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Modal Analysis of Identified Models

Identify state-space models of systems. Use the models to compute frequency-response functions and modal parameters. This example requires a System Identification Toolbox™ license.

Hammer Excitation

Load a file containing three-input/three-output hammer excitation data sampled at 4 kHz. Use the first 104 samples for estimation and samples 2×104 to 5×104 for model quality validation. Specify the sample time as the inverse of the sample rate. Store the data as @iddata objects.

load modaldata XhammerMISO1 YhammerMISO1 fs

rest = 1:1e4;
rval = 2e4:5e4;
Ts = 1/fs;

Estimation = iddata(YhammerMISO1(rest,:),XhammerMISO1(rest,:),Ts);
Validation = iddata(YhammerMISO1(rval,:),XhammerMISO1(rval,:),Ts,'Tstart',rval(1)*Ts);

Plot the estimation data and the validation data.


Use the ssest function to estimate a 7th-order state-space model of the system that minimizes the simulation error between the measured outputs and the model outputs. Specify that the state-space model has feedthrough.

Orders = 7;
opt = ssestOptions('Focus','simulation');

sys = ssest(Estimation,Orders,'Feedthrough',true,'Ts',Ts,opt);

(To find the model order that gives the best tradeoff between accuracy and complexity, set Orders to 1:15 in the previous code. ssest outputs a log plot of singular values that lets you specify the order interactively. The function also recommends a model order of 7.)

Validate the model quality on the validation dataset. Plot the normalized root mean square error (NRMSE) measure of goodness-of-fit. The model describes accurately the output signals of the validation data.


Estimate the frequency-response functions of the model. Display the functions using modalfrf without output arguments.

[frf,f] = modalfrf(sys);

Assume that the system is well described using three modes. Compute the natural frequencies, damping ratios, and mode-shape vectors of the three modes.

Modes = 3;
[fn,dr,ms] = modalfit(sys,f,Modes)
fn = 3×1
103 ×


dr = 3×1


ms = 3×3 complex

   0.0036 - 0.0019i   0.0036 - 0.0003i   0.0021 + 0.0007i
   0.0043 - 0.0023i   0.0009 - 0.0001i  -0.0034 - 0.0010i
   0.0040 - 0.0021i  -0.0028 + 0.0003i   0.0011 + 0.0003i

Compute and display the reconstructed frequency-response functions. Express the magnitudes in decibels.

[~,~,~,ofrf] = modalfit(sys,f,Modes);

for ij = 1:3
    for ji = 1:3
        axis tight
        title(sprintf('In%d -> Out%d',ij,ji))
        if ij==3
            xlabel('Frequency (kHz)')

Controlled Unstable Process

Load a file containing a high modal density frequency-response measurement. The data corresponds to an unstable process maintained at equilibrium using feedback control. Store the data as an idfrd object for identification. Plot the Bode diagram.

load HighModalDensData FRF f

G = idfrd(permute(FRF,[2 3 1]),f,0,'FrequencyUnit','Hz');

Identify a transfer function with 32 poles and 32 zeros.

sys = tfest(G,32,32);

Compare the frequency response of the model with the measured response.


Extract the natural frequencies and damping ratios of the first 10 least-damped oscillatory modes. Store the results in a table.

[fn,dr] = modalfit(sys,[],10);
T = table((1:10)',fn,dr,'VariableNames',{'Mode','Frequency','Damping'})
T=10×3 table
    Mode    Frequency     Damping 
    ____    _________    _________

      1      82.764       0.011304
      2      85.013       0.015632
      3      124.04       0.025252
      4      142.04       0.017687
      5      251.46      0.0062182
      6      332.79      0.0058266
      7      401.21      0.0043645
      8      625.14      0.0039247
      9      770.49       0.002795
     10      943.64      0.0019943

See Also

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