(30.6.1885 - 25.9.1958)
- Schauberger could be called the father of implosion technology. The implosion principle is of course diametrically opposite to what today's explosion oriented technology utilises. Implosion has to do with a self sustaining vortex flow of any liquid or gaseous medium, which has a concentrating, ordering effect and which decreases the temperature of the medium, in opposition to the dictates of 'modern' thermodynamics.
See my two articles Vortex - the Natural Movement and A new Beginning for Thermodynamics.
Viktor Schauberger constructed water sluices for the transport of logs which, with controlled water temperature and vortex flow were able to transport even logs of a high specific weight that normally cannot be transported on water.
He proposed a more effective means of utilising hydroelectric power by his jet turbine (see my article Dynamic Hydropower). In the Second World War he was forced to develop his concepts of vortex dynamics at the service of Hitler's SS and he is said to have produced working prototypes of levitating disks using these principles. At the end of the war, some of the remains of his work fell into Russian and partly into American military hands.
After the war, Schauberger worked on a concept of water-based power generation through vortex action, in a closed cycle. In 1958 he was attracted to the USA, by promises of a possibility to get his technology further developed and applied. He was thoroughly debriefed, his writings and prototypes were kept, and he apparently had to sign a promise not to promote his technology further, in order to be able to return home to Austria. Five days after his return to Austria - on 25 September 1958 - he died, a broken man.
A book that details some of the life story of Schauberger was written by Olof Alexandersson. The title is "Living Water" ISBN 0 936551 57 X distributed in the UK by Gateway Books (The Hollies, Wellow, Bath BA2 8QJ) and in the US by The Great Tradition (11270 Clayton Creek Road, Lower Lake, CA 95457).
The German edition of the book is entitled "Lebendes Wasser" ISBN 3 85068 377 X and is available from Ennsthaler Verlag, A 4402 Steyer.
Another source of information about Schauberger is the magazine "Implosion" (in German), published quarterly by Verein für Implosionsforschung und Anwendung, Windschlägerstr. 58, D 77652 Offenburg. This magazine is a precious source for many of Schauberger's original writings (in German).