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Attach Bus Signals to MATLAB Function Blocks

For an example of how to use structures in a MATLAB Function block, open the model emldemo_bus_structemldemo_bus_struct.

In this model, a MATLAB Function block receives a bus signal using the structure inbus at input port 1 and outputs two bus signals from the structures outbus at output port 1 and outbus1 at output port 2. The input signal comes from the Bus Creator block MainBusCreator, which bundles signals ele1, ele2, and ele3. The signal ele3 is the output of another Bus Creator block SubBusCreator, which bundles the signals a1 and a2. The structure outbus connects to a Bus Selector block BusSelector1; the structure outbus1 connects to another Bus Selector block BusSelector3.

To explore the MATLAB® function fcn, double-click the MATLAB Function block. Notice that the code implicitly defines a local structure variable mystruct using the struct function, and uses this local structure variable to initialize the value of the first output outbus. It initializes the second output outbus1 to the value of field ele3 of structure inbus.

Structure Definitions in Example

Here are the definitions of the structures in the MATLAB Function block in the example, as they appear in the Ports and Data Manager:

Bus Objects Define Structure Inputs and Outputs

Each structure input and output must be defined by a Simulink.Bus object in the base workspace (see Create Structures in MATLAB Function Blocks). This means that the structure shares the same properties as the bus object, including number, name, type, and sequence of fields. In this example, the following bus objects define the structure inputs and outputs:

The Simulink.Bus object MainBus defines structure input inbus and structure output outbus. The Simulink.Bus object SubBus defines structure output outbus1. Based on these definitions, inbus and outbus have the same properties as MainBus and, therefore, reference their fields by the same names as the fields in MainBus, using dot notation (see Index Substructures and Fields). Similarly, outbus1 references its fields by the same names as the fields in SubBus. Here are the field references for each structure in this example:

StructureFirst FieldSecond FieldThird Field
inbusinbus.ele1inbus.ele2inbus.ele3
outbusoutbus.ele1outbus.ele2outbus.ele3
outbus1outbus1.a1outbus1.a2

To learn how to define structures in MATLAB Function blocks, see Create Structures in MATLAB Function Blocks.

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