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**Simulink Tutorial Introduction
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This document is designed to act as a tutorial for an individual who has had no prior experience with Simulink. It is assumed that the reader has already read through the Beginner and Intermediate MATLAB Tutorials. For any questions or concerns, please contact Christopher Lum lum@u.washington.edu

**Starting the Program
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1. Start MATLAB. 2. Simulink is an extra toolbox that runs on top of MATLAB. To start this, type “simulink” in the Command Window or click on the Simulink icon.

Figure 1: Starting Simulink using icon or Command Window

3. The Simulink interface should now appear as shown below in Figure 2. © Christopher W. Lum lum@u.washington.edu Page 1/17

Lum lum@u. Recall that the second order differential equation which governs the system is given by &&(t ) = z 1 k c & u (t ) − z (t ) − z (t ) m m m Equation 1 © Christopher W.washington. Start a new Simulink model using File > New > Model METHOD 1: 2nd Order Ordinary Differential Equation 5.edu Page 2/17 . Let’s use Simulink to simulate the response of the Mass/Spring/Damper system described in Intermediate MATLAB Tutorial document.Figure 2: Simulink interface 4.

z Double click on the “Continuous” library from the main Simulink Blockset.edu Page 3/17 . then sum then in a specific fashion to obtain the signal &&(t ) . Drag this into your model. z Find this block in the ‘Continuous’ section and drag two of them into your blank model. Start a new model. or a source. This opens library. and z (t ) .washington. Lum lum@u. we can multiply them by a product of constants. 6. © Christopher W. Let’s use a step function which can be found in the ‘sources’ group. Looking at the ODE. we see that we also need the signal u (t ) . This is an external input. z (t ) . Connect them as shown in Figure 3: Model with two integrators 7.& Let us assume that we have signals which represent u (t ) . We will now construct the signal &&(t ) . You can rename them if you like. The first thing we need is an integrator.

let k = 2 . c = 0. We can multiply the signals using a ‘gain’ block which is found in the ‘Math Operations’ group. © Christopher W. k / m . step function. (Hint: You can flip the orientation of the block by right click > Format > Flip Block). Lum lum@u. and c / m . Figure 5: Model with integrators. and z (t ) .Figure 4: Model with two integrators and a step function & 8. Draw three ‘gain’ blocks into your model and connect them appropriately. ensure that the ‘Multiplication’ field is set to ‘Element-wise (K. We can modify the multiplication factor of each ‘Gain’ block by double clicking and modify the parameters. and m = 1 .5 . We now have the signals u (t ) . Since this is scalar multiplication.washington. we need to multiply these by the values 1 / m . 9. For this problem.edu Page 4/17 . respectively. z (t ) . and gain blocks.*u)’ as shown in Figure 6.

washington. Connect the signals appropriately.edu Page 5/17 . © Christopher W. The last thing we need to do is to add all the signals together using ‘Sum’ block.Figure 6: Parameters for the ‘Gain’ blocks. 10. Lum lum@u. Drag one into your model and modify the parameters as shown in Figure 7 Figure 7: Parameters for the 'Sum' block 11.

However. Lum lum@u. 12. (Hint: You can split a signal by holding down the right mouse button on the existing signal and dragging). © Christopher W. we would like to be able to see the inputs and outputs. At this point.washington. Figure 9: Final model. the model accurately solves the ordinary differential equation. In other words. Drag these into your model and connect them appropriately. We can do this using a ‘Scope’ which is in the ‘Sinks’ group. we would like to monitor the signals u (t ) and z (t ) . 13. Save the model as ‘mass_spring_damper_model_ODE.edu Page 6/17 .Figure 8: Model with signals connected.mdl”.

Autoscale the plot so that you can see the response (the autoscale button looks like a pair of binoculars). Using the “sim” command from the Command window. a) u(t) signal Figure 10: Output from scope outputs b) z(t) signal METHOD 2: State Space Representation Recall that in addition to using a second order ODE to model the system. For now.edu Page 7/17 .14. You should see something similar to Figure 10.5 . let k = 2 . Lum lum@u. This can be done many ways as listed below a. Go Simulation > Start c.washington. c = 0. 15. Click on the “Run” button b. We can now simulate the system. we can use a state space representation of this system of & x = Ax + Bu y = Cx + Du Equation 2 1 0 where A = − k / m − c / m Once again. We would like to look at the response of the system using the scope. 0 B= 1 / m C = (1 0 ) D=0 © Christopher W. Double click on the scope block to open it up. simply use option a or b. and m = 1 . we will visit using option c later.

Start a new. let’s subject this system to a unit step input which occurs at t = 1 second. We now need to define the parameters of this block. (Note that this is the initial state vector. B. and D matrices. Lum lum@u. Drag this into the model and connect the output of the state-space block to the input of the sink.washington. Double click on the block to enter the parameters. Enter in the A. x (0) and since there are 2 states. Click on “Sources” in the Simulink interface and find the “Step” block. 0 actually implies x (0 ) = (0 0) ) T 18. Figure 11: Simulink model with just state space block added 17.edu Page 8/17 . blank model. Now. Your model should now look like Figure 11. Leave the initial conditions as 0. Your simulink model should now look like © Christopher W. C. Click on the “State-Space” block and drag this into your blank model. Drag this into the model and connect the output of the step to the input of the state space model (this can be done by clicking on the Step then holding Ctrl and then clicking on the state-space block).16. 19. We would like to be able to view to output of the system so Click on “Sinks” in the Simulink interface and find the “Scope” block.

edu Page 9/17 .Figure 12: Simulink model with source and sink 20.mdl” 21. Save the model as “mass_spring_damper_model. Autoscale the plot so that you can see the response (the autoscale button looks like a pair of binoculars). Double click on the scope block to open it up.washington. We would like to look at the response of the system using the scope. Figure 13: Simulated response of system from scope block © Christopher W. You should see something similar to Figure 13. Lum lum@u.

The state space block should like similar to © Christopher W.22. we would like to interface this with Matlab so we can analyze the data using Matlab functions.washington.edu Page 10/17 . Start a new m-file. We can actually use variables in all the simulink blocks provided that they are defined in the Workspace before the model is run. A sample code is shown below 25. Define the A. 23. Lum lum@u.5. 24. Therefore. 1. Let’s first analyze the system response when c = 0.5. Now change the parameters of the State-space block to match the matrices that you defined in the m-file. Let’s analyze how the system response changes if we use different damping coefficients of c = 0. B.0 and 1.5. This would be very tedious if we had to change the A matrix each time by hand and then simulate the system and then look at the plot. C. and D matrices in the m-file. we will use the m-file to write a script which will do this for us. Although this is nice for simple analysis.

Lum lum@u.edu Page 11/17 . right click on the signal and then drag to the second connection) 27. We need to export the data from simulink to Matlab so that we can plot it.Figure 14: State space block parameters using variables as parameters 26. we use the “To Workspace” block which can be found in the Sinks library. we would like to see both the input and output of the system. We need to modify the parameters of these two blocks slightly. The appropriate parameters are shown below © Christopher W.washington. Namely. Drag 2 of these blocks into your model and connect them to the input and output (Note: to make a branch of a signal. To do this.

They are © Christopher W.washington.edu Page 12/17 . The simulink model is now setup to export the data to the workspace. Lum lum@u. When the model is run. three variables will be created in the workspace.Figure 15: Parameters for the “To Workspace” block Your simulink model should now look like Figure 16: Simulink model with “To Workspace” blocks 28.

black x.jpg) is shown below Functions: figure. Write code to run the model from the m-file using the “sim” command. the name of the model which you are trying to run 30. That is. In the legend. use sim with only 1 argument. Lum lum@u. write code to extract the data (namely the input and output of the model). thick. Find the maximum response of the system. find max(y).Variable Name sim_u sim_y tout Class struct array struct array double array Comments Created by 1st “To Workspace” block Created by 2nd “To Workspace” block Automatically created by Simulink when you run a model 29. Label the plot appropriately. xlabel.washington. A sample code and the output (after being exported as a .edu Page 13/17 . hold on. A sample code is shown below Functions: max. grid. find. Be sure that you understand how to use it.legend. Functions: sim Note: For our purposes. Plot both the input and output of the system on the same graph. Plot the input as a thick blue line and plot the output as a thick red line. Mark the maximum response of the system with a large. Note: Here is an example of how to use these functions 31. ylabel. A sample code is shown below. Also. © Christopher W. Add a grid and a legend. plot. report what the maximum value of y(t) is. num2str Note: The num2str function is one of the most useful plotting functions.

washington.The output of this code should appear as 32. … Note: The “…” symbol mean continue typing on the next line. We can use a for loop to make the coding easier.5. and 1.edu Page 14/17 . Lum lum@u. 1. © Christopher W. Now let’s see how the response of the system changes with different damping coefficients.0. Functions: for. This allows a very long line of code be broken up into two separate lines. A sample code is shown below.5. Simulate and plot the response of the system with three different damping coefficients of c = 0. length.

Lum lum@u.washington.© Christopher W.edu Page 15/17 .

washington.The output should look like © Christopher W.edu Page 16/17 . Lum lum@u.

Version History: 09/28/04: Created: 11/23/05: Updated: 12/01/05: Updated: 12/09/05: Updated: 10/31/06: Updated: 11/01/06: Updated: 09/15/09: Updated: 09/25/10: Updated: made this format match other to-do documents and removed references to AA547. changed header to match how-to template Made changes to layout and added footer. Added 2nd order ODE method.edu Page 17/17 . Lum lum@u. Fixed typo of "Tout" to "tout" Touched up some of the graphics. Minor changes © Christopher W.washington.

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