Hannah Franz

PhD candidate in partnership with AREP (SNCF) and Université Gustave Eiffel.
“Study of the structural behaviour of riveted trussed beams in French train sheds of 1850-1930 : between history and renovation”.



  • Since 2020: Université Gustave Eiffel / AREP (SNCF Group), Nantes (France), PhD position
  • 2013 – 2015: Technical University of Munich, Germany, MSc Structural Engineering
  • 2010 – 2015: École Polytechnique ParisTech, France, Engineering degree

Work experience
  • 2017 – 2019: Bollinger + Grohmann Engineering, Paris, Structural engineer
  • 2016 – 2017: Bollinger + Grohmann Ingenieure, Berlin, Structural engineer
  • 2015: Maurer Söhne Engineering, Munich, 6-month master thesis
  • 2013: Imperial College, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Londres, 4-month research internship

Publications and presentations

  • Franz, H., Rinke, M., Lepretre, E., Dieng, L., 2022. The gap between theory, practice and regulations in design criteria for iron and steel structures in 19th century France: the example of train sheds, in: Campbell, WP, et al. (Eds.), Timber and Construction: Proceedings of the Ninth Conference of the Construction History Society. Cambridge, United Kingdom, pp. 287–300. https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-03767415
  • Franz, H., 2022. Inventory tools and strengthening measures for historical French metallic train sheds (1850-1931) , Railway Heritage Preservation Conference. Zurich, Switzerland. Digital presentation. https://digital.eisenbahndenkmalpflege.ch/de/
  • Franz, H., Lepretre, E., Rinke, M., Chataigner, S., Dieng, L., 2022. Influence de la raideur des assemblages rivetés d’une poutre treillis sur son comportement vibratoire, 25ème Congrès Français de Mécanique (CFM 2022). Nantes, France. https://hal.archives-ouvertes.fr/hal-03768998

Contact data

Hannah Franz
Telephone: +33 (0)2 40 84 59 78

Université Gustave Eiffel – Campus de Nantes
Département MAST – Laboratoire SMC
Allée des Ponts et Chaussées – CS4
44344 Bouguenais Cedex

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