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Current-Voltage Simscape Interface (gnd)

Ideal coupling between SimPowerSystems and Simscape electrical circuits

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Interface Elements

Description

The Current-Voltage Simscape Interface (gnd) block connects SimPowerSystems™ circuits with electrical elements from the Simscape™ Foundation library. This block preserves current through the block and voltage across the block, conserving electrical power.

  • On the SimPowerSystems side, the electrical connector port sps acts like a controlled current source referred to the ground, feeding current from the Simscape side to the connected SimPowerSystems elements.

  • On the Simscape side, the electrical connector port ssc acts like a controlled voltage source referred to the ground, feeding voltage from the SimPowerSystems side to the connected Simscape elements.

The following figure gives an overview of the interface.

The block measures the voltage between the sps port and SimPowerSystems electrical reference and propagates it to the ssc port, preserving the polarity with respect to the Simscape electrical reference. The block also measures the current flowing from the ssc port to the Simscape electrical reference and propagates it to the sps port.

You can specify a filter to break the algebraic loop between SimPowerSystems and Simscape ports. You can specify the filter as a first order continuous transfer function or as a discrete unit delay block. You can apply the filter on the SimPowerSystems side, to the measured voltage, or on the Simscape side, to the measured current. Depending on the measured signal where you apply the filter, the other signal is always a direct feedthrough.

If you do not specify a filter, direct feedthrough is applied on both measured signals. However, this configuration results in an algebraic loop containing the Voltage Measurement, Controlled Voltage Source, Current Sensor, and Controlled Current Source blocks, which might cause numerical issues.

Dialog Box and Parameters

Direct feedthrough (no filter)

If selected, direct feedthrough is applied between SimPowerSystems and Simscape ports on both sides.

Filter type

Set this parameter to Low pass filter (continuous) to implement a first order continuous transfer function filter between SimPowerSystems and Simscape ports.

Set this parameter to Unit delay (discrete) to implement a discrete unit delay filter between SimPowerSystems and Simscape ports.

Set this parameter to First-order input filtering to implement a first order continuous transfer function filter with first-order filtering of the Simulink-PS Converter block that provides one derivative. You can apply this filter only on the SimPowerSystems side.

Set this parameter to Second-order input filtering to implement a first order continuous transfer function filter with second-order filtering of the Simulink-PS Converter block that provides derivatives one and two. You can apply this filter only on the SimPowerSystems side.

The Filter type parameter is not visible when the Direct feedthrough (no filter) check box is selected.

Low pass filter constant (s)

Specify the low pass filter time constant of the filter, in seconds. This parameter is visible only when the Filter type parameter is set to Low pass filter (continuous), to First-order input filtering, or to Second-order input filtering.

Sample time of unit delay (s)

Specify the sample time of the unit delay filter, in seconds. This parameter is visible only when the Filter type parameter is set to Unit delay (discrete).

Initial voltage (V)

Specify the initial voltage value of the measured SimPowerSystems voltage.

This parameter is visible only when you apply the filter on the SimPowerSystems side.

Initial current (A)

Specify the initial current value of the measured Simscape current.

This parameter is visible only when you apply the filter on the Simscape side.

Apply filter on

Set this parameter to SimPowerSystems side to apply the filter on the measured SimPowerSystems voltage.

Set this parameter to Simscape side to apply the filter on the measured Simscape current.

The Apply filter on parameter is not visible when the Direct feedthrough (no filter) check box is selected, when the Filter type is set to First-order input filtering, or when the Filter type is set to Second-order input filtering.

Show measurement port

If selected, adds a Simulink® output to the block that returns the SimPowerSystems current and voltage and to the Simscape current and voltages in a bus signal.

Limitations

When simulating SimPowerSystems models along with Simscape blocks, select the Simulink solver carefully.

Use the ode23tb solver for solving SimPowerSystems circuits containing switches or nonlinear element. If you use other stiff solvers, SimPowerSystems software gives you the following warning:

Warning: You have required continuous-time simulation of a system containing switches or 
nonlinear elements. The ode23tb variable-step stiff solver with relative tolerance set to 1e-4 
is recommended in order to get best accuracy and simulation performance. For some highly nonlinear 
models it may be necessary to set the "Solver reset method" parameter to "Robust".
See "Improving Simulation Performance" chapter in SimPowerSystems documentation 
for additional information on how to select an appropriate integration method.

However, if you use the ode23tb solver for solving models containing Simscape blocks, Simscape software gives you the following warning:

Warning: The solver chosen is not recommended if the model is stiff, which is typical for models 
containing Simscape components. These solvers are typically preferred for Simscape models:
ode23t, ode15s or ode14x (fixed-step). To disable this diagnostic, change the explicit solver 
diagnostic setting on the Simscape panel of the model Configuration Parameters.

Although the Simscape warning can be disabled, as described in the warning message, the SimPowerSystems warning cannot be disabled with regular configuration parameters. To disable the SimPowerSystems warning when you choose a solver other than ode23tb, select the Powergui block in your model, then, at the MATLAB® Command line, type:

set_param(gcb,'FunctionMessages','on')

Example

See the power_SSCmodelingpower_SSCmodeling example for an example of interfacing SimPowerSystems and Simscape models using the Current-Voltage Simscape Interface block.

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