Fraunhofer WKI in the Technical Textiles Alliance

Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research WKI

The application center for wood fiber HOFZET focuses their researches on the increase of cellulose-based fiber materials, and the biogenic proportion in technical textiles. In connection with the use of bio-based hybrid composites with conventional reinforcing fibers, surface treatment and analytical study of the modifications is performed. In addition, intelligent, hybrid distance and multi-layer fabrics can be produced.

Compentences in Technical Textiles

  • Production of spacer and multilayer fabrics (hybridisation)
  • Functional integration into textile semifinished products
  • Surface modification
  • Production of organic sheets (various materials and their combination)
  • Destruction-free testing methods (CT measurements)
  • End-of-Life and New-Life-Scenarios (HOFZET)
    - Raw material and material recycling of bioplastics and fiber composites (chemical, thermal, mechanical)
    - Development of recycling concepts and applications for recycled materials
  • Life Cycle Assessment for products and processes (HOFZET in Kooperation mit IfBB)
    - Environmental impact evaluation
    - Life cycle assessments in accordance with DIN EN ISO 14040/44
    - Critical review in accordance with DIN EN ISO 14040/44