Simulate voltage source with DC, AC, and noise components

Sources

The Voltage Source block implements a voltage source with DC, AC, and noise components. The voltage across the + and – terminals is given by:

$$v={v}_{DC}+{v}_{AC}\mathrm{sin}\left(2\pi ft+\varphi \right)+{v}_{N}$$

where:

*v*_{DC}is the steady-state DC voltage component.*v*_{AC}is the amplitude of the AC voltage component.*f*is the frequency of the AC component.*ϕ*is the phase offset of the AC component.*v*_{N}is the noise voltage.

You can configure your source as DC-only, AC-only, or a combination of both. By default, both AC and DC components are set to 0. Define the AC/DC voltage by specifying nonzero parameter values after placing the block in your model.

The noise component is also optional. If you set the **Noise
mode** parameter to `Enabled`

, then
the added noise voltage is given by:

$${v}_{N}=\sqrt{{P}_{v}/2}\frac{N\left(0,1\right)}{\sqrt{h}}$$

where:

*P*_{v}is the single-sided noise power spectral density for a 1 ohm load, in V^2/Hz.*N*is a Gaussian random number with zero mean and standard deviation of one.*h*is the sampling interval.

By default, the **Noise mode** parameter is
set to `Disabled`

, and the voltage source
generates no thermal noise.

The block generates Gaussian noise by using the Random Number source in the Simscape™ Foundation
library. You can control the random number seed by setting the **Repeatability** parameter:

`Not repeatable`

— Every time you simulate your model, the block resets the random seed using the MATLAB^{®}random number generator:seed = randi(2^32-1);

`Repeatable`

— The block uses a hidden parameter, called`auto_seed`

, to always start the simulation with the same random number. The value of`auto_seed`

is set whenever you copy the Resistor block from the block library to the model, or when you make a new copy of the Resistor block from an existing one in a model. The block sets the value using the MATLAB random number generator command shown above.`Specify seed`

— If you select this option, the additional**Seed**parameter lets you directly specify the random number seed value.

Simulating with noise enabled slows down simulation. Choose
the sample time (*h*) so that noise is generated
only at frequencies of interest, and not higher.

**DC voltage**The DC component of the output voltage. The default value is

`0`

V. Enter a nonzero value to add a DC component to the voltage source.**AC voltage peak amplitude**Amplitude of the AC component of the output voltage. The default value is

`0`

V. Enter a nonzero value to add an AC component to the voltage source.**AC voltage phase shift**Phase offset of the AC component of the output voltage. The default value is

`0`

degrees.**AC voltage frequency**Frequency of the AC component of the output voltage. The default value is

`60`

Hz.

**Noise mode**Select the noise option:

`Disabled`

— No noise is produced by the voltage source. This is the default.`Enabled`

— The voltage source generates thermal noise, and the associated parameters become visible on the**Noise**tab.

**Power spectral density**The single-sided spectrum noise power. Strictly-speaking, this is a density function for the square of the voltage, commonly thought of as a power into a 1 ohm load, and therefore the units are V^2/Hz. To avoid this unit ambiguity, some datasheets quote noise voltage as a noise density with units of V/√Hz. In this case, you should enter the square of the noise density quoted in the datasheet as the parameter value. The default value is

`0`

V^2/Hz.**Sample time**Defines the rate at which the noise source is sampled. Choose it to reflect the frequencies of interest in your model. Making the sample time too small will unnecessarily slow down your simulation. The default value is

`1e-3`

s.**Repeatability**Select the noise control option:

`Not repeatable`

— The random sequence used for noise generation is not repeatable. This is the default.`Repeatable`

— The random sequence used for noise generation is repeatable, with a system-generated seed.`Specify seed`

— The random sequence used for noise generation is repeatable, and you control the seed by using the**Seed**parameter.

**Seed**Random number seed used by the noise random number generator. This parameter is visible only if you select

`Specify seed`

for the**Repeatability**parameter. The default value is`0`

.

The block has the following ports:

`+`

Positive electrical port

`-`

Negative electrical port

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