Published on : Thursday, May 16, 2019
Wilhelm-Klauditz –Institut is gearing up to present innovative hybrid materials crafted from renewable raw materials at LIGNA stand. Wilhelm-Klauditz-Institut (WKI) known as Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research for past 70 years has been using renewable raw materials to produce innovative products.
Based out of Braunschweig, the institute has dedicated itself in conducting research on process engineering, natural-fiber composites, wood and emission protection, quality assurance for wood products, recycling procedures, material and product testing, and the utilisation of organic building materials and wood in construction – all through the lens of sustainability. WKI will be at LIGNA 2019 with a wide-range of hybrid materials made from renewable raw resources for applications in the mobility sector.
At the trade fair the institute will display the rib cross-section of a sporty, 22-meter-long sailing catamaran on a scale of 1:2 to show visitors exactly how sustainably produced, CO2-storing materials can be used systematically in a lightweight structure designed for automated production. The hull structure of the second exhibit – the hull cross-section of a small pedal boat with a pedelec drive – has to withstand much less stress and strain than the catamaran. This shifts the priority onto the use of particularly lightweight materials and low wall thicknesses. The third and final exhibit is an electric cargo bicycle that shows how aluminum can be replaced by renewable raw materials. As on the catamaran, structural components of the bicycle have been replaced with sustainably produced, CO2-storing materials. Unlike other bicycle frames made from renewable raw materials, this exhibit is compatible with a high level of production automation, thanks to its use of industrially manufactured plywood and assemblies that have been prefabricated in CNC processing machines.