22.7.1924 London/UK - 30.3.2003 Noosaville/AU
John Alexander Sandover graduated as a civil engineer from the University of London and gained his PhD degree from the University of Edinburgh. He was from 1948 to 1953 in civil engineering contracting and consulting, then for the next three years an assistant at the University of Edinburgh, and from 1956 to 1966 a Senior Lecturer in engineering at University College, Swansea. From 1966, Sandover was a professor of hydraulics and head of the Civil Engineering Department, Ahmaduo Bell University, Nigeria. From the 1970s until retirement, he was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Technology, Lae, Papua New Guinea.
Sandover was an unconventional engineer with a threefold career in consulting, then in hydraulic research and finally as an educator in the Third World. He contributed various papers to hydraulics, such as the 1957 study on Undular surge waves in which notable experiments were conducted on the heights of the first wave crest and wave trough in terms of the approach flow Froude number and the wave length, with a comparison of previous results presented by Henry Favre (1901-1966), and the free surface profiles along with a computation of the friction losses due to wave passage. The 1962 paper on cnoidal waves relates to the trapezoidal channel. The free surface characteristics were analyzed both in the streamwise and the transverse directions resulting in a complicated flow pattern. Despite a number of outstanding mathematicians had investigated these problems, the essence of undular waves were only recently understood.
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Sandover, J.A., Zienkiewicz, O.C. (1957). Experiments on surge waves. Water Power 9(11): 418-424.
Sandover, J.A. (1960). Fluid mechanics laboratory equipment. The Engineer 210: 227-231. Sandover, J.A. (1962). Hydro energy. Water and Water Engineering 66(9): 377-385. Sandover, J.A., Taylor, C. (1962). Cnoidal waves and bores. La Houille Blanche 17(3): 433-455. Sandover, J.A. (1963). Hydro-electric power in France. Proc. Institution of Civil Engineers 26: 51-78; 27: 840-842.
Sandover, J.A., Tallis, J.A. (1965). Flow through a plane orifice in a pipe wall. La Houille Blanche 20(2): 143-147.
Zienkiewicz, O.C., Sandover, J.A. (1957). The undular surge wave. 7 IAHR Congress Lisboa D(25): 1-12.

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