Have any of Viktor Schauberger´s ideas ever been put in practise?
In some fields, the ideas of V. and W. Schauberger have been applied successfully; such as in modern river engineering. Since 1998 the Austrian water engineer Otmar Grober has re-regulated a number of rivers according to the principles of V.S. He won the Styrian Environmental Award for his work in 2001 (see research and practical uses/river engineering).
Several water devices refer to Schauberger´s principles. The Wytor Schauberger Funnel is a direct application of the theoretical insights of Walter Schauberger and has been proven by experiments. It improves drinking water by its swirling motion through the funnel (see practical uses/drinking water).
Also, the so-called Original-Martin-Wasserwirbler provides tap water with the original whirling motion that is found in naturally flowing rivers and streams. It can be fixed to the tap or shower, or to a flexible hose for use as a handshower (see www.fischer-wirbelwasser.de).
Spiral tubes and hyperbolic funnels represent further examples. These are used to purify ponds and improve their water quality (see practical uses/process water).
Technical applications according to the Schaubergers principles are very common in the preparation of ski slopes for international alpine ski racing (see practical uses/snow and ice) as well as in Sweden in the preparation of artificial ice for ice rinks. The final result of using vortex-treated water is an improvement of the ice and snow quality (more durable, faster, no chemicals) and a respectable reduction in energy costs - facts that correspond completely to the sustainability and environmental requirements of today (see www.watreco.com and www.steinbach-alpin.com).
In the 1990´s, the PKS picked up Viktor´s idea of reviving the use of copper implements in agriculture. Firstly, a small range of tools were produced. Each year, new tools have been added to the range, in response to popular demand. For more detailed information about the hand-crafted copper garden tools please see research and practical uses/agriculture and forestry or
Have any of Viktor’s documents or patents remained in the United States?
The component lists of the prototypes that were taken to the United States in 1958 have been lost. It seems that some of the working parts are still missing, e.g. one of the devices that was sliced through by the Americans, cut in half to expose its inner working.
It was found that nearly all of the recovered original documents already existed as copies in the PKS-archives in Austria.
However, Viktor’s intention was to develop a totally new method of propulsion. In the 1940s he experimented with rotating waviform shape discs. These devices were designed for practical purposes such as heating or cooling houses (the “Klimator”) or for propulsion. In planes and submarines, his engines were designed to create a “biological vacuum” in front, which should suck the vehicle forward.
The first device was manufactured at Viktor’s own expense by the Kertl Company in Vienna in 1940 and was subsequently further developed.
The device was tested in a hangar. A small high speed electric motor was used to set the machine in motion. Despite the compact size of the device, about 60 cm in diameter, it generated such a powerful levitional force that when it was first switched on (without Viktor’s permission and in his absence) it sheared off the six ¼ in. diameter high tensile steel anchor bolts and shot upwards to smash against the roof of the hangar.
From this incident, the legend has grown that Viktor Schauberger successfully developed flying saucers, big enough to carry pilots. But as far as we know, Viktor only experimented with small discs, less than 1 Meter in diameter, as mentioned.