The pendulum is the simplest mechanical system you can model. This system contains two rigid bodies, a link and a fixed pivot, connected by a revolute joint. In this tutorial, you model and simulate a pendulum using the custom link block you created in Model a Simple Link. A Revolute Joint block provides the rotational degree of freedom between the link and the world frame.
At the MATLAB® command prompt, enter
The Simscape™ Multibody™ block library and a model template with commonly
used blocks open up.
Delete blocks Simulink-PS Converter, PS-Simulink Converter, Scope, and Rigid Transform. You do not need them in this tutorial.
Drag the Simple Link custom block you created in the tutorial Model a Simple Link into the model.
Drag a Revolute Joint block into the model. You can find this block in the Simscape > Multibody > Joints library. This block provides one rotational degree of freedom between its port frames.
Connect the blocks as shown in the figure. The port orientation of the Revolute Joint block becomes important when you specify joint state targets, prescribe joint actuation inputs, or sense joint dynamic variables. The Revolute Joint block interprets each quantity as that applied to the follower frame with respect to the base frame, so switching the port connections can affect model assembly and simulation.
In the Solid block dialog box, specify the following parameters. This block connects rigidly to the World frame and therefore has no effect on model dynamics. You can leave the inertia parameters in their default values.
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The Revolute Joint block uses the common Z axis of the base
and follower frames as the joint rotation axis. To ensure the pendulum
oscillates under the effect of gravity, change the gravity vector
so it no longer aligns with the Z axis. To do this, in the Mechanism
Configuration block dialog box, set the Uniform
Gravity > Gravity parameter
[0 -9.81 0].
You can specify the desired joint angle using the State Targets menu in the Revolute Joint block dialog box. To do this, select State Targets > Position and enter the desired joint angle. For this tutorial, you can leave the angle in its default value, which corresponds to a horizontal pendulum starting position.
In the Simulink® Editor menu bar, select Simulation > Model Configuration Parameters.
In the Solver tab, set the Solver parameter
ode15s (stiff/NDF). This solver is the
recommended choice for physical models.
Set Max step size to
click OK. The small step size increases the simulation
accuracy and produces a smoother animation in Mechanics Explorer.
Small step sizes can have a detrimental effect on simulation speed
but, in such a simple model, a value of
a good balance between simulation speed and accuracy.
Update the block diagram. You can do this in the Simulink Editor menu bar, by selecting Simulation > Update diagram. Mechanics Explorer opens with a 3-D view of the model in its initial configuration.
In the Mechanics Explorer toolstrip, check that the View
convention parameter is set to
Y up (XY Front).
This view convention ensures that gravity is vertically aligned on
your screen. Select a standard view button to refresh the Mechanics
Explorer display. The figure shows a front view of the model. Save
the visualization settings by clicking the Save explorer configuration
to model button
Run the simulation. You can do this through the Simulink Editor menu bar, by selecting Simulation > Run. Mechanics Explorer plays a physics-based animation of the pendulum model.
Save the model in a convenient folder under the name simple_pendulum. You reuse this model in the tutorial Analyze a Simple Pendulum.