Constant block only outputs a single data point

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John Smith
John Smith on 23 Dec 2020
Commented: Mark McBroom on 26 Dec 2020
Hi everyone,
Constant blocks in Simulink have started behaving strangely for me very suddenly. As in the title - the constant block only outputs a single data point at t=0, otherwise it does not output a value. I have tried everything I can think of short of reinstalling MATLAB. The issue occurs across all my models and doesn't seem to be affected by any settings, including the solver settings. To prove this point I have created a model containing only a constant block, scope, and workspace output. Please see the screenshots below.
I have tried replacing the constant with a step, and this doesn't produce much better results.
I am fairly sure this is a bug, since it came on so suddenly and without any real change in any of my models or settings. I'm just wondering if anybody else has had this issue or knows of a workaround. I am highly dependent on Simulink for my university course, and since this renders it basically useless I am really keen to get it sorted.
Many thanks.
Paul on 24 Dec 2020
Maybe send a simple model that illustrates the problem to Tech Support and see what they say? If you do and they solve the problem or identify an issue, please post back here with the results.

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Answers (1)

Mark McBroom
Mark McBroom on 25 Dec 2020
What is the sample time for the constant block? The default is "inf" which indicates constant sample time. Change this to -1 or 0.2 and you will see data plotted each time step. See this description of constant sample time.
Mark McBroom
Mark McBroom on 26 Dec 2020
When a constant block has a value of "inf", Simulink only computes its output one time because it never changes during the simulation. What problem are you trying actually trying to solve? Do you have workspace parameters in your constant blocks? Are you trying to tune then during the course of a simulation and not seeing the newly tuned value take effect in your Simulink model?

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