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Perform Fourier analysis of signal

  • Fourier block

Simscape / Electrical / Specialized Power Systems / Sensors and Measurements


The Fourier block performs a Fourier analysis of the input signal over a running window of one cycle of the fundamental frequency of the signal. The Fourier block can be programmed to calculate the magnitude and phase of the DC component, the fundamental, or any harmonic component of the input signal.

Recall that a signal f(t) can be expressed by a Fourier series of the form


where n represents the rank of the harmonics. (n = 1 corresponds to the fundamental component.) The magnitude and phase of the selected harmonic component are calculated by these equations:







f1:Fundamental frequency

As this block uses a running average window, one cycle of simulation must complete before the outputs give the correct magnitude and angle. For the first cycle of simulation, the outputs are held to the values specified by the initial input parameter.


Sample TimeSpecified in the Sample Time parameter. Continuous if Sample Time = 0.
Scalar ExpansionYes, of the parameters.


The power_Fourier model shows two applications of the Fourier measurement block. The upper part of the model shows how to use the Fourier block to compute the DC component, fundamental value, and second and third harmonic content of the same input signal. In the lower part of the model, the block computes the fundamental value (magnitude and phase) of three different inputs. For this application, specify initial values for the three output signals in the dialog box of the mask.

The model sample time is parameterized by the Ts variable set to a default value of 50e-6 s. Set Ts to 0 in the command window to simulate the model in continuous mode.



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Signal to analyze. Typical input signals are voltages or currents measured by Current Measurement or Voltage Measurement blocks.


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Magnitude of the specified harmonic component, in the same units as the input signal.

Phase, in degrees, of the specified harmonic component.


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To edit block parameters interactively, use the Property Inspector. From the Simulink® Toolstrip, on the Simulation tab, in the Prepare gallery, select Property Inspector.

Fundamental frequency, in hertz, of the input signal.

Harmonic component for the Fourier analysis. Enter 0 to analyze the DC component. Enter 1 to analyze the fundamental frequency, or enter a number corresponding to the desired harmonic.

Initial magnitude and phase in degrees of the output signal.

Sample time of the block, in seconds. Set to 0 to implement a continuous block.

Extended Capabilities

C/C++ Code Generation
Generate C and C++ code using Simulink® Coder™.

Version History

Introduced in R2013a