Introduction

The aim of the Bode Plot Engine is to emulate MatLab's(r) by MathWorks(c) ability to parse and plot the magnitude and phase of continuous transfer functions. The Bode Plot Engine is a computing and plotting environment with combined symbolic and numerical inputs. The purpose behind providing the engine is simple: not everyone has access to MatLab. Alternatively, there might not a free license at the time or simply one would like to explore the design of control systems online on a machine without installed MatLab.

**Bode Plot Engine structure**

The Bode Plot Engine consists of these self-explanatory blocks:

- Editor
- Console
- Console Log
- Magnitude & Angle Plot
- Variable log

Syntax

The syntax is mostly cross-compatible with MatLab.

**Engine Control**

- clf;
**Clears the figure** - clc;
**Clears the console** - clear;
**Clears the variable repository** - Also accessible as buttons:

**Help**

- Just type "help" either in the console in the editor window (and then execute)

**Numerical input**

- e.g., H1 = 0.0022;
- e.g., H2 = 22e-4;
**scientific notation is now supported! (1/29/2018)**

**Variable assignment**

- E.g., H = 1/s^3;
**Max Laplace operator "s" power: 9** **Laplace operator "s" power cannot be negative!**- E.g., H2 = H+s;

**Plotting**

- bode(H) - plots function H in green.
- bode(H2,2) - plots function H2 in red. The color sequence is:
1st plot

2nd plot

3rd plot

4th plot

5th plot

**6th plot** - bode(H2,4) - plots function H2 in yellow. Up to 6 waveforms can be displayed at a moment.

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H = 1/s^3;

H2 = H+5*s^2

bode(H)

bode(H2,2)

**Vectorization**

- Multiply an expression by a vector: vec = [1,2,3]
**Up to 6 waveforms can be displayed at once.**- E.g., H2 = H+5*s^2;

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w_max = 3

w_min = 0

vec = [1,2,3,4,5,6]

H = 10/(s+10*vec+10)*vec

bode(H,vec)

**Cursors**

- Up to two cursors can be activated at a time. The same cursor is displayed in both the magnitude and angle plots.

**Variables**

- All stored variables are shown in the Variable Repository.
- Each variable has four values: ID, Name, Input, and Parsed Value

Examples

The following example shows the design of a simple closed-loop coil current controller:

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clf; clear; clc;

w_min = -2; % Set min omega to 10^-1

w_max = 3; % Set max omega to 10^3

L = 0.01; % Coil inductance

R= 0.2; % Coil resistance

G = 1/(s*L+R); % Coil transfer function

w = 10; % Desired crossover frequency

Kp = w * L; % Proportional gain

Ki = R / L * 3*Kp; % Integral gain

PI = Kp + Ki/s; % Controller transfer function

OL = PI * G; % Open-loop transfer function

bode(G); % 1st plot

bode(PI,2); % 2nd plot

bode(OL,3); % 3rd plot

Behind the Scene

**Variable Repository**

Each variable is stored as an array with four variabes: ID, Name, Input, and Parsed Value

- ID
- Each variable has a unique ID starting with 000 (max number of IDs is 1,000)
- When parsed, the variable name is replaced with #ID, e.g., #004

- Name
- Name as set by the user

- Input
- Variable expression as set by the user

- Parsed Value
- All variables are replaced by their unique variable IDs
- All Laplace operators are replaced by $X operators, where "X" is the operator power. E.g., s^2 is $2
- Expressions are wrapped in parentheses to enable parsing with correct operator precedence (FORTRAN I algorithm used - see this Article on WiKi)

Change log

**12/1/2017**

- Started work on the Bode Plot Engine.

**1/29/2018**

- Scientific input notation verified.

**Version**

Version of this article is 1/29/2018.

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