Encounter – the Audi Technology Magazine 2/2012
Crème de la kren: Low weight and extremely strong – that is the essence of lightweight design. And these are exactly the characteristics of horseradish fibers, also known in Bavaria as kren. Young scientists at the West Saxon University of Applied Sciences in Zwickau have compared horseradish with other renewable raw materials usually used to reinforce polymers – hemp and flax. They have established that “kren” fibers “display significantly higher strength with lower weight”. Moving forward on the basis of these findings, the young researchers are now working on optimizing fiber extraction and defining the possibilities for processing.