Viktor Schauberger: A life of Learning From Nature

 This book started life as my attempt to explain Viktor Schauberger's ideas to myself. Each chapter looks at one aspect of his system in detail, and illustrates it with stories from his own life and direct quotations from his writings. The book also contains original drawings by Viktor Schauberger.

IET-Community: Self-organizing flow technique - introduction to booklet

by IET

This report is an attempt to understand and learn from the ideas and inventions of the Austrian forester Viktor Schauberger. Viktor Schauberger already in the 1920s warned about environmental crisis, at a time at which it was not, as today, something recognized. During his lifetime, he encountered resistance and ridicule, and his perspective may still today be labelled as unconventional and unorthodox, although much of what he wrote about our handling of waters and forests today is more relevant than ever. As he wasn't an academic, but was more of a natural philosopher, he had trouble to communicate his ideas with contemporary scientists. In this report, we'll try to show how modern research in chaos and self-organizing systems give us a possibility to shed some new light on Vikor Schauberger, and perhaps establish a deeper understanding of the phenomena he described.

Victor Schauberger's Biography

based on


1885 Viktor Schauberger born in Holzschlag, Upper Austria, into a family with a long tradition of caring for the unspoilt Alpine forests.

1914-18 Soon after the birth of his son Walter, Viktor was enlisted in the Kaiser's army.

1919 Appointed forest warden and gamekeeper.

Repulsine notes 

From: Ruud Rouleaux (HOME OFFICE)
To: [email protected]
Sent: Tuesday, August 16, 2005 11:03 AM
Subject: [viktorschaubergergroup] back from Holiday

Just came back from Italy and afterwards visited the PKS in Austria and had a good talk with Joerg Schauberger.


The motion of the trout is still the key-factor of the implosion theory. The repulsine is also called the trout turbine. Imagine the trouts head as the repulsine, together with a gill-system, to implode water. See if you get this, the impulse comes from the flowing water, intake through the mouth, creation of new water/vortex ring through the gill-systems, exit trough the gill and creation of a imploding vortex (re-pulse). The trout will be shot-away like a prunestone that is launched between two fingers.


Please have a look at the schauberger group website, look under files and trout propulsion [now also the links below]. Here a some ideas about the movement of fish.

An Introduction to Vortices and Vorticity - vortex.pdf
Fish Exploiting Vortices Decrease Muscle Activity
Part 1B Engineering: Biological and Medical Engineering, Fish Swimming, Lecture 1 -2

Fish Exploiting Vortices Decrease Muscle Activity - forelvortex.pdf

 James C. Liao,  David N. Beal,  George V. Lauder,  Michael S. Triantafyllou


Fishes moving through turbulent flows or in formation are regularly exposed to vortices. Although animals living in fluid environments commonly capture energy from vortices, experimental data on the hydrodynamics and neural control of interactions between fish and vortices are lacking. We used quantitative flow visualization and electromyography to show that trout will adopt a novel mode of locomotion to slalom in between experimentally generated vortices by activating only their anterior axial muscles. Reduced muscle activity during vortex exploitation compared with the activity of fishes engaged in undulatory swimming suggests a decrease in the cost of locomotion and provides a mechanism to understand the patterns of fish distributions in schools and riverine environments.....

Part 1B Engineering: Biological and Medical Engineering, Fish Swimming, Lecture 1 -2 - Trout_propulsion.pdf

..."Evidence suggests that many fish exploit the natural instability of the flow energetics to assist them in propulsion and maneuvering. By tuning their own kinematics, the fish is able to swim efficiently, to generate large thrust and turning forces, and to move silently through the flow with minimal wasted energy...."
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