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In 1998, Berkant Goeksel founded the Future Workshop Electrofluidsystems at the Technical University of Berlin with the vision of developing plasma assisted flight vehicles for future generation. This was the result of a scientific Study of Applications of Electric Fields in Aerodynamics at the Institute of Aerospace Engineering in 1997.

Since 1998 the Future Workshop Electrofluidsystems was a promoter of interdisciplinary cooperative research activities among national and international academic, industrial and government scientists in the aerospace and plasma sciences communities. Furthermore, the particular effort was to foster the public recognition of the field of plasma aerodynamics with its important relevance in an advanced society with increasing environmental awareness.

In 1998, Russian scientists announced that subsonic and supersonic aircraft drag drops dramatically (by as much as 30 per cent) with incoming flowfield modifications by introducing plasma into the airstream in front of an aircraft. The plasma aerodynamic effect is comparable with the spontaneous gas bubble injection by living penguins during getting out of water (see also on p. 20 in Prof. Rechenberg's lecture notes on bionics from winter 00/01). In the same manner the plasma - the fourth state of matter can effectively shoots out in front of the object upon which it is placed and punch a hole through the atmosphere. 

In 1998 Dr. Robert Rubinstein from the former Institute for Computer Applications in Sciences and Engineering asked in an on-line publication "Could a 747 equipped with a suitable plasma generator really fly supersonically?" His following comment was "We still don't know with certainty, but the natural interest in this remarkable possibility with its extraordinary commercial implications should motivate further research into the aerodynamics of weakly ionized gases.

Presently studied and developed innovative technologies in plasma aerodynamics (electroaerodynamics) around the world and ongoing advances in communication with re-entry space vehicle via short pulses (using nonlinear plasma wave interactions) could dramatically change todays aircraft and spacecraft (aerodymamics, flight control, propulsion) and open ways to employ extensive synergistic interactions between propulsion (surface soliton-drive, electron-vortex thruster), aerodynamics and structures (e.g. liquid crystal polymers, superconductors) for future aerospace applications (e.g. small flying vehicle, bionic flying wings, megaliners).

In 2000, Berkant Goeksel graduated in aerospace engineering. His thesis paper was a scientific study of Experiments to Flow Control by Means of Electric Fields on the Airfoil E338New results and developments from the soon to be finished doctoral dissertation thesis with the topic Atmospheric Plasma Actuators for Active Flow Control at Low Reynolds Numbers showed new applications and attracted the attention of aerospace and process engineering companies.

In 2004, Berkant Goeksel studied the basics for an electrostatic wave propulsion using polyphase plasma actuators without any moving parts. This feasibility study was fully funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. In 2005, the study was continued with fundings by FESTO AG & Co. KG and resulted in the development of the world's first airship with atmospheric plasma wave propulsion systems (b-IONIC Airfish with atmospheric ion propulsion).

In 2012, Electrofluidsystems was reorganized as Ingenieurbüro (IB) Göksel (Engineering Office Goeksel) and went back to its roots as Future Workshop. The goal of Electrofluidsystems is to become a Center of Excellence for basic and applied research in the fields of electrofluiddynamics in Germany and Europe. Private and industrial investors are invited to contact.


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