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Product Developments

Building material made of cattail (Typha)

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The Typhahouse was presented within the frame of the Expo Milano 2015.

Due to the special structural properties building materials can be produced offering a combination of insulation and strength, which is unique on the market. The leaf mass of typha is especially suited to produce innovative building materials due the structure of the plant. The leaves have a fiber-reinforced supporting tissue filled with soft open-cell spongy tissue providing for amazing statics and an excellent insulating effect.

In the past few years, the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics investigated various product developments in laboratory as well as outdoor test facilities of in cooperation with the researcher Dipl.-Ing. Werner Theuerkorn. In the course of the research a variety of interesting products were developed of which a mineral-bound isotropic material for board production is of significant importance.

DressMAN 2.0

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The DressMAN system comprises overalls to which up to 32 "artificial skins" can be attached by means of Velcro fastenings. The DressMAN (Dummy REpresenting Suit for Simulation of huMAN heatloss) provides a wide range of useful functions.

Reapor® glass foam

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Significant demand from industry for fiber-free sound absorber materials for environmental noise control has prompted the development of new open-pore materials. As early as the 1980s, researchers came up with a gypsum foam produced from natural minerals which was based on FGD gypsum – a by-product of desulphurization plants – combined with water and a pre-polymer. Today, this material is successfully used as a sound absorber in office partition panels.

Innovative Acoustic Elements

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In collaboration with more than 15 industrial licensing and cooperation partners, the acoustics department offers an international platform for innovative acoustics which aims to optimize the acoustic system quality of complex products and structures. One focus is on developing new kinds of acoustic and sound absorbing building components and innovative materials designed for reducing the noise of machines, pants and vehicles.

Chilled water wall

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Air conditioning systems are used in many buildings to achieve the desired indoor climate by regulating temperature, humidity and air quality. However, users frequently complain about the drafts and noise that air conditioning units typically generate as well as the large quantities of electricity they consume. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP have developed an alternative solution that eliminates the drawbacks of conventional air conditioning systems: The cooling fountain is a new kind of surface-cooling system which balances out radiant temperatures and naturally cools and dehumidifies the air while simultaneously binding dust and pollen to the water in the fountain.

Application software

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The calculation of structural and building component behavior in relation to various aspects of building physics requires advanced, specialized knowledge. Continuous validation of software calculation tools is essential both during and after software development.