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Using MATLAB Functions with Arrays of Components and Nodes

Simscape™ language allows you to use certain MATLAB® functions on arrays of components and nodes to concatenate and reshape these arrays without using for-loops. You can also query an object array size and then use that size in a parametric expression in this or another object array.

The supported functions are:

  • Array manipulation: repmat, cat, horzcat, vertcat, reshape, transpose. These functions perform manipulations on the input object array and return an object array.

  • Array query: size, numel, ndims. These functions query the size aspects of an object array and return a result of primitive data type. These functions can be evaluated only at compile time.

Rules and restrictions:

  • Only arrays of the same object type can be concatenated. For example, you cannot concatenate an array of electrical nodes and an array of thermal nodes.

  • All arguments that specify size or dimension must be unitless constants or unitless compile-time parameters.

  • When using reshape, expanded empty dimension is not supported. This restriction is consistent with using the reshape function in the equations section.

  • When using size, the second argument must be a scalar. It can be a constant or a parametric expression. However, using a vector as the second argument or using more than two arguments is not supported.

  • You cannot use the array query functions in the predicates of conditional declarations.

Array manipulation functions also allow you to connect arrays of components and arrays of nodes without using for-loops. For example, you can connect a scalar node to an array of nodes:

component A
        N = 3;
        n = foundation.electrical.electrical;
        c = repmat(foundation.electrical.elements.resistor, [1, N]);
        connect(repmat(n,1,N), [c.p]);

Arrays of components and nodes are similar to MATLAB structure arrays. When you extract a field of a structure array across one of its dimensions, the result is a comma-separated list. (For more information, see Generating a List from a Structure.) Similarly, in arrays of components or nodes, referencing a member using dot notation returns a comma-separated list. Therefore, to create element-wise connections without for-loops, you must use concatenation.

For example, if your model contains an array of resistors connected in series with an array of current sensors, you can connect the negative node of each resistor to the positive node of each sensor by using a for-loop:

for i=1:length(R_array) 

The equivalent syntax without using a for-loop requires concatenation:




Because both member_resistor.n and member_sensor.p return comma-separated lists, connecting them without using concatenation, connect(member_resistor.n,member_sensor.p), creates a common node instead of element-wise connections.

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