This example shows how to linearize a model of a nonlinear bipolar transistor circuit and create a Bode plot for small-signal frequency-domain analysis.

Depending on the software you have available, use the appropriate sections of this example to explore various linearization and analysis techniques.

To open the Nonlinear Bipolar Transistor example model, type `ssc_bipolar_nonlinear`

in
the MATLAB^{®} Command Window.

The model represents a single-transistor audio amplifier. The transistor is an NPN bipolar device, and as such has a nonlinear set of current-voltage characteristics. Therefore the overall behavior of the amplifier is dependent on the operating point of the transistor. The transistor itself is represented by and Ebers-Moll equivalent circuit implemented using a masked subsystem. The circuit has a sinusoidal input test signal with amplitude 10 mV and frequency 1 kHz. The Load Voltage scope displays the resulting collector output voltage after the DC is filtered out by the output decoupling capacitor.

R1 and R2 set the nominal operating point, and the small signal gain is approximately set by the ratio R3/R4. The decoupling capacitors C1 and C2 have a capacitance of 1uF, to present negligible impedance at 1 kHz.

The model is configured for linearization. You can quickly generate
and view the small-signal frequency response by clicking the ```
Linearize
circuit
```

hyperlink in model annotation. To view the MATLAB script
that generates the frequency response, click the next hyperlink in
that annotation, `see code`

. This documentation provides
background information and alternative ways of linearization based
on the software you have.

In general, to obtain a nontrivial linearized input-output model and generate a frequency response, you must specify model-level inputs and outputs. The Nonlinear Bipolar Transistor model meets this requirement in two ways, depending on how you linearize:

Simulink

^{®}requires top- or model-level input and output ports for linearization with`linmod`

. The Nonlinear Bipolar Transistor model has such ports, marked`u`

and`y`

.Simulink Control Design™ software requires that you specify input and output signal lines with linearization points. The specified lines must be Simulink signal lines, not Simscape™ physical connection lines. The Nonlinear Bipolar Transistor model has such linearization points specified. For more information on using Simulink Control Design software for trimming and linearization, see documentation for that product.

Open the Solver Configuration block and see that the **Start
simulation from steady state** check box is selected. Then
open the Load Voltage scope and run the simulation to see the basic
circuit behavior. The transistor junction capacitance initial voltages
are set to be consistent with the bias conditions defined by the resistors.
The output is a steady sinusoid with zero average, its amplitude
amplified by the transistor and bias circuit.

To see the circuit relax from a nonsteady initial state, in
the Solver Configuration block, clear the **Start simulation
from steady state** check box and click **OK**.
With the Load Voltage scope open, simulate again. In this case, the
output voltage starts at zero because the transistor junction capacitances
start with zero charge.

You can get a more comprehensive understanding of the circuit behavior and how it approaches the steady state by long-time transient simulation. Increase the simulation time to 1 s and rerun the simulation. The circuit starts from its initial nonsteady state, and the transistor collector voltage approaches and eventually settles into steady sinusoidal oscillation.

Open the Solver Configuration block, select the **Start
simulation from steady state** check box (as it was when
you first opened the model), and click **OK**. Change
the simulation time back to .01 s and rerun the simulation.

`linmod`

FunctionIn this example, you:

Use the Simscape steady-state solver to find an operating point

Linearize the model using the Simulink

`linmod`

functionGenerate the Bode plot using a series of MATLAB commands

Open the Solver Configuration block and make sure the **Start
simulation from steady state** check box is selected. When
you simulate the model with the Simscape steady-state solver
enabled, the circuit is initialized at the state defined by the transistor
bias resistors. This steady-state solution is an operating point suitable
for linearization.

Also make sure that the **Use local solver** check
box is cleared. Linearizing a model with the local solver enabled
is not supported.

To linearize the model, type the following in the MATLAB Command Window:

[a,b,c,d]=linmod('ssc_bipolar_nonlinear');

You can alternatively call the `linmod`

function
with a single output argument, in which case it generates a structure
with states, inputs, and outputs, as well as the linear time-invariant
(LTI) model.

The state vector of the Nonlinear Bipolar Transistor model contains 17 components. The full model has one input and one output. Thus, the LTI state-space model derived from linearization has the following matrix sizes:

*a*is 17-by-17*b*is 17-by-1*c*is 1-by-17*d*is 1-by-1

To generate a Bode plot, type the following in the MATLAB Command Window:

npts = 100; f = logspace(-2,10,npts); G = zeros(1,npts); for i=1:npts G(i) = c*(2*pi*1i*f(i)*eye(size(a))-a)^-1*b +d; end subplot(211), semilogx(f,20*log10(abs(G))) grid ylabel('Magnitude (dB)') subplot(212), semilogx(f,180/pi*unwrap(angle(G))) ylabel('Phase (degrees)') xlabel('Frequency (Hz)') grid

To work through this section, you must have a Simulink Control Design license.

Simulink Control Design software has tools that help you find operating points and returns a state-space model object that defines state names. This is the recommended way to linearize Simscape models.

In the top menu bar of the Nonlinear Bipolar Transistor model, select

**Analysis**>**Control Design**>**Linear Analysis**.In the Linear Analysis Toolstrip, click the

**Bode**plot button.

For more information on using Simulink Control Design software for trimming and linearization, see the Simulink Control Design documentation.

To work through this section, you must have a Control System Toolbox™ license.

You can use the built-in analysis and plotting capabilities of Control System Toolbox software to analyze and compare Bode plots of different steady states.

First, use the Simulink `linmod`

function
to obtain the linear time-invariant (LTI) model.

[a,b,c,d]=linmod('ssc_bipolar_nonlinear');

Not all the states of the LTI model derived in this example
are independent. Confirm this by calculating the determinant of the *a* matrix, `det(a)`

.
The determinant vanishes, which implies one or more zero eigenvalues.
To analyze the LTI model, reduce the LTI matrices to a minimal realization.
Obtain a minimal realization using the `minreal`

function.

[a0,b0,c0,d0] = minreal(a,b,c,d); 13 states removed.

Extracting the minimal realization eliminates 13 dependent states
from the LTI model, leaving four independent states. Analyze the control
characteristics of the reduced `a0`

, `b0`

, `c0`

, `d0`

LTI
model using a Bode plot.

bode(a0,b0,c0,d0) % Creates first Bode plot

The circuit with R1 changed from 47 to 15 kOhm has a different
steady state and response. Double-click the R1 block, change the **Resistance** value
to 15 kOhm, and click **OK**. Open the Load Voltage
scope and simulate the model. The collector voltage is now no longer
amplified relative to the 10 mV AC source but attenuated.

Produce the LTI model at the second steady state, reduce it to a minimal realization, and superpose the second Bode plot on the first one.

[a_R1,b_R1,c_R1,d_R1]=linmod('ssc_bipolar_nonlinear'); [a0_R1,b0_R1,c0_R1,d0_R1] = minreal(a_R1,b_R1,c_R1,d_R1); % 13 states removed. hold on % Keeps first Bode plot open bode(a0_R1,b0_R1,c0_R1,d0_R1) % Superposes second Bode plot on first

For more information on using Control System Toolbox software for Bode analysis, see the Control System Toolbox documentation.

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