This example shows how to use Simulink® blocks and helper functions provided by Robust Control Toolbox™ to specify and analyze uncertain systems in Simulink and how to use these tools to perform Monte Carlo simulations of uncertain systems.
The Simulink model
usim_model consists of an uncertain plant in feedback with a sensor:
The plant is a first-order model with two sources of uncertainty:
Real pole whose location varies between -10 and -4
Unmodeled dynamics which amount to 25% relative uncertainty at low frequency rising to 100% uncertainty at 130 rad/s.
The feedback path has a cheap sensor which is modeled by a first-order filter at 20 rad/s and an uncertain gain ranging between 0.1 and 2. To specify these uncertain variables, type
% First-order plant model unc_pole = ureal('unc_pole',-5,'Range',[-10 -4]); plant = ss(unc_pole,5,1,1); % Unmodeled plant dynamics input_unc = ultidyn('input_unc',[1 1]); wt = makeweight(0.25,130,2.5); % Sensor gain sensor_gain = ureal('sensor_gain',1,'Range',[0.1 2]);
RCTblocks library contains blocks to model and analyze uncertainty effects in Simulink. To open the library, type
Uncertain State Space block lets you specify uncertain linear systems (USS objects).
usim_model contains three such blocks which are highlighted in blue. The dialog for the "Plant" block appears below.
In this dialog box,
The "Uncertain system variable" parameter specifies the uncertain plant model (first-order model with uncertain pole
The "Uncertainty value" parameter specifies values for the block's uncertain variables (
unc_pole in this case).
uval is a structure whose field names and values are the uncertain variable names and values to use for simulation. You can set
 to use nominal values for the uncertain variables or vary
uval to analyze how uncertainty affects the model responses.
MultiPlot Graph block is a convenient way to visualize the response spread as you vary the uncertainty. This block superposes the simulation results obtained for each uncertainty value.
To easily control the uncertainty value used for simulation,
usim_model uses the same "Uncertainty value"
uval in all three
Uncertain State Space blocks. Setting
 simulates the closed-loop response for the nominal values of
uval = ; % use nominal value of uncertain variables sim('usim_model',10); % simulate response
To analyze how uncertainty affects the model responses, you can use the
usample commands to generate random values of
sensor_gain. First use
ufind to find the
Uncertain State Space blocks in
usim_model and compile a list of all uncertain variables in these blocks:
[uvars,pathinfo] = ufind('usim_model'); uvars % uncertain variables
uvars = struct with fields: input_unc: [1×1 ultidyn] sensor_gain: [1×1 ureal] unc_pole: [1×1 ureal]
pathinfo(:,1) % paths to USS blocks
ans = 3×1 cell array 'usim_model/Plant' 'usim_model/Sensor Gain' 'usim_model/Unmodeled Plant Dynamics'
usample to generate uncertainty values
uval consistent with the specified uncertainty ranges. For example, you can simulate the closed-loop response for 10 random values of
sensor_gain as follows:
for i=1:10; uval = usample(uvars); % generate random instance of uncertain variables sim('usim_model',10); % simulate response end
MultiPlot Graph window now shows 10 possible responses of the uncertain feedback loop. Note that each
uval instance is a structure containing values for the uncertain variables
uval % sample value of uncertain variables
uval = struct with fields: input_unc: [1×1 ss] sensor_gain: 0.9495 unc_pole: -5.6164
If needed, you can configure the model to use a different uncertainty value
uval for each new simulation. To do this, add
uvars to the Base or Model workspace and attach the
usample call to the model InitFcn:
bdclose('usim_model'), open_system('usim_model') % Write the uncertain variable list in the Base Workspace evalin('base','uvars=ufind(''usim_model'');') % Modify the model InitFcn set_param('usim_model','InitFcn','uval = usample(uvars);'); % Simulate ten times (same as pressing "Start simulation" ten times) for i=1:10; sim('usim_model',10); end % Clean up set_param('usim_model','InitFcn','');
MultiPlot Graph window shows 10 possible responses of the uncertain feedback loop.
If you have Simulink Control Design™, you can use the same workflow to linearize and analyze uncertain systems in the frequency domain. For example, you can plot the closed-loop Bode response for 10 random samples of the model uncertainty:
clear sys wmax = 50; % max natural frequency for unmodeled dynamics (input_unc) for i=1:10; uval = usample(uvars,1,wmax); sys(:,:,i) = linearize('usim_model'); end bode(sys) title('Ten linearizations of usim\_model');
If the operating point is independent of the uncertain variables, a faster approach is to compute an uncertain linearization (USS object) in one shot using the
usys = ulinearize('usim_model')
usys = Uncertain continuous-time state-space model with 1 outputs, 1 inputs, 3 states. The model uncertainty consists of the following blocks: input_unc: Uncertain 1x1 LTI, peak gain = 1, 1 occurrences sensor_gain: Uncertain real, nominal = 1, range = [0.1,2], 1 occurrences unc_pole: Uncertain real, nominal = -5, range = [-10,-4], 1 occurrences Type "usys.NominalValue" to see the nominal value, "get(usys)" to see all properties, and "usys.Uncertainty" to interact with the uncertain elements.
You can then sample the uncertain state-space model
usys to generate a similar Bode plot:
bode(usample(usys,10,wmax)) title('Ten linearizations of usim\_model');