MATLAB Examples

Frequency-Limited Balanced Truncation

Focusing the energy-contribution calculation on a particular frequency region sometimes yields a good approximation to the dynamics of interest at a lower order than a reduction that takes all frequencies into account. For this example, reduce a high-order model with a focus on the dynamics in a particular interval.

This example demonstrates frequency-limited balanced truncation at the command line, using options for the balred command. You can also perform frequency-limited balanced trunacation in the Model Reducer app, on the Balanced Truncation tab, using the Select frequency range check box, as shown.

Load a model and examine its frequency response.


G is a 48th-order model with several large peak regions around 5.2 rad/s, 13.5 rad/s, and 24.5 rad/s, and smaller peaks scattered across many frequencies. Examine the Hankel singular-value plot to see the energy contributions of the model's 48 states.


The singular-value plot suggests that you can discard at least 20 states without significant impact on the overall system response. Suppose that for your application you are only interested in the dynamics near the second large peak, between 10 rad/s and 22 rad/s. Try a few reduced-model orders based on the Hankel singular value plot. Compare their frequency responses to the original model, especially in the region of that peak.

G18 = balred(G,18);
G10 = balred(G,10);

legend('Original','Order 18','Order 10');

The 18th-order model is a good match to the dynamics in the region of interest. At 10th order, however, there is some degradation of the match.

Focus the model reduction on the region of interest to obtain a good match with a lower-order approximation. First, examine the state energy contributions in that frequency region only. Use hsvdOptions to specify the frequency interval for hsvd.

hopt = hsvdOptions('FreqIntervals',[10,22]);

Comparing this plot to the previous Hankel singular-value plot shows that in this frequency region, many fewer states contribute significantly to the dynamics than contribute to the overall dynamics.

Try the same reduced-model orders again, this time choosing states to eliminate based only on their contribution to the frequency interval. Use balredOptions to specify the frequency interval for balred.

bopt = balredOptions('StateElimMethod','Truncate','FreqIntervals',[10,22]);
GLim18 = balred(G,18,bopt);
GLim10 = balred(G,10,bopt);

legend('Original','Order 18','Order 10');

With the frequency-limited energy computation, a 10th-order approximation is as good in the region of interest as the 18th-order approximation computed without frequency limits.