologies in order to convert wood and other plant-based raw resources into chemical products and materials and consequently drive forward the bioeconomy. Possible applications range from lightweight components for vehicles, through environmentally-friendly insulating materials and hybrid material systems for the construction industry, and on to plant-based paints and adhesives.

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