Check that signal satisfies upper and lower bounds during simulation
Simulink Design Optimization
Check that a signal satisfies upper and lower bounds during simulation:
If all bounds are satisfied, the block does nothing.
If a bound is not satisfied, the block asserts, and a warning message appears in the MATLAB^{®} command window. You can also specify that the block:
Evaluate a MATLAB expression.
Stop the simulation and bring that block into focus.
During simulation, the block can also return a logical assertion signal.
If all bounds are satisfied, the signal is true (1
).
If a bound is not satisfied, the signal is false (0
).
You can add Check Custom Bounds blocks on multiple signals to check that they satisfy the bounds.
You can also plot the bounds on a time plot to graphically verify that the signal satisfies the bounds.
This block and the other blocks in the Model Verification library test that a signal remains within specified timedomain characteristic bounds. When a model does not violate any bound, you can disable the block by clearing the assertion option. If you modify the model, you can reenable assertion to ensure that your changes do not cause the model to violate a bound.
If the signal does not satisfy the bounds, you can optimize the model parameters to satisfy the bounds. If you have Simulink^{®} Control Design™ software, you can add frequencydomain bounds, such as the Bode magnitude, and optimize the model response to satisfy both timedomain and frequencydomain requirements.
The block can be used in all simulation modes for signal monitoring
but only in Normal
or Accelerator
simulation
mode for response optimization.
Task  Parameters 

Specify upper and lower bounds to:

In the Bounds tab: 
Specify assertion options (only when you specify upper and lower bounds). 
In the Assertion tab: 
Open Response Optimizer to optimize model response  Click Response Optimization 
Plot upper and lower bounds  Click Show Plot. 
Display plot window instead of Block Parameters dialog box on doubleclicking the block.  Show plot on block open 
Check that a signal is less than or equal to upper bounds, specified in Times (seconds) and Amplitudes, during simulation. The software displays a warning if the signal violates the upper bounds.
This parameter is used for assertion only if Enable assertion in the Assertion tab is selected.
You can specify multiple upper bounds on various model signals. The bounds also appear on the time plot. If you clear Enable assertion, the bounds are not used for assertion but continue to appear on the plot.
Default: On
Check that the signal satisfies the specified upper bounds during simulation.
Do not check that the signal satisfies the specified upper bounds during simulation.
Clearing this parameter disables the upper bounds and the software stops checking that the bounds are satisfied during simulation. The bound segments are also greyed out on the plot.
To only view the bounds on the plot, clear Enable assertion.
Parameter: EnableUpperBound 
Type: character vector 
Value: 'on'  'off' 
Default: 'on' 
Time vector for one or more upper bound segments, specified in seconds.
Specify the corresponding amplitude values in Amplitudes.
Default: [0 5; 5 10]
Must be specified as start and end times:
Positive finite numbers for a single bound with one edge.
Matrix of positive finite numbers for a single bound with multiple edges.
For example, type [0.1 1;1 10]
for two edges
at times [0.1 1] and [1 10].
Cell array of matrices with positive finite numbers for multiple bounds.
To assert that amplitudes that correspond to the time vectors are satisfied, select both Include upper bound in assertion and Enable assertion.
You can add or modify start and end times from the plot window:
To add new time vectors, rightclick the yellow area on the plot, and select Edit. Click Insert to add a new row to the Edit Bound dialog box. Specify the start and end times of the new bound segment in the Time column. Specify the corresponding amplitudes in the Amplitude column.
To modify the start and end times, drag the bound segment. Alternatively, rightclick the segment, and select Edit. Specify the new times in the Time column.
You must click Update Block before simulating the model.
Parameter: UpperBoundTimes 
Type: character vector 
Value: [0 5; 5 10]  positive
finite numbers  matrix of positive finite numbers  matrix
of positive finite numbers cell array of matrices
with positive finite numbers . Must be specified inside single
quotes ('' ). 
Default: [0 5; 5
10] 
Amplitude values for one or more upper bound segments.
Specify the corresponding start and end times in Times (seconds).
Default: [1.1 1.1;
1.01 1.01]
Must be specified as start and end amplitudes:
Finite numbers for a single bound with one edge
Matrix of finite numbers for a single bound with multiple edges.
For example, type [0 1; 2 3]
for two edges
at amplitudes [0 1] and [2 3].
Cell array of matrices with finite numbers for multiple bounds
To assert that amplitude bounds are satisfied, select both Include upper bound in assertion and Enable assertion.
You can add or modify amplitudes from the plot window:
To add new amplitudes, rightclick the plot, and select Edit. Click Insert to add a new row to the Edit Bound dialog box. Specify the start and end amplitudes of the new bound segment in the Amplitude column. Specify the corresponding start and end times in the Time column.
To modify the start and end amplitudes, drag the bound segment. Alternatively, rightclick the segment, and select Edit. Specify the new amplitudes in the Amplitude column.
You must click Update Block before simulating the model.
Parameter: UpperBoundAmplitudes 
Type: character vector 
Value: [1.1 1.1;
1.01 1.01]  finite numbers  matrix
of finite numbers  cell array of matrices with
finite numbers . Must be specified inside single quotes ('' ). 
Default: [1.1 1.1;
1.01 1.01] 
Check that a signal is greater than or equal to lower bounds, specified in Times (seconds) and Amplitudes, during simulation.
This parameter is used for assertion only if Enable assertion in the Assertion tab is selected.
You can specify multiple lower bounds on various model signals. The bounds also appear on the time plot. If you clear Enable assertion, the bounds are not used for assertion but continue to appear on the plot.
Default: Off
Check that the signal satisfies the specified lower bounds during simulation.
Do not check that the signal satisfies the specified lower bounds during simulation.
Clearing this parameter disables the lower bounds and the software stops checking that the bounds are satisfied during simulation. The bound segments are also greyed out on the plot.
To only view the bounds on the plot, clear Enable assertion.
Parameter: EnableLowerBound 
Type: character vector 
Value: 'on'  'off' 
Default: 'off' 
Time vector for one or more lower bound segments, specified in seconds.
Specify the corresponding amplitude values in Amplitudes
Default: []
Must be specified as start and end times:
Positive finite numbers for a single bound with one edge.
Matrix of positive finite numbers for a single bound with multiple edges.
For example, type [0.1 1;1 10]
for two edges
at times [0.1 1] and [1 10].
Cell array of matrices with positive finite numbers for multiple bounds.
To assert that amplitudes that correspond to the time vectors are satisfied, select both Include lower bound in assertion and Enable assertion.
You can add or modify start and end times from the plot window:
To add new time vectors, rightclick the yellow area on the plot, and select Edit. Click Insert to add a new row to the Edit Bound dialog box. Specify the start and end times of the new bound segment in the Time column. Specify the corresponding amplitudes in the Amplitude column.
To modify the start and end times, drag the bound segment. Alternatively, rightclick the segment, and select Edit. Specify the new times in the Time column.
You must click Update Block before simulating the model.
Parameter: LowerBoundTimes 
Type: character vector 
Value: []  positive
finite numbers  matrix of positive finite numbers  cell
array of matrices with positive finite numbers . Must be
specified inside single quotes ('' ). 
Default: [] 
Amplitude values for one or more lower bound segments.
Specify the corresponding start and end times in Times (seconds).
Default: []
Must be specified as start and end amplitudes:
Finite numbers for a single bound with one edge
Matrix of finite numbers for a single bound with multiple edges.
For example, type [0 1; 2 3]
for two edges
at amplitudes [0 1] and [2 3].
Cell array of matrices with finite numbers for multiple bounds
To assert that amplitude bounds are satisfied, select both Include lower bound in assertion and Enable assertion.
You can add or modify amplitudes from the plot window:
To add new amplitudes, rightclick the plot, and select Edit. Click Insert to add a new row to the Edit Bound dialog box. Specify the start and end amplitudes of the new bound segment in the Amplitude column. Specify the corresponding start and end times in the Time column.
To modify the start and end amplitudes, drag the bound segment. Alternatively, rightclick the segment, and select Edit. Specify the new amplitudes in the Amplitude column.
You must click Update Block before simulating the model.
Parameter: LowerBoundAmplitudes 
Type: character vector 
Value: []  finite
numbers  matrix of finite numbers  cell
array of matrices with finite numbers . Must be specified
inside single quotes ('' ). 
Default: [] 
Ensure that the software simulates the model to produce output at the bound edges. Simulating the model at the bound edges prevents the simulation solver from missing a bound edge without asserting that the signal satisfies that bound.
For more information on zerocrossing detection, see ZeroCrossing Detection in the Simulink User Guide.
Default: On
Simulate model at the bound edges
This setting is ignored if the Simulink solver is fixed step.
Do not simulate model at the bound edges. The software may not compute the output at the bound edges.
Parameter: ZeroCross 
Type: character vector 
Value: 'on'  'off' 
Default: 'on' 
Enable the block to check that bounds specified and included for assertion in the Bounds tab are satisfied during simulation. Assertion fails if a bound is not satisfied. A warning, reporting the assertion failure, appears at the MATLAB prompt.
If the assertion fails, you can optionally specify that the block:
Execute a MATLAB expression, specified in Simulation callback when assertion fails (optional).
Stop the simulation and bring that block into focus, by selecting Stop simulation when assertion fails.
This parameter has no effect if you do not specify any bounds.
Clearing this parameter disables assertion, i.e., the block no longer checks that specified bounds are satisfied. The block icon also updates to indicate that assertion is disabled.
In the Simulink model, in the Configuration Parameters dialog box, the Model Verification block enabling parameter lets you to enable or disable all model verification blocks in a model, regardless of the setting of this option in the block.
Default: On
Check that bounds included for assertion in the Bounds tab are satisfied during simulation. A warning, reporting assertion failure, is displayed at the MATLAB prompt if bounds are violated.
Do not check that bounds included for assertion are satisfied during simulation.
This parameter enables:
Simulation callback when assertion fails (optional)
Stop simulation when assertion fails
Parameter: enabled 
Type: character vector 
Value: 'on'  'off' 
Default: 'on' 
MATLAB expression to execute when assertion fails.
Because the expression is evaluated in the MATLAB workspace, define all variables used in the expression in that workspace.
Default: []
A MATLAB expression.
Enable assertion enables this parameter.
Parameter: callback 
Type: character vector 
Value: ''  MATLAB
expression 
Default: '' 
Stop the simulation when a bound specified in the Bounds tab is violated during simulation, i.e., assertion fails.
If you run the simulation from a Simulink model window, the Simulation Diagnostics window opens to display an error message. The block where the bound violation occurs is highlighted in the model.
Default: Off
Stop simulation if a bound specified in the Bounds tab is violated.
Continue simulation if a bound is violated and produce a warning message at the MATLAB prompt.
Because selecting this option stops the simulation as soon as the assertion fails, assertion failures that might occur later during the simulation are not reported. If you want all assertion failures to be reported, do not select this option.
Enable assertion enables this parameter.
Parameter: stopWhenAssertionFail 
Type: character vector 
Value: 'on'  'off' 
Default: 'off' 
Output a Boolean signal that, at each time step, is:
True (1
) if assertion succeeds,
i.e., all bounds are satisfied
False (0
) if assertion fails, i.e.,
a bound is violated.
The output signal data type is Boolean only if, in the Simulink model, in the Configuration Parameters dialog box, the Implement logic signals as Boolean data parameter is selected. Otherwise, the data type of the output signal is double.
Selecting this parameter adds an output port to the block that you can connect to any block in the model.
Default:Off
Output a Boolean signal to indicate assertion status. Adds a port to the block.
Do not output a Boolean signal to indicate assertion status.
Use this parameter to design complex assertion logic. For an example, see Verify Model Using Simulink Control Design and Simulink Verification Blocks (Simulink Control Design).
Parameter: export 
Type: character vector 
Value: 'on'  'off' 
Default: 'off' 
Open the plot window instead of the Block Parameters dialog box when you doubleclick the block in the Simulink model.
Use this parameter if you prefer to open and perform tasks, such as adding or modifying bounds, in the plot window instead of the Block Parameters dialog box. If you want to access the block parameters from the plot window, select Edit or click .
For more information on the plot, see Show Plot.
Default: Off
Open the plot window when you doubleclick the block.
Open the Block Parameters dialog box when doubleclicking the block.
Parameter: LaunchViewOnOpen 
Type: character vector 
Value: 'on'  'off' 
Default: 'off' 
Open the plot window.
Use the plot to view:
System characteristics and signals computed during simulation
You must click this button before you simulate the model to view the system characteristics or signal.
You can display additional characteristics, such as the peak response time, by rightclicking the plot and selecting Characteristics.
Bounds
You can specify bounds in the Bounds tab of the Block Parameters dialog box or rightclick the plot and select Bounds > New Bound. For more information on the types of bounds you can specify, see the individual reference pages.
You can modify bounds by dragging the bound segment or by rightclicking the plot and selecting Bounds > Edit Bound. Before you simulate the model, click Update Block to update the bound value in the block parameters.
Typical tasks that you perform in the plot window include:
Opening the Block Parameters dialog box by clicking or selecting Edit.
Finding the block that the plot window corresponds to by clicking or selecting View > Highlight Simulink Block. This action makes the model window active and highlights the block.
Simulating the model by clicking . This action also linearizes the portion of the model between the specified linearization input and output.
Adding a legend on the linear system characteristic plot by clicking .
Open the Response Optimizer to optimize the model response to meet design requirements specified in the Bounds tab.