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  • © Fraunhofer WKI | Manuela Lingnau

    In a joint project with the Technische Universität Braunschweig, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI have developed an innovative building element for the construction industry: a sandwich element with a wood-foam core and a thin cover layer of textile-reinforced concrete. It can be used, for example, as a lightweight curtain-wall element or in interior fittings. The high-performance wood foam requires no artificial binding agents and can be produced from regionally available wood residues. Through the utilization of wood foam instead of conventional foam based on petrochemicals, the proportion of particularly sustainable construction materials in buildings can be increased.

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  • © Fraunhofer WKI | Melina Ruhr

    As a result of the new combination possibilities for bio-based hybrid-fiber materials achieved at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI, the industrial application possibilities for renewable raw materials, for example in the automotive industry or for everyday objects such as helmets or skis, can be expanded. By increasing the proportion of flax fiber in hybrid-fiber materials to up to 50 percent, the scientists have demonstrated that it is possible to significantly increase the biogenic proportion in composite materials. The special aspect of the tested methods: The fabrics can be individually composed with the help of a weaving machine. In this way, process steps in industrial production, in which materials first have to be merged together, can be omitted. This will achieve reductions in energy and CO2 throughout the entire production process.

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  • © HBK Braunschweig | Samuel Zonon

    At LIGNA 2019, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI and designers from the Institut für Design-forschung (Institute for Design Research, IDF) at the Braunschweig University of Art will be presenting the results of their cooperation project. At LIGNA, examples of rational production from the boatbuilding and bicycle industries can be seen. With its particularly lightweight materials on the basis of renewable raw materials, the Fraunhofer WKI is addressing the mobility sector.

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  • © Fraunhofer WKI | Manuela Lingnau

    At LIGNA 2019, the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI, will be presenting new methods for reutilizing materials from the wind-power industry. Researchers at the Fraunhofer WKI are developing innovative recycling techniques for the recovery of balsa wood and plastic foam from wind-power rotor blades. The recovered materials are then used to produce new, improved insulation and building materials.

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  • © Fraunhofer WKI | Manuela Lingnau

    At LIGNA 2019, the researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI will be demonstrating possibilities for introducing the renewable raw material wood into structural application within the mobility sector. Wood-based (multi-material) lightweight components enable cost savings and a unique environmental balance through the utilization of a natural material.

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  • Press release / 2019

    50th Fraunhofer WKI Webinar – Research in interactive public dialogue

    Braunschweig / 10.5.2019

    © Fraunhofer WKI | Dirk Lukowsky

    On May 21st 2019, the 50th Webinar from the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI will take place from 3 pm to 4 pm. Since November 2011, interested parties have been able to obtain information concerning current research through the free Webinars. The topic of the anniversary Webinar is “Crack formation in melamine resin coatings”.

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  • © Fraunhofer WKI | Manuela Lingnau

    At LIGNA 2019, the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI, will be presenting innovative hybrid materials made from renewable raw resources for applications in the mobility sector and the construction industry, as well as new methods for reutilizing materials from the wind-power industry. The scientists will also be demonstrating wood-based (multi-material) lightweight components for the automotive industry, products made from recycled balsa wood from disused rotor blades, and vehicles with particularly lightweight materials. The Fraunhofer WKI has a joint stand with the International Association for Technical Issues relating to Wood (iVTH) in Hall 26, Stand B77.

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  • Press release / 2019

    Fraunhofer WKI expands capacities for emission testing

    Braunschweig / 29.4.2019

    © Marek Kruszewski

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI, is setting standards: Through the addition of a newly opened hall with ten specially developed large test chambers, the institute has significantly expanded its capacities for the emission testing of complete products, thereby becoming a worldwide unique service location. In these test chambers, the scientists measure the emissions from objects such as furniture or electronic devices as well as from building materials in indoor areas.

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  • © Fraunhofer WKI | Anna Lissel

    From 10th to 16th April 2019, the mobile showroom BAUnatour is making a stop at the Platz der Deutschen Einheit in Braunschweig. The Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut WKI, is participating with exhibits on the subject of “Insulating with renewable raw materials”. The travelling exhibition was officially opened today.

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  • Press release / 2018

    Workshop “Biocomposites for Technical Applications” in Canada

    Braunschweig / 29.11.2018

    © Fraunhofer WKI | Madina Shamsuyeva

    The development of new production methods for bioplastics, the avoidance of plastic waste in the oceans, and the commercialization of new products based on renewable raw materials for technical applications formed the focus of the international workshop “Biocomposites for Technical Applications” in London, Canada. The workshop was organized by the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research, Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut, WKI and the Hochschule Hannover, University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

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