Generate sine wave, using simulation time as time source
The Sine Wave block outputs a sinusoidal waveform. The block can operate in time-based or sample-based mode.
This block is the same as the Sine
Wave Function block that appears in the Math Operations library.
If you select
The output of the Sine Wave block is determined by:
Time-based mode has two submodes: continuous mode or discrete mode. The value of the Sample time parameter determines whether the block operates in continuous mode or discrete mode:
0 (the default) causes the block
to operate in continuous mode.
>0 causes the block to operate
in discrete mode.
See Specify Sample Time in the online documentation for more information.
A Sample time parameter value of
the block to operate in continuous mode. When operating in continuous
mode, the Sine Wave block can become inaccurate due to loss of precision
as time becomes very large.
A Sample time parameter value greater than zero causes the block to behave as if it were driving a Zero-Order Hold block whose sample time is set to that value.
Using the Sine Wave block in this way, you can build models with sine wave sources that are purely discrete, rather than models that are hybrid continuous/discrete systems. Hybrid systems are inherently more complex and as a result take more time to simulate.
In discrete mode, this block uses a differential incremental algorithm instead of one based on absolute time. As a result, the block can be useful in models intended to run for an indefinite length of time, such as in vibration or fatigue testing.
The differential incremental algorithm computes the sine based on the value computed at the previous sample time. This method uses the following trigonometric identities:
In matrix form, these identities are:
Because Δt is constant, the following expression is a constant:
Therefore, the problem becomes one of a matrix multiplication of the value of by a constant matrix to obtain .
Discrete mode reduces but does not eliminate the accumulation
of round-off errors, for example,
accumulation can happen because computation of the block output at
each time step depends on the value of the output at the previous
To handle round-off errors when the Sine Wave block operates in time-based discrete mode, use one of the following methods.
Insert a Saturation block directly downstream of the Sine Wave block.
By setting saturation limits on the Sine Wave block output, you can remove overshoot due to accumulation of round-off errors.
Set up the Sine Wave block to use the
Unlike the block algorithm, the
Sample-based mode uses the following formula to compute the output of the Sine Wave block.
A is the amplitude of the sine wave.
p is the number of time samples per sine wave period.
k is a repeating integer value that ranges from 0 to p–1.
o is the offset (phase shift) of the signal.
b is the signal bias.
In this mode, Simulink® sets k equal
0 at the first time step and computes the block
output, using the preceding formula. At the next time step, Simulink increments k and
recomputes the output of the block. When k reaches p, Simulink resets k to
computing the block output. This process continues until the end of
The sample-based method of computing block output at a given
time step does not depend on the output of the previous time steps.
Therefore, this mode avoids the accumulation of round-off errors.
Additionally, sample-based mode supports reset semantics in subsystems
that offer it. For example, if a Sine Wave block is in a resettable
subsystem that receives a reset trigger, the repeating integer
and the block output resets to its initial condition.
The numeric parameters of this block must have the same dimensions after scalar expansion.
If Interpret vector parameters as 1-D is not selected, the block outputs a signal of the same dimensions and dimensionality as the parameters.
If Interpret vector parameters as 1-D is selected and the numeric parameters are row or column vectors, the block outputs a vector signal. Otherwise, the block outputs a signal of the same dimensionality and dimensions as the parameters.
The Sine Wave block accepts and outputs real signals of type
For more information, see Data Types Supported by Simulink in the Simulink documentation.
Specify the type of sine wave that this block generates, either time- or sample-based. Some parameters in the dialog box appear depending on whether you select time-based or sample-based.
Specify whether to use simulation time as the source of values for the time variable or an external source. If you specify an external time source, the block displays an input port for the time source.
Specify the amplitude of the signal. The default is
Specify the constant value added to the sine to produce the output of this block.
Specify the frequency, in radians per second. The default is
This parameter appears only when you set Sine type to
Specify the number of samples per period. This parameter appears only when you set Sine type to sample-based.
Specify the phase shift, in radians. The default is
This parameter appears only when you set Sine type to
Specify the offset (discrete phase shift) in number of sample times. This parameter appears only when you set Sine type to sample-based.
Specify the sample period. The default is
If the sine type is sample-based, the sample time must be greater
than 0. See
Specify Sample Time in the online documentation
for more information.
If selected, column or row matrix values for numeric parameters result in a vector output signal. Otherwise, the block outputs a signal of the same dimensionality as the parameters. If you do not select this check box, the block always outputs a signal of the same dimensionality as the numeric parameters. See Determining the Output Dimensions of Source Blocks in the Simulink documentation. This parameter is not available when an external signal specifies time. In this case, if numeric parameters are column or row matrix values, the output is a 1-D vector.
The following Simulink examples show how to use the Sine Wave block:
Specified in the Sample time parameter