Version 6.9, part of Release 2018a, includes the following enhancements:

Simscape Components

  • Expanded Control Libraries: Speed up modeling by using prebuilt and documented algorithm components
  • DC-DC Converters: Step DC voltage up or down and convert fixed voltage to variable voltage using boost converters, buck converters, and chopper blocks
  • Battery Block Charge Dynamics: Model charge dynamics using an equivalent circuit
  • Battery (Table-Based) Block: Define no-load voltage and terminal resistance based on state of charge and temperature
  • Stepper Motor and Stepper Motor Driver Blocks: Model and drive rotational actuation

Specialized Technology

  • Frequency (Phasor) Measurement block: Measure voltage or current frequency in a model that is running in phasor mode
  • Synchronous Machine Canay Inductance: Use Canay Inductance parameter to more accurately model the mutual inductance between the armature, field, and damper windings
  • Fuel Cell Stack Block Presets: Model a 3 kW or 25 kW Solid-Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC)
  • power_AsynchronousMachineParams Algorithm Enhancement: Estimate machine parameters based on manufacturer specifications

See the Release Notes for details.

Version 6.8, part of Release 2017b, includes the following enhancements:

Simscape Components

  • AC Cable Block: Model bonded and unbonded three-phase AC cables in trefoil or flat line formation
  • Expanded Control Libraries: Speed up modeling by using prebuilt and documented algorithm components
  • Hybrid Excitation Synchronous Machine Block: Model a hybrid excitation synchronous machine with sinusoidal flux distribution
  • Reluctance Machine Blocks: Model a three-phase switched reluctance machine or a synchronous reluctance machine with sinusoidal flux distribution
  • Reluctance with Hysteresis Block: Model nonlinear reluctance with flux-based hysteresis

Specialized Technology

  • Single-Phase Induction Motor Drive block: Design a speed drive with vector control for a single-phase asynchronous motor
  • Full-Bridge MMC (External DC Links) Block: Convert power using a full-bridge bridge block with external connections to power module DC terminals
  • PMU (PLL-Based Positive Sequence) Block: Compute the positive-sequence component of a three-phase voltage measurement signal
  • power_AsynchronousMachineParams Data Export Capability: Easily save machine specifications to a MATLABstructure
  • Electric Drive Blocks Masks: Specify drive parameters using Simulink masks

See the Release Notes for details.

Version 6.7, part of Release 2017a, includes the following enhancements:

Simscape Components

  • Battery Block Aging and Thermal Modeling: Simulate effects that degrade battery capacity and performance
  • pe_getPowerLossSummary and pe_getPowerLossTimeSeries Functions: Calculate and view average or instantaneous power losses
  • pe_getEfficiency Function: Calculate the efficiency of a circuit
  • Electric Drive Examples: Design algorithms and refine requirements for IPMSMs
  • Voltage-Converter Control Examples: Control a push-pull buck converter using conduction mode control

Specialized Technology

  • Automatic Simulation Type Selection: Inherit recommended solver settings from Simulink
  • Default Simulation Settings: Use recommended options for continuous and discrete simulation
  • Battery Block Aging Model: Model degradation of lithium-ion battery performance over time
  • Electric Drive Blocks Modulation Parameterization: Configure drive to use hysteresis or space vector modulation (SVM)

See the Release Notes for details.

Version 6.6, part of Release 2016b, includes the following enhancements:

Simscape Components

  • Electrical Three-Phase Template: Shorten modeling process for three-phase power systems
  • Thermal Variants for Semiconductor Blocks: Model heat loss due to conduction losses and switching events
  • Supercapacitor Source: Model high power density source that has rapid charging and discharging capability
  • Control Library with Three-Phase PWM Blocks: Control power converters using three-phase, two- and three-level pulse width modulation

Specialized Technology

  • Multilevel PWM Block: Control power conversion using multilevel pulse width modulation
  • Modular, Multilevel Converter Bridge Blocks: Convert power using half and full MMC bridge blocks

See the Release Notes for details.

Version 6.5, part of Release 2016a, includes the following enhancements:

  • SimPowerSystems renamed to Simscape Power Systems

Simscape Components

  • Thermal Port Option for IGBT Block: Model heat losses in insulated-gate bipolar transistors
  • Thermal Library: Model thermal behavior using equivalent thermal circuit and thermal resistance blocks
  • Mutual Resistance Parameter for Transmission Line Block: Model line-to-line resistance in long cable runs

Specialized Technology

  • Battery Block Heat Loss Model: Specify separate heat loss data for charging and discharging batteries
  • Battery Cut-Off Voltage Parameter: Specify minimum allowable battery voltage

See the Release Notes for details.