Specify Initial Conditions for Bus Elements
Bus initialization is a special form of signal initialization. For general information about initializing signals, see Initialize Signals and Discrete States. For details about initializing arrays of buses, see Initialize Arrays of Buses.
Bus initialization specifies the bus element values that Simulink® uses for the first execution of a block that uses that bus. By default,
the initial value for a bus element is the ground value (represented by
0). Bus initialization involves specifying nonzero initial
You can use bus initialization features to:
Specify initial conditions for signals that have different data types.
Apply a different initial condition for each element in the bus.
Specify initial conditions for a subset of elements in a bus without specifying initial conditions for all the elements.
Use the same initial conditions for multiple blocks, signals, or models.
Blocks That Support Bus Initialization
You can initialize bus values that input to a block if that block meets both of these conditions:
Has an initial value or initial condition block parameter
These blocks support bus initialization:
Data Store Memory
Outport (when the block is inside a conditionally executed context)
For example, the Unit Delay block is a bus-capable block. Its Block Parameters dialog box has an Initial conditions parameter.
You cannot initialize a bus that has:
Set Diagnostics to Support Bus Initialization
To enable bus initialization, before you start a simulation, set the Underspecified initialization detection configuration parameter to
Create Initial Condition Structures
You can create partial or full initial condition structures to represent initial values for a bus. To create an initial condition structure, use one of these approaches:
Define a MATLAB® structure in the MATLAB base or Simulink model workspace. You can manually define the structure, or alternatively for full structures, you can use the
In the Block Parameters dialog box for a block that supports bus initialization, for the initial condition parameter specify an expression that evaluates to a structure.
For information about defining MATLAB structures, see Structure Arrays.
The field that you specify in an initial condition structure must match these data attributes of the bus element exactly:
For example, if you define a bus element to be a real [2x2] double array, then in the initial condition structure, define the value to initialize that bus element to be a real [2x2] double array.
Explicitly specify fields in the initial condition structure for every bus element
that has an enumerated (
enum) data type.
Control Data Types of Structure Fields
If any of the elements of the target bus use a data type other than
double, you can use different techniques to control the data
types of the fields of initial condition structures. The technique that you choose
can influence the efficiency and readability of the generated code. See Control Data Types of Initial Condition Structure Fields.
Create Full Structures for Initialization
A full initial condition structure provides an initial value for every element of a bus. The initial condition structure mirrors the bus hierarchy and reflects the attributes of the bus elements.
Specifying full structures during code generation offers these advantages:
Generates more readable code
Supports a modeling style that explicitly initializes all signals
function to streamline the creation of a full MATLAB initial condition structure with the same hierarchy, names, and data
attributes as a bus. This function fills all of the elements that you do not specify
with ground values for those elements.
You can use several different kinds of input with the function, including:
An array of port handles
You can invoke the function from the Bus Editor. Select the
object for which you want to create a full MATLAB structure, and then select the File > Create a MATLAB structure menu item.
To detect when structure parameters are not consistent in shape (hierarchy and names) with the associated bus, use the Model Advisor.
On the Modeling tab, click Model Advisor.
Under By Task > Modeling Signals and Parameters using Buses, select Check structure parameter usage with bus signals.
Click the Run This Check button.
The Model Advisor identifies partial initial condition structures.
After you create the structure, you can edit it in the MATLAB Editor.
Create Partial Structures for Initialization
A partial initial condition structure provides initial values for a subset of the elements of a bus. If you use a partial initial condition structure, during simulation, Simulink creates a full initial condition structure to represent all the bus elements. Simulink assigns the respective ground value to each element for which the partial initial condition structure does not explicitly assign a value.
Specifying partial structures for block parameter values can be useful during the iterative process of creating a model. Partial structures enable you to focus on a subset of signals in a bus. When you use partial structures, Simulink initializes unspecified signals implicitly.
When you define a partial initial condition structure:
Include only fields that are in the bus.
Omit one or more fields that are in the bus.
Make the field in the initial condition structure correspond to the nesting level of the bus element.
Within the same nesting level in both the structure and the bus, optionally specify the structure fields in a different order than the bus elements.
The value of an initial condition structure must lie within the design minimum and maximum range of the corresponding bus element. Simulink performs this range checking when you do an update diagram or simulate the model.
Suppose that you have a bus,
Top, composed of three elements:
C, with these
Ais a nested bus, with two signal elements.
Bis a single signal.
Cis a nested bus that includes bus
Aas a nested bus.
ex_bus_initial_conditions model includes the
Top bus. This is how the model appears after it has been
Here is a summary of the
Top bus hierarchy and the data type,
dimension, and complexity of the bus elements.
Top A (sub1) A1 (double) A2 (int8, 5x1, complex) B (double) C (sub2) C1 (int16) C2 (sub1) A1 (double) A2 (int8, 5x1, complex)
In these examples,
K is an initial condition structure
specified for the initial value of the Unit Delay block. The initial
condition structure corresponds to the
Top bus in the
ex_bus_initial_conditions model. Here are some valid initial
Initialize the bus element
The bus element
Invalid Partial Initial Condition Structures
In the following examples,
K is an initial condition
structure specified for the initial value of the Unit Delay
block. The initial condition structure corresponds to the
bus in the
These three initial condition specifications are not valid:
|Invalid Syntax||Reason the Syntax Is Invalid|
Value dimension and complexity do not match. The bus
You cannot use a scalar value to initialize initial condition substructures.
You cannot specify fields that are not in the bus
Initialize Buses Using Block Parameters
Initialize a bus by setting the initial condition parameter for a block that receives a bus as input and that supports bus initialization (see Blocks That Support Bus Initialization).
For example, the Block Parameters dialog box for the Unit Delay block has an Initial conditions parameter.
For a block that supports bus initialization, you can replace the default value of
0 using one of these approaches:
All three approaches require that you define an initial condition structure (see
Create Initial Condition Structures). You cannot specify a nonzero scalar value or any other type of value other than
0, an initial condition structure, or
Simulink.Parameter object to initialize a bus.
Defining an initial condition structure as a MATLAB variable, rather than specifying the initial condition structure directly in the Block Parameters dialog box offers several advantages, including:
Reuse of the initial condition structure for multiple blocks
Using the initial condition structure as a tunable parameter in the generated code
MATLAB Structure for Initialization
You can initialize a bus using a MATLAB structure that explicitly defines the initial conditions for the bus.
For example, in the Initial conditions parameter of the Unit Delay block, you could type in a structure.
MATLAB Variable for Initialization
You can initialize a bus using a MATLAB variable that you define as an initial condition structure with the appropriate values.
For example, you could define the following partial structure in the base workspace:
K = struct('A', struct('A1', 3), 'B', 4);
You can then specify the
K structure as the
Initial conditions parameter of the Unit Delay
Simulink.Parameter Object For Initialization
You can initialize a bus using a
Simulink.Parameter object that
uses an initial condition structure for the
For example, you could define the partial structure
the base workspace (reflecting the
model discussed in the previous section):
P = Simulink.Parameter; P.DataType = 'Bus: Top'; P.Value = Simulink.Bus.createMATLABStruct('Top'); P.Value.A.A1 = 3; P.Value.B = 5;
You can then specify the
P structure as the
Initial conditions parameter of the Unit