Wood-based Materials


Classic products

HWS

Conventional wood-based materials, such as fibreboard, chipboard, oriented strandboards, plywood and veneer laminated wood, as well as insulation materials with variations in pulping methods and wood species, are the starting point of various research projects. Resource-efficient use of wood and wood products requires a reduction in weight while simultaneously retaining application-specific material properties. The application potential of wood species with low density (e.g. Paulownia tomentosa) as well as the use of modified wood form core research focuses.

Projects

  • HoMaba - Wood-based materials in mechanical engineering
  • Recycle MDF - Recycling of production rejects from MDF board production for fibre recovery
  • RiBe - Development of a weather-resistant and fire-resistant wood-based fibreboard as a carrier material for a concrete wear layer and production of a wood fibre concrete composite material for outdoor use
  • Gerlau - Utilisation-oriented investigations of low-value hardwood assortments for the production of innovative products
  • KiriTec - Development of weight-reduced wood products based on kiri wood (Paulownia spp.)
  • WIPANO - Development of novel isocyanate-based acceleration systems for use in the wood-based panel industry
  • Dauerbuche - Durable LVL from modified beech wood
  • IsoPoplar - Development of a mould-protected and biocide-free blow-in insulation based on poplar wood and cellulose flakes
  • Platte - Development of plywood with increased fungal resistance for use as a floor slab in low-floor buses
  • modHWS - Development of novel wood-based materials from chemically modified veneers, fibres and chips




Composites

Hybrid composite materials, such as wood-polymer composites as a combination of thermoplastics (matrix) and wood chips/wood fibers, expand the research portfolio. Technical polymers and biopolymers are considered as matrix materials. The influence of particle and fibre geometry on short-term and long-term material behavior is a focus of various research projects.

HOAK

Projects

  • BioDeg WPC - Influence of weathering on the biological ageing / durability of wood plastic composites (WPC)
  • HoMaba - Wood-based materials in mechanical engineering
  • CEMWOGEO - Cement coating of wood for geotechnical applications
  • HoMaba - Wood-based materials in mechanical engineering
  • BioDeg WPC - Influence of weathering on the biological ageing / durability of wood plastic composites (WPC)
  • RiBe - Entwicklung einer witterungsstabilen und feuerfesten Holzfaserplatte als Trägermaterial für eine Beton-Nutzschicht und Herstellung eines Holzfaser-Beton-Verbundwerkstoffs für den Außenbereich
  • BEST - BioEnergie Regionen Stärken - Innovation und Optimisation - Focus on cascade use - Wood composites
  • WPC-Auto - Development of a composite material made from polyamide and thermally stabilized wood
  • HEM-WPC - Innovative and efficient compounding of wood and plastics using high-energy milling technology (HEMI) for the production of wood-plastic composites (WPC)
  • modWPC - Improvement of the dimensional stability and other material properties of extruded wood-plastic composites (WPC) for outdoor use by chemical modification of the wood filler
  • WPC-Fenster - Development of a concept for the production of innovative facade elements made of wood fibre reinforced plastics




Adhesive systems

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To improve the quality of wood-based materials, even when used outdoors, various work focuses on optimizing conventional adhesive systems. One focus is the development of formaldehyde-free adhesive systems based on renewable raw materials. The quantification of mobile formaldehyde and other volatile organic compounds in wood-based materials is an integral part of our research activities.

Projects

  • WIPANO - Development of novel isocyanate-based acceleration systems for use in the wood-based panel industry
  • WoodSense - Development and implementation of formaldehyde online-sensor systems in wood-based panel processing




Plasma-based functionalization

By treating wood-based materials with atmospheric pressure plasma, surface properties can be controlled as a result of specific interactions. Plasma-based hydrophilization or hydrophobization of the surface of the wood material influences the surface properties.

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Projects

  • PlanaWood 2 - Functionalisation of wood and wood-based materials
  • PlanaWood 1 - Functionalisation of wood and wood-based materials
  • PlasmaSpan - Plasma treatment of wood chips under atmospheric pressure for the development of particleboard with low emission potential




Recycling

HORE

Following hydrothermal digestion processes, the recyclability of wood-based material is investigated. Alternative recycling options are evaluated and wastewater flows inherent to the processes are analysed.

Projects

  • Recycle MDF - Recycling of production rejects from MDF board production for fibre recovery
  • Fibre+ - Innovative Paper Packaging Products for European SMEs Based on Functional Modification of Recovered Fibres