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Help your friends and colleagues learn Simulink with Simulink Onramp 2

Posted by Guy Rouleau,

Have you heard of Simulink Onramp?

If you visited recently, you probably noticed that MATLAB Onramp has a new friend!

MATLAB Academy

If you are new to Simulink or you have friends or colleagues that are looking to learn the basics, Simulink Onramp is for you!

Installing Simulink Onramp - Method 1: Add-on Manager

First, I need to mention that Simulink Onramp works with MATLAB R2018b. If you do not have it installed, download it here.

The simplest way to install Simulink Onramp is from the Add-on Manager. To start, click on Get Add-Ons from the MATLAB Toolstrip:

Getting Add-ons

In the Add-on Manager, search for Simulink Onramp:

Found it!

Once you found it, click the Add button and you should be all set.

Adding it!

Installing Simulink Onramp - Method 2: MATLAB File Exchange

If, for some reaons, you cannot install Simulink onramp from the Add-on Manager, here is another option.

Go to MATLAB File Exchange and search for Simulink Onramp. This will allow you to download Simulink Onramp as a MATLAB Toolbox

Downloading MATLAB Onramp

Once the download is complete, in MATLAB, navigate to the directory where you saved the toolbox and, in the Current Folder window, right-click on SimulinkOnRamp.mltbx and select Install.

Installing MATLAB Onramp

Launching Simulink Onramp

To begin, launch the Simulink Start Page by clicking on the Simulink icon in the MATLAB toolstrip:

Launching Simulink Start Page

In the Simulink Start Page, you will see a new Learn section in the bottom left corner:

Launching MATLAB Onramp

Ramping up

Simulink Onramp contains 14 sections.

MATLAB Onramp sections

The first sections will guide you through basic things like implementing simple algorithms and inspecting results. For each section, Simulink will open models with a new Tasks pane on the left and an Assessment pane on the right. Those will guide you through the exercises, submit your answers and confirm that you have completed the tasks successfully.

MATLAB Onramp Algorithm

As you can see, the first tasks are very simple to grasp the basic of Simulink. In the above image, section 4.1 asks you to compute the square root of a signal.

More Complex Projects

As the problems evolve, you will be asked to solve problems of increasing complexity. Diagrams and quizzes will help you through those. In the final section, you will implement a simplified simulation of a Peregrine Falcon diving, including the initial acceleration and the sudden braking when getting close to the ground.

MATLAB Onramp Falcon problem

Now it's your turn

Give Simulink Onramp a try and let us know what you think in the comments below. If you are already a Simulink expert, would you like to see other types of onramps for other products and other applications? Controls? Signal Processing? Let us know!

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Paul Metcalf replied on : 1 of 2
Hi Guy, Can you do a post on signal management in large models?, i.e. how to minimise time spent with drawing rather than modelling? A couple of blocks I think Simulink may need to help in this regard include: Signal duplicate: there are times where I want to copy a signal but re-name it such as when writing to redundant outputs. I don't know any clean way to do this? Suppose I have defined a bus of output signals in the data dictionary. I don't want to write all values at once using a bus creator because I have signals being generated from many locations at different stages in a pipeline. It seems there is no elegant way to do this? Thanks! Paul
@Paul: I will look into such post, this is a great topic. Regarding the Bus question. It is possible to create an "empty" bus (using a Constant block to fill it with zeros for example), and then write to the different elements using Bus Assignment blocks at different places in the model. Would it address your needs?

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