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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2014, Article ID 715058, 14 pages
Research Article

Cellular Scanning Strategy for Selective Laser Melting: Capturing Thermal Trends with a Low-Fidelity, Pseudo-Analytical Model

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Building 425, Produktionstorvet, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), 2800 Lyngby, Denmark

Received 28 February 2014; Revised 20 May 2014; Accepted 21 May 2014; Published 18 June 2014

Academic Editor: Changzhi Wu

Copyright © 2014 Sankhya Mohanty and Jesper Hattel. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Simulations of additive manufacturing processes are known to be computationally expensive. The resulting large runtimes prohibit their application in secondary analysis requiring several complete simulations such as optimization studies, and sensitivity analysis. In this paper, a low-fidelity pseudo-analytical model has been introduced to enable such secondary analysis. The model has been able to mimic a finite element model and was able to capture the thermal trends associated with the process. The model has been validated and subsequently applied in a small optimization case study. The pseudo-analytical modelling technique is established as a fast tool for primary modelling investigations.