Bela I. Sandor

Professor Emeritus


Profile Summary

Professor Sandor's main research has been in Thermoelastic Stress Analysis (TSA), a full-field, noncontacting experimental method based on small, modulated infrared emissions. Pioneering work at UW-Madison with this method includes: isotropic and anisotropic materials (metallic and nonmetallic); high-temperature environments; random-load stress and modal analysis; stress microscopy; image-based nondestructive evaluation and life prediction.

Recent research and lecturing: comprehensive mechanics analysis of ancient chariots. This technical work is correlated with wide-ranging studies in archaeology and art (examples: "Virtual Rides on Tut and Ben-Hur Chariots," at Fatigue 2003, Queens' College, Cambridge, UK; "Tutankhamun's Chariots and the Exodus," at Madison Biblical Archaeology Society, 3/16/13).

Major activity on chariot research: fundamental technical advising on the NOVA documentary "Building Pharaoh's Chariot," and filming on location in Egypt in summer of 2012. Original broadcast on PBS, 2/6/13:  

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/pharaoh-chariot.html

 

Education

  • BS 1961, University of Illinois
  • MS 1963, New York University
  • PhD 1968, University of Illinois

Research Interests

  • ancient chariots: comprehensive mechanics analysis and humanistic aspects
  • stress-strain in materials
  • fatigue and fracture of engineering materials, structures, joint systems
  • damage alleviation; fracture control
  • infrared thermographic stress analysis

Publications

  • 1. Books: see departmental list for major books.
  • 2. Papers: over 70, in various areas.
  • 3. Chapters in several books. Recent, generally useful chapter (140 pp.): Ch.1, Mechanics of Solids, in The CRC Handbook of Mechanical Engineering, 1998. 2nd ed. 2004. Covers Statics, Dynamics, Vibrations, Mechanics of materials, Structural integrity and durability (fracture mechanics, creep, fatigue, etc).
  • Papers on Chariots
  • 1. \"Tutankhamun\'s Chariots: Secret Treasures of Engineering Mechanics,\" a keynote paper at Fatigue 2003, April 2003, Cambridge, UK. Proceedings of the Fifth Int. Conf. of the Engineering Integrity Society, 2003, pp.17-26. Link: http://courses.engr.wisc.edu/cgi-ecow/getbig/ema/303/carpick/links/sandor_paper.pdf Expanded version of this Cambridge paper in Fatigue & Fracture of Engineering Materials & Structures, July 2004. www.blackwell-synergy.com
  • 2. \"The Rise and Decline of the Tutankhamun-Class Chariot,\" Oxford Journal of Archaeology, May 2004. www.blackwell-synergy.com 
  • 3. \"The genesis and performance characteristics of Roman chariots,\" Journal of Roman Archaeology 25, 2012.
  • 4. \"Chariots\' Inner Dynamics: Springs and Rotational Inertias,\" First International Chariot Conference, Cairo, Egypt, Nov. 30-Dec.1, 2012. Proceedings forthcoming in PJAEE (PalArch\'s Journal of Archaeology/Egyptology).
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  • Presentations on Chariots, 2013
  • 1. \"Building Pharaoh\'s Chariot,\" NOVA documentary; B. Sandor a principal technical advisor; original airing on PBS on 2/6/13;

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/pharaoh-chariot.html

    2. \"Tutankhamun\'s Chariots and the Exodus,\" Madison Biblical Archaeology Society, 3/16/13; also at UW-Madison AFC, 4/16/13; related podcast for \"The Book and the Spade.\" Links:

    http://www.radioscribe.com/artifax.htm             

    Archive site for podcast by Gordon Govier: http://tbts.info/episodes/1374

     

     

      

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Competitive Swimming

  • Resumed practice and competitive swimming in 2002, after a hiatus of 42 years. In 2004, BIS was nationally ranked among the top three in several events in US Masters Swimming (www.usms.org; 65-69 age group). No.1 in the US and No.8 in the world in the 50-meter short-course (SCM) breaststroke in 2003. No.1 in the 100-yard breaststroke at the 2004 Short-Course-Yards (SCY) US Masters National Championship, Indianapolis IN, 4/04 (time 1:17.29). No.1 in the 50-meter breaststroke at the 2004 Long-Course-Meters (LCM) US Masters National Championship, Savannah GA, 8/04 (time 39.73).
  • FINA Masters 2005 world rankings: LCM: No.4 in 50 breast, No.5 in 100 breast, No.6 in 200 breast; SCM: No.4 in 50 breast, No.4 in 100 IM, No.7 in 200 breast; 2005 US rankings: No.1 in four events, No.2 in two events
  • US national record: 200-yard breaststroke, 2:52.92, 4/06; US SCY rankings in 2006: No.1 in three events, No.3 in one, and No.6 in another event
  • FINA Masters World Championships, Stanford University, 8/06, Men 70-74: No.3 in 100-meter breaststroke, 1:30.60; No.4 in 200-meter breaststroke, 3:25.11; No.5 in 50-meter breaststroke, 40.49

Profile Summary

Professor Sandor\'s main research has been in Thermoelastic Stress Analysis (TSA), a full-field, noncontacting experimental method based on small, modulated infrared emissions. Pioneering work at UW-Madison with this method includes: isotropic and anisotropic materials (metallic and nonmetallic); high-temperature environments; random-load stress and modal analysis; stress microscopy; image-based nondestructive evaluation and life prediction.

Recent research and lecturing: comprehensive mechanics analysis of ancient chariots. This technical work is correlated with wide-ranging studies in archaeology and art (examples: "Virtual Rides on Tut and Ben-Hur Chariots," at Fatigue 2003, Queens\' College, Cambridge, UK; "Tutankhamun\'s Chariots and the Exodus," at Madison Biblical Archaeology Society, 3/16/13).

Major activity on chariot research: fundamental technical advising on the NOVA documentary "Building Pharaoh\'s Chariot," and filming on location in Egypt in summer of 2012. Original broadcast on PBS, 2/6/13:  

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/ancient/pharaoh-chariot.html

 


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