Franz Dischinger

German civil engineer.

Biographical Information

Name: Franz Dischinger
Full name: Franz Anton Dischinger
Born on 8 October 1887 in , Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Europe
Deceased on 9 January 1953 in , Germany, Europe
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Studies at the Technical School (TH) in Karlsruhe


Begins his work at Dyckerhoff & Widmann


Doctorate at the Technical School in Dresden under K. Beyer


Award from the Prussian Academy for Construction


Becomes lecturer for reinforced concrete construction at the Technical School in Berlin

1939 - 1939

Publication of the theories on creep and shrinkage

Short biography of Franz Dischinger

He completed his studies in civil engineering at Karlsruhe TH in 1911. There he was influenced by the mathematician Karl Heun and the structural engineer Friedrich Engesser. From 1912 to 1932 he was a structural engineer with Dyckerhoff & Widmann, becoming a director before he left. In 1923 he developed methods of building and analysing shells, and gained his doctorate on this subject under Kurt Beyer at Dresden TH in 1928. He was full professor for reinforced concrete at Berlin TH from 1933 to 1945 and held the same post at Berlin TU until 1951 (apart from one year). Besides his work on the analysis of shells, Dischinger published articles on problems with reinforced and prestressed concrete bridges during his time in Berlin. His work in these fields lent great impetus to the establishment of reinforced concrete for structural purposes in the inter-war years. The Edward Longstreath Medal of the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia was awarded to Dyckerhoff & Widmann and Zeiss-Jena in 1938, and specifically mentioned Walter Bauersfeld, Ulrich Finsterwalder, Hubert Rüsch, Wilhelm Flügge and Franz Dischinger. Dischinger was awarded honorary doctorates by Karlsruhe TH (1948), Aachen RWTH (1949) and Istanbul TH (1952).

Main contributions to structural analysis

Schalen und Rippenkuppeln [1928/1]; Eisenbeton-Schalendächer System Dywidag [1928/2]; Die Theorie der Vieleckkuppeln und die Zusammenhänge mit den einbeschriebenen Rotationsschalen [1929]; Die weitere Entwicklung der Schalenbauweise "Zeiss-Dywidag" [1932]; Untersuchungen über die Knicksicherheit, die elastische Verformung und das Kriechen des Betons bei Bogenbrücken [1937]; Elastische und plastische Verformungen der Eisenbetontragwerke und insbesondere der Bogenbrücken [1939]

Source: Kurrer, Karl-Eugen The History of the Theory of Structures, Wilhelm Ernst & Sohn Verlag für Architektur und technische Wissenschaften GmbH, Berlin (Deutschland), ISBN 3-433-01838-3, 2008; p. 848

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  1. Dischinger, Franz (1931): Voûtes et coupoles minces en ciment armé. In: La Technique des Travaux, v. 7, n. 2 (February 1931), pp. 99-121.
  2. Dischinger, Franz (1933): Contribution à la théorie de la demi-dalle et de la paroi portante. In: Construction et Travaux Publics, n. 11 (November 1933), pp. 523-535.
  3. Dischinger, Franz (1933): L'élimination des moments de flexion supplémentaires dans l'arc à deux articulations avec tirant. In: Construction et Travaux Publics, n. 6 (June 1933), pp. 266-270.
  4. Dischinger, Franz (1949): Hängebrücken für schwerste Verkehrslasten (I). In: Bauingenieur, v. 24, n. 3 (March 1949), pp. 65-75.
  5. Dischinger, Franz (1949): Hängebrücken für schwerste Verkehrslasten (II). In: Bauingenieur, v. 24, n. 4 (April 1949), pp. 107-113.
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