block outputs very small number

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Brasco , D.
Brasco , D. on 2 May 2018
Answered: Jingfang Qu on 22 Jun 2018
Why am I getting a very small number by summing two zeros? (shown below )
Is there any way to prevent this ?

Answers (1)

Jingfang Qu
Jingfang Qu on 22 Jun 2018
Hi,
The output signal of the Add block is not usual. The machine epsilon for double precision decimal is 1E-16; however the result here is much less than that. The possible reason here is the signal datatype of the Add block is set to be fixed point.
Please refer to the following link for more information about fixed point:
If you want to get rid of such result, you can set the datatype to be double:
1. Double click on the block, Signal Attributes->Output data type.
2. In the drop down list, choose double.
3. Click Apply , then click OK.
To make sure the datatype is set as expected, you can view the signal datatype by the following:
Display->Signals and Ports->Port Data Types.

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