20.9.1889 Vrboska/YU - 22.10.1976 Zagreb/YU
Ante Frankovič was born on the island of Hvar. He graduated in 1913 as a hydraulic engineer of the Universität für Bodenkultur, Vienna, where he gained also the PhD title in 1920. In 1914, he joined the Department of Amelioration in Sarajevo, and was engaged in the drainage of the Popovo Polje Valley in Herzegovina. After war service Frankovič continued in the hydraulic Engineering Department of Mostar and Bosanska Gradiška designing flood protection works. He worked from 1922 to 1927 in Bratislava, Slovakia thereby designing hydropower plants. Once moving to Zagreb in the early 1930s, he was a consultant for the civil administration and from 1939 to 1943 the principal of the engineering school. From 1943, Frankovič was a professor of hydraulic engineering at the Zagreb Technical Faculty. He retired from this position in 1959.
During his stay in Zagreb, Frankovič published a number of reports and papers, including his 1947 work on the design of surge tanks supplied with pressurized water, the 1948 report on the Movement of underground and capillary waters, and its relation to irrigation. Other works published from 1952 relate to the head losses in turbulent liquid flow, and to the Effect of drainage on the water level. His 1953 paper on the air entrainment on chutes counts among the first in this field of high-speed airwater flow. Another typical work in hydraulic engineering was published in 1970 relating to energy dissipators. Frankovič's papers during the 1960s deal with groundwater flow, a subject topic of particular interest at the Vienna BOKU. Frankovič was a Corresponding Member of the Yugoslavian Academy of Sciences and Arts. He is considered the founder of higher education in Croatia in the field of hydraulic engineering.
Frankovič, A. (1953). Head loss and air entrainment by flowing water in steep chutes. 5 IAHR Congress Minneapolis: 467-476.
Frankovič, A. (1959). Das Filtergesetz. Wasserwirtschaft 49(6): 153-156.
Frankovič, A. (1961). Die Standsicherheit des auf undurchlässiger Sohle geschütteten Erddammes. Wasserwirtschaft 51(10): 272-274.
Frankovič, A. (1966). Grundwasseroberfläche bei Wasserentnahme aus Brunnen und Sickerfläche in durchlässigen Erddämmen. Wasserwirtschaft 56(11): 373-376.
Frankovič, A. (1970). Protection of the river bed downstream of the barrage by means of concrete blocks. 12 Convegno di Idraulica e Costruzioni Idrauliche Bari: 40-43.
Tropan, L. (2007). Ante Frankovič. Personal communication.

Hydraulicians in Europe 1800-2000 . 2013.

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