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Introduction of Allan H. Clauer (Ph.D.)


Dr. Clauer is Chief Technical Consultant at LSP Technologies, and was one of the original developers of laser shock peening (LSP). He has extensive experience in laser shock processing, being the lead investigator in the many investigations defining the fundamental mechanisms of LSP and the important in-material effects of this process. These investigations of the formation and control of the shock wave for the purpose of modifying material properties demonstrated the effects of shock waves on material microstructures and properties. Dr. Clauer has led investigations in the application of LSP to enhancing useful material properties including fatigue, fretting fatigue, hardness, strength and stress corrosion resistance. He has played a leading role in evaluation and development of the application of LSP to real world parts, including F101 fan blades, automotive parts, and Air Force fighter gun bolts.rnDr. Clauer holds several patents with additional patents pending, and several being filed in laser shock peening. He has over 34 years experience in materials properties and processing at Battelle Memorial Institute in R&D and program management. This period encompasses the entire development cycle of LSP in the U.S. to this day. He has the most extensive knowledge of the effects of LSP on material properties in the U.S. Dr. Clauer holds BS and MS Degrees from the University of Wisconsin in Metallurgical Engineering, and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in Metallurgical Engineering.